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Topic: Scott Alexander and Dan Harlan Holiday Special 4 LIVE: Sunday Dec 25th @7:00pm Eastern. (Penguin LIV
Message: Posted by: S-Branham (Dec 21, 2016 09:53AM)
Scott Alexander and Dan Harlan Holiday Special 4 LIVE: Sunday Dec 25th @7:00pm Eastern. (Penguin LIVE) SUPPORT LIVE MAGIC.

http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/7643

“The magic of your words touched everyone.” -Oprah

“This guy is pure showmanship.” -Piers Morgan

“Scott sports and amiable, self-deprecating stage presence as he does tricks only magic aficionados are likely to have seen elsewhere.” -Las Vegas Review Journal

”Wow…I’ve never seen magic like that before.” -Michael Jackson

“Very unique and different for a magician.” -Sharon Osborne

“I’ve seen levitation before but not like that. Amazing!” -Howie Mandel

“Wow, you guys are still applauding? Maybe we should bring the magician back out here.” -Dennis Miller

What will they teach?
Safety Pin Swallow Scott’s take on a version of the timeless Razor Blades or Needles from the mouth. This one is not only extremely deceptive, but also super easy to make at home with stuff you probably have lying around.

Apple Jacked Scott shows you an alternative routine with his version of Gene Elmo’s "Silk in Apple," and goes over some of the fine points of the routine. This is great for all audiences, from kids to the most skeptical adults. Its a real fooler!

Mexican Paper Tear Scott tips the work on his diabolical version of the Leipzig Cigarette Paper Tear. This is a funny routine packed with jokes and one-liners but is really a powerhouse, pack small, play big effect.

Musicallity Scott discusses ideas for effectively choosing and using music in your act. He talks about how music can really inform your magic and stage presence. Demonstrating a simple Linking Ring routine to three different pieces of music, Scott illustrates and comments on how each one is becomes different, just by the song choices. He follows this up with a performance of his CARD TUNES routine, which uses several different songs, and allows you to see how music can instantly spark memories, emotions and feelings.

Crack Date This is Scott’s irreverent and funny fusion of Al Koran’s "Gold Medallion" and TA Waters "Back Date.” With a prediction that ends up in the most unlikely of places. Imagine if Derek Zoolander was a mentalist!

Cake in Hat Scott’s out of the box twist on the classic Al Baker “Baking a Cake in a Hat" is one that you will use for your kid shows or birthday party gigs. It takes the magician in trouble syndrome to a new level and makes the kid the hero. It has a huge, surprise production at the end as the cake vanishes, which leaves the kids screaming and laughing out loud!

White Russian Roulette Famous for his Russian Roulette routines, “Shattered" and "Nailed It," Scott once again dips in to that well and comes up with a bucketful of fun. This is a non-lethal, but heavily consequence filled routine that pits your cel phone against a spectators, all to win a “fabulous prize.” The ending is one they do not see coming, and revives a long dead classic effect of magic that is electric!

Who are they?
Scott’s magic reached millions on NBC’s season six of America’s Got Talent where he advanced all the way with his large stage illusions. With articles in People Magazine and Nations Business, the Oprah Show took notice and Scott was invited by Oprah Winfrey to make a guest appearance on her show. Scott had the honor of headlining on the Las Vegas Strip at Caesars Palace for over seven years and four thousand performances of large grand illusions fused with stand-up comedy magic. Scott’s magic has been featured on Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us” on the CW, The Sify Channel, Discovery Channel and NBC. Scott has appeared in Paris on the world class and prestigious Le Grand Plus Cabaret Du Monde. Whether it be the intimacy of a close-up sleight of hand performance, stand up comedy magic, or the all out spectacle of a large stage show, Scott Alexander’s delivery is always lighthearted, somewhat irreverent, amazing, quick-witted and sure to leave you filled with wonder and laughter.

Dan Harlan is famous for creating some of the greatest magic effects of the modern age: Card-Toon, “Hold It, Buster!”, Starcle, and The Awakening just to name a few! His vast knowledge of magical methods, combined with his theatrical training, provides audiences with a uniquely engaging experience. You never know what to expect from Dan Harlan, but you know it will be entertaining and amazing!

Dan Harlan has made a few TV appearances nationally and internationally, plus he’s worked behind-the-scenes as a consultant for many other top professionals, including Jeff McBride, Kevin James, Keith Barry, and David Copperfield. He’s also starred in numerous instructional magic videos, including Bandshark, The Close-Up Magic of Dan Harlan, Magic With Rubberbands (3 Vols), Pack Small Play Big (5 Vols), Premium Blend (6 Vols), Ultimate Impromptu (3 Vols), Mindbogglers (4 Vols), The Minotaur: Final Issue, A Little R&B, and most recently SpeakEasy! Chances are actually good that you’ve performed something he created! Harlan has performed in just about every conceivable type of venue for audiences of all ages from Close-Up to Stage, Kid’s Shows to Corporate, Comedy Clubs to Concerts. He’s done it all, and he continues to be one of the most requested magical teachers in the world. Recently, Harlan was hired by Neil Strauss, Best Selling Author of “The Game,” to give a private seminar on Bar Bets and Con Games for one of his events.

And, most of all, he's the amazing, talented, always-working host of Penguin LIVE!
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Dec 21, 2016 07:00PM)
And it's free again...Merry Ho Ho to you!!!
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Dec 22, 2016 10:47AM)
Can. Not. Wait.

Always a highlight at the end of the year. :)
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Dec 22, 2016 04:00PM)
I think this one is going to be a marathon!!!! Should clock in at over 3 hours for sure.
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Dec 22, 2016 04:34PM)
Wow, I'm going to be up late then. The perfect end to Christmas Day :)
Message: Posted by: close_up_act (Dec 24, 2016 01:13AM)
Any idea on what time this will be released? Midnight ? Noon Ohio time? Will emails be sent out?
Message: Posted by: tophatter (Dec 24, 2016 01:38AM)
If you get it now Free lol ! can you still view it after xmas ?
Message: Posted by: Colin (C.J.) (Dec 24, 2016 01:55AM)
[quote]On Dec 24, 2016, close_up_act wrote:
Any idea on what time this will be released? Midnight ? Noon Ohio time? Will emails be sent out? [/quote]
The clue is in the title of the thread.
Message: Posted by: Afal (Dec 24, 2016 09:40AM)
[quote]On Dec 24, 2016, tophatter wrote:
If you get it now Free lol ! can you still view it after xmas ? [/quote]

I'd imagine it's the same as with all preorders of Penguin lectures, that it adds the lecture to your account for you to watch/download at any time after the lecture's release date.

Looking forward to this year's lecture. I enjoyed a last year's free lecture (despite some rather unfortunate jokes).
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Dec 24, 2016 02:45PM)
Got it when it first came out! Like all lectures it will be available to watch later at any time, and starts at 7PM.
Message: Posted by: tophatter (Dec 25, 2016 12:48PM)
Thanks for the information Can't wait !
Message: Posted by: MagicMan1957 (Dec 25, 2016 05:06PM)
Once its in my Penguin shopping cart, How do I watch it live?
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 25, 2016 05:08PM)
You go through checkout, pay zero dollars for it, and wait for 7:00 PM eastern time on Dec 25.

Then go to My Downloads (or My Penguin Magic) and click the green Learn button for that item.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 25, 2016 05:44PM)
Also: The purchase price is only zero dollars through the end of Dec 25.

Thereafter I believe the price goes up to normal Penguin lecture price of $29.95.
Message: Posted by: MagicMan1957 (Dec 25, 2016 06:10PM)
Did everything as instructed BUT I have no green learn button.. Only Watch and Discuss buttons :-(
Message: Posted by: docbarnes (Dec 25, 2016 06:13PM)
I am having no luck at viewing this as well.

Doc
Message: Posted by: magicthree (Dec 25, 2016 06:13PM)
Is anyone watching it now. I'm getting nothing.
Message: Posted by: close_up_act (Dec 25, 2016 06:16PM)
Still waiting
Message: Posted by: Oscar999 (Dec 25, 2016 06:19PM)
Okay ... great, not just me ... I'm waiting too.

Oscar
Message: Posted by: Wardy (Dec 25, 2016 06:23PM)
Good to know it's not just because I'm in Australia. Will download when it's finished.
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Dec 25, 2016 06:41PM)
All my hopes and dreams of not being alone for yet another Christmas have now been shattered. Oh well, Merry Christmas anyway to the rest of you.

BTW, I got no response to tweeting them about it not working or possibly being delayed.
Message: Posted by: Orlan (Dec 25, 2016 06:53PM)
[quote]On Dec 25, 2016, Poof-Daddy wrote:
All my hopes and dreams of not being alone for yet another Christmas have now been shattered. Oh well, Merry Christmas anyway to the rest of you.

BTW, I got no response to tweeting them about it not working or possibly being delayed. [/quote]

It went up a bit ago, you need to click on the "Learn" button, it's not showing in the video feed (lectures aren't live anymore anyway).
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Dec 25, 2016 07:16PM)
My "Learn button" was not there but did finally show up a couple minutes ago. :-)
Message: Posted by: Wardy (Dec 25, 2016 07:17PM)
Yep, all good here too now. Happy holidays everyone!
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Dec 25, 2016 07:25PM)
[quote]On Dec 24, 2016, Afal wrote:
Looking forward to this year's lecture. I enjoyed a last year's free lecture (despite some rather unfortunate jokes). [/quote]
OOPS, But they do warn you in advance. Not 5 mins in and the language is pretty salty.

That said, I don't mind at all. I used to get booked often for a "totally adult bar show" where I billed myself as "Omar the Obnoxious" (and lived up to it). I also did very family friendly birthday parties for kids. We are entertainers and that covers a lot of different genres. I keep my stuff "mostly clean" at this point but with the right chemistry in a particular group, sometimes this type stuff they are showing and doing works.
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Dec 25, 2016 11:24PM)
I just heard that too many people were trying to watch it and the server couldn't handle it. So.... it is being immediately placed in your online magic collection for viewing. Grab a glass of nog and hit the green learn button.

Thanks everyone!

Scott
Message: Posted by: EZrhythm (Dec 26, 2016 12:19AM)
Thank You, Scott- Much appreciated!

MERRY NEW YEAR!

-No, it's, "HAPPY NEW YEAR!"

...THANK YOU FOR COLLECTING MY ENLISH WHICH STINK. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Dec 26, 2016 08:23AM)
Ha!!!! Funny! :rotf:
Message: Posted by: Nikki78 (Dec 26, 2016 11:26AM)
Thanks Scott & Dan - after buying the last 3 specials (I missed last year's deal) I hoped all year for a fourth special and here we go.
Just hit the play button and after 30 minutes I can already say: great show - my kind of humour... These two gentlemen should work together more often
Hilarious !!!

Thumbs up & thanks!!!

Cheers
Nikki
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 26, 2016 03:36PM)
This was a lot of fun, a well-paced balance of comedy and magic, with Scott's talent for original musical wit making the show special.

Favorite parts: A Christmas Carol with visits from Harlan Tarbell and Dai Vernon; the Rick Lax song; Linking Safety Pins and White Russian Roulette.

Thanks to Scott, Dan, Acar and everybody at Penguin!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 26, 2016 04:15PM)
Downloaded and watch this morning. They added an hour to last years 3 hour show. Kept it moving along and had some really good ideas.

Dan Harlan offered some really good ideas, a lot more then last year, and useable material. As usual, Scott Alexander was very creative, although, secretly, I think he would rather be a singer, then a magician.

I don't think anyone who watches this, would go away without something to use. and defiantly have to say they learned something.

The cake ideas, in the Baking A Cake in hat totally fooled me. The spoon thing flew right past me, as did the ingenious idea for the cake.

A lot of "skits" between the 2 stars, kept the show moving.

Good job guys, thanks for putting in all that work for us.
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Dec 26, 2016 09:18PM)
Thanks Bill Nikki and Tim....we had a blast and we are so glad people are getting some ideas to take away along with the laughs.
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Dec 26, 2016 09:18PM)
...and yes...I secretly want to be Mariah Carey.
Message: Posted by: Aaron Smith Magic (Dec 26, 2016 09:32PM)
GREAT lecture as always Scott! Thank you for all your hard work!
Message: Posted by: MadisonH (Dec 26, 2016 09:35PM)
Dan Harlan tips a nail bend in this that is a stroke of genius! I immediately went and made it up. Great stuff.
Message: Posted by: Nikki78 (Dec 27, 2016 02:52AM)
[quote]On Dec 26, 2016, Tim Cavendish wrote:
[...]Favorite parts: A Christmas Carol with visits from Harlan Tarbell and Dai Vernon; the Rick Lax song; Linking Safety Pins and White Russian Roulette. [...] [/quote]

I'll second that but don't forget the "commercial" for the new smoke device :D :D :D
Message: Posted by: snm (Dec 27, 2016 07:17AM)
Dan Harlan is my new favorite mentalist. haha That nail bend was definitely top notch.
Message: Posted by: Stunninger (Dec 27, 2016 09:59AM)
This was a really fun lecture with some great ideas shared. One thing that shined through is how much Scott and Dan love what they do.

Thank you Penguin, Scott and Dan for this wonderful lecture!
Message: Posted by: MagicMan1957 (Dec 27, 2016 11:51AM)
As always a very funny and informative show.

This year Dan did contribute some great material. The Nail, Scrabble tiles and Any Drink are all gold!

Thanx Penguin, Scott and Dan !!!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 27, 2016 01:41PM)
Let's keep the Any Drink a secret, it is to good to let to many people know about it.

Hopefully, he will come up with some more receipts.
Message: Posted by: Wordsworth (Dec 27, 2016 05:40PM)
This was a great lecture, and a lot of fun to watch. The smoke commercial was pretty classic. Penguin deserves marks for giving something like this away for free.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 27, 2016 07:50PM)
Bananachek killed me.
Message: Posted by: MagicBrent (Dec 28, 2016 09:41PM)
I have to say that this lecture was the most fun I've had in years. Yes it's raunchy but it brought back good memories of being with my fraternity brothers. The fact that this was free as a Christmas gift was incredible. I laughed out loud a lot. Scott's characters are better than the humor during the tricks! Dan adds a lot as a comedic sidekick and brilliant pieces of magic of his own. Banachek, Hocus Pocus jokes and smoke trick ad were great!
Message: Posted by: magic1178 (Dec 29, 2016 06:39PM)
I found this Lecture a little inappropriate, made fun of a lot of magicians and I think they were drinking alcohol while performing, Scott and Dan are normally funny and magicial,

But this little Christmas Specatcular was HANDS DOWN,

The best thing that I've ever seen :dancing:

Bravo to both of you and all your crew that made it happen.

:righton:
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Dec 29, 2016 06:52PM)
Thanks for all the great feedback...We do work very hard to pull this kind of thing off.... A lot of it is writing material neither one of us will EVER use again! (Bananachek) But it is nice to know that it is all appreciated.

Thanks again!!!
Message: Posted by: videoman (Dec 29, 2016 07:04PM)
Whew, magic1178, you scared me there at first. I thought you were going to pan one of the best magic related things I've ever had the pleasure to view.
Message: Posted by: The Duster (Dec 29, 2016 07:25PM)
I hated the canned laughter on the VT segments

Though they had lots of nice bits in them

I hated that the audience weren't 'very good' - in that they didn't seem to laugh much and seemed to be shouting out stuff all the way through [though I couldn't make out what]

So I'm saying I thought they deserved a better audience

I guess the audience is too small for a bigger reaction to jokes

And I guess there was no warm up man

I realise I used the words 'I hated' a few times in this post - just so that isn't misunderstood, I really enjoyed the show

Thanks for the time and work that went into it
Message: Posted by: Banachek (Dec 31, 2016 08:09PM)
Okay, what was the Banachek bit. LOL hope Scott made fun of me, that is always fun. Anyone?
Happy new year guys and wish you all the best and a successful 2017, and hope we promote each other to the top of the artistic world.
Message: Posted by: MagicBrent (Dec 31, 2016 09:49PM)
Steve, I could tell you but it wouldn't do it justice. MUST SEE!
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Dec 31, 2016 11:54PM)
[quote]On Dec 31, 2016, Banachek wrote:
Okay, what was the Banachek bit. LOL hope Scott made fun of me, that is always fun. Anyone?[/quote]
Not Banachek... Bananachek!
Message: Posted by: Banachek (Jan 1, 2017 05:33PM)
Funny enough, I once had a picture online on my own website, it had names of me, Randi and Mike Edwards, a typo creeped through that even I missed, Bananachek lol
Message: Posted by: Tmayer (Jan 2, 2017 07:22AM)
Wow this was hilarious! Probably my favourite gift of Christmas.

It's really good to see Dan let loose, he is a very funny man.

I also loved the musical numbers by Scott...very well done.

I found the magic memes to be entertaining..."Alex Elmsley had 4 children...though no one saw the third" LMAO

Good stuff...thank you Dan, Scott, and Penguin.

Cheers,

Tyler
Message: Posted by: Wardy (Jan 2, 2017 07:24PM)
Bananachek was hilarious. The nail bend was excellent. Great stuff guys and thanks for the effort!
Message: Posted by: Scott Alexander (Jan 3, 2017 04:52PM)
Hey Banachek,

Bizarro made a Meme of you with a banana head....I asked him if I could turn that into a real life character. He said yes and I was off and running. It is of course based on your name but it is not you...it is BANANACHEK!!!!
Message: Posted by: Bobby Forbes (Jan 4, 2017 06:12AM)
"May a diseased penguin take a $#!+ in your egg bag" Best quote of the show! I'm still laughing a week later hahahaha
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jan 4, 2017 07:16AM)
Dan Harlan Nail Bend was a trick sold back in the 1970's through Tannen's, don't have it out, so can't give the creator's name. I have it, but never performed it for the reason that it did not come with extra Nails or tell how to make one yourself. I can see why they would not include instructions, as it would be to dangerous for most people.
Message: Posted by: DanHarlan (Jan 4, 2017 09:51AM)
Bill--
I'd be interested in full, proper credit for the Nail Bend... if you have any time to dig for it. Also, wondering if it was done with "lead-free" materials. My guess: Probably not. I do hope what I've come up with is an improvement, but (of course) I'd like to be able to give proper credit.
--Harlan
Message: Posted by: nytaylor21 (Jan 9, 2017 09:41PM)
Awesome event! I haven't seen anyone mention it yet but I REALLY loved Scotts "Sam the Bellhop" style dealing presentation put to music! It's now my favorite presentation of that premise. Thanks for the energy and tons of usable material! I was tired just watching. I hope you do it again next year!! (Or next week is ok too!)
Message: Posted by: kollo (Jan 29, 2017 02:31AM)
Hidden in this superb show of very funny but also very strong magic is THE best bill switch I have ever seen. I literally was shocked about the possibilities you have using this switch. Thank you very much, Dan!!!
Message: Posted by: trickyat86 (Jan 29, 2017 10:04AM)
[quote]On Jan 4, 2017, DanHarlan wrote:
Bill--
I'd be interested in full, proper credit for the Nail Bend... if you have any time to dig for it. Also, wondering if it was done with "lead-free" materials. My guess: Probably not. I do hope what I've come up with is an improvement, but (of course) I'd like to be able to give proper credit.
--Harlan [/quote]

Looks similar to Doc Dougherty's Psi-Flexion. hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: DanHarlan (Jan 30, 2017 10:29AM)
Ah, poop. It looks exactly like Psi-Flexion, which I hadn't seen until now. All credit goes to Doc Dougherty. He passed away 12 years ago. Otherwise, I'd offer him my sincere apology as well. I did try to find out if anyone had ever done a similar effect, but I came up with nothing. Thanks for finding the credit for me. If anyone is still manufacturing Psi-Flexion, I hope I've created some customers for you.
--Harlan
Message: Posted by: trickyat86 (Jan 30, 2017 01:17PM)
[quote]On Jan 30, 2017, DanHarlan wrote:
Ah, poop. It looks exactly like Psi-Flexion, which I hadn't seen until now. All credit goes to Doc Dougherty. He passed away 12 years ago. Otherwise, I'd offer him my sincere apology as well. I did try to find out if anyone had ever done a similar effect, but I came up with nothing. Thanks for finding the credit for me. If anyone is still manufacturing Psi-Flexion, I hope I've created some customers for you.
--Harlan [/quote]

From what I can tell, it's not being manufactured. Could be wrong though. I believe Psi-Flexion was an exclusive to the Cuckoo's Nest in Pittsburgh for the last few years, and they're closing soon.