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Aaron Fisher LIVE (Penguin LIVE) One of the most best card magicians ALIVE came to Penguin for a MASSIVE 3 1/2 hour live event. SUPPORT LIVE MAGIC. DOWNLOAD THE FULL LECTURE TODAY.
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"Aaron is one of the few people that have it all. Aaron does magic that even makes magicians' jaws drop. He fools me every time I see him." -Chris Kenner, Executive Producer, The Magic of David Copperfield

"One of the best card men to come along in twenty years." -Larry Jennings

"Aaron Fisher's lessons rank with the best magical instruction I've ever seen. Like a hip college prof coaching his students for finals, he teaches both moves and theory, helping all magicians to reach the next level." -Jerry Dunn

Aaron teaches card magic. And there's a simple reason why he loves to do that. It's because he loves to learn card magic. The thrill of seeing improvement, no matter how small is a thrill that never, ever fades for the serious performer.

But he discovered while he was still in high school that learning card magic can be a great deal more complex than it looks. Between the ages of 16 and 18, he met his first real card experts: Jack Birnman and Peter Galinskas. Jack taught him about creativity and its role in card magic — including the notion (unbelievable to him at the time!) that you were allowed to change, or alter, the moves you read in magic books. But you had to have good reasons for doing so. Peter taught him what those reasons were.

While he was in college at UNLV in Las Vegas, Aaron was in the perfect laboratory to continue these lessons. he studied theater during the day and worked on close-up magic the rest of the time. While he lived there, in the city that's most synonymous with our art, he learned from several of the great names in card magic: Larry Jennings, Michael Skinner and, of course, Johnny Thompson, The Great Tomsoni. From these men he learned that true creativity comes only from a solid grounding in our craft; and so they impressed upon him the rigors of study, the importance of the classics, and the need to seek that ever-elusive concept of naturalness that makes sleight of hand so beautiful.

Aaron continued learning as he continued working. In 2002, the same year that his book, The Paper Engine, was published, he decided to become a full-time entertainer. Since that time, the satisfactions he has experienced as a performer have inspired him to impart what what he has learned to a new generation of magicians.

Aaron knows all too well, after all, of the many pitfalls and missteps that can derail anyone who attempts to learn the craft of sleight-of-hand. He's read misleading books filled with bad information. He's taken advice that turned out to be wrong. He's spent countless hours learning sleights and techniques that turned out to be of no use at all. All of these experiences have convinced him that no matter how many books or DVDs we own, there is simply no substitute for an effective teacher — a living, breathing guide — to help us on the journey.

That's why, in addition to his performance schedule of corporate events, nightclubs, and stand-up stage shows, Aaron spends time every year helping card magicians improve. Each summer, for example, he works with magic campers at Sorcerer's Safari Summer Program in Ontario, Canada. He also continues to present his lecture/seminar at magic clubs, societies, and conventions all over the world. And he offers one-on-one personal coaching to serious, dedicated students.

For Aaron, it is seeing these students improve that makes teaching magic worth the effort.

If you could ask ONE question to one of the world's most creative professional magicians, what would it be?

If you'’ve never been to a magic lecture, there’s never been a better time. Sunday May 19th at 7:00pm, we’re live-streaming Aaron Fisher in a spectacular 2-hour interactive online lecture. Watch, ask questions and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.

Want VIP access to EVERY FUTURE Penguin LIVE we film? Check out the new Penguin LIVE: All Access Pass!


  1. Purchase the Aaron Fisher LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday May 19th, 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, Aaron 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 Aaron 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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7 of 7 magicians found the following review helpful:
Outstanding lecture Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 20th, 2013
For those who are considering purchasing this, this is what was covered (I'm sure I've missed some things, and this only covers the first three hours of the lecture, not the 45-minute Q&A section that followed):

- "Search and Destroy"
- Tilt subtleties/misdirection
- Sandwich effects to complement S&D
- Hofzinser Catch; "Peel and steal" technique; Robert-Houdin break technique
- "Veggie Sandwich"
- Bluff pass/Nowhere Pass, technique and subtleties
- The Illusion Control; "Sexy Sadie Sandwich"
- Four-card Revelation Sequence
- "Panic"
- "Standing your ground" controlling audience's attention exercise
- "The Long and Winding Trick"
- "Machine"
- How flourishes fit into magic
- The classic pass, tips, techniques, misdirection
- How to practice the pass: "Think Stop"
- One-handed Popover/Indicator card handling
- "Hello Goodbye"
- "The Graduate;" effect and learning techniques
- "The Rising" (getting into some really challenging stuff here!)
- The Gravity Half-Pass
- "Revolution No. 9"
- Diminishing lifts sequence
- Additional work on the Robert-Houdin break
- "Helter Skelter"

Oh, and "House Pants."

This list doesn't give a feel for the overall themes of the lecture, which are what makes it so good. At one point Aaron talked about "the intersection of technique, misdirection, structure and presentation," and I really think the lecture was a masterclass in that.
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5 of 5 magicians found the following review helpful:
Something for everyone. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2013
I've got to say that the lecture started out slowly for me--the effects that Aaron was teaching were easy in the beginning and I was looking for a good technical challenge (a mindset that Aaron went on to confront in the lecture).

As we got deeper into the 3.5 hours of information and material, the tricks became more advanced to the point where I had to put my cards down and just watch. There is something for EVERYONE in this lecture. From great tips for beginners, to tricks and theory for intermediate magicians like myself, and even for working pros like our host, Dan Harlan.

I'm sure others will post more about the content, but Aaron shared an enormous portion of his own personal material that you can buy on Penguin, or on his website. If you're interested in value, you get way more than your money's worth on this one, which was extremely generous of Aaron in my opinion.

A very fun lecture packed full with great stuff. Do it!
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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
Great For the Pass Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 12th, 2013
If you want to learn the pass I highly recomend this. f you have no intrest in the pass then there is really only one trick on here you will enjoy, called Search and Destroy.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
Learn techniques to elevate the tricks you now perform Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 19th, 2013
Aaron not only taught some of his pet routines from his most popular commercial releases ( including moveless passes and double turnovers ) but he also went into how to perform for real people, whether it be paid shows or in casual atmospheres.

You can learn new tricks each moth, but if you don't know the secrets of how to perform, all you'll ever do is just tricks and never get across to an audience their full impact.

Drawing from his experiences studying theater in college, performing corporate events, nightclubs, and stand-up stage shows, he shared the hows and whys to improve our performances while doing sleight of hand.
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My Favorite So Far Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 21st, 2013
As of todays date this was my favorite lecture through Penguin.

Aaron KNOWS what he is talking about from years of performing technical card magic for real audiences. He's skilled but he knows when to dial it down and also knows why important good structure in card magic is so important.

This could very well be one of the most important talks about card magic today. I'm not saying that as a fan but the in-between advice, tips and other information is pure gold. We hear that "pure gold" review a lot but if you really want to perform for real people and understand card magic... this is it.

Aaron is a good guy who really loves this art and it shows. He really cares about good magical performance and wants all of us to perform well with him.
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Best lecture I have ever seen!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 22nd, 2013
Aaron's lecture was AMAZING!! Not only does he teach you a BUNCH of his signature effects, but he teaches you more than just the moves to do the tricks; he teaches you about timing and misdirection and other subtleties that help actually sell the trick when performing it. He also talks about how he was like when he was first starting out in magic and the lessons that he learned. He put on almost a 4 hour lecture which is practically unheard of and taught us a bunch of cool new tricks/sleights! I definitely recommend you purchasing this if you haven't already. Aaron will not only teach you how to become a better cardman, but to become a better magician as well. This is a lecture that you and your House Pants do not want to miss!
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More Wisdom and Wizardry Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 22nd, 2013
Aaron Fisher continues to astonish with his refined techniques and vast experience. This lecture is much more than a demonstration of methods as Aaron unpacks some of the most fundamental elements of successful sleight-of-hand—misdirection, tension, and routine creation. My personal favorite of the evening was "The Long and Winding Road"... kings, kings, and more kings keep disappearing and reappearing in this delightful combination of sleights, humor, and (gasp) even a self-working card illusion.

Aaron is personable, humorous, and above all, generous with his knowledge and skill. He holds little back in this 3+ hour lecture.
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Fantastic Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 24th, 2013
This lecture was not only the best I've seen on Penguin, it was the best lecture I have ever seen on magic ever, in any context. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Aaron is first of all a card genius. His sleight of hand is flawless. He knows seemingly everything there is to know about his art, and (happily for us) he has the rare gift of the educator as well, and is able to explain everything he does clearly and succinctly. The lecture was chock-a-block full of material for magicians at all levels (four hours!)--numerous tricks, numerous handlings and sleights, and also some terrific magic theory. What I liked most about this lecture was in fact the balance Aaron strikes among all these elements. Folks who just want to learn some amazing effects will want to tune in to see Aaron perform, and explain, his many signature pieces (the Graduate, panic, the gravity half-pass, Revolution color change, etc.). But more serious magicians will be even more interested in what Aaron has to say about what magic is and how we should approach it psychologically.

Finally, there's a warm rapport between Aaron and Dan Harlan, the host (and Aaron's longtime friend), that's a real pleasure to see: there are times when we get to sit back and watch two old pros talking shop. Mr. Harlan exhibits a real knack for asking Aaron just the sorts of questions we in the audience are dying to have answered. The four hours fly by quickly, and it's an immersive experience. You'll be studying these effects for the next 18 months, I promise. I consider this lecture to have been indispensable to my development as a magician. And it's the best $25 I've spent on my magic.
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One heck of a teacher Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 24th, 2013
Out of all the Penguin Live Lectures, this one was one of the top. If you a card person, this is a must. A lot of Bang for the buck. money well spent!
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very good live Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 28th, 2013
very good live ! We learn a lot of things in different ways . Aaron is funny and presents his magic like a student and not a teacher so it becomes easier to follow and his reactions are the reactions we would have .
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