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Topic: Chris Philpott Penguin lecture
Message: Posted by: gabelson (Feb 21, 2015 08:41AM)
I have no dog in this race, but I do know based on what I've been lucky enough to own of Chris' work, I am eagerly awaiting his Penguin lecture on Sunday. His "100 Monkeys" and "Babel" are brilliant, and as Banachek has said, they are rare works that stand on their own. Just speaking for myself, I look forward to this with great anticipation.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Feb 21, 2015 10:57AM)
This should be great based on his work I'm familiar with; The 100th Monkey, Babel, Intimate Mysteries and Incandescence. Plus Chris recently got in touch with me to ask permission to use one of my effects within a wonderful larger routine he'll be teaching which was very flattering. It is my kind of routine, and Chris seems such a nice guy so of course I agreed though the exact method will be kept secret out of respect to those who have purchased it.

I just read the description on Penguin and there are some interesting extras, incuding everything you need for One Monkey Ahead from Babel (one of my two favorites on the DVD, bringing a deviously fresh approach to the venerable one-ahead method and rife with possibilities), Your Darkest Fear ("a suspenseful homage to horror movies;" not familiar with this but given Chis's background and creative talent I'm looking forward to seeing what is all about), plus 3 other effects and 3 of his articles from Magic Magazine. All this is part of the download package so there seems like a lot of added value. One Monkey Ahead, with the needed graphics could sell for the price of the lecture and people would be getting their money's worth. I know, a cliche, but in this case it is accurate in my opinion.

The Open Door, from his book Intimate Mysteries is on the schedule too, and this represents an area where I feel Chris really shines in his perhaps less well known contributions to mentalism; the application of his skill and experience as a scriptwriter to powerful mentalism effects. He shares a style easily adaptable to all kinds of the work we do, empasizing the power of a good story, told in interaction with the participant for lack of a better way of putting it, to engage, deceive and surprise your audience. The kind of surprise that comes as a welcome twist at the end of a great tale, something rare in mentalism.

Given the controversy lately about lectures around here, ordinarily I'd be cautious to chime in ahead of time. But based on the quality and originality of Chris's body of work along with his other talents I'm more than willing to risk a STRONG recommendation to check this one out. And like Gabe I'm not racing any dogs either, I've simply been consistently impressed and really enjoy Chris's style.
Message: Posted by: Jeff Wassom (Feb 21, 2015 12:43PM)
Intimate Mysteries is wonderful. Planning on mastering Alvo Stockman's 'Singularity' so I can play with these wonderful frameworks (not a requirement, but fits conditions I require).

These are the types of routines people will remember for the rest of their lives which is unique because often people remember being astounded but forget exactly what took place probably because of their lack of involvement in determining the process. This is where Chris' work 'starts' from, so the relevance of say a pack of playing cards are built into a larger adventure.

Looking forward to the lecture too obviously! =)
Message: Posted by: saysold1 (Feb 21, 2015 01:37PM)
Chris will undoubtedly be superb - his innovative ideas are becoming legendary.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 21, 2015 04:37PM)
Thank you, Bill.

I know nothing of Chris's work, but based on your words, have purchased the lecture.

Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Feb 21, 2015 05:39PM)
[quote]On Feb 21, 2015, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
Thank you, Bill.

I know nothing of Chris's work, but based on your words, have purchased the lecture.

Tony [/quote]

NOW, I have a dog in this race, lol. I can't imagine you being disappointed, Tony, and thanks for the vote of confidence. Philpott, you best get out there and kick some magical A&&!
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Feb 22, 2015 05:34AM)
I am really looking forward to this.

Message: Posted by: george1953 (Feb 22, 2015 06:29AM)
Me too Bobby, 100rh monkey is something I love using. I'm sure it will be a great lecture !
Message: Posted by: Ollie (Feb 23, 2015 03:35AM)
How was the lecture?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 23, 2015 11:15AM)
I found Chris to be very likable.
His stories were interesting and I enjoyed his thought process.
His honesty about himself was also refreshing.

He promised quite a bit of additional download material for the lecture (to be added when he can), so he is also a generous person.

I did not know much about Chris going into this, just what I saw on an interview at a different magic site, so I had no expectations going into this one.

Message: Posted by: mr d (Feb 23, 2015 11:22AM)
Good effects? Workable?
Message: Posted by: hashtagmagic (Feb 23, 2015 11:55AM)
The effects were like Chris, honest and generous.
Message: Posted by: Chris Philpott (Feb 27, 2015 09:55AM)
Thanks for the nice comments guys! Here's a clip of one of my effects from the lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SofEHDMuni4 . Hope you enjoy it!
Message: Posted by: DutchFrank (Feb 27, 2015 03:27PM)
Maybe this is something for you, Chris.

The 101st monkey

Some see a blue and black dress, while others see a white with gold one.

Ask around, and you'll be surprised!

Message: Posted by: BlakeAdams (Feb 27, 2015 05:33PM)
Fun effect, but poor poor penguin
Message: Posted by: Chris Philpott (Feb 28, 2015 10:16AM)
Hey DutchFrank -- yes, that dress reminded me of the 100th Monkey -- wheels turning...

Hey Blake -- I have a feeling the penguin will be just fine for Luca Volpe's lecture this Sunday. ;)
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Feb 28, 2015 11:58AM)
Just my thoughts but this was one of my top lectures, and I've seen many... too many

In this there was some really clever thinking and some clever methods but it was the story telling and structuring part that most interested me. A fascinating idea and it really works, as demonstrated by the great pieces shown and taught during the lecture. There was just something more about the presentation than the usual things I see. They had intrigue, drama, suspense and even surprise (Freddie Kruger!). This is what happens when a movie screen writer after years of learning his trade, then turns the skills he's learned to magic and mentalism. This is the dude behind that wonderful AGT performance.

Really good stuff. This is such a bargain and one lecture that everyone should get... I can't imagine anyone being any less than happy with this and I highly recommend it :)
Message: Posted by: Sean Giles (Feb 28, 2015 12:15PM)
BTW am I right in thinking there are some PDF's to be added to the download section on Penguin? ta
Message: Posted by: Chris Philpott (Feb 28, 2015 02:19PM)
Thank you, Sean! Yes, there are materials to be uploaded (a lot of them!) but I had a computer melt-down this week and am a little behind. They'll be up soon!

And though I did come up with the effect David and Leeman presented at their AGT audition and worked with them both before and during the taping, that very cool "pressure phrenology" presentation was all their own. I wish I could take credit for it though!
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Feb 28, 2015 06:56PM)
Well done, Chris. I really appreciate what you have brought to the art of mentalism. Keep up the good work!
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Mar 1, 2015 04:16AM)
Just watched this last night. I think we should start a "save the penguin" appeal. That was brilliant, Dan'sface was a picture.
Message: Posted by: BCE (Mar 1, 2015 08:05AM)
Really enjoying the lecture. Does anyone if there will be a language warning for the lecture? (I'm referring to one segment only.) Definitely going to revisit the Intimate Mysteries book.
Message: Posted by: Michael Zarek (Mar 1, 2015 08:06AM)
[quote]On Mar 1, 2015, BCE wrote:
Really enjoying the lecture. Does anyone if there will be a language warning for the lecture? (I'm referring to one segment only.). [/quote]

Do we really need a language warning in this day and age ? :P
Message: Posted by: BCE (Mar 1, 2015 08:48AM)
I only mentioned it because I'll never forget when I got "Photographic" the Matt Mello effect and was floored by the way-over-the-top disclaimer on that one. I'm watching it and saying to myself, really? That's strong language? OTOH, the spectator in Philpott lecture segment dropped a couple proverbial "f-bombs." Taking into account the effect in question...um, yeah, some sort of disclaimer would be nice. But, yeah, great lecture.
Message: Posted by: Ulrich (Mar 1, 2015 10:56AM)
I bought it and I love it. If you liked Chris' lecture, you will LOVE his book "Intimate Mysteries". It's a masterpiece of using an equivoque and story-telling together to make a wonderful effects. (Chris is also a great writer of non-magic stuff - "The Death Watch" was quite an entertaining read!)
Message: Posted by: Mister E. (Mar 2, 2015 09:21AM)
The PDF to the lecture is no ready for download at Penguin. Very generous again. Almost 80 pages. Thanks Chris!
Message: Posted by: Chris Philpott (Mar 2, 2015 11:34AM)
Thank you, Bob, George, BCE, Ulrich and Mister E!

Yes the pdf is up and ready to download -- there is still one more thing to come: Penguin will be posting a copy of my Breakthrough DVD -- expect that in the next few days.

BCE, I asked Penguin if they wanted me to bleep the swearing in the scenes of “the enthusiastic Magic Castle women”, they said they were fine with the swearing and if they’re fine, I’m fine. As I mentioned in the lecture, in the film production world even mainstream scripts are laced with f-bombs (not in the dialogue, which would risk an R-rating, but in the descriptions).

Bob, I thought about you after the lecture! I wondered what you would think about the ploy where I tossed out 11 jokers into the audience and one King as a way to select a participant. I was thinking of all the great work you’ve done on how to select spectators and here I am leaving it to chance! What I forgot to mention is that you can use those three questions I asked when the person selected was still in the audience as a way to weed out a smart-ass – no one knows what you’re looking for with those questions! Then you can have the person toss the card to someone else and go for a second try. I think it fits in with the narrative of “the chosen one” I was trying to invoke: there are plenty of stories where some jack-ass assumes he’s the chosen-one (like the big dullard who tries to pull the sword from the stone before Arthur) and so it fits the narrative well. So you see, Bob, I have listened to your lessons!

Message: Posted by: Woodfield (Mar 2, 2015 03:25PM)
When I saw you do the selection of the spectator with the Jokers and King, I was thinking it would be easy to use that procedure to pick someone you have st**ged.
You could put two Kings in with the Jokers to pick two people for a really clean ACAAN.
Message: Posted by: Chris Philpott (Mar 4, 2015 10:05AM)
I think that would work, Woodfield.
Message: Posted by: Chris Philpott (Mar 7, 2015 04:10PM)
I just noticed this at the top of the Penguin page... :)

Link: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5170
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Mar 8, 2015 07:12AM)
Save the penguin, just send £3 a month to the penguin sanctuary and you will get regular updates and a photo of the penguin ;-)
Message: Posted by: Robb (Mar 8, 2015 03:33PM)
I'm going to be honest... I was a bit disappointed in Chris' lecture. I don't buy every penguin lecture but I jumped at this one. I think Chris is a brilliant creator and has a great sense of what makes for entertaining mentalism. There were definitely some beautiful gems in this lecture, but I really felt Chris was a tad unprepared. It felt very seat of the pants to me and a bit chaotic.

I am not saying this wasn't a good value. The o*e ah**d utilizing the 100th Monkey principle was worth the purchase price alone. Including the images in the download was great! I just felt that the lecture could have been better planned and more focused.

Finally, Chris seemed a bit nervous or distracted or something, I don't know. He did say that he doesn't perform that often (if my memory is correct) so that explains that I guess. I think he SHOULD perform more because he's a very likable guy, quite charismatic and has a cool look. With more experience and the confidence that that brings, I think he could be one of the best performers around. That may not be a goal of his, which I understand, but the potential is definitely there.
Message: Posted by: JonBarr (Mar 9, 2015 07:09PM)
When I first started teaching college, I got a few comments on my anonymous student surveys that I seemed nervous. Eventually I got less nervous, but I still get the jitters when I present to a new group of students. Now I always try and give them an assignment where they have to present to the class. It helps them to learn the material in a different way and it also gives them the opportunity to empathize with those of us that have to stand up there every day. Believe me, if I graded those students on how nervous they seemed, very few would pass. Some professors are best at research and some are best at pleasing the crowd. My goal is to be the best at helping my students achieve their goals. Thankfully, I don't get that complaint anymore. Partly because I'm less nervous and partly because they realize that I'm not there to entertain them or demonstrate my public speaking skills. I'm there I'm there to share what I know and help them to get better. I'm grateful they see the value in that.
Message: Posted by: minty (Mar 10, 2015 02:15AM)
[quote]On Mar 8, 2015, Robb wrote:
I am not saying this wasn't a good value ... I just felt that the lecture could have been better planned and more focused.[/quote]

I agree to a certain extent. I take different things away from different lectures. Sometimes the effects and techniques taught are fantastic, but the performance isn't that great. Sometimes I'm already familiar with many of the effects and methods, but the performance and presentation is refreshing and, frankly, very entertaining. With Derren Brown's lecture there were no effects and no real performance, but the conversation and advice was worth a great deal for me.

I think it's true that Chris came across as a little unprepared or nervous in parts, but I found him very likeable and entertaining. He came across as extremely generous, both in the way he handled Jakob, and in the way he offered to include additional material with the download. He'd taken the time to film other performers presenting some of his effects, and I think the use of those clips worked very well. It was interesting to see a variety of performance styles in a variety of situations.

I'm very grateful that Chris agreed to do this lecture and share his effects. It may not be the number one Penguin lecture of all time, but I found it to be of great value and would recommend it.
Message: Posted by: Jacob Smith (Jun 29, 2015 01:56PM)
Hey guys,

Thought I would revive this in honor of the release of Chris' French Postcards! I really enjoyed the experience of Chris' lecture and had a blast watching the performances as well as the explanations, also it was a lot of fun to watch Chris convince Dan to mutilate the penguin!...I know when Dan is seriously perplexed by something and being there live you could really see his internal dialogue going crazy.

I feel like the hidden gem in here is really his discussion of utilizing the Hero's Tale in set/show construction, but sadly it seems theory such as this is often overlooked in these kind of settings...Anyways, he gave me French Postcards and a slew of his other brilliant products for attending, they are all top notch. Not all of the ideas presented were really my style, BUT I really feel the tools and theory in the lecture are invaluable. Hope everyone is getting as much joy from this as I did and for those upset that I am reviving an old post...well...Go to this new post to see why exactly I did it...


Message: Posted by: StuartNolan (Jun 30, 2015 07:17AM)
I thought this was a great lecture. Chris is a deep thinker and ingenious creator. It's one of those rare lectures that you get more out of on second viewing and I expect to return to it in the future to find more ideas I've probably still overlooked.
Message: Posted by: Bill Cushman (Jul 1, 2015 11:06AM)
[quote]On Jun 30, 2015, StuartNolan wrote:
I thought this was a great lecture. Chris is a deep thinker and ingenious creator. It's one of those rare lectures that you get more out of on second viewing and I expect to return to it in the future to find more ideas I've probably still overlooked. [/quote]

I second that. Despite a bit of chaos (for understandable and explained reasons), when I finally viewed it all the way through in one sitting I found the lecture not only a whole lot of fun but extremely thought provoking and inspiring. Add to that what a likable guy Chris is and there are real "formulas" for success shared throughout.
Message: Posted by: Chris Philpott (Mar 21, 2016 01:14PM)
Hey guys --

I lost track of this thread, but thanks for the praise and honest criticism. In my career I've always been behind the camera or off-stage, so yes I was nervous, at least for the first trick. I started to have fun after that. And at least some of the chaos was planned -- I absolutely loved the calculated anarchy of David Williamson's lecture -- it was so alive and fun you hardly noticed how much you were learning -- and I learned a ton from that lecture, both in form and content.

Thanks to those who alerted me to the latest Seance and Spookshow Podcast by Brynmore. https://archive.org/details/SeancesAndSpookshows . It's an interview with Dan Harlan. Brynmore asks him:

"On the topic of Penguin lectures, what's been your most memorable moment? Is there anything that jumps out at all?"

Dan Harlan: "Yeah! Yeah, yeah. Chris Philpott who is the guy behind the 100th Monkey. Chris is a screenwriter out in Hollywood - that's his full-time profession and he's very, very good at it and so he brought the most dramatic presentations, things where you really cared about what was going on. He's not a full-time performer of magic. He does perform stuff. It's just so well-thought-out..."

Dan goes on for close to ten minutes about one of my effects in particular -- the Card to Any Location Called For -- in a very insightful discussion that draws together this effect and the principle behind it, Max Malini, David Berglas, mass hypnosis and the Pope. I discussed the principle myself in the lecture (I think I also mentioned Malini and Berglas, but I forget now...). The entire podcast is excellent, but if you want to hear this discussion, it's about 1:50 into the Dan Harlan episode. Thanks to both Dan and Brynmore!

Message: Posted by: n361128 (Apr 24, 2016 03:37PM)
This is definitely going to be my next download from penguin
Message: Posted by: n361128 (Jul 5, 2016 05:14PM)
Wow - this is one of the best penguin lectures I have watched - except for the cruelty to the penguin - I loved Chris's presentation style - he was a little nervous/forgetful but this made it so much more a friendly and "approachable" lecture. Some incredible information here. I was astounded before I got to the 100th Monkey - which is just brilliant. The only thing missing in the lecture is the force used on FEAR - can anyone tell me what the force was.