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Further Education by John Archer & Alakazam - DVD
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Brand new from John Archer, FURTHER EDUCATION features more of John"s explosive blend of comedy, mentalism and magic, all packed into two high-energy discs of entertainment!

You will get to watch a full LIVE performance of John at his very best - not only performing a collection of KILLER routines but also mixing it with plenty of his superb comedy. There is much to be learnt from watching John really working the crowd and creating an entertainment experience like no other. There are gags-a-plenty throughout these professionally honed routines that you can add to your shows immediately!

After the show, John is joined by Peter Nardi to teach the inner-workings that make up each of these gems in full detail so you will be performing them in no time!

This is a MUST-HAVE set for any serious entertainer and will be a valuable addition to your collection!

The Further Education Stand Up Show:

Blank Night:
John"s extremely clean version of the "bank night" plot is a super-charged routine that is jam-packed with perfect in-built comedy, audience participation and a plot packs in plenty of entertainment value for an opening routine! Something, nothing, mine, yours or... sex?!

De-Ja-Tu: A girl is thinking of a card and a man is invited to deal freely through a shuffled deck of cards. Amidst a cavalcade of comedy, the couple end up with a coincidence that is as baffling as it is entertaining; in short, a brilliant two-person mind reading effect that appears to happen between the minds of the spectators.

One Lucky Number: Serial divination given the Archer treatment! Imagine taking a usually smaller effect and turning it into a full stand-up performance piece! Think serial number, burnt & restored note and signed note in wallet; all rolled into one mega, magical extravaganza!

Soundbox: A hilarious routine in which you gamble everything on a simple game of choice! One box, one lock, five keys and tonnes of entertainment! A well-constructed presentation and excellent method make this a logical, funny and baffling lock and key routine. Bet everything you have on the power of your auditory sense!

Comedy Killer: A brilliant new routine based around a very funny presentation about learning to become a mind reader - your audience will become engaged in your studies with Professor Hoffmann when honing your ESP abilities, before they themselves get the chance to test their own. One envelope, one choice and one stunning climax!

Starstruck: Stars of Stage & Screen are the theme for this popular item from John"s act. A real lesson in how small props can be used to play a much larger routine that is clean and direct mindreading at its very best. A simple plot that can open up a string of revelations that will give your spectator the feeling you are really reading their thoughts.

Stick with It: Multiple audience participation; several random numbers, one prediction and a stunning kicker that will knock their socks off! A multiple number routine like none you have ever seen before. No gimmicked notepads required, this is a really organic approach to the add-a-number plot using a small number of items to create a routine large enough to fill an entire stage.

Streetwise: John"s brilliant book-test that uses remote viewing as a premise, a street map for a prop and a series of revelations with different audience members; this is destined to become a classic and combines all the best elements of the best book test routines to take your audience on the ultimate mental journey! Please note that although the prop is explained in full, the book itself is not provided and needs to be purchased separately.

BONUS: John"s Professional Close Up "Set" Performed & Explained:

Just for You" & "52 Leaver: A two-person effect that is IDEAL for the walkabout performer and is one that combined mentalism, playing cards and a very special trick for "YOU."

This is a professional "set" that is perfect for the strolling performer that wants to present powerful close-up mentalism in a commercial environment. It has all the best elements of a memorable close-up set, it will keep them talking long after you move on and best of all... it is ready for you to learn and add to your repertoire immediately.

Total Running Time Approximately: 3hr 48min

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2 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 28th, 2011
I had purchased Archer's previous DVD set Educating Archer. It is absolutely FANTASTIC! So many great routines with a lot of comedy. Therefore, I had high expectations for this follow up video. Thankfully, Archer doesn't dissapoint with his comedy and routines, however, there just wasn't as much material and magic as in the first DVD set. That being said, Archer's "Blank Night" routine is worth the price of the DVD alone! This is an amazing "trick" with tons of great laughter and opportunities to costumize to one's own personality, show type, etc. And Archer's presentation style is quite amusing, too. So...the previous "Educating Archer" gets a FANTASTIC! The "Further Education" DVD gets an almost fantastic...
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 5th, 2012
I give this a great review because magic is really about entertainment, whether it be for fun or professionally. With all of his DVDs, including this one, you learn good tricks and great entertaining presentation. Some of his tricks involve props you would need to buy, but knowing how to present the trick, you can probably come up with alternatives. In some cases, he presents alternatives. In addition, some of the tricks he describes that involve purchasing a prop involve props that are sold with little instruction and in most cases, are really good and entertaining routines that you JUST MIGHT want to consider adding to your magic arsenal. I say... enjoy it! I've never met John, but thank you for your DVDs!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 9th, 2013
Hopefully this will come back in stock at Penguin, because it's a nice 2-DVD set. I have "Educating Archer," which I enjoyed even more, but this set has some solid routines as well. The standouts for me were "Blank Night," "De-Ja-Tu," and "One Lucky Number." I also enjoyed seeing the 3 effects from his close-up set.

I don't have a problem with the fact that a couple of the effects require buying additional gimmicks/props. Isn't this also the case with many, many other DVDs? John even explains that some of the effects (like "Soundbox," which requires a special prop) are BONUS effects. And a main reason you buy a John Archer DVD is to see his performances, which are a riot. There's some great comedy on all of his DVDs, including this set!
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0 of 1 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 22nd, 2012
Alright,

Now I do honestly like this dvd however some of the tricks you do on this video you need to get extra supplies for. However for some of the trick it is totally worth it.
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0 of 2 magicians found the following review helpful:
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 28th, 2011
The reason I gave this only 3 stars is because it is basically a patter workshop. The tricks taught are great yet many can't be achieved without tedious set up or expensive and not included props. The presentations are good but the effects take a lot of time and envelope making/rigging to prepare. It seemed as if this dvd was just tossed together with "fillers". I would NOT recommend buying...at least not at the current price!
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