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"His reputation in the magic world is among the very best. Hysterically funny, I'd recommend him unreservedly.” - Derren Brown, TV Magician and Psychological Illusionist

“You could put John Archer anywhere and he would kill an audience.” - Penn Jillette, Penn & Teller

“John Archer will blow your mind. He is the Funniest man I know. Seeing him perform is guaranteed to be one of the best experiences of your life!” - Dynamo, Magician Impossible

“Powerful and incredibly entertaining. 5 Stars."Edinbourough News

“Strong magic and great comedy seldom come in the same package. If Eric Morecambe - with an added touch of Les Dawson - had been born a magician, he would have been John Archer." - John Fisher, Former Head of Entertainment -Thames Television

"John Archer is so funny that it takes you a while to realise that he's also an outstandingly original and innovative magician. He is the outstanding magical entertainer of his generation.” - Geoffrey Durham, Magician and TV personality 

“John Archer is charming, disarming and easy to like.”The Scotsman, Edinburgh Festival

“John Archer is the exception to the myriad of foul-mouthed, offensive contemporaries. Eschewing political satire and sexist smut, he makes his mark with more traditional throwaway gags, a smidgen of music and teasingly inventive magic tricks.” - The List, Edinburgh Festival

What will he teach?

Pushing the Envelope A clean billet idea using just one billet and one envelope.

Blank Night John's clean Bank Night routine that fooled Penn & Teller.

John's Tossed Out Deck Routine A solid funny routine with a versatile move for other effects.

Laura Buxton Coincidence A coincidence effect with cute story attached.

Komedy Killer John's comedy take on Kenton Knepper's wonderful effect.

John will also cover comedy scripting and writing tips...

Who is he?

John is a past winner of ‘The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year’ and has spent the last 28 years entertaining audiences all over the World with regular tours to entertain British troops serving overseas. He is thought by many to be the best Comedy Magician in the UK today.

In February 2000, John took part in The British magical Championships and was awarded ‘British Magical Champion of Comedy.’ In November 2002 at ‘The Magic Circle Awards Banquet’ John was promoted to ‘Member of the Inner Magic Circle – with gold star’ and was awarded ‘The Carlton Comedy Award’ for outstanding use of Comedy and Magic. In 2008 John won The Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year.

In 2011 John appeared on ITV’s ‘Penn & Teller – Fool us show, hosted by Jonathan Ross. John was the first man to fool Penn & Teller and won a trip to Las Vegas to perform with them at The Rio Hotel. In 2013, the show ‘Help My Supply Teacher is Still Magic’ which John stars in and writes for, won a BAFTA at the Children’s BAFTA Awards. TV Credits: Help My School Trip is Magic (writer and performer)- CBBC Help My Supply Teacher is Still Magic BAFTA (writer and performer)- CBBC Help My Supply Teacher is Magic 1 (writer and performer)- CBBC Penn and Teller – Fool Us ITV (John fooled Penn and Teller) Insecurity – Comedy sitcom pilot with Paul Tonkinson.

He has performed all over the world, including appearances in France, Spain, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, USA, Curacao, Venezuela, South Africa, Japan, Kosovo, Oman, Philippines, Cyprus, Malasia, Afghanistan, Malta, The Falklands and The Seychelles.

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 26th, at 7:00pm, we're streaming John Archer LIVE in a spectacular 2-hour online lecture. Watch and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.

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ATTENDING COULDN'T BE EASIER.

  1. Purchase the John Archer LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, June 26th, anytime before 7:00pm Eastern, click the “MyPenguinMagic” area at the top of the Penguin site. You'll see the stream 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 streaming magic from the comfort of your own home.

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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This is showmanship Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 12th, 2016
I own a lot of Penguin lectures and saw this one by John live in person.

1)This is filled with real workers.

2)Almost everything John teaches here is very practical.

3)Magic is performed by too many technicians (people that know how to technically perform the trick) but don't understand or know how to be entertaining or how to be a showman. John does, and watching this lecture you'll see/learn the difference between being simply a technician and someone that can truly entertain and command attention.

4)Too often magicians focus on the trick itself (the wow factor) and neglect routine (the entertaining and engaging factor). It's the routine that makes a 1 minute trick into a 4-5 minute performance that captivates an audience/spectator and makes it entertaining and memorable...the trick just gives it the wow. John is a master. John demonstrates a consistent ability to do the wow, but perhaps more importantly, the entertaining routine that makes it a performance. Watch how he does it here, take inspiration from it, and catapult your magic to the next level !

5)It's a very enjoyable lecture and fun show just to watch!

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Greatest Hits but... Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 4th, 2016
If you like John Archer, and I do, you're in a quandary.
It's all great stuff, but sadly, you probably already have it.

If you don't know of him, you're in for a treat.
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Great Lecture Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2016
I agree with Rick, it's not about the trick itself for the wow, it's the routining. It's like: it's not the first number (birth) or the last number (death), it's the dash in the middle... how did you get there? Same in magic, it's what's in the middle that gives it substance and a reason to get to the end for the wow. John knows this and shows use his thinking that fills the dash. I do think the problem with a lecture is that many want the new trick or sleight and sometimes forget to look at what makes something work (the dash). I think John could make 'any' trick work, IMHO. Also he's a very funny man. :)
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ONE OF THE BEST MENTALIST ALIVE!! SIMPLY AMAZING Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 29th, 2016
I love it. I truly love it. This is the kind of mentalism I love. Funny, Spontaneous, Comedy, Entertaining and so Clever!! Every routine is very easy to perform yet so deceptive and brilliant. John show us some classic with new presentations and some new brilliant routine (Star Struck and above all The Laura Buxton effect). But more important John Archer is an amazing performer. One of the best and underestimate mentalist in the world. I don't like the boring way to present mentalism nowadays even if I really appreciate the genius and the extraordinary creations of many exponent of this new wave. I think magic is entertaining first. And John Archer is one of the best. This is definitely my conception of Mentalism. This Lecture is pure gold. I want it for my self! Don't buy it!!!!
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Great Magic & Great Comedy Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 28th, 2018
This is one of my all time favorite Penguin Lives. John Archer is, as anyone who has seen him perform knows, a really funny guy. His humor is exactly my style. He's also a very clever magician. Pretty much everything he does is at least partially mentalism. But everything he does is really funny too! That brings out some pretty unique routines.

Blank Night is literally worth the price of the lecture. But as good as it is, my personal favorites are the "Comedy Killer" and Coincidence.

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Some great thinking Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 26th, 2018
If I get 1 routine out of a lecture I'm happy. I got 2 from this one. I may add more of them in time as well. I think his Blank Night routine is fantastic! His idea to replace the flapless envelope was really good as well. Be aware that some the things used to make gimmicks may take a little work to get.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 1st, 2018
I have some of Johns DVDs. All his material is very clever and well thought out. He's also a very funny man. When he hits the stage your going to have a great time for certain. This is the man who fried Penn & Teller with envelopes!!!!!!!!!
Even if you don't employ comedy in your work the stuff he teaches can be applied to your own character, why ? Because it's amazing stuff. Buy this lecture !!!!!!
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Beautiful Standup Routines Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 15th, 2018
John has some seriously creative and deceptive routines that is done naturally and beautifully. He combines brilliant methods with great relevant stories to give audience one of the few most memorable moments that any magician can possibly create. At the very least, he fooled Penn and Teller with a simple Blank Night routine.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 29th, 2017
John Archer is his humorous self. And he teaches a lot of interesting tricks. But he does so in a way that highlights that the tricks themselves are not what make the magic, but the magician.

His magic is not technically complicated or difficult, but many will find it hard to have the same impact that he has. Why? They're trying to be John Archer when they they should be trying to be themselves. This is a point John makes again and again in the lecture. This is the most fundamental secret in magic.

John does a great job of showing how amazing and fooling magic can be, and then surprises us by showing us how easy his magic actually is. And the lesson is this:
find the easiest way to do the most amazing tricks and then work, work, work, work at making them your own.
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Funny man! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 28th, 2017
Jon Archer is a funny guy. Love his comedy and his clever routines. A nice lecture. I will definitely use some ideas from this lecture.
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