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“Bill Montana is way ahead of his time. He is highly respected by me and others. He is a genius and in my book he is considered one of the Giants in the industry.” -Neal Scryer

“Bill Montana is one of the most talented and creative people I know. He constantly thinks outside the box and creates simple and elegant solutions to problems. I'm a huge fan.”- Richard Webster

"Bill Montana is one of the leading experts in the more arcane areas of mentalism and the bizarre. I highly recommend his work to anyone seriously interested in the art." - Bob Cassidy

"Bill Montana's work will move your mind in exciting and different ways. He uses unique and forgotten principles and strange forces from the unknown to create wonder in his completely different style. Open your psyche because the bridge is already open to feel his pulsating ideas. " - Pablo Amira

"Bill is a brilliant thinker that can take the ordinary and turn it into the extraordinary. "- Rick Roth of Outlaw Effects

"Bill Montana is the real deal! What I really love is his works (Ie: the bridge, pulse etc.) and the capacity to deeply connect with people giving the experience of real magic!"- Luca Volpe

What will he teach?



The Telekinetic Coin - A borrowed coin with the power of the audience's collective mind.

The Lotus Flower - A small paper flower opens in a magical way to reveal a playing card or other object.

The Mystic Orb - An imaginary ball of energy with weight that can be felt by the spectator.

Heads or Tails Coin Prediction - An "honest" gambling game.

Fifteen Arrows - It's a gambling game and a swindle … if you know the secret.

Rolling Log - Leave even the best of the crooked gamblers broke in just a few games.

The Historical Perception Technique - Cause your spectator to feel a mystical energy coming off an old or personal object.

The Praying Hands - The origins of this date back to my days as a charlatan faith healer, but could be done by any gospel worker or psychic worker.

Lifted by Angels - A person appears to be lifted up by angels.

Influential Gestures - The open hand versus the pointed finger.

The Mirror Flatters Not - *(considered prop-less, but you do need something to lay on which could be considered a prop).

Shadow People - A bizarre work used outdoors wherein people will see the shadow people.

The Mantra Within - A new age technique that could replace transcendental mediation.

The Comfortable Chair Test - (Psychological chair test) Works anywhere where you have an audience who will be seated.

And, Bill Montana's Pulse - The performer and a spectator's hearts beat the same.

Who is he?



Bill Montana did not come into magic and mentalism via the traditional routes. After working as a charlatan faith healer, Bill spent years working as a professional psychic, something he still does from time to time. Then, 10 years ago, Bill began releasing his methodologies to the magic and mentalism community and they loved it.

Bill Montana is a known designer, creator and fabricator of mentalism and magic effects including special items for crooked gambling. He is also the maker of some of the finest spinning nickels, shiners and bugs on the planet today, as well as the author of many books and e-books on the subject of magic and mentalism.

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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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2015
This may not be the best Penguin Live lecture I've ever seen but it just might be the worst.

Beyond the dearth of effects, we were presented with a performer whose lack of energy indicated a disinterest in his own material. He behaved like he didn't even want to be there. He spent so much time hanging back in the shadows, it was like looking at a bare stage for a large portion of the time. His frequent handing out of gifts to the Penguin audience didn't seem to accomplish much (beyond killing time).

Most of the tidbits he offered seemed anticlimactic (for example, how having someone hand you something establishes a relationship) and left me saying, "Yeah, so?" Some ideas seemed like something out of a Girl Scout book on slumber party tricks.

Some of the handful of effects he did demonstrate require an additional purchase of a PDF or prop.

It was not a good night for effects involving nickels. Both the nickel-on-the-bottle trick (which didn't work) and the spinning nickel effect (which requires the purchase of a prop) seemed to go on for an uncomfortably long period of time.

Considering the performer's appearance and demeanor, his claims of making buckets of money from this material may have to be taken with a pinch of salt. His claims of getting a lot of free drinks, however, seem somewhat more credible.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 20th, 2015
I normally don't write negative reviews, but I felt that this lecture needed to be written about. Many have loved the work and you can compare their take on the night to my own. Here are a few negatives:
1. Lack of structure-it seemed as it there had been very little planning as to the flow of the evening.
2. Lack of effect-much of what was passed off as seeming miracles just didn't seem like much of an effect. The "Angel lifting" was a perfect example. Simply because a person's hands get tired the audience thinks an angel is lifting them up? Several things (nickel on bottle) didn't even work.
3. Lack of explanation-there were many times when the phrase "if you want to learn that I wrote a PDF on it" was used. I don't want to purchase another PDF after I have bought the lecture.
As to the ethics of passing oneself off as a real psychic, you decide on the propriety of that. I find it troubling.
Again, several reviewers seemed to like the lecture so take their comments into account as well, but for me, this was not a purchase I would make again.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 21st, 2015
I found Bill Montana's lecture to be of little value. Some of his effects didn't work. Those that did had little impact. At times the audience didn't even know when the effect was over or when to applaud. The psychology Montana imparts is superficial. Montana's performance style is sloppy. Some of the gambling effects/games may be useful if you like cons. As usual Dan Harlan did a great job of trying to help the audience glean value from the lecture, but Dad had little or nothing to work with. I recommend you save your money and time. Skip this lecture.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 24th, 2015
Almost unwatchable... Terribly presented, horribly explained... But peppered with interesting effects. Some old science demos, some old theatre school exercises.

Bill shoulda stayed a mystery, I think, he did his material a disservice.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 23rd, 2015
I gravitate towards the dark, subtle and esoteric, and usually try to be supportive of other performers in this genre. That being said, I was disappointed by this lecture. I knew Bill's name, but was not familiar with his work, as it is usually released as extremely expensive PDFs that I can't afford. When I saw that there was going to be a lecture, I was very excited to learn these mysteries that had been out of my reach, and taught by an expert. I was expecting a masterclass in bizarre magic.... Which it wasn't.

The presentation seemed unprepared and unrehearsed. The lack of confidence as a public presenter, and the questionable successes of the material leads me to beleive that Bill is more "theoretical" than "real-world" as a performer. Maybe I am wrong, and if so apologize. When I watch a lecture, in any field I am interested in, I am wanting insights from a professional who can share the skills and experiences that allowed them to succeed in their vocational arena. I did not get that from this lecture.

You will find at least a few things useful, and some of his ideas will definitely get your creative juices flowing, regardless of your genre as a performer, but there were no "aha!" moments. I was expecting professional, but it wasn't...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 20th, 2015
How to review this lecture without sounding critical is tough. I was really looking forward to learning more about Bill Montana and his methods.

First Mr Montana hid in the shadows and it was hard to follow along. He jumped around so fast and did not discuss the fine points of what he was doing - Dan did a good job of trying to fill in the missing pieces. Many of the effects required purchasing a PDF or special prop. Overall the lecture came across as un-rehearsed and meandered all over the place. It is obvious Mr Montana knows what he is talking about unfortunately he is not a good at lecturing.

Are there usable techniques or effects - Yes. You really have to pay attention and watch a couple of times. Unfortunately his explanations are so short and incomplete a beginner will be completely lost.

Overall I rate this a 3 star because I did learn something though at times this was painful to watch. Allot of dead time - for example Mr Montana was very generous in giving out gifts to the audience members but this took allot of time.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2015
First off,

I have to say that I am not against the elemental form of mentalism that Bill promotes. It is a lot of principles and impromptu, prop-less stuff which is great! I found a few great ideas in here. problem is his presentation was sooo bad. I can't imagine this guy speaking to a crowd of hundreds, much less performing magic. His speech was mumbled and all over the place, his teaching all over the place and he paced all over the stage spending more time in the dark than under the stage lights. I have to imagine that he asked that the stage be darkened because it has never looked like that before.

I could not believe how many effects went wrong and how long he forced us to watch him try to get things to work. I sat for several minutes while he tried to spin coins on a table that was un-even by about 6 inches. He then insulted us by trying to do another effect where he spins another item on the same table before he decides they should maybe try another table.

This made it seem much like a lesson in how not to do magic. I can't imagine how he works in any other venue when he doesn't check out the setting before he tries an effect.

Another portion of the show is lost to Bill giving out gifts. Really. Could he have not done this after the camera stopped rolling?

To Dan Harlen's credit, he keeps things moving by actually explaining many of the effects to the audience when Bill's quick mumblings aren't able to do so.

I would give many of Bills ideas more stars, at least the ones that didn't require me to get something that is difficult or even impossible to find, if he had actually explained them well.

Another issue was the ethics of what he was doing. He comes off as a charlatan and not in a good way. When asked if he really believes in the "energy" and "angels" that he talks of he says "Why Not." I feel that a large portion of the magic community, perhaps even more so in mentalism, is fighting against psychic fairs and other woo. This man is welcoming it. For that alone I have to mark him down several notches in my book. I don't even know how to react to that. He does have a history as a Faith Healer. I have to roll my eyes at that.

Over all this man just felt dirty and the lecture was very poor. I can't imagine how this man holds the attention of a real audience.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 24th, 2015
I was really optimistic about this lecture and sadly was really disappointed. In all seriousness, it felt like they grabbed a guy out of the bar and put him in front of a camera with a staff and few props and told him to just make stuff up for a couple of hours. Bill seemed really unprepared. It was a major waste of my time. I kept watching honestly because it was like watching a train wreck. They whole time I thought, there is no way this guy is being serious. This can't be real. But I was hoping for redemption. Dan Harlan is the only thing that keeps this lecture from unraveling.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2015
Other than wanting to hear more about his esoteric work, I got exactly what I expected. That said, this isn't the lecture for everyone. If you are looking for new tricks you can immediately introduce as-is into your set, this isn't the lecture for you. What you will find here are strong subtleties and psychological tools that will only pay off if you put energy into developing them into a unique presentation for yourself. Also, if making money is a primary objective, several techniques here can be used to sell products or win at gambling, which can be useful. I definitely got my money's worth from watching this. Can't wait to get more from Bill!

The immediate highlights were the Fifteen Arrows game (which can be played with toothpicks or other small objects), The Historical Perception technique, and his very brief mention of how to make it rain rose petals around you! Although Bill presents a few of the effects rather briefly and tells us to buy the product or PDF for more info, he gives the viewer a basic idea of the methods, allowing you to decide what will suit you. He also has trouble with a couple of the effects for various reasons, but he handles it and explains the issues. The only other issue is that some of the techniques would, in a real life presentation, take several minutes to an hour (or much longer) to properly set up and present, and due to the constraints of being a lecture, he doesn't/can't properly present the EFFECT before revealing the method. However, it should be easy to imagine how everything plays out the way he describes. I'd really love to see video of Bill performing these items in full for his normal crowds.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 28th, 2015
Montana's lecture is likely to be the worst lecture this year. I watched only half of it because I couldn't take it anymore. When he's not wondering around the stage into the darkness, he's giving away prizes like a middle school guest speaker who's job is to get the kids to listen to his message to "not do drugs, kids".

The very few tricks he showed, did not work. And just when he starts talking about an interesting theory or method and starts to get to the nitty gritty, he looses his train of thought and goes off to something else.

He might be a good performer in the kind of conventions he goes to, but he is definitely not a good public speaker, lecturer and teacher.

Do yourself a favor and skip this one.
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