Magician Michael Breggar

Author Michael Breggar has produced the Auto-Magic column for "The Linking Ring" magazine for several years, and has a passion for sharing professional and practical magic effects that are relatively sleight free.

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Author Michael Breggar has produced the Auto-Magic column for "The Linking Ring" magazine for several years, and has a passion for sharing professional and practical magic effects that are relatively sleight free. 

 

Who Is Michael Breggar? 

Michael Breggar is an extraordinarily well-built and handsome man. He has an engaging personality and is an incredible athlete. He has been called one of the world’s greatest thinking magicians and magic writers. He had recently turned down the role of Captain America because the digital graphic artists could not make him look any less ripped. As a writer, his books and column in The Linking Ring are world renown. His lucid writing skills have been peered with George Bernard Shaw. He dresses impeccably and has sweet breath. Flowers bloom when he walks past and dogs whistle at him.

What a shame you are not hypnotized right now … there would be a shot you’d believe this. Here’s the reality: 

Michael is an incorrigible curmudgeon with a questionable body. Dogs run away from him when he approaches because the squeakiness in his shoes are at such a high frequency, their canine ears freak out. And his writing is nowhere near that of GBS. But is closer to the last two letters.

What?? You’re really not hypnotized?? Oh well … here’s the real reality:

Michael is the award-winning author of “Auto-Magic,” found monthly in The Linking Ring. He has written three very successful books featuring his trademark sleight-lite magic with quirky and original presentations. He’s a full-time management consultant and lives near Philly with his wife, his best friend, the beautiful genius you have gotten to know in his writings, Marilyn. Their son, Seth, whom you have also gotten to know, lives 15 miles away. Kirby, the cat, hasn’t moved out of the Breggar household yet, but Michael recently found two tickets to Florence, Italy tucked in his pet bed. Two tickets? Who is he taking with him?!

Professionally, Michael is a management consultant and has worked for some of the world’s most prominent corporations. He has performed magic at executive meetings and private functions around the world. You’d think these executives would know better. In recent years, Michael has devoted his time to writing, lecturing and teaching and collaborating on new magic with other magicians and magic companies. 

That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

 

 


The Five Roads to Vegas

The Auto-Magic column proved to be a big success, and soon Michael found himself being asked to write a book inspired by his columns, which led to the publication of his first book The Five Roads to Vegas. Published in 2017, this included eight effects, some ideas for variations, and a couple of short essays (one serving as the introduction, the other as the conclusion) that discuss how to approach self-working magic. The tricks include the excellent poker routine that gave the book its title, a great idea for an ACAAN routine, some other card tricks, and also some `self-workers' with coins and mentalism.



Back to the Launching Pad

This sequel, Back to the Launching Pad, has just over 50 pages of similar magic. Once again the tricks that are taught have two important bookends that are well worth reading, including a brief introduction that has some helpful things to say about self-working magic. The book concludes with another essay entitled "Stuff You Don't Want To Read But Really Should", in which Michael explains his own approach to producing new magic effects, by starting with the presentation, and then working backwards by considering the method. 



Contents

The opening trick that gave the book its title is a real highlight, and offers a fresh approach to Paul Curry's classic "Out Of This World", where the spectator sorts out the red and black cards face-up while blindfolded, only to discover that they have actually sorted out cards with two different coloured backs. The surprising revelation of a card in "Drawn Conclusion" is also a favourite for many, including the author himself. But I especially loved the ingenious use of the 10-20 force in combination with a blank deck in "A Whole Empty Brain". Besides these three tricks, there's another half a dozen solid routines, including a book test, and a trick with a collection of mini cell phones with cartoon Emojis.



Style

Unlike many older magic books, some of which have a very clinical style, Michael Breggar's writing is very conversational and laid back. As a result, reading his material has the feel of sitting on the couch alongside a seasoned magician, and listening to him as part of a friendly chat about magic. The format he uses is fairly consistent: after some words of introduction, he walks through the effect, including all the suggested patter. This part allows us to enjoy the magic from the perspective of the spectator, and it's only afterwards that he lets us in on the method, explaining the secret. In my view this approach works well, because it allows us to distinguish between method and effect, and heightens the importance of presentation, while giving some good suggestions for this at the same time. The book also contains some photos which do a good job of helping follow the explanations.



Recommendation

​Like its predecessor, Back to the Launching Pad has received many accolades, all thoroughly deserved. I recommend it to anyone who has a passion for magic, and is especially interested in some novel presentation ideas. I'm already looking forward to Michael Breggar's next book Dancing With The Cards, which is coming out soon! 


 

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