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"Phill Smith thinks differently. It must be the creativity from his top-notch graphic designer brain, leaking in to his mentalism brain that does it. Phill's ideas are smart, direct and practical, what more can any of us Mentalism junkies want?" - Ken Dyne

“When an engineer contemplates a problem, he seeks the most simple, yet robust solution available. Phill Smith's mentalism is a symphony of solutions. Elegant and strong, but forthright enough to be hugely compelling. His Quinta force is just one of many examples of his brilliance.” - Atlas Brookings

"There are not many who inspire me in mentalism. For me, Phill Smith delivers inspiration by the truck load." - Paul Brook

"I first learnt of Phill's work with his book Mitox, which was a fabulous book full of practical ideas I knew I could implement into my own performances. Since then we have become good friends and he never ceases to amaze me with his brilliant thinking and creative ideas!" - Looch

What will he teach?



Equifinque - a snappy fun opener for any close-up mentalism set

The Biz - an ungimmicked sleight-free method for discerning ANYTHING drawn or written on a business card

Visionary Journey - a simple way to take a cartology reading into a strange performance piece (Cardfab)

K3 - subliminal suggestion helps you control a spectator’s free choice

Thumbscrews Booktest - a punchy contemporary presentation for an ungimmicked booktest, that also serves as a great demonstration of how to bomb-proof any effect

Quinta - Phill explains the inner workings of the notorious Quinta, a powerful utility method designed as a completely fair alternative to the traditional magician’s choice - a streamlined propless way to force literally anything.

DBag Drawing Challenge - never buy a drink again

Savant - hit a personal best in an incredible mental challenge that will blow spectators away

Phill will also explain his own personal approach to creating high-impact mentalism effects and developing a unique performing character that audiences will remember for years to come.

Who is he?



UK based mentalist, writer, designer and consultant Phill Smith has been creating powerful mind reading effects for more than a decade, with effects performed by professionals around the world on stage and television. Best known for his three handbooks to contemporary mentalism, Mitox, Yokai and Mokele, his creative approach yields innovative modern mentalism created for real-world situations and real-world audiences. Phill has also consulted for numerous professional performers, including writing and development credits on TV show Impossible?, as well as on-set consulting in the UK, Belgium and Ukraine. In addition to all this, Phill has also performed professionally in a wide variety of settings including sell-out public shows, to rave reviews.

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 21st , at 7:00pm, we're live-streaming Phill Smith LIVE in a spectacular 2-hour interactive online lecture. Watch, ask questions, and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.

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ATTENDING COULDN'T BE EASIER.

  1. Purchase the Phill Smith LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, June 21st, 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, Phill 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 Phill questions and discuss the tricks DURING the lecture.

DON’T WORRY IF YOU MIGHT MISS IT.

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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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 24th, 2015
I have been a fan of Phill's work for some time and Mitox is amongst my favourite books on the art. It was great to watch Phill perform and go into detail on routines that I have already been doing for quite some time with fresh ideas and subtleties that I have taken away from this and can apply to my own work.

I have spent the past two days re-watching and rewriting my impromptu act which is now 60% Smiff.

He begins with a close-up set that uses nothing but a stack of business cards, a pen and a a standard pack of cards to create a low tech, hard hitting close up routine that lasts 10-15 minutes. This, for me, was my favourite part of the lecture. Hand on heart, I either already do or will use all of the material within that section. I am seriously considering replacing my peek wallet in favour of 'the biz', it is that good!

Next, Phill moves on to his stage routine which for me was of less interest simply because I perform close-up. However, 'The thumbscrews book test' and 'Quinta' were stand out for me. The book test is very clever and seems completely fair and more to the point has a premise that completely justifies the use of a book.

Quinta, is a genius method of forcing that is congruent, invisible and guaranteed to hit.

Finally, Phill shows us a little something that will win you enough drinks to at least pay for the lecture if you are willing to just go and give it a go.

The only negative for me was that you could clearly see that Phill was a combination of nervy and self doubting which meant with an audience of about 10 magicians some of his material fell flat in that environment. I hasten to add that some of this is material that I perform myself so I know first hand that it kills.

If you can see past that though you will get 3 hours of solid material that delivers as well as nuances and subtleties that you can instantly apply to your own work.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 22nd, 2015
Phill's lecture was practical and inspiring. I very much appreciated the emphasis he placed on the structural principles of his tricks as well as the elegant and subtle layers of deception that allow him to turn little tricks into powerful moments of mentalism. His Quinta force was work the price of this lecture alone.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 23rd, 2015
"While there is a good method (Qunita) discussed in this lecture, I think if you have a budget for PenguinLive lectures (which are fantastic btw), you'd be better off spending it on Colin McLeod, Ken Dyne, Looch or someone else.

I think the biggest issue is that Phill smith is someone who has written several mentalism ebooks, but most relevantly one on mentalism theory.

Despite being an authority on mentalism performance and presentation theory, in this lecture Phill Smith does not perform well.

Maybe he was sick, but even from his first routine, he was performing weakly.

He was substantially better when he performed his stage piece (after he literally gave himself a pep talk), and it was a really commendable recovery. At his best he is likeable.

His own forcing method Quinta is great, but it's the only thing that can be considered both new and good on this lecture. But it is also far better explained in his ebook.

Quinta is the only reason this lecture gets 3 stars instead of 2. Otherwise it is the standard fare of mentalism performed underwhelmingly.

Again, I wouldn't be surprised if he was ill on the day."
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 25th, 2015
Alot of useful material and ideas, his Quinta force is very good and I'll definitely use it in the future!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 24th, 2015
Phill Smith provided some excellent mentalism effects. His work on "Quinta," which is a powerful utility method to force literally anything is worth the price of the lecture.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 24th, 2015
I thought Phil did a great job! I personally have used his Quinta force numerous times in my stage shows at colleges around the U.S. and it adds a killer element to any effect, it is literally worth the price of the lecture and his book on this effect is loaded with great ideas using this force. The subtleties he uses in his effects are sometimes overlooked but are extremely powerful and important to a real world performer. Highly recommended!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 23rd, 2015
Phill is a really good mentalist, some ideas are so clever and his lecture can help you to build your own effects (if you are a good listener).
I really liked "The Biz". I love this simple principle that can be reworked in other ideas. And the book test too is a subtle method I loved.
Good Lecture! Thank you Phill and penguin!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 24th, 2015
Phill Smith and i share the same way of thinking, as well as me also being in graphic design :)

I found this lecture very insigthful.

As more people have metioned, Quinta is the highligth here but the other principles he uses can be altered for your own ideas.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 3rd, 2015
I've been a keen reader of Smith's for years so it's great to see some of this material being performed by the man himself.

The show pretty much builds up to Quinta, which is an incredibly fair-seeming force; one of those things you feel should have been around since the dawn of magic, but hasn't!

I'm a big fan of fake deck memorization effects, and Phill's work on this is wonderful in its simplicity.

I'm also always on the look out for utility - anything I can truly strip down, rebuild and turn into my own. Just as Quinta allows this, so does The Biz - one of the nicest business card peeks I've seen, and unusually free of fuss.

This lecture also covers one of the most logically presented book tests out there.

On top of it all you have Phill's philosophy, or phillosophy, if you will - that methods are really just hooks on which we hang presentations that ought to be fun, interesting and reflect who we are as performers.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2015
This is the sort of material (and indeed some of the exact material) that I make my living with. I had bought Phill's books a few years ago and was excited to see this lecture. It did not disappoint. This is littered with amazing hints, tips, and the real building blocks of an awesome act. And obviously Quinta is TOPS. Highly recommended.
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