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This special Penguin Live lecture features three fascinating talents talking about mentalism and illustrating their unique perspectives with solid routines.
Of course, in addition to the top-quality routines taught, you'll also be treated to the thoughts, philosophies, and stories shared by these three gentlemen.This is an event you don't want to miss!

What will they teach?

Johnny Thompson:

Multiple Selection- His handling, touches, and advice will have you re-thinking your own approach.

Mental Epic- an incredible three-phase routine where he guesses a word, the total of imaginary dice, and the outcome of a game of tic-tac-toe.

Quadruple Coincidence- a truly remarkable version of You-Do-As-I-Do where your spectators random actions match yours in four unexpected ways.

Paul Vigil: 

Sympathy (for the Devil) Cards- a multi-phase take on Milton's classic matching cards routine... with a kicker!

High 5- read four people's mind while playing a pseudo game of poker.

Rick Maue:

H.D.L. (Human Lie Detector)- Rick impresses the entire room with his ability to discern the truth and discover which spectator from a group is holding an object. When he reveals the method, you'll be pleasantly surprised and amused at how thoroughly baffled you were by something you already know.

Final Picture- learn how Rick correctly predicts the actions of a spectator trying to find an object hidden under one of four cups.

Who are they?

Johnny Thompson:
Within the magician community, Johnn Thompson is considered a virtuoso, widely known as a mentor and teacher of magic, and a creator of tricks, as opposed to simply a performer.

As a magical consultant and illusion designer he has written, developed and provided material for magicians Siegfried and Roy, Penn and Teller, Doug Henning, Lance Burton, Criss Angel and David Blaine. As theatrical special effects designer and consultant he has invented and presented a variety of unique optical illusions for trade shows, industrial shows, theme parks, musicals and plays. Bush Garden's Williamsburg production of "The Ghost of the Globe," a Shakespearean fantasy with over thirty-five unique special effects, was Thompson's initial venture into theme park attractions. Many of his original optical illusions and special effects techniques have been featured in theme parks, The Smithsonian Institute, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and hundreds of trade shows, including the White House Conference on "The Industrial World Ahead Congress."

In 1999, he was awarded one of the highest honors in the magician community, a Masters Fellowship with the Academy of Magical Arts.

Paul Vigil:
Paul is known as one of the most discriminating magicians / mentalist in the world.
He has been practicing the art of magic since the age of 5, and 10 years later Paul under took the challenge of becoming a professional performer. Within a further year Paul had become one of the most in demand performers in his native Salt Lake City.
The center of magic, Las Vegas, soon called for Paul to join the ranks of the industries leaders and in 2002 Paul moved to Las Vegas, soon to establish himself as one of the finest performers the city has to offer.

Alongside a full and demanding performance career, Paul's creative contributions have not gone unnoticed by his peers. Nominated multiple times and winning the award for "Magic Trick of the Year", as well as being asked to present his theories, ideas and concepts to other performers in his noted lectures.
With numerous performances at every major Las Vegas casino and full-house shows at the World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, as well as entertaining the likes of Nobel Laureates – he is ready to bring his own type of wonder and astonishment to intelligent audience’s the world over.

Paul has appeared on several hit TV shows including the Emmy award winning Penn & Teller’s "Bullsh!t" and multiple performances on "Hocus Pocus" hosted by Fielding West and Teresa Livingstone, as well as being the featured performer at the World Famous Magic Castle, performances that garnered multiple standing ovations.

You might think that with all of this under his belt he would only be able to talk about one thing: magic. However nothing could be further from the truth. Paul is as smart as his magic and is known to be a wonderful guest and is often used as an ambassador of good will by companies incorporating his magic into mingling with guests as the ultimate ice-breaker.

After graduating high school Paul attended Utah State University on the "Minority Leadership Award Scholarship" and "All-American Academic Scholarship" for a number of years. He then became the recipient of the "Botanical Preservation Corp. Scholarship", which led him into an academic study of the ethno-pharmacology and magic used throughout history; something that Paul has continued to study and combine with his performance thinking.

Rick Maue:
Rick's interest in magic started when he was five years old.
He began working on Séances in early 1976, in preparation for a two hour Houdini Séance on the 50th anniversary of his death. Since then, has created/performed in well over a thousand séances.

Following a few decades of creating and performing a combination of magic, mentalism, and Haunted Magick, Rick began releasing material such as "Haunted Magick" and "Deceptions" to the magic community through Deceptions Unlimited, which he owns along with his wife Tammy. Rick released his first full-size book in 2000 entitled "The Book Of Haunted Magick", which has sold in over 30 countries.

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

The world's best magicians spend years developing the perfect act. Magic fans almost never get a chance to learn the real secrets behind what makes the top pros act so amazing. Until now. Penguin Live Acts gives you exclusive access to the biggest names in the industry, as they share how to perform their powerful A-material.

First you'll get to watch the show, performed for a real audience, from start to finish. Then you'll go behind the scenes to learn about the routines, and the real secrets about building an act that can take decades to learn.

Many of the ideas shared have been held back for years, and you can only learn it at Penguin LIVE: ACTS!

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Purchase this product and on October 7th 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.

This product 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 October 9th, 2018
Fantastic tips, great subtleties, 6 amazing routines, principles never seen before and new take on classics (the Johnny Thompson mental epic is amazing and I usually hate mental epic!). One of the best mentalism lecture ever!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 13th, 2018
This was really a great lecture.Nice calm session with great host as always Dan Harlan.Great to listen to Johnny,Rick Maua and Paul.Also really nice effect from all 3.I really enjoy the poker mental routine Paul showed.A effect I definetely gonna use.Highly recommended.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 12th, 2018
I was honestly thinking I was going to get this lecture and end up with a bunch of material that would require decades of practice in order to master. I only bought it to see some of the greats in magic discuss their craft.

Turns out I was dead wrong. Most of the effects are semi-automatic and easy to do. If you're a mentalist or a magician get this and work miracles 40 years in the making. There is something in here for everyone.
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Outstanding material from true masters! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 8th, 2018
I became friends with Paul after purchasing Diplopia from him years ago. Not long after I had the pleasure of meeting him at Winter Carnival of Magic in Pigeon Forge TN. We’ve stayed in touch online and he’s been incredibly helpful and a very kind magician. I later bought his book , The Doors of Deception with all the props and it has been the best magic purchase I’ve ever made. It was Paul who guided me to Johnny’s book set which I quickly received as a gift from my mother who got me interested in magic at five years old. I was not Familiar with Rick’s work but I am now going to hunt down as much of his work as I can.

The effects and ideas presented in this lecture/conversation are worth MUCH more than the price of this video. Paul’s poker routine and Sympathetic cards are genius and full of true entertainment value. Johnny’s version of mental epic is as good as it gets as well as his handling for the Koran deck. Rick offers a great and simple way to perform which hand is it in that includes some VERY nice subtleties. His Final Picture routine alone is worth the price of the video as well.

On top of the tricks, the trio offers their insight to mentalism and discuss the topic in ways only the masters can. You will love this!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 10th, 2018
I was hoping that Paul would do a Penguin Live lecture; When he rocks up with Johnny Thompson & Rick Maue, it becomes an EVENT.

Paul, for me, is the type of magician I inspire to be. His thinking, his demeanour, his patter and, of course, his work on effects feel like real magic.

Johnny needs no introduction and to see a master at work is worth every penny.

I've studied some of Rick's work and, again, just a great thinker!

You do NOT want to miss this. It made me smile the whole way through.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 26th, 2018
This is wonderful! You are going to get fooled by three amazing performers until they explain their miracles. Admittedly, sometimes the explanations could be a bit more thorough, but you will surely understand everything. (Perhaps a beginner might get confused at times, but then again, a beginner might not yet get the fine points here anyway. Although some advice, especially about finding your character, should definitely be heard - not only - by beginners...). Okay, that was about the performances, but a lot of value lies in the talk between Dan and the performers here as well (as is always the case with Penguin live lectures). I have to say that this is such an interesting and relaxed talk that it could have gone on forever (well, not really that long, but you know what I mean). Bottom line: just look at the names, these guys know what they are talking about...
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