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"If you've ever encountered Brad Henderson in an on-line discussion, you'll know that he has very strong opinions, and is not afraid to express them emphatically. If you see him perform, you'll realize that he backs up everything he says: Brad walks the walk, to the benefit of his audiences."- Max Maven

"Brad Henderson has shown me, time and time again, how much he truly cares about magic. He bestows that care upon his students so that you can learn from the inside out what makes a trick... magic." - Steve Cohen

 “I have known Brad for over 25 years few magicians in the world can match his abilities. He is one of the deepest thinkers in magic today. Not only does he know his history and theory, but is a masterful performer who can engage and hold an audience with intelligent and thoughtful magic.” - Jeff Mcbride

"Brad Henderson has been in the Inner Circle of top flight magicians for decades. Most of his time is spent out of sight of the magic community because he’s either performing or creating miracles for paying audiences. Brad is one of the most knowledgeable magicians I know. A perfectionist in both performance and method. When Brad talks, I listen. When he publishes such as his incredible book "The Dance" I read. If I see him performing I watch. All I can say is don’t miss this opportunity to witness and learn the real secrets from of one of our very best."-  Bob Kohler

"Brad Henderson, has been instrumental in my understanding of performance, presence and magic. Those lessons he teaches are always displayed whenever he performs. Now is your chance to learn a deeper form of magic!"- Marcus Eddie

What will he teach? 

The Soiree-
This show was designed for small groups around a table. It is a theatrically intimate experience relying heavily on the personality of the group. The show is structured to meet the audience on its own terms and gradually open them to the possibility of experiencing “real magic.” It is a close up show, where the performer is right in the mix with the guests. I most often perform this show after dinner when the guests clear the table and we all gather around. The show is a perfect fit for small close up magic dedicated spaces like the Close Up room at the magic castle.

A Demonstration of Skill- Play it Straight Triumph
Closer to Magic- Copper Silver Transposition
The Birthday Diary
My Least Favorite Trick- Gadabout Coins aka Two in the Hand
The Bunnies- Sponge bunnies
Chop Cup
Sandsational- (Performance Only)Theory

Who is he?

Brad Henderson has been a student of magic for his entire life and has been a professional, working magician since his high school days in Frankfort, Ky. Though specializing in sleight of hand magic and mind reading, Brad has explored nearly every branch of the Mystery Arts and has gained a reputation for being one of magic’s most vocal defenders and critics.

Brad has been teaching magic for over 26 years, specializing in lessons for amateurs and interested non-magicians. His book, The Dance, is considered one of the most important texts ever written on the art of Cold Reading, his Satanic Book Test was hailed as a comedy Tour de force, and his limited release lecture notes remain in high demand.

He has written for MAGIC, Genii, MUM, and the Linking Ring as well as numerous other small magic publications. He has consulted on and contributed to numerous projects including The Michael Ammar Easy to Master Card and Money series, The Complete Cups and Calls, Bob Farmer’s Bammo Ten Card Dossier, Jon Racherbaumer’s M.O., ABC Family’s Exploring the Unexplained, Mattel’s line of Harry Potter Magic Toys, the MIT Blackjack Team, TLC’s Mysterious World of Alain Nu, History Channel’s Lost Magic, and was a noted participant in the recent Our Magic documentary. He was a facilitator for Jeff McBride’s Mystery School and currently enjoys the challenge of bringing a magician’s perspective to various industries through his customized talks and interactive experiences. Brad makes his home in Austin, TX surrounded by his collection of things strange and unusual.

While Brad is an accomplished performer and event designer - having performed at and produced events from places as remote as a secret Russian air force base to a centuries old Chalet outside of Paris - he is perhaps best known for his analytical (and argumentative) approach to thinking about magic as an art form. He hopes to share some of the theories and strategies which underlie his approach to creating an act so that magicians throughout the world may better realize their own creative visions, allowing them better to convey unique feelingful response to their audiences, whomever and wherever they may be.


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Solid Performance from a Solid Performer Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 19th, 2019
BLUF: Brad's lecture offered classically solid magical performances, with engaging patter, and thoughtfully motivated sleights. You will find something of value that you can use.

Brad Henderson delivered a solidly engaging performance. It was exactly what this new Penguin LIVE ACT format has been missing. I'm not going to single out any one act, but several acts/lectures have been subpar at best and the ad copy-quotes and reviews have been riddled with exaggerated and overly flattering statements.

Brad was eloquent in his patter and pleasant in his demeanor. There was evidence of years of thought behind his performances and a level of likability and professionalism not found in many performers, of late.

Historically, with few exceptions, I have found the LIVE ACTS offer very little in the way of new or inspiring magic, but I stayed for Brad's explanations and motivations. I was pleasantly surprised to find the lecture portion was just as thoughtful and engaging, if not more, than his performance.

I believe, regardless of the type of magic you perform or the level of your ability, Brad has something to offer.
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I want more Brad Henderson Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 20th, 2019
Possibley the best and most magical performance I have ever seen. Brad Henderson takes magical theory and thinking to fantastic new levels and then he turns around and explains it all in such a way that will inspire magicians for decades to come.
I will watch this performance over and over, both from my magicians point of view and from an audience members point of view. There is so much to absorb and learn. This my fellow magicians is just the beginning of a very deep and wondrous rabbit hole, how far down into the mysterious depths of magic it goes is truly up to you.
The one thing I do know for sure... I want more from Brad Henderson!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 23rd, 2019
Brad Henderson is an experienced real world pro who can not only do the work, but can actually teach the work.

All of the routines are fooling, practical, and easily adaptable to YOUR personality.

He gives you every detail and the tools to help make your magic YOU. (Contrary to some reviewers, I did not find Mr. Henderson condescending. He is passionate about magic and hates those that abuse the art. He's also brutally honest, but has well thought out reasons for his opinions. Would that all of us would share that uncompromising desire to offer our audiences only the very best!)

When great magic thinkers tips their respective mitts, I take notice, and I predict that if you feel the same, you won't be disappointed in this lecture.

This is an easy BUY recommendation!
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First class, not economy class Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 16th, 2019
This is some hardcore stuff. Quite the trip. Brad leaves no stone unturned, revealing the depth of thinking that has gone in to creating his Act. Why he does what he does, why he says what he does and how it all relates to audience perception. Every detail is ironed out and makes sense. The value of this video is definitely less about learning material and more about how to think about what you are doing and why you are doing it. The tricks are great, sure, but this is about becoming a magician, not just doing tricks. My only criticism would be that poor Dan Harlan couldn't get a word in edgewise.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 11th, 2019
Most videos teach how. How do you perform a double lift, elmsley count, put illusion here.

Brad separates himself from other magicians by not only showing you the how but also the theory behind the illusions. His explanations put thought into each illusion to help you think about how to improve your current or new illusion.

In fact, one of the illusions that I have performed for a number of years has greatly improved because of the insight Brad has provided in his live act. The reaction I receive now for this illusion is 10x's greater than prior to the enchancement.

Hope Brad puts out more material.
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Such a refreshing act and lecture Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 20th, 2019
Have to say I really enjoyed this live act and lecture. There is so much to learn from Brad here. The amount of effort he put into preparing for and explaining the “why” behind his act is amazing. The way he frames what magic actually is feels so spot on. It's thought provoking, challenging, and very refreshing.
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Outstanding Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 12th, 2019
This video’s outline is a close-up magic act designed by full-time professional Brad Henderson. Within that outline Brad reveals the how’s and why’s in staggering depth and detail. The advice, techniques and strategies explained are too numerous to mention. Audience management, scripting, creating impact, routining, thoughts on sleights…these subjects and more are covered for each trick. This video is a goldmine for those wanting to take their magic to the next level. This is not a video to breeze through. It one to study and revisit many times. Watch this video slowly with a notepad handy. You won’t be sorry.
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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2019
I've been working full-time for about 7 years now, and haven't learned so much in such a short period of time in quite a while. If every magician thought as carefully about their performances as Brad, the art and profession would be better for it.
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What a thinker and practitioner Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 29th, 2019
Simply put WOW!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 28th, 2019
I have no idea how to review this because I was left speechless.

The act itself was fantastic. It's so much fun to see how Brad connects with his audience and entertains them in a truly magical way. The audience was having a blast sitting the the atmosphere Brad created within moments of sitting down.

The explanations are also really great. Brad explains the how and what very well. However, the "why" behind each trick is clearly explained and gives so much depth for this lecture.

If you want to see what a REAL close-up performance looks like... This is a wonderful example to study.

I'll continue to watch and study this for a long time... There's a lot to unpack.

If you are interested in Formal Close-Up entertainment... This is a MUST own in my opinion.

Thank you Brad!
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