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george1953
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Just watched this last night. I think we should start a "save the penguin" appeal. That was brilliant, Dan'sface was a picture.
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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.
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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.).


Do we really need a language warning in this day and age ? Smile
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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.
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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!)
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The PDF to the lecture is no ready for download at Penguin. Very generous again. Almost 80 pages. Thanks Chris!
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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!

-Chris
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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.
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I think that would work, Woodfield.
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I just noticed this at the top of the Penguin page... Smile


Link: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5170

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Save the penguin, just send £3 a month to the penguin sanctuary and you will get regular updates and a photo of the penguin ;-)
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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.
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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.
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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.


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.
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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...

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......orum=218

XX,
-Jakob
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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.
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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.


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.
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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!

-Chris
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This is definitely going to be my next download from penguin
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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.
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