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Topic: The best lecture you ever saw was ....?
Message: Posted by: magicbar1 (Dec 13, 2005 06:19PM)
Just curious what lecture you enjoyed the most, learned the most from during your time as a magician
Message: Posted by: Father Photius (Dec 13, 2005 10:05PM)
WOW! Best ever, hard to say. I've learned so much at so many. And it depends on the magic ur interested in too. I've been to lectures in types of magic I don't do, just to see what is going on, they were excellent, but I can't say what I learned was used as much as those who do my type of magic. I'd have to say 3 lecturers stand out to me. Mark Wilson (promoting urself as a magician, promoting with magic, and the business of magic) Harry Lorrayne (card sleights, card tricks, and the best at recovering from a blunder I've ever seen), and Daryl Easton (excellent card, coin and rope closeup / parlor, plus he has so much energy). Those three lecturers impressed me most.
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Dec 14, 2005 06:07AM)
I love all of Duane Laflin's Lectures.

He presents effects that are easy to learn, nice routines, he is easy to understand, adaptable magic to personalize and he sells a lot of good magic.

He has a solid grasp on theater, style, character, originality, magic with silks, sponges, flowers, a great sense of humor, personable type of guy, and his lecture on music was one of his best.
Message: Posted by: magicelam (Dec 14, 2005 12:24PM)
One of my favorite lecture's was Jay Mattioli's lecture at the 2004 Twin City Magic Convention (www.twincityconvention.com).

Jay is very high energy, and the lecture was on marketing and promotional material... very good.
Message: Posted by: D Byrd (Dec 14, 2005 02:26PM)
For Restaurant Magic it was Danny Tong

For Stage it was Jeff McBride

For close-up it was Martin Lewis
Message: Posted by: Leland Stone (Dec 20, 2005 11:36AM)
FWIW, I'll second the Martin Lewis nomination on close-up. A fluid and engaging presentation combined with serious chops.

Stage? Gotta be Losander. Don't tell me this guy uses some kind of funky Zombie gizmo -- that stuff had to have been floating, and Magic was the only possible cause!

Bonus points to both of these gentlemen for their graciousness and warmth.
Message: Posted by: nucinud (Dec 27, 2005 08:12AM)
It has to be a tie between Aldo Colombini and Chris Capehart.
Message: Posted by: Glenn Godsey (Dec 28, 2005 11:51AM)
Don Alan, J.B. Bobo, Mike Skinner, Charlie Miller, Al Goshman, Derek Dingle, Al Schneider, Brother John Hammon, Paul Harris, Aldo Columbini, Jim Cellini, Senator Clark Crandall....mostly in the 60's and 70's.

Best regards,
Glenn Godsey
Message: Posted by: Bob Gerdes (Dec 28, 2005 03:47PM)
Paul Cummins. EXCELLENT!

Message: Posted by: snowboard (Dec 29, 2005 07:51AM)
Aldo Columbini ,Lee Asher,

Zenneth from HK is aslo good!

I would like to attend Paul Cummins Lecture.I like his coin work.
Message: Posted by: jkesler (Dec 30, 2005 08:02PM)
Last August the FAB magic shop they had a Legends Lecture which was awsome. Bev, Roy Huston, Dick Stoner, just to name a few that were on the panel... And as a added bonus it was FREE...
Best Wishes
Message: Posted by: Eric Leclerc (Dec 31, 2005 02:06AM)
Jamy Swiss, Rocco and Chad Long
Message: Posted by: Michael Rubinstein (Dec 31, 2005 10:38AM)
Al Goshman, and John Mendoza. Both lectures had a big influence on my decision to pursue coin magic in the 70's. Later on, watching Mike Ammar helped me to alter my style toward stand up rather than sit down coin magic.
Message: Posted by: joseph (Jan 1, 2006 07:31AM)
Message: Posted by: Cesar Munoz (Jan 2, 2006 10:05PM)
I saw Juan Tamariz lecture in Manhattan last year (I think it was last year?) and he was amazing.
Message: Posted by: TheAmazingSteveo (Jan 8, 2006 06:19AM)
Greg Wilson when he was here in Michigan. He was great!
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Jan 9, 2006 02:03PM)
Tamariz taught me something at his lecture that meant more than any method or effect... so I would say for me he was Numero Uno.
Message: Posted by: Tom G (Jan 9, 2006 02:12PM)
I always enjoy Aldo or Daryl or Sankey. But my favorite memory was at Simon Lovell's house when he hosted private lectures. A full night of Johnny Thompson doing magic and telling stories...
Message: Posted by: martin56 (Jan 10, 2006 05:18PM)
Juan Tamariz, Gaetan Bloom and Lennart Green
Message: Posted by: squando (Jan 16, 2006 06:10PM)
Lennart Green, Mike Close and Tamariz
Message: Posted by: trickychris (Jan 17, 2006 10:43AM)
Greg wilson in england! the best
Message: Posted by: Ryan Joyce (Jan 17, 2006 10:51PM)
Drove 11 hours to catch Jeff McBride in New York City. As a stage performer I enjoyed his theory behind actions, movement and music.


Message: Posted by: mike gallo (Jan 17, 2006 11:18PM)
April of 1975...Dai Vernons farewell lecture...never seen anything like it...doubt I ever will!

Message: Posted by: Canadian Guy (Jan 18, 2006 03:06AM)
Aldo is one of the best "hobbiest" lectures! You get in, laugh, have a great time and leave knowing about half a dozen EASY Yet powerful effects
Eugene Burger was one of the best thought out lectures on presentations
Max Maven was INCREDIBLE for "one of a kind" lectures
of course Ammar & Daryl are pros at lectures

any one seen Paul Harris lecture??
or Rafael Benatar??
Message: Posted by: Chad Long (Jan 18, 2006 08:51PM)
any one seen Paul Harris lecture??
or Rafael Benatar??

Our local club here in Daytona Beach booked Paul Harris when I was about 14 or 15 years old ('80 or '81?). I will NEVER forget the great time I had that night, seeing all of those wonderful, strange effects! Decks turned solid, cards linked together, changed places with coins, got ripped and restored, and changed color all in a way I'd (or anyone else for that matter) ever seen before. I had ten dollars in my pocket and bought "Paul Harris Reveals Some of His Most Intimate Secrets". I went home and worked through every single trick in the book! I've got a picture of me with him at that lecture and it sure brings back great memories...

PS: Other great lectures I've seen include Derek Dingle, Michael Ammar, David Williamson and Gary Kurtz...

Posted: Jan 18, 2006 10:29pm

Oops, almost forgot...Gaeton Bloom! What a great lecture!
Message: Posted by: Jondalawyer (Jan 20, 2006 09:20AM)
Another Vote for Aldo

Rick Maue - The most thoughtful and well-prepared I've seen.

My good friend Bob Elliott.

Message: Posted by: Mark Ennis (Jan 23, 2006 12:52PM)
The best lecturers I have seen are:

1. Darwin Ortiz - I have sen Darwin lecture on several occasions and his stuff is wonderful. Highly recommended.

2. David Roth - I dopn't do coins (because I suck, not because coin magic is bad) but I could watch David Roth perform his routines for hours. He is amazing.

3. Garrett Thomas - I never had heard of him. Bob Sheets told us he was great and Denny Haney loved him so I went. He fooled me badly with several effects and it was nice to see someone who was unknown to me put on a lecture that surpassed most of the known magicians.

4. Juan Tamariz - I saw him lecture about 12 years ago the night before one of the World Magic Summit's in Washington, DC. He did a bunch of stuff with the memorized deck and he did his FISM act. The result was like being in a boxing match against the champ - the champ lands a solid knockout blow and then proceeds to kick you in the ribs for a few minutes after you are down.

5. Rene Lavand - His lecture was so incredible that I almost walked out during the explanations because I did not want to know how he did the stuff he fooled me with. I didn't want to be rude so I stayed. Also, I wasn't about to forfeit my front row seat so what choice did I really have? (wink).

6. Doc Eason - When I first got into magic, he lectured for a Magi-Whirl event. This was back in 1991 and I remember the lecture as if it just happened. His card under the glass and multiple card location were the two highlights of a very powerful lecture.

I have seen plenty of lectures and these were the highlights. I have also not had the opportunity to see others lecture that were named so hopefully they will come to a venue near me and get added to my list !!!
Message: Posted by: Nat (Feb 18, 2006 04:03PM)
Years ago, I had the opportunity to see Slydini - no more questions!

Message: Posted by: Tim Hannig (Feb 18, 2006 05:15PM)
Tim Ellis and Sue Ann Webster are the most polished lecturers that I have seen.

Great fun and great magic!
Message: Posted by: ricker (Feb 18, 2006 05:53PM)
Fred Kaps...
Message: Posted by: Dr Marvin (Feb 18, 2006 06:22PM)
David Williamson's lecture was the best I have ever seen. The thing is, the lecture focused less on tricks, but nobody cared, because when you have David Williamson on stage your not wanting to see tricks, your wanting to see David Williamson. I whole heartly believe that Dave could come out and perform just one trick, and still have people pay admission to see it. David Williamson is a one man show, and he is the most amazing person alive!

Dr Marvin

Message: Posted by: kenscott (Feb 18, 2006 09:03PM)
Best lecture?

I LOVE watching Dave Williamson too.

Chad long is always a favorite.

Message: Posted by: Dr Marvin (Feb 19, 2006 07:16PM)
For anybody who doesn't know what Ken and I are talking about is when you go to a normal show or lecture, or at least from my experience, the entertainer seems like he has been doing the act for a while and knows what he is going to say when. Almost canned patter, but when David Williamson gets on stage he gives you the illusion that he hasnt planned anything, which to a degree is right, but David takes his act and magic very seriously. The one time I saw him on stage, I had to walk out of the theater, because I seriously couldn't breathe from laughing so hard, many other people had to do the same thing. I hope one day he will put out more videos, of just him performing, because in my opinion they would be worth anything just to watch him do what he does best: Entertain!

Dr Marvin
Message: Posted by: threecardmonte (Feb 21, 2006 01:18PM)
Tom Mullica and Michael Close.