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Educating Archer by John Archer (DVD)
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What can I say about John that you don't already know? John is one of the funniest entertainers I have ever seen! His comedy is funny and his magic is strong. What more could you possibly want from a performer?

On this DVD you will learn some of John's favorite routines that have made him one of the busiest magicians in the UK.

If you like good, strong, entertaining and funny presentations accompanied by strong magic and mentalism, you will absolutely love this DVD.

Here are some of the routines performed and explained on this DVD:

  • John's Tossed Out Deck - This is John's comedy take on a classic plot with one big difference: the deck is completely examined and shuffled by a spectator before the effect! The chosen opener for many mentalists has now got a whole lot better!
  • Tragic Square - John's opening effect. Under the guise of a record-breaking attempt, John rushes through a magic square at lightning speed (with a lot of humor along the way!) This really gets the crowd going!
  • Spelling Test - (No Book Book-Test) Wow!!! This is something really special. Comedy mentalism at its best! Your spectator merely thinks of a word (no force of any kind, no pre-show, your spectator never writes anything down or tells anyone the word that they have in their mind). Yet you have predicted in advance which word they will think of! This is a fun-packed routine with one heck of a killer ending!
  • Komedy Killer - This is John's famous presentation for the Kenton Knepper classic. John's story will have you in stitches. This is the ideal trick to have on you all the time. A 10 min routine you can do anywhere!
  • Collard - The ultimate comedy presentation for the Koran Medallion. This routine is worth the price of the entire DVD. A lot of the magicians that were present at the filming of this DVD have put this straight into their professional act! (Works well for parlor, cabaret, stage, or kids).
If the above routines are not enough to wet your appetite, this DVD also includes the following gems: Dodeckadeal: a great coincidence effect using a pack of cards; Spoon River: a great comedy spoon bending routine which gets people involved; Stapled: John's fantastic comedy torn and restored card routine; Chinese Choice: a fun-packed routine using 3 spectators and a night out at a Chinese restaurant, and A Clean Ring Vanish: if you need to vanish a ring at any part of your act, then this is the cleanest method you will find!

Disc One Running Time Approximately 1hr 49min
Disc Two Running Time Approximately 2hr 7min

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4 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 9th, 2007
Excellent purchase and great value for money. Misses one star on account of poor sound mixing during an interview which incidentally provides some seriously important guidelines regarding the development of your own stage/performance persona.
Routines here for everybody from the work-hardened professional to the emerging entertainer.
Buy a copy you will not regret the investment....alternatively you may regret not taking the advantage presented in this offering.
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
John Archer is Awesome! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
I wasn't too familiar with John Archer before picking up this DVD set so I wasn't sure how this was going to be. However, this DVD set is awesome! John is an extremely entertaining and hilarious performer and his material is very strong. I haven't seen too many mentalists pull of comedy very well, but John is a definite exception to this. Some of my favorite routines on this DVD set include:

1. Tossed out Deck
John's performance of the tossed out deck is excellent. Although I already knew the working of the Tossed out Deck, what I really liked about this routine was that John explains an EXCELLENT way to switch out a deck. This is by far the most devious deck switch I have ever seen. There is no need to go digging into your pockets to switch decks or do anything suspicious. In this switch, you are essentially switching decks right in front of the audience, and they have absolutely NO clue! For me, this was worth the entire price of the DVD.

2. Magic Square
John also teaches how to do a magic square. What make's John's routine better than others is because he has designed it so that there are no random large numbers in the square. In many other routines, there are sometimes very large numbers present relative to the other numbers, but John's version completely eliminates this possibility.

This is a fantastic set of DVDs. You will not be disappointed if you pick this set up!
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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 4th, 2011
Love some of the effects, it was a bonus due to the fact I primarily ordered it for the explanation for Collard and his presentation. I'd recomend this one for the mentalism effects included in it.
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2 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 2nd, 2010
A few years ago I decided to branch out the type of venues I perform at. I was, previously, strictly close up strolling. I wanted to break into the stand up scene. A friend of mine, Jim Spinnato, said that although there are a lot of mentalists, there aren't too many comedy mentalists. He suggested I build a comedy mentalism routine.

He then turned me on to John Archer's DVD as an example of a killer comedy mentalism act. It's true. John Archer is an absolute showman, an incredible entertainer, and extremely funny. His act completely inspired me. In fact his Komedy Killer is now in my stand up act.

There is so much to be learned from this two DVD set (performance on one disk, exp on the other). Even if you are a close up magician, there are a couple of great close up effects as well. He has an incredibly funny torn and restored card effect along with a do as I do close up card effect. Both are excellent.

His take on the Koran Medallion is brilliant. Many of the effects on here are modifications that fit John's personality. That's one of the big lessons from this set that you can learn. Take an effect and make it your own. Man if John doesn't do that, then nobody does! The guy is clearly a thinker and a definite pro.

Seriously, if you are not laughing your butt off while watching this, then you're dead. Secondly, if you don't learn something from this DVD that justifies paying double the retail price, then you watched a different DVD than I did. I've made enough money performing Komedy Killer to pay for a whole year's worth of DVD purchases and then some.

There are also some excellent interview pieces and discussions about how he developed some of the routines, how he got gigs, how he evolved as a performer, etc. This DVD is bar far the best DVD of the four being reviewed this month. Total GEM!
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 21st, 2012
John is A1, I love his style and his performance, my only complaint is the DVD quality. This is not HD and John ......you need to ditch those 2 fools who interviewed you at the end, this is your show not theirs
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Great comedy, great routines, but... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 19th, 2013
Hello all.
Let me first start out by saying that John Archer is one very funny guy! And some if not most of the effects that he teaches on this dvd are really good! Also, the price for as many effects as he teaches you is awesome. BUT, on to why I gave this only3 stars. Two effects That are among the best, Collard and Komedy Killer, unless you are very lucky to already have, or can find (I couldn't) the "little something" that makes these effects work, you won't be able to do them!!
Apparently, as far as Collard goes you can buy the effect seperately and get what you need, but I already paid $45 for this dvd!!!! If it wasn't for the fact that I am disabled and just don't have the extra money I'd just buy the effect AGAIN for the gimmick. NOT happy.
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