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"If you already know how theatrically smart and methodologically devious Docc Hilford can be, I don't have to tell you that his live lectures are "don't miss" events. If you have never encountered the good Docc-tor before, you are in for the very best kinds of surprises." -Michael Weber

“Docc Hilford is unique in the world of mentalism. A prolific creator and author, he's successfully combined traditional mentalism with elements of bizarre magic and purely "psychic" presentations. He's bold and dynamic with an imposing presence that, nonetheless, remains very approachable. He's also a good friend and I like the way he thinks.” -Bob Cassidy

“Docc is a living legend. He has seeded the mentalism/magic world with originality, class, brilliance, linguistic finesse, and supreme cool. He cannot teach you to be Docc , that is DNA , but if he lets you just glimpse behind the thinking, you will have miracles galore. This lecture is worth 10 times the price. Actually it's priceless . Don't do it Docc.” -Marc Salem

“He’s one of the kindest guys I know, a more charming man you’ll never meet. He’s the Devil himself!” -Luke Jermay

“Don’t let Doc Lecture! His stuff is too good. It should be kept secret.. Not only are his effects practical and professional, he tips the real work in his lecture. He has to be stopped.” -Rich Marrotta

What did he teach?

Since 2002, Docc Hilford has successfully performed his impromptu Penthouse Party program for audiences in private condominiums on Miami Beach and homes on the exclusive Fisher and Star Islands.

In this lecture, Docc will perform then explain this prized complete program. The only props necessary are a borrowed deck of playing cards and a couple of paperback books. Yet Docc has charged several times more for this program than any other. He’ll explain how and why.

There are five distinct psychic tests in the program. Each one being more amazing than the last so the pace of the program continues to build to the finale’. Because the props are borrowed or on hand, the impromptu nature of the tests increase the believability.

Opening Talk
Docc will explain how to watch and participate in the experiments.

1 In 10:
Under the strictest test conditions, the mentalist finds and reveals a card from a borrowed, mixed, face-down deck. The card, however, is merely thought of by the participant before any cards are even seen.

To prove the difficulty of such an experiment, the mentalist allows a spectator to first try the same test, over and over, yet unsuccessfully.

This trick will teach mentalists how to erase procedure from the audience’s memory. It will also explain the seldom exposed secret Medium’s Method. Once learned, the secret can be applied to countless other effects.

Two participants think of playing cards. Under test conditions, without handling the cards, the mentalist entertainingly reveals both thoughts.

This trick teaches the important concept of reverse deception. Sweden’s most famous TV mentalists, Carl-Einer Hackner, claims this to be his favorite “every day” mentalism effect.

Para Opticalism
In the final playing card test, the mentalist finds and reveals several thought of cards while legitimately blindfolded. It’s a gasp creating finish to the first half set.

In explanation, viewers will learn an almost forgotten principle and how to apply it to dozens of new tricks.

The New Incredo Book Test
Based on an original method by Orville Meyer, this experiment duplicates Chan Canasta’s amazing book test. Where Canasta’s free choice test is almost impossible to perform, applying a different approach makes this effect incredibly effective and yet easy to do while retaining the integrity of a completely free choice!

The Last Act
As the most difficult experiment with words in the program, the audience collectively discover and reveal a chosen word, letter by letter, on their own.

Viewers are taught special timing techniques that make this the ultimate impromptu book effect. As clean as an expensive “Any Word on Any Page” trick book test, this effect is performed with an unprepared book.

This is the same program Docc Hilford has used for years in what he terms “Penthouse Parties”. He’ll have many stories about these revels.

And as a bonus, Docc may reveal his perfect psychological card force. Originated by him, and now performed by many top pros as a classic of intellectual mentalism.

Who is he?

Docc Hilford is a fascinating, yet real-life, character. He has been a pickpocket, hypnotist, mindreader, illusionist and kid show performer. He’s been a working cowboy in Utah and lived with the tribal medicine man on the Navajo reservation. He has also been the stage manager for Alice Cooper and he’s opened for Aerosmith and Black Sabbath with his Film Noir Magic Show. For a while, in Phoenix, Docc ran a private palmistry office specializing in exotic dancers. Plus, he earned a Doctorate of Divinity from the University of New Mexico. For a few years, he had a small psychic church in Florida which offered authentic, camp-style spiritual seances.

He has studied with a diverse group of influential teachers, including: Dusty Cravens, Orville Meyer, Mike Skinner, Ormond McGill, Thessalonia DePrince (High Priest of VooDoo) and Tony Andruzzi. He’s tried his hand at an under-water escapology and fire-eating among many other side-show stunts. He’s been the editor of The New Invocation (a magazine aimed at magical Bizarrists) and he organized and hosted The Weerd! Weekend , an international convention focused on bizarre magic.

Through the years he has been a guest of honor at magic conventions, was a featured speaker/performer at The Smithsonian Institution and in 2001 was honored at Abra-Kid-Abra for his comedy kid show. He’s made an incredible number of magic/mentalism videos, and written countless books and manuscripts for the mentalism trade. Currently, he performs for celebrities, athletes and political figures around the world.

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 22nd at 7:00pm, we're live-streaming Docc Hilford LIVE 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 Docc Hilford LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday June 22nd, 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, Docc 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 Docc 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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3 of 3 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 23rd, 2014
This was a lot of fun!! The incomparable Miami Mind Reader delivered a generous, entertaining & ever informative lecture, putting and entire inexpensive & easy to perform mentalism act into your pocket!!! What you learn here will broaden your working knowledge as a mentalist & make you an all around better performer. This is the stuff that will help you establish your reputation & put money in your pocket!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 23rd, 2014
I have to be honest and say I wasn't a fan of Docc's before tonight but it was only because I didn't know him. Now my feeling is you can't know him and NOT be a fan!

It was a fantastic lecture. The thing that impressed me the most is his "realness." Docc has a vast knowledge of the art and is craftsman for sure. However, the knowledge and craftsmanship take second place to the person.

If you haven't gotten to know Docc, do yourself a favor and pick this up. The 15% rule will kick up your level as a performer and is worth the cost of the lecture all by itself.

Get this one.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 23rd, 2014
I watched this lecture live and saws one of the best mentalism ever. Not only because it seems very impossible and fooling it is that most of the tricks require almost nothing.

The impromptu book test is just as a 200-300 dollar book test because it uses the whole audience and the word they choose seems SUPER FAIR.

Also the card force is so cool and you're very surprised it works because you can guess the card they're thinking of without any fishing.

Those are the two things that stuck out at me, but all the tricks he teaches you know he has used 100 and 100's of times. With all the tricks he teaches you could start a mentalism show and be AWESOME

He also teaches the tricks super in depth, so they're no stones unturned. Also a lot if interesting stories from Docc makes the lecture even better.

If you like mentalism in any sort of way (or even if you don't)

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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 5th, 2014
I have about 10 lectures from penguin and Docc tops them all. I'll be using every single effect taught in this lecture. the material is unbelievably strong and adaptable to any performer's style, whether you're a mentalist or magician. 30$? are you kidding? I would have paid hundreds. You could literally earn a living with the material provided in this lecture. Docc not only shows you his amazing 40 minute set to begin the lecture, he tips some extremely effective and strong psychological and performance tips. He teaches you how to be a magician/mentalist.
The final book test is nothing short of real magic. I've tried it for 5 different groups of people and it absolutely kills. I've done an entire set of my strongest material for but doccs book test blew them away the most, and was the that they were still talking about 2 weeks later. the blindfolded card reading is amazing, and the method will surprise you! again one of the new strongest effects i do. all of it is just ridiculously good.

Penguin F*cking rocks. Docc F*cking rocks. You f*cking rock if you buy this lecture. and if you don't, you're MISSING OUT.
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1 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 25th, 2014
Docc Hilford performs and teaches his "penthouse party" act and it is excellent. Every effect is strong mentalism. You will definitely get material you will use. The material provided far outweighs the cost of the lecture. Well done Docc Hilford and Penguin.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 1st, 2014
Docc Hilford's lecture is among the best Penguin lectures I have purchased. What I found amazing is how he was able to extract so much mystery out of simple props.

Docc shares a lot of history and, in passing, tips about blocking and staging.

Docc is a consummate professional, and this was fun from beginning to end.

The book test is worth the price of admission. I love his handling.

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 2nd, 2014
Docc fooled me with a couple of things I thought I knew! Just goes to show ya when you frame something differently it takes on a brand new life! He is very funny, a great story teller, and does some mind blowing effects that are so simple they fool the crap out of you. Loved the lecture - do yourself a favor and just get it...BTW if you are smart, not if you're reading my review but contemplating getting this lecture, do yourself the biggest favor you can ever do in magic and just subscribe to the monthly deal, that's $10-$12.50 a lecture depending on how many weeks in that month ($50 a month). How much would you pay for a great trick that you will use all the time? $10,$20, $50, $100??? I know I'd pay a lot for a trick that I will use regularly, I have found many in these lecture series... It really is the best value in magic (Acar, please send the check to my address on file) :)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 16th, 2014
Great material, that I will definitely use but precious little of it...too much of the time Doc was bantering about with Dan which is not what I paid to see. Doc teaches killer material that is very practical...just not enough of it, but then who of us has not paid more for a single trick
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 26th, 2014
His material is so good and so well performed and taught. I have been using his stuff for over 20 years and never have I been disappointed.It is so refreshing to see good material from a working professional. This stuff isn't theory. Those of you who know me understand I am extremely picky on my recommendations. Docc's stuff for me is a no-brainer purchase.
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Great lecture! Such a pro! Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 29th, 2014
This was the first lecture I watched with friends from my magic club. I've been studying mentalism for a while now and Docc was entertaining and informative. Docc is a very good teacher and there were a lot of strong effects demonstrated. There was a nice mix of effects and tips and advice. You will definitely find material that you will use.

One thing that really impressed me was Docc's great stage presence. He's natural, likeable, and just fun to watch. My favorite effect was his book test.

You can't go wrong with this lecture. I hope Docc comes back to Penguin soon.
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