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John Guastaferro LIVE (Penguin LIVE) One of the most dynamic and creative magicians in the world came to Penguin for a MASSIVE 4-hour live event. SUPPORT LIVE MAGIC. DOWNLOAD THE FULL LECTURE TODAY.
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“John is undeniably one of the best minds in magic today.” -Jack Carpenter

“I am a fan of John G. and thoroughly enjoy examining how he puts together his refined card magic. He's clever and, in my opinion, his constructions hit the mark of ‘elegant’ more often than anyone else around." -John Bannon

“John G’s magic reflects a rare combination of qualities: a cunning knowledge of entertainment value, a surgeon’s deft technique, plus a canny mind for method." -David Regal

“There are a few pockets of genuinely good thinking in magic scattered around the world. John Guastaferro occupies one of them.” -Stephen Minch

"John Guastaferro is one of the finest magicians in the modern era." -Michael Vincent

John Guastaferro is a dynamic performer, author, creator of original magic, and sought-out lecturer. His published books and DVDs are acclaimed by magicians worldwide.

John, author of One Degree, will share his brand of card magic, which combines powerful presentations, smart structure and clever methods. Effects will range from his Brainstorm DVDs all the way through his latest book Discoveries & Deceptions. While the lecture is focused predominantly on card magic, John will also share some visual, off-beat ideas.

John has shared his lecture at the Magic Castle, MAGIC Live, The Session, and many other prominent places. Now is your chance to watch John lecture live and learn a vast amount of effects from his repertoire. Learn the back story of effects, why they work, how they've evolved and how you can begin performing them yourself. Beyond the magic, John will also inspire your thinking and creativity with valuable tips.

In this jam-packed lecture, John will share his strongest card effects, his favorite openers and closers, and even a complete routine. From the Ballet Cut to Zen Bend, there is something for everyone.

To get the most out if this lecture, tune in with a deck of cards in hand. Oh, and have a few drinking straws handy so you can learn Zen Bend, John's fantastic impromptu bending straw effect.

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 June 9th at 7:00pm, we’re live-streaming John Guastaferro 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 John Guastaferro LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday June 9th, 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 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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WOW Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 13th, 2014
Fantastic Lecture. Yes the magic was great, but he taught how to think out of the box and add layers to your existing magic. Very inspirational.
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Charming, witty, surprising, analytical Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 6th, 2013
Mr. Guastaferro has the gift to entertain at a high level. He is charming, very clever and has also an analytical mind. Quite an impressive mixture!
I thank him for his brillant lecture and wish him all the best.
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Great variety; you will be using his stuff Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2013
I picked up this lecture, along with Don England, and both were very good.

I am not a card guy, and I am sick of pick-a-card tricks. When I was younger and worked at Daytona Magic, I did a lot of sleights. Now, I am not interested in learning difficult moves to impress because I can usually find a simpler way to accomplish something similar.

Having said that, I got a lot out of John G's lecture. The card stuff he was doing were things I could see myself doing. I do not want to performing anything that does not feel natural and does not have a good flow to it. Sometimes when you get into the false counts, things feel a little funky.

Having never been introduced to John G's work, I was thoroughly impressed. Not only is he an accomplished magician, but he is a great thinker. He will have you looking at ways to make your magic so much better.

Dan Harlan served as host, and he does the absolute best job, and I am not blowing smoke. He has a tremendous presence when he is on camera, even when he is merely watching a magician perform. This, no doubt, arises from his training as an actor and all of his years of performing. In my opinion, Penguin needs to make Dan the permanent host, though I know that is not always practical.

I find Dan's interactions with the magicians adds to the lecture. He can appreciate what his happening, but he is not in awe of the featured lecturer, which helps to better move the lecture forward.

And, with England's lecture, he had to interject himself in order to have certain effects explained.

So, John G and Dan, thanks for a wonderful evening.

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John Guastaferro LIVE Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 27th, 2013
Great lecture with good thoughts on routining and presentation. I will definitely be looking at more of John's material.
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The best Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2013
I have seen many lectures so far (+15). From the point of practical audience engaging card magic (+a great rope and ring routine + some more) this lectures is superior or for me just the best (the second best lecture i consider Daniel García's).

PS: If you know John's material there is still a lot to get out. Just watching him perform live the material from one degree and Co. serves me well!
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Wow! A Master Class! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2013
Strong magic with terrific thinking, routining, and presentation. Workers! A great introduction to John G. and his work, with excellent teaching and additional tips. Every routine is worth serious consideration in a professional program. This lecture is worth much more than the purchase price!
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Fantastic! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2013
John's lecture was fantastic. From hearing his thoughts on magic, one degree changes, and seeing his effects that are in print come alive!

Get it!
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Awesome! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 11th, 2013
That's right, just awesome.

John is laid back, casual and comforting with his magic. You don't want to catch him out on anything because you just enjoy talking to him and watching what he is doing. A lot of today's magicians can take note of that about John's style.

He explains A LOT of magic and also gets in depth with why it's special to him and whats nice about it. He constantly references One Degree changes and making small differences in your magic... Maximizing what you can show while minimizing what you cannot.

The tips he gives ring home for me and are things I've often thought about.

What I enjoyed the most though was his Post Card Act. It's a great example of what routined card magic should look like. You may not have johns style but the flow of effects and use of the props was excellent. The story was interesting and of course entertaining.

It was also really nice to see a multiple selection routine in the lectures. I personally enjoy multiple selection routines but had a similar problem with presenting them as John brings up. Sometimes they just are not engaging. This one is.

Loved the lecture and will be watching this a few more times to gather up some lost bits of info :-)

Also Dan Harlan did a great job hosting again and asking questions when this aren't clear.
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Excellent Lecture!!!! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 10th, 2013
This lecture was, by far, the best Penguin lecture I have seen. I also own all of John's releases and I found the lecture to be extremely worthwhile. It was awesome to see effects performed live that were previously in print. And it was amazing to finally get to see the postcard act. This lecture was massive at 4 hours, and packed full of tips and ideas. Well worth it! Thank you John for putting on a killer lecture!
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One degree above the rest Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 10th, 2013
First, I would like to thank Penguin for getting John G. to come and do this show. John went out of his way to connect us to his ideas and how to take our magic to the next level. By adding subtleties and presentation, one can leave a memorable experience! While watching the show, I can see John's passion in creativity. I will definitely use his card material in my strolling routines. His ring and rope effect blew me away! Well worth my money! I feel like I should be sending him a separate check to compensate all the material he gave in the four hours! LOL!
Thanks John! Looking forward to your book!
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