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"Truly a creative genius, Dan Harlan's personal instruction provides a rare opportunity to acquire the essential tools that will last a lifetime." -Jeff McBride

"I've been in magic my entire life… I’ve also been International President of the I.B.M., so I've seen a lot… and this is the best I've ever seen." -June Horowitz

"Great to have you back for another lecture. Such an amazingly wide variety. In a word - wow!" -Gene Anderson

What will he teach?

L.O.V.E.- Four simple cards go through many changes before revealing their hidden, charming message.

Hold It, Buster!- Structure, scripting, and a secret kicker ending transform a trick into an engaging signature piece.

Rising Dough- An ambitious copper coin melts its way up through a stack of silver.

Push- Get inside another person's mind to remove one thought and replace it with a completely different one.

Win/Win- A game between two spectators results in point totals revealing both their cards... and everyone comes out a winner.
Harlan Hookup- A practical, versatile hook-up for animating and levitating a variety of objects.

Psychic Paper- A blank piece of paper can only be read by one helper to reveal the thoughts of others.

There’s Waldo!- Two ways to find the notoriously elusive Waldo with very little effort.

Card Antenna- A twisty antenna reveals a thought-of card.

Right Brain, Left Brain- A devious secret allows you to know what someone is thinking simply by the way they tear a piece of paper.

Who is he?

As you know, Dan Harlan is the host of Penguin Live and mastermind of the Tarbell, Every Trick in the Book series.
He's also one of the most prolific creators in the world of magic with an extensive background in theater.
One of the most innovative modern magicians, Harlan's cutting-edge miracles are coveted by discerning connoisseurs of fine magic done well.
Harlan travels the globe performing and teaching incredible magic. Performing, writing, teaching, consulting, creating and lecturing, Harlan does it all.

Dan Harlan created Hover-Card, All-Seeing Eye, Stash, Vortex, SpeakEasy, The Awakening, Card-Toon, Crazy-8, Color-Mixer, Hold It Buster, Hot Crossed Ones, Missing, Think, My Word!, Red Rover, Royal Oil, Switchblade, etc. His incredible routines include Cheez Wiz, The World's Saddest Trick, Starcle, Tight Rope, Burnt to the Core, Horror Matrix, Now U Z It, Rising Dough, and of course... countless rubber-band effects.
Harlan has consulted for top professionals including: Kevin James, Jeff McBride, Keith Barry, David Copperfield, etc.

And in this, his third Penguin Live lecture, he introduces you to a few fascinating concepts and obscure principles underlying some of his work.

Where can you see the greatest creators and performers share their magic in front of a live audience and then teach you to do it? Only Penguin LIVE!

Magicians flock to see workers give talks. Why? Because these guys see and learn things that you won't find in any book or video. Yes, you'll be learning some incredibly powerful A-material, but the INVALUABLE stuff will be the insight you learn along the way.

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  1. Purchase this Penguin LIVE product. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, July 29th, anytime after 12:00pm Eastern, click the MyPenguinMagic area at the top of the Penguin site. You'll see the "learn" button appear next to this lecture.
  3. Sit back and watch over 2 hours of amazing magic from the comfort of your own home.

This lecture is for everyone, from the beginner to the professional, and for magicians and mentalists alike. Don't miss it!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 2nd, 2018
The first minute of this lecture made me smile a lot. Like I knew that Dan would be doing something different for this lecture but I was not prepared for that (although I should have seen it coming).

He starts with "Hold It, Buster!" for a stand-up performance, and shows how you can adapt it for close up. The lesson he gives here (other than the method of the trick) is a great, and important start to the lecture.

Then comes "L.O.V.E.", a "Twisting The Aces" style trick with multiple kicker endings.

"Rising Dough" comes next. An "Ambitious Card" with coins. I like the suggestion to do this with a product that gives you the necessary props for much cheaper than with coins.

Then comes "Psychic Antenna" and "Psychic Paper". The tricks here use a certain method to allow a spectator to see something revealed in a piece of wire and a "blank piece of paper".

To keep on the theme of mentalism-like effects, there's "Push" in which a spectator selects a card and Dan makes them forget that card and replace it with another.

The "Harlan Hookup" is great if you don't have a certain gimmick in order to make these kinds of animations and levitations easier.

"Win/Win" is a clever mathematical trick and Dan gives some great advice on how to make "procedural" tricks like this entertaining.

"Right Brain/Left Brain" is perhaps the cleverest thing in this whole lecture. You can describe how the effect looks simply as "The Magician is able to know what a spectator is thinking of by how they tear a piece of paper" to which the secret is pretty much "The Magician is able to know what a spectator is thinking of by how they tear a piece of paper". Even with the direct method, Dan shows how there's a backup built into the trick. An extremely good (although time-consuming to set up) mental effect.

Finally, he shows a kind of odd book test like effect with "There's Waldo!". Two methods of finding Waldo are seen here. One found by the magician and the second by the spectator. An odd case in which there's an actual justification for a book in a book test (since in most book tests it's more of a "word test").

After this, comes the interview with Dan Harlan by Dan Harlan and there are some great stories in this.

Overall, some great tricks and methods, some great advice, and an entertaining lecture all-round. Highly Recommended!
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Dan is the man,
Pure gold
by far the best thing Penguin has Done for there Co.
thank you

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 2nd, 2018
Dan Harlan does a great job of being entertaining while teaching magic. He also goes over the concepts behind these tricks, teaching things that will improve all of your magic.

Some tricks are inspired by the recent Tarbell tricks he's covered -- in particular, Sightless Sight from lesson 84 and Telephone Number Prediction from lesson 91.

The only of these tricks that I plan to try out myself are Push and Psychic Paper. If I ever get into gimmicked coins, Rising Dough is one I'll keep in mind. The only one I didn't like at all was Win/Win which I though was too much work for the effect.

A negative is that this lecture is misnamed as there was nothing "live" about it. Most of it was recorded over a month ago, when Harlan had a smaller beard.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 19th, 2018
Really enjoyed this one!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 5th, 2018
Very good idea with Harlan Harlan. the interview part was a bit long. But for someone who does not know him, it is very interesting.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 1st, 2018
I'm a fan of Dan Harlan but this was not his best. I use some of his stuff From A Little R&B and his Premium Blend but found nothing new here I could use.

Hold It Buster---If you need another Monte style effect you might like this effect. I already do Color Monte, Two Rights Don't make A Wrong, a Monte effect from John Tremaine, and the Odd card from Martin Lewis... nothing really new here. Speaking of Martin Lewis Dan does mention Sidewalk Shuffle but I prefer the Odd Card because it has less to remember.

LOVE--Cute effect maybe good for a female magician but couldn't see me doing this, really cheesy.

Rising Dough--A Grandpa coin trick, not really visual or exciting.

Push-- I was watching Push and knew how it would end. I know I've seen this trick before , I think it was on the Desert Brainstorm Videos with Larry Becker and crew. Its a good trick but I already knew it.

Win/Win--- Just a variation on a Phil Goldstein trick. I like the the scoring bit, it was a nice touch.

Psychic Paper---I liked this at first and then began to think about it. If you do a stage show in Madison Square Garden this would be a good trick for you, but you would need Big screen monitors to show the audience so they could see the post it note pad. This is instant stooge stuff, so if your audience talks to each other, you are busted, and they will really say "Hold it Buster!"

There's Waldo---Book test with Waldo Book, nothing new here. I do something similar off Gaeton Bloom's , Planet Bloom series with the Slinky...its a better trick, Even Dan says this is a trick for friends, not really visual. Phil Goldstein does it too on his Video Mind series with a magazine. Phil's trick is easier, really the same effect and you won't have to buy rubber gloves from Lowe's!

Card Antenna-- Weak trick... another instant stooge trick. I use the card memory wire instead to great effect in an ESP trick, can't imagine this one doing better.

Right Brain/Left Brain--- Here is the only thing I had never seen before, it was fun to see Dan get out of trouble on this trick, a great lesson for anyone when a trick goes wrong. I will probably explore this one some more. The only real trick that had interest for me in the lecture.

The two Dans interview was great, there were no live questions and answers, not happy about that! Dan gives great advice on stage fright and the creative process, the interview went on a little too long. Dan was great on Penn and Teller when he fooled them but very little here will fool you.
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