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warren
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I'm looking for some more penguin live lectures to add to my collection and wondered what you guys recommend ?

To give you some back ground my main interest is in close up magic ie not just cards and I suppose I could do with adding a few things that play a little larger, I'm not really into mentalism with the exception being bank night and possibly 7 keys type effects oh and spiked type effects such as smash and stab etc

So far I have following penguin live lectures

John Carey
Gary Jones
Carl Andrews
Danny Archer
Daryl
Eric Jones
Daniel Garcia
Etienne Pradier

Thanks in advance for any replies
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I enjoyed the Alan Rorrison lecture. http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3281
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This has received some pretty good reviews. Smile
http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7089
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Thanks for the suggestions although the Alan Rorrison looked good I was put off after reading the reviews that said you needed pdf's etc and other gimmicks in order to perform some of the effects.

TC Tahoe LIVE did look tempting though Smile
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Hi Warren

Hard to pick out 'the best' for normal close up which is not just cards, but I would recommend in no particular order:
David Williamson (c'mon, 4 hours or so of DW..!)
Nick Einhorn (real world workable stuff)
TC Tahoe (its true - some real good stuff here)
Mark James (entertaining takes on classic effects)
Paul Green (his DVD was called 'in the trenches' for a reason..)
Alberto de Figuieredo (not all close up, but a great chop dice effect plus more..)
Pop Haydn (do you really need more than the name..)
Lonnie Chevrie (gypsy floss, bill effects and more)
Mike Eaton - lots of coin & close up)
Tom Stone (making magic better..)
John Carney (making magic better..)

Was that 5? Should I stop?
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warren
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Thanks for the list, there's definitely a few there that I wouldn't mind adding to my collection, from what I read in the reviews it sounds like Mike Eaton did a great job but Nate Kranzo spoilt it a bit by constantly interrupting where as Dan Harlan does an amazing job as host Smile
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Still my top two favorite:

Juan Tamariz
David Williamson
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The David Williamson lecture has a massive amount of close up work in it. If you are looking to get into coin work, Kainoa Harbottle's lecture was really good.
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Marc DeSouza LIVE and Mark Leveridge LIVE
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The one's I got the most from where:

Mark Elsdon 1 and 2
Looch 1 and 2
Peter Turner 1 and 2
Colin McLeod
John Bannon

Many more I am yet to watch but those one's really stood out to me Smile
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On Dec 19, 2017, SiCaff wrote:
The one's I got the most from where:

Mark Elsdon 1 and 2
Looch 1 and 2
Peter Turner 1 and 2
Colin McLeod
John Bannon

Many more I am yet to watch but those one's really stood out to me Smile


Haha thanks for the input but if your read what I put at the beginning I'm not into mentalism as great as it is it doesn't suit my style at all but thanks for your time Smile
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Two great lectures on creating a character and building a show.
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I enjoyed and got a lot out of Geoff Williams.
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And, you can't go wrong with David Williamson. Pure entertainment.
Also enjoyed David Regal.
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I've purchased quite a few Penguin Live lectures (though there are lots more I haven't watched)... but I keep coming back to David Regal and the Joshua Jay lectures as my favourites. Both Lecture 1 and 2 for each of these guys is great. They are not only knowledgeable but also come across as really nice guys - which makes it even more enjoyable to hear their teaching.
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Thanks for the suggestions please keep them coming, as a result I've now got both the David Williamson lecture and the Michael Kaminskas lecture and both are excellent Smile
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Juan Tamariz, David Williamson, Woody Aragon, Pop Haydn, Dani DaOrtiz.
All of them are great.
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I would say that there have been over 400 penguin live lectures to date. I stopped my monthly subscription in 2014, the Australian dollar dipped really low to the US dollar and made it too expensive for me to pay for it monthly and justify that to the wife!

With so much variety, differing approaches to magic, skill level, differing interests (close- up, coins, cards, stage, kids magic, mentalism etc), performer preference; one person's must have list is gonna be an after thought on someone else's list.

In say that, these are some of my favorite that I have viewed repeatedly multiple times and I'll give you a reason why for each:-

Tom Stone - he gives a master class on misdirection and why its works and how to apply it to make your magic more deceiving
Michael Eaton - clearly a solid and experienced close up worker. he coin effects that he performs were fantastic. His lecture convinced me to buy his pretty fly seperately
Richard Osterlind - Like Bob below, just super solid tried and tested (over numerous years) material. amazing value for money both lectures plus the one he did with Bob - great back and forth discussion between these two legends
BoB Cassidy - name and place, forth dimensional telepathyThree Envelop Test plus at least 2 hours of solid interview and discussion
Jay Scott Berry - great stage material using devious in the hands gimmicks and subtleties as well as topit work. His work on the sanada gimmick is 'revolutionary'
Dani DaOrtiz - buy all 3 of his penguin lectures. amazing to watch
Chris Philpott - really enjoyed his scripting and presentation of effects. He is a screenplay writer after all. Inspired me to purchase all of his 100th monkey principle related effects
Morgan and West - they highlight how much mis direction can be applied by having two magicians on stage. There two card signed transposition was a perfect exampleof it and worth the price of the lecture
Jan Forster - really devious methods, adds layer upon layer to fool you. I have been doing memdeck work for over 15 years and his effect on here fooled me badly, even on repeat viewing and even when I know the method I get fooled
Chris Randall - His bill in lemon is worth price of lecture. His honest discussion about his approach to busking was very insightful as well as a very honest discussion about his inner struggles and working on the vegas strip
Scott Alexander - All 5 lectures thus far have been fun,entertaining, with loads of little gigs, bits of business, worker tips and great routines
shawn farquhar - his deck switch and dvd/cd magic was worth price of lecture

There are many many more highlights and lecture honorable mentions include:- Dan Harlan , Colin Mcleod, Danny Orleans, Silly Billy, Bill Malone, David Williamson, John Guastaferro, OZ Pearlman, Marcelo Insua, John Lovick, Nick Einhorn ,Tom Mullica, Alain Nu


Its not always just about learning tricks (we all have enough material on our arsenal and magic drawer). But if you can get 1 thing from a lecture then it is worth the money you paid to watch it
warren
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Thanks for your input I have been thinking about getting the Michael Eaton lecture as that one did appeal when I came across it, as you say we all have different needs and opinions for example I have seen Chris Randall lecture live and found it to be one of the most boring lectures I had ever been to and virtually every other magician at that lecture thought the same, in fact I was warned beforehand how bad it was by another magician friend that had saw his lecture a week earlier. He was drinking strong alcohol through out which I didn't think was very professional and spent an eternity on the hover card and his big tip on bill in lemon wasn't really revolutionary but as you quite rightly say we all have different expectations.
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