The Topit Book
Michael Ammar
Secret Service (1983)
In Collection
Magic tricks
Ammar, Michael: The Topit Book
©1983 Pub by Secret Service
Hardcover, 120 pages

Contents (numbers are not page numbers):

1 Foreword (Dai Vernon)
2 Introduction

3 Topit Psychology and Construction
4 The True Power of Topit
5 When to Use Topit
6 Comfort Zones
7 Time Misdiretion
8 Why Now for Topit
9 Precautions in Using Topit
10 Topit Styles
11 The Open Topit
12 Topit Sewing Instructions

13 Basic Topit Actions
14 The Downard Toss
15 The Smash
16 The Direct Toss
17 The Open Palm Direct Toss
18 The Upward Toss
19 The Pinch
20 The Circle
21 Minus One Toss
22 The Gesture
23 A Covering Motion
24 Back and Forth
25 Muscle Pass to Topit
26 Keeping the Coat Open
27 Bracing the Coat

28 Moves
29 The Appearing Coins
30 Vanishing Okito Box
31 Four Signed Cards to Wallet No 1
32 Four Signed Cards to Wallet No 2
33 Handkerchief Deck Switch
34 Cards into Case
35 Ball and Silk VAnish
36 Topiting Fantasio
37 Striking Vanish a la Topit
38 Vanishing Cigarette
39 Smashing!

40 Endings
41 Smashing Coin Magic
42 Color Changing Silks
43 Matrix Kicker
44 Coins Across Ending
45 Kicks With Okito

46 Michael Weber - Bob Fitch - Harry Levine
47 Michael Weber's Topit Design
48 Silverwhere? (Michael Weber)
49 A Deep Circle (Michael Weber)
50 Shelless (Michael Weber)
51 The Psychological Spheres (Bob Fitch)
52 Impossible Transposition (Harry Levine)

53 Professional Applications
54 The Vanishing Deck
55 Crooked Deck
56 Almost Perfect Ring Flight
57 The Electorstatic Coin
58 Time Machine
59 Coin In Bottle
60 Broken and Restored Watch
61 Fabulous Four Coin Routine

62 Final Tips on Rehearsing Topit
Product Details
Dewey 793.8
Extras Author autograph
No. of Pages 120
Personal Details
Read It No
Location Magic Library (Home) Shelf A
Condition Very Fine
Owner Bryan-Keith Taylor
Michael Ammar
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

(1956-06-25) June 25, 1956 (age 56)
Logan, West Virginia
Occupation Magician
Known for Magic and Magic Training

Michael Ammar (born June 25, 1956) is an American close-up magician.[1] He is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest living magicians.[2]

1 Background
2 Magician
3 Magic Instructor
4 Publications
5 Awards
6 References

Ammar was born in Logan, West Virginia.[2]

Ammar earned a degree from West Virginia University in business administration in 1978.[2]

In 1982 Ammar competed with magicians from 30 countries to win the "Gold Medal in Close-up Magic" at Lausanne, Switzerland.[2]

It was during the 80's that he developed a close friendship with his mentor, Dai Vernon ("The Professor") – whose influence can be seen in every show Ammar performs.[citation needed]

Ammar was invited to perform on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show" – where he was a repeat guest.[citation needed] He moved to Los Angeles - where he became a regular performer at the Playboy Mansion, and made appearances on the Merv Griffin Show, The Tonight Show, CNN, and Travel Channel.[citation needed]

Ammar appeared at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.[citation needed]. By 1990 the Academy of Magical Arts in Hollywood had awarded him its "Oscar" in six separate categories (the maximum number of awards for which his is eligible).[2]

He appeared on NBC's 1998 "Worlds Greatest Magic 5" special,[2] and has been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Ammar has made private performances at Universal Studios and the Vatican.[citation needed] He performed and coordinated the magic talent at George W. Bush's Presidential inaugural banquet.[2] He was the first featured performer at the "Caesars Magical Empire" at Caesars Palace.[citation needed]

Ammar has performed on television in many countries, including: England, France, Canada, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Australia and Russia.[2]

Magic Instructor
Ammar helped pioneer the magic lecture tour industry,[citation needed] and has been lecturing to other magicians since about 1982.[1]

In 1999 Magic Magazine named Ammar as "One of the Most Influential Magicians in the Twentieth Century".[2]

On August 26, 2010, Outside Magazine cited Ammar as the "go-to source" for magic instruction.[3] The magazine published a list of "100 Things to Do Before You Die", and numbered 45 as "Learn a magic trick"—suggesting studying with the master, Michael Ammar.[3]

This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources. Please help by adding reliable sources. Contentious material about living people that is unsourced or poorly sourced must be removed immediately. (November 2012)
"The Topit Book"
"Success and Magic"
"Videonics videos with Dai Vernon"
"Encore 1"
"Encore 2"
"Encore 3"
"The Magical Arts Journal"
"Brainstorm in the Bahamas"
"The Magic Video"
"Making Magic Memorable"
"Negotiating Higher Performance Fees"
"Restaurant Magic Business"
"The Magic of Michael Ammar"
"The Crazyman's Handcuffs"
"Easy to Master Card Miracles"
"Easy to Master Money Miracles"
"Easy to Master Thread Miracles"
"Easy to Master Business Card Miracles"
"The Topit DVD"
"Exciting World of Magic"
"Amazing Secrets of Card Magic"
"Complete Introduction to Coin Magic"
"Classic Renditions 1 - The Floating Bill"
"Classic Renditions 2 - Rubber Band Magic"
"Classic Renditions 3 - The Thumbtip Bill Switch"
"Classic Renditions 4 - Roll Over Aces"
"Live at the Magic Castle"
"The Topit Pattern"
"Any Signed Card to Any Specatators Wallet"
"Cups to Lemon"

Awards This section needs additional citations for verification. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (November 2012)

Distinguished Alumni Award from West Virginia University 2003
Magician of the Year, Tannens, NY 2000[2]
Best Close Up Magic, World Magic Awards, 1999[2]
Gold Medalist, World Sleight-of-Hand Competition, FISM, 1982
Best Sleight-of-Hand, International Magic Awards, 1991
Best Sleight-of-Hand, International Magic Awards, 1992
Best Parlor Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1990
Best Parlor Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1985
Best Close-Up Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1983
Best Lecturer, Academy of Magical Arts, 1983
Best Close-Up Magician, Academy of Magical Arts, 1981

1. Omar, Aref (October 28, 2007). "Get cool with magic". New Straits Times (Media Prima). Retrieved November 25, 2012. – via HighBeam (subscription required)

2. "Michael Ammar (‘78 BS)". Alumni (West Virginia University). 2012. Retrieved November 25, 2012.

3. "45. Learn a magic trick". Outside Online. Outside Magazine. August 26, 2010. Retrieved November 25, 2012.