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John Van Der Put (Piff) LIVE (Penguin LIVE) "One of the most magical things we've EVER seen" -Penn & Teller. Piff came to Penguin for an incredible 3-HOUR event! SUPPORT LIVE MAGIC. DOWNLOAD THE FULL LECTURE NOW.
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If you could ask ONE question to one of the world's most creative magicians, what would it be?

If you’ve never been to a magic lecture, there’s never been a better time. Sunday June 24th at 7:00pm, we’re live-streaming John van der Put in a spectacular 2-hour interactive online lecture. Watch, ask questions and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.


  1. Purchase the John van der Put LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, June 24th, anytime before 7:00pm Eastern, click the “MyPenguinMagic” area at the top of the Penguin site. You’ll see the livestream appear 1 hour before showtime. At 7pm sharp, John will hit the stage and begin his JAM-PACKED professional lecture.
  3. Sit back and watch over 2 hours of DVD-quality live streaming magic from the comfort of your own home.
  4. Ask John/Piff questions and discuss the tricks DURING the lecture.


Reserve your seat anyway. Within 24 hours of ending, you’ll be able to download and/or watch the full lecture on-demand, and go over all the great routines and subtleties as many times as you want. It’ll be waiting for you in your “MyPenguinMagic” area.

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

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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8 of 8 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 2nd, 2012
In this 3 hrs, 15 mins long lecture, Van Der Put performs the following:
1. Visual Deck Producer. This is an appearing deck effect in which an unfolded card box is shown on both sides before being folded into box form. After a shake, the box is opened to reveal full deck of cards which can immediately be withdrawn for use.
2. VDP. As seen on Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us.” A card effect in which a signed selection changes, piece by piece into a predicted card, while keeping the spec’s signature intact.
3. Out of the Box. A card under box effect with an “in the spectator’s hands” ending.
4. Smoked. A marked (signed) cigarette replaced in a box of cigarettes—held by a spectator—first rises, then jumps out of the box.
5. Everything to Envelope (E.T.E.) A multi-phase routine, using 2 spectators, in which a signed bill and a signed card disappear, and end up in an apparently sealed envelope that also contains the performer’s business card.
6. Double Revelation “Think of a Card” Routine Using Two Spectators.
7. Dr. Daley’s Last Trick. This is a technically harder version, which is less clean than the original. I don’t see any practical advantage to this, and it doesn’t look particularly good in Van Der Put’s hands.
8. Flypaper. A card selection is quartered, leaving 1 piece with spectator. The remaining three pieces are used for an “at the fingertips” hand-to-hand translocation (a la 3-Fly). At the conclusion, the three pieces are restored; spec’s 4th piece fits the restored card.
9. 4 Cards’ Transposition. 4 of a kind, divided by color, are placed at the outer ends of the deck and the middle, respectively. Colors change places two times, before the 4 cards transform into the aces.

Most of these routines have been previously released. They can be found on Van Der Put’s Out of the Routine, DVD and VDP is sold separately. With the exception of VDP, most of the routines are based on common plots and well-known and recognizable techniques. There’s not much new, here; you’re simply getting a look at the repertoire of a professional close-up performer.

Van Der Put rambles a bit in the beginning; although he only demos 2 tricks to start, it isn’t until the 55 minute mark that he begins the first explanation. The tricks are decent. Some are strong, as indicated on previous reviews of this material (GENII, July, 2012). Items #7 and #9, not so much, in my opinion. His presentations are nil: “Now I do this, now I put this here.” You’re not getting more than just the workings of the tricks.

He discusses his development of a performer from clown and juggler to close-up magician to character-driven stage persona. This is interesting, but is more the type of thing I am used to hearing in a free podcast, rather than a (not free) DVD-style lecture. The tricks themselves are likely taught better on his DVD (although I haven’t seen it). Also, his previously released DVD has more material included.

His performance style is comedic (dry and sardonic-nearly obnoxiously so, when it comes to dealing with his spectators) and his presentations are barebones. At the same time, his performing personality is natural and he’s generally pleasant to watch.

Overall, not a huge “bang for your buck” on this one, due to the emphasis on anecdotes over magic; but if you’re dying to hear about the development of his Piff character, perhaps it’s for you.
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8 of 8 magicians found the following review helpful:
Just didn't do it for me! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 30th, 2012
Just to preface I rarely dislike anything. Some lectures are better than others, but they all have some good to tons of great!

I am a huge fan of Piff the Magic Dragon, but after this lecture I find that I do not share the same feeling for John VDP!

Every lecture I have seen had one thing in common, the performer CLEARLY loved what he was doing. Not only was it clear that from John's body language that he really had no interest in being there, he actually says it. As he teaches each trick he shoots it "putting it to rest" because he never wants to do it again.

While I disagree with him (some of the material is very good) his distain for what he is doing left a bad taste in my mouth.

This lecture was poorly structured (if he structured it at all). He spent more time fumbling through papers on on his words and talking about himself than anything else. My recommendation is that there are so many other lectures on penguin that are great....skip this one!! Unless you are like me and have to see them all! lol
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7 of 7 magicians found the following review helpful:
close-up workers, don't ignore! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 25th, 2012
The educational draw to those familiar with the "Piff" character would seem to be character development; but the heavier focus ended up being workers from his time doing close-up in restaurants. He covers many effects that are not revolutionary, but which went over well with lay audiences and earned him tips.

These include VDP (the card trick from his Penn & Teller appearance) and an updated E.T.E. (or "Everything to Envelope")-- both of which are covered in more detail in DVDs also available at Penguin, but are taught thoroughly enough to learn and perform in the lecture.

The lecture ran quite long (about 3.5 hours) and included a bit of joking around and several anecdotes that were both educational and entertaining. The breadth and length of the lecture means it will probably drag a bit when he's covering a topic you aren't interested in, but it also means that at some point he will cover topics of interest. You will be disappointed if you hoped for a couple hours of a guy in a funny costume joking around with a little dog; but he will also entertain and amuse. Beneath the bravado of his stage persona is a humble, thoughtful, hard-working magician who deserves the lucky break of his Penn & Teller exposure.
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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 January 21st, 2014
I have seen plenty of lectures and really enjoyed them!! I always try to see that positive of lectures and tricks, but its had to do that when the person giving the lecture repeatedly states how he never wants to do close up magic again. As a day to day close up performer, i was deeply annoyed, and because of this, i will not use any of the effects taught.
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2 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 5th, 2012
Really enjoyed this. John shared alot of good info and was entertaining while doing it. Good job on this one Penguin!
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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 January 12th, 2014
The lecturer is very good the only problem was his attitude towards magic. I will use the flatpacks back the cards across and VDP. I also really disliked that he did not explain how the sharpie went thought the bill.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 13th, 2013
It was evident that John van der Put didn't promote much his lecture and his attitute was not very enthusiastic - but his tricks, expecially e.t.e. and VDP are v e r y impressive and his insights thoughtful.

However: John's attitude does not give an excuse for the behaviour of many of the spectators: Hardly applause not even at the beginning. John had given the right comment for this not only at the very beginning of his lecture. And also little respect for the performer was seen. By the way: this behaviour was also found in the lecture of Shawn Farquhar.
It's a great pity and gives the impression of a crowd of trick junkies waiting just for the trick's explanation but unable to appreciate the finer points not just in the magic but also in the attitude.

Sorry for my harsh words. But I find that Penguin Lectures should not be something to be trivialized. Honor, etiquette, style... These are fundamentals for celebrating something special.
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2 of 4 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 2nd, 2012
John was honest, funny and insightful. He shared his personal material that he has used for years to make a living as a full time pro. You can't ask for much more than that. I loved the lighthearted nature of the whole thing.
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1 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 16th, 2012
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 11th, 2012
Piff the magic dragon or VDP is a really interesting person. He is really original. I mean just look at him. He eats during the lecture no problem and just is funny.
and at the same time as Acar says on the end he is most probably the most humble magician so far.

He did give us some interesting ideas and interesting tricks of his own. What I was not really expecting was that he will be revealing the VDP trick. that was the best part of the lecture.

He did not really give some real blasters, but some interesting stuff was definitely there. And overall you could at least get to "know" him a bit more.

so i do recommend it just for that!
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