You get something like 4 hours on this download which is more than advertised , much of it being
around Peters philosophy rather than out and out performance.
When he does effects they're
generally not brand new but more old principles that he has added subtleties to. The best is
probably the addition to Lift which, although risky, is great fun and adds an extra layer of
Some of the early effects in the lecture, like the ACAAN , don't sell well and
scream force and restriction to me. That they are so lauded says more about the soft "magician"
audience for this lecture who are prepared to accept convoluted methods for defining a choice. For
me, and it's not just Peter who does this stuff, picking a choice through complex numerology is
And the card jazzing lacks real clarity for me and again suggests that some of
the presentations for a lay audience would be terribly confusing.
Some good nuggets and
subtleties but nothing terribly new..,and he is a bit of a windbag !!!
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Turner is an excellent mentalist. He's creative and seems like a nice guy. This is, by far, his
best lecture yet. There is a lot of stuff here to think about. That said, I do have to call him
out. When he does Fate CAN, his explanation is absolutely terrible. I hope that it's because he
just can't explain it well and not that he's trying to hide the ball to get people to buy his
monograph which contains the effect. In addition, Dan Harlan, usually so good at moderating these
lectures, does nothing to help. There is no way that Turner's explanation of the effect is clear
(just look at the number of comments from people who bought the lecture), but Dan is star struck,
asleep, or in the bathroom because he let it slide. Penguin Magic, here's a suggestion: If a
performer is going to give a half-baked explanation of an effect to shill his stuff (and there's
nothing fundamentally wrong with that), at least insure that the lecturer says up front that you
need to buy his book to fully understand an effect. Don't let it appear that he's explained an
effect when he hasn't. That is just frustrating and wastes people's time.
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This is a review of the first 3 hours (I haven't yet got through the whole thing).
Touches on a lot of points that you'll probably be able to add to what you're
The Lift was very good. I already knew Brown's method, but Turner's touch
was to "tie it up" so that you're clean after it. Though I did find it very weird how he was
touching the guy in several places on the man's body (elbow, etc.) for no apparent reason, when
tapping the guy on the hand would suffice.
What I was most looking forward to was the Jedi
Unfortunately, I was a bit disappointed.
This is not the way Derren Brown did it (and
Peter openly admits this and says that he never figured out Derren's way to do it).
I was hoping
to stand behind a person, and on my signal, he falls back.
What perplexes me about Derren's
performance of this is that the participant is facing away, so he can't be cued or signaled.
Peter's version, the participant is face to face to Peter, with opened eyes, and Peter gives a very
obvious hand signal (he doesn't hide it, it's like a Darth Vader type thing).
It's not bad, but
it just looks like suggestion or a hypnosis stunt; whereas I was hoping for something truly
The "spider" thing done on Dan, I loved. All you need is a business card and
marker (or napkin and a marker). I love stuff like that. Reminded me of Atlas Brooking's superhero
P.A. (though it's not a P.A., the effect was as simple, impromptu, real-looking, and minimal props).
Peter Turner demonstrates and explains "jazzing" (not sure if he would use this term).
It's like Dai Vernon's Trick That Cannot Be Explained. The outcome is different every time, like
multiple outs. This means the material is not easy (similar to cold-reading, it will require a lot
of practice with humans, and a lot of failing before you get really good).
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This was a fantastic lecture, and highly recommend it to any mentalist. His old lecture focused in
things that involved stage work, such as pre-show and dual reality, but this one seems to be more
geared towards close up performance. This lecture was just flat out brilliant.
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I have decided to write a more detailed review of this lecture, reviewing individual effects as
opposed to the entire lecture itself.
FateCAN-7/10, This effect is decent, and
pretty well thought out. It can sometimes play out clean, and other times play out really
suspicious. Though a pretty good ACAAN, I prefer his old one. I dont see myslef performing this one
Lift V2-9/10, I love this! I watched the explanation and thought," There is now
way I could get away with that" I was performing for some family members(my test dummies lol) and it
went over really well. I can see myself performing this often. I forgot to mention that Peter talks
about how to clean up the D**l R*****y in Derrens original routine.(A PK routine where you control
Jedi Push-10/10, This is definitely my stand out trick from the lecture.
It works with any body type. So I can grab any two people on the street and do this. O have
performed a couple of times now, and it has insane reactions. I have came across many variations of
this effect, including Aaron Alexanders and Athem Flints, but this one is definitely my favorite.(A
PK effect where you knock someone down without touching them)
5 Keys to Balpate-8/10, This
effect doesnt really have any new methodology. It is Peters fantastic presentation that sells it. I
cant really say much more without giving it away.(An effect where you have to guess which passcode
out of five is your spectators)
Serial Killer-7.5/10 A really impressive demonstration of
the mind. I dont see myself performing this regularly but if I had nothing else to perform with, I
could see myself doing this.(Random additions on a calculator equal a serial numbe on a dollar bill)
Jazzing with Playing Cards-6/10, Nothing really new here, but still fun to watch.(Peter
doing random stuff with playing cards)
Many principles and lots of theory are discussed
throughout the lecture, and thats where the real value is. This lecture was amazing(I should also
mention every single routine is suitable for both close up and stage.) Thus lecture is well worth
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I love Peter. I really do. I could watch him perform all day long. He can not teach an effect to
save his life. He goes on so many tangents that I have no clue how to preform most of the tricks on
here. These are no longer live, if it was in sure people would have asked so many questions on how
the hell he does it. I'm not even sure he explained all the tricks he did.
I guess it's my
fault, this is the 5-6 thing I've bought from him, and he never does an amazing job teaching his
work. Even in the pdf, he doesn't explain how to do ACAAN that well. Like I said, he's an amazing
performer and creator, as far as teaching I learned maybe 3 tricks from this. And half learned all
the other ones. The three I did learn I would never use as they aren't that good.
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Not a good trick from Peter, not up to his standard.
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I have to say, I wasn't terribly impressed by the first Penguin lecture that Peter gave. But THIS
one is MUCH better. I haven't had time to mine it for all of the treasures yet, but the second half
features effects that I WILL use. And those effects alone, more my style and performance, are well
worth the price of admission!
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Peter Turner's Penguin LIVE 2 is a very smart purchase for those who enjoy his style. For those of
you who have purchased his previous lecture, I would encourage you to look into this lecture. Peter
states in this lecture that he has matured since then and has found a symphony between the sure fire
method and the methods for which he is well known. Those of you who hate Turner's approach
completely, I cannot speak to what your experience with your lecture will be as I approached this
lecture previously liking his material. I enjoyed this lecture immensely and retained some tips that
will better improve my stage performance.
(p.s. I gave it 4.9 because
I am unbelieving in a perfect score, the lecture attendee has to alter the material to fit their
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