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which can immediately be withdrawn for use.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
6. Double Revelation Think of a Card Routine Using Two Spectators.
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
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.
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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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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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 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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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
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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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