This was not funny and I was ashamed for the performer. I’m very sorry, but I have to be honest
here, he really needs to work on his condition.
The ‘show’ was very chaotic and messy,
absolutely not my style, and I hate normal, and love crazy, but this was not the way. The methods he
used where very obvious. No explanations where needed!
Unfortunately the few things I did
find interesting where not answered, like in the Diary Queens he asks to name any four of a kind,
someone named the kings. That was something that interested me, but he never explained how to get
them to name the Kings or what to do if they name another four of a Kind. He just
Anticlimactic Trick was indeed very anticlimactic. This very long routine is depending on a short
one second moment, this moment has to be perfect. Unfortunately it was not perfect at all.
Card at any number, didn’t work, but he didn’t even explain what was supposed to happen.
Lazy Rize was not for me.
Card Exchange is a nice move, but nothing more
Prior Commitment was very good and worth the price of the download! But it was from
genius Simon Aronson
CAANDY: I have never seen a performance go so wrong, it was really
GLORY some nice moves with a two Jokers and a hole in the middle. This was
not for me, but at least something that I could give Chris credit for. If you like some visual card
effect, you will like Glory.
All in all a very strange download. It felt like Chris was
called half an hour before the start, to quickly do something for the viewers. It was like he didn’t
prepare himself, nor his tools. Everything was a big mess. Had to look at his behind very much, when
he was looking where he put his stuff in his bag. He did have a few nice ideas and I really think he
is a very nice guy, but the way this was presented and explained, I can only say… Embarrassing!
On the trailer is written:
"If Chris Mayhew can do it… You can do it!"
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I've got a number of different Penguin Live lectures. This one I got as an extra through Penguin and
that's the only way that I would have it.
In addition to the language, I just didn't care
for the lecture. There was a lot of times when the tricks didn't work out for Chris and a lot of
dead time when there wasn't really anything happening. There were a couple bright spots or bits that
were funny or interesting, but they were definitely in the minority for me. I've heard a lot about
Chris and his magic, but if this is exemplary of the rest of his work, I'll leave it to others. It
could also be that this was all Chris' character and I just don't understand it.
but after watching Dan Harlan, Harry Anderson, Charlie Frye, Josh Jay, Kainoa Harbottle, Dani
DaOrtiz, Danny Garcia, Shawn Farqhar, Jon Armstrong, Michael Eaton, and Bizzaro, I just can't
recommend this lecture to anyone...
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I'll make this short and sweet.
From the get-go, Chris had me lmao'ing. He really shows how
much worth it it actually is to put your own character into a magic effect. You shouldn't focus too
much on going from point A to B, you should be focusing on the journey from point A to B. Chris
Mayhew is a natural comedian.
I really enjoyed the effects and ideas he threw around. His
version of Chad Long's Shuffling Lesson is HILARIOUS and something I'd want to put in a show.
Imagine Lennart Green's messy style, but taken to a whole new level that with have you cracking
up. Here is this guy, fumbling around that adds to the comedy, but you get strong magic payoffs in
He teaches Simon Aronson's Prior Commitment which fooled Penn and Teller, look up
Graham Jolly's performance. He gives such a nice touch that adds a little mystery to it. It is worth
the price of the download, you WILL use it.
Get this lecture.
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Seems like a great guy.
And his good material is really, really good.
spent most of the lecture putting on a show. And it wasn't a good show. It's sad because be clearly
put a lot of thought into the jokes and presentation, but at the same time he clearly has little to
no experience actually performing. At least not like this. And so the jokes often fell flat.
The studio audience laughed a lot. But a: I think you have to know him to laugh. b: we didn't
pay to laugh. We paid to learn
The lecture itself was unplanned. The parts where he
actually performed tricks (this wasn't often) were clearly done off the top of his head. This is sad
because be talked about how he wanted to explore how he came up with his tricks.... but where did he
do this? He forgot? If he thinks his passing comments satisfied this, he's mistaken.
Frankly, I's be surprised if Penguin wasn't bombarded with requests for refunds. This "lecture"
didn't come close to delivering. If he had stuck to demonstrating and teaching, and had actually
performed the effects well, there's be something worth while here. He didn't. And there's not.
3 of 4 magicians found this helpful.
Enjoyed this lecture. The downside, for me, is being a Chris Mayhew fan, I already own a bunch of
his material already, so alot of it was repeated for me.
Just a warning: There is some
language used in this lecture that may offend some folks. Just a heads up its a bit rated R for
parents out there who may have a problem with this. That said, its all used for comedic purposes,
its not aimed at to offend anyone.
Very entertaining, and a bit unusual to say the least!
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Chris Mayhew has a lot of gags and tricks to show you in this lecture. He isn't like most magicians
lecturing he even does an entire 45 minute show. Here's a breakdown of the tricks:
an assembly effect where it has a very cool extra phase if you like assemblies you should check this
out because he adds something
Chad Longs Shuffling lesson his version: It uses
the theme of strip war and has a lot of funny moments it isn't explained but you should be able to
figure it out.
Anticlimatic card trick: chris can't seem to find the card until
he uses his last guess very funny although the revelation needs to be better. 8.7/10
Ambitious card very cool visual rise of the card and really isn't that super hard
although it will require a lot if practice 10/10
Dual reality you make 3 spectator see
three different things it's ok 5/10
Fade this isn't explained but you'll figure it out
because of the technique he's taught see the trailer on youtube. The effect is very cool and if you
can perform it 8.5/10
Ambitious card ok I guess 6.5/10
easy to do and the have a free choice 7.2/10
Color change. Very visual and very easy 8/10
if you like change
A sandwich trick with a surprise climax 7/10 you can see on free
The Legend Prior commitment
A very cool trick which you can see on
youtube and chris gives a little something to make the trick better 9.5/10
A ACAAN that is easy to do and you actually create a card one of the only ACAAN I would do 9/10
The Holes Concept
Glory An AWESOME sandwich trick with the holes in them 9.5/10
Hole Warp a card warp where you don't ruin your cards and their is a vet cool color change.
Researchers a version of the searchers plot that has to be seen and has an awesome
Then he ends his trick and talks to nathan for 20 minutes
A lot of
people don't like this lecture because chris isn't funny and he's chaotic, but listen to me if you
want to learn most of good tricks
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This was my first penguin live lecture and i really liked it.
Chris is a funny performer and he
has some good material. I really enjoyed his performances and his explanations were okay. If you're
a big fan of chris and you own some of his realeased materialyou won't find a lot of new stuff here.
And yess he screws up some of his performances but for me it didn't really matter. It's kind of his
style to screw some things up and i laughed quite a lot during his peformances. I think if you want
a fun lecture and you want to learn some good card magic this is one to consider buying.
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I don't do this often, but after watching the lecture I was so blown away I logged in to leave a
review. It was that good.
When I got here though I was surprised to see some negative
reviews for what I thought was an outstanding lecture. Even more surprising? Both the positive AND
negative reviews were sorta right... FOR THE SAME REASONS!
Chris' show is messy and
chaotic. But it's been designed that way. He goes from being a "normal" magician "doing" magic to
one who's lost control as the magic happens around him.
Some people found this, as I did,
extremely funny. The magic was clever and Chris went to great lengths explaining why he chose to
make the choices he did. Although I personally would never perform like him, that's fine- you don't
NEED to perform like him to be able to do his awesome magic.
Some of the negative reviews
though disliked the lecture because it was messy and chaotic. That's a personal taste thing I guess.
Not everyone likes horror movies or adult humour, doesn't make them bad. In fact, the people that DO
like those things like them for the same reason the detractors dislike them.
lecture was funny, clever, and packed full of great magic.
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The humor/ language was crude and the tricks were uninspiring. The performer was not funny at all.
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Chris Mayhew seems like a nice kid.
But his magic makes the same mistakes that young
inexperienced story tellers or film makers make. Knowing that he's interested in film, makes me
disappointed that he's not better at this.
A film, a story, a performance to be great must
have different tones. When you see a bad actor or story teller, they will use the same tone, the
same pace and the same energy over and over and over again. Not realizing that it just becomes
completely boring. As a magician and a story teller sadly Chris has not yet learned this important
His lecture involved him projecting the same energy, the same tone, the same pace,
the same sloppy almost offensive humor over and over and over again. It's hard to watch.
He has a couple good effects that he's come up with. But again the problem with doing the same
theme for every effect in a very repeating way.
I wish I could sit down with guys like this
and explain to them how a story, how a performance needs a certain flow. Parts need tension, parts
need lulls, parts need empathy so the audience becomes attached to the performer, what different
speeds and tones mean when you're communicating with an audience. This is a lesson Chris needs to
I see lots of potential for this guy. He is talented. But, he needs to learn what
makes story telling captivating. Only then will he start to become enjoyable to watch.