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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.
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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. Dont miss it!
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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 After a shake, the box is opened to reveal full deck of cards which can immediately be withdrawn for use.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 Tellers Fool Us. A card effect in which a signed selection changes, piece by piece into a predicted card, while keeping the specs signature intact.
3. Out of the Box. A card under box effect with an in the spectators hands ending.
4. Smoked. A marked (signed) cigarette replaced in a box of cigarettesheld by a spectatorfirst 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 performers business card.
6. Double Revelation Think of a Card Routine Using Two Spectators.
7. Dr. Daleys Last Trick. This is a technically harder version, which is less clean than the original. I dont see any practical advantage to this, and it doesnt look particularly good in Van Der Puts 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; specs 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 Puts 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. Theres not much new, here; youre 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 isnt 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. Youre 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 havent 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 hes 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 youre dying to hear about the development of his Piff character, perhaps its for you.
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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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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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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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 8th, 2014
This was such a waste of , he does an awful job teaching how to do most of the tricks and almost ignores most of the moves to VDP (the only reason i really wanted this lecture).
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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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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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 23rd, 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture but would not recommend it to anyone who has not seen or does not like John's style of performing. There's a lot in the beginning of the lecture that's not even magic but instead him talking about people copying his act which I didn't mind but I can see how it might annoy other people who buy this just to learn a couple more tricks. He briefly teaches VDP at the very end which was very cool but it might not be worth the $30 to some people just for the quick tutorial. All-in-all, a must have for a Piff fan, but if you've never seen Piff you may want to reconsider.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 15th, 2015
I get the fact that this was a LIVE event that is now being sold as a whole piece after the event, but there's something to be said about judicious editing to cut through the viscera and anything that distracts from a watchable "how to" or getting to the meat of the show. A good twenty minutes of unwatchable bits could be cut that are totally wincingly bad TV. If all three cameras are running with an operator so that you could edit for when he says " can you get this angle here?" and they don't, you miss out on reeeeeeaaaaallly valuable angles of descriptive video....but you don't because it was live, and editing takes a lot of time and money. And you guys are magicians who know that angles are important, right?
But since this was a "Once In A Lifetime" opportunity to film him and get it right (and since he says that he'll never do a lot of this stuff ever again) the investment in time and money to produce it might have been money well spent to create a much better product than what is sold here.
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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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