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"I haven't known Jack that long but I have quickly become a fan. He's not just a clever creator, he's also a true showman. If you're looking for off-beat, killer effects, elegant handlings and engaging presentations, then check out Jack's lecture. Trust me, you'll be a fan, too."              — Cameron Francis

"Jack has gotten me interested in packet tricks all over again."— Geoff Williams

"If Magic is all about secrets then Jack is one of the best kept secrets in magic today. His well-structured routines are a joy to behold. Learn a few and I guarantee your audiences will never say — You don’t know Jack!"— Michael Kaminskas

"I have known Jack for a few years now. His professional approach to routines are both well thought out, and entertaining. He is a joy to watch and learn from. He fooled me many times, and for that I am grateful. This is stuff you can, and will use. Excellent."— Pattrick Przysiecki  (International Magic Champion)

"Jack has it all. Wit, charm, elegance, a sense of humor and skill that far passes that of most modern performers. He's what James Bond would be if he were a magician. Pay attention to every word he says and you will learn more than you ever thought possible."— Brent Braun

"Jack is a charming magician who can do it all. His “Samsung Fiasco” is one of the funniest and most clever variations on Pat Page’s “Easy Money” that I’ve ever seen."— John Lovick

What will he teach?

Jack is a generalist who loves to offer variety in his magic act. You’ll see some strong and theatrical card magic, but the lecture won’t be limited to cards. You’ll also learn about presentation, psychology, misdirection and timing. All of the tricks presented in this lecture are in his current working repertoire, so you can be sure there will be no filler. Each one is practical, hard hitting and reputation making and most have an automatic reset.

Nervous jolt : A coin is placed on a spectator’s hand and some pressure is made on the fingers and elbow to channel the energy. The coin eerily rise until it flips completely without you even touching it. Magician control everything despite the fact that everything is super fair and justified. Reputation making stuff.

Silver dust : A strong and very easy to follow coins across routine that has a real meaning to your audience. A nice lesson in psychology and body movement.

Printing 99.0 : A streamlined presentation for the classic Dominique Duvivier’s Printing. An easy "in your face" reset makes it a real worker. Even if you know and perform Printing, this one will really catch you off guard with the killer ending that will drop their jaw.

ESPecially Wild revisited : A super clean and direct handling for this Paul Hallas classic that you’ll fool yourself with, introducing the "Billboard enveloppes". A quick and nice mentalist effect followed by a super strong wild cards effect. Automatic reset.

Ultimate Ace Unleashed : Jack’s version on the Macdonald’s aces plot. Lots of ideas and killer subtleties that put it on another level. Automatic reset.

Samsung’s fiasco : The version of Richard Sanders Extreme Burn that everyone was hoping for. The bills change occurs 2 times and the trick now as a real meaning and is logical on top of you having an entertaining story to tell.

Daytona coins : A spectacular/do it everywhere/automatic reset coin routine that will establish you as a master sleight of hand artist. 17 magical moments in less than a minute will let them gasping for air. Need a little work but not hard to master.

Spectator’s ambition : Jack’s personalized version on the ambitious card plot where the spectator is the center of attention and gets all the applause. Lots of original phases and strong psychology throughout. This conclude by an extremely clean and self contained rising card. A great crowd pleaser. This include an original idea that will help you sign more clients.

Say my Name : An incredibly strong and direct mentalism effect that you can perform hopping table or on stage. A "magician’s in trouble" effect that really knock their socks off. Based on the "Oscar" plot. Automatic reset.

Zombie : Jack’s version on the classic cannibal plot, but with zombies. A nice, surprising, theatrical and streamlined version of this great classic. Uses the "Billboard enveloppe" and a severed hand. Highly entertaining.

Viva Las Vegas : Close up theatrical magic at its best. Jack’s adaptation of this great Mark Mason classic. You offer the spectators a trip to Las Vegas. An entertaining routine follows where you offer a 100$ casino chip to the spectator if you’re not able to find their freely chosen card using a coin. Strong, crystal clear, and at the end they will clap until their hands hurts.

Money Maker : An entertaining bill routine where you explain them how to easily make money without effort. You proceed to change your own 20$ bill into a 50, then the 50 is changed into an 100. You offer them to do the same with their own money and borrow a 20. This time it doesn’t work so instead you offer to change their 20 into 2 20$ bill … so … you take out scissors and cut their bill in 2 … at the end, you restore it and have the serial number checked for authenticity. Nice sure-fire gags throughout.

Premonition : Jack’s take on the book test plot. A prediction is made and 2 spectators makes free choices to chose a page number and a word anywhere in that page. An un-gimmicked dictionary is used. Reputation making material.

Who is Jack?

Jack has been performing professionally since 1995. He has made multiple appearances on a number of Canadian TV variety shows and has been in more than 30 TV commercials. His magic show "Intimate Illusions" ran at the Hilton Hotel in Québec City for five years straight. He performs at private parties, festivals, trade shows and onstage.

Classy and funny, Jack loves to add a touch of theater to his close-up magic and enjoys using his creativity to bring new life to old classics. He spent years perfecting his material before sharing it with the magic community. Penguin Magic is now proudly offering you the chance to learn some incredible magic from him.

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First you'll get to watch the show, performed for a real audience, from start to finish. Then you'll go behind the scenes to learn about the routines, and the real secrets about building an act that can take decades to learn.

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This product 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 October 24th, 2019
I really got something from this.The billboard envelopes are a really great way to start packet tricks and to create
interest.The ESP trick has a great switch and I would never
have wanted to perform it had it not been for this.
I loved the 'Tommy Wonder' like intro to 'Printing' as well.The rising coin is a very nice subtle use of a
m****t! Some good new moves [for me] with the Ambitious card make this one of only a handful of lectures I will return to.Thank you Jack!
And thank you Brad Henderson! Now if only Michael Weber would do a lecture!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 16th, 2019
Jack is the consummate professional that every aspiring artist should strive for presentation, material preparedness & stage presence every aspect and dimension of Jack's Act is well put together and thought out! (This is an act that he's obviously performed thousands of times!) great selection of material his performance is flawless and smooth
This truly is a class act!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 16th, 2019
Well prepared and well done! Excellent lecture providing many useful aspects. First all tricks have an original presentation. For example the classic cannibal plot is presented with zombies cards. Secondly all the tricks are designed to allow reset for strolling magic. Thirdly each packet trick has a custom made envelope allowing to stay away of a simple "card trick". It's also a model for future lecture to give references of gimmick material on a written sheath which make everything easily accessible to foreign attendants
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 27th, 2019
Jack is true professional. The routines are very well structured. And I will some routines add to my repertoire, e.g. Say My Name.
I recommend this lecture for all magician.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 20th, 2022
Highly recommended. Brilliant ideas and routines that will stick in the spectators mind. A must watch in my opinion. The coin on hand bit is a perfect illusion. Definitely a trick of the year at least!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 14th, 2022
This is quite definitely one of the best lectures I have seen in a while. JACK has an amazing personality and aura around him that makes us like him instantly. Don't let his charming personality fool you cuz his tricks are equally good and refreshing. My Favorite tricks in this lecture are Silver Dust, Ultimate Ace Unleashed, Samsung Fiasco, Spectator's ambition, Zombie, Premonition and Money Maker. Each Trick is so uniquely thought out and very well crafted to perform in almost any situation. Above all, Jack makes it very entertaining and the methods behind are very deviously hidden that they fooled the heck out of me. He goes into the very intricate details of the tricks to makes us go from Wow to Awesome. The Mcdonald's Aces plot is so refreshing to say the least. So is the premonition, where you can involve audience members to participate to come up with some random choices, yet it all makes sense at the end. The Cannibal plot has been very much used by many magicians but JACK brings a nice twist to it. The Ambitious card routine is one of the most entertaining ambitious card routines I have seen in a while. There is so much to write about this lecture that I probably can go on and on. But you should not miss this lecture if you are a magician or mentalist who performs or even a hobbyist who just enjoys some great magic. You will love it for sure.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2022
Amazing variety and the fact that the tricks taught are very strong yet practical for real life performance are just two of the things that make Jacks lecture my favorite Penguin Live I've ever seen.

Some highlights for me included "Premonition"- a crazy strong book test perfect for stage or parlor. This trick involves several audience members and very fair choices.

"Printing 99.0" is a visually stunning card trick filled with surprise magical moments; because this is so incredibly creative I will break my "no more card tricks" goal.

"Printing 99.0" does bring up an aspect of this lecture in that there is a bit crafting that is necessary to create several of the routines. Nearly all can be accomplished with items from an office supply store; but, what I want to emphasize is the attention to detail (down to the product numbers) that Jack goes into. It's so refreshing to hear a detailed explanation instead of just "you have cards printed" or "you make cards with this on it"

"Daytona Coins" has so many magic moments it may become my new parlor opener. Again a bit of crafting but everything is easy to make and there is a detailed explanation of what and where to buy the tiny inexpensive items required..

Jacks "Nervous Jolt" is another standout. Honestly one of the most magical moments you can create for a volunteer and it happens in their hand. You will do this all the time!

"Zombie" is an excellent lesson on how to revive a classic and make it totally new- and customized!

I can't possibly write up all of the wonderful tricks. All I can say is I would be surprised if everyone watching this doesn't walk away with multiple things they want to get to work on right now -oh and on that note, very little technical skill is required to accomplish these effects. Practice is of course needed to to get the best flow but no crazy sleights are involved.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 1st, 2022
Something amazing and unusual happen with this lecture. Even if you don’t like the routine, even if you don’t like the presentation, even if you don’t like the handling you will learn something valuable and important with each routine, with each presentation and with each handling.

When a pro, who is very careful with all the details, share with us his way to perform, it’s worth our time to listen. Jack gives us everything he learns the hard way by performing for laymen.

His MacDonald’s Aces resetting (yeap, reset) is ´wow’ with a clever and important touch on one of the aces.
His Silver Dust coin routine: the only coin routine that I know with a real meaning. Great!
His variation on a kind of book’s test is very good and practicable (and not expensive because it is done with stuff you find easily at the bookstore).

His Ambitious has a very clever and important idea to personnalize the routine for the client. Lot of possibilities to adapt to our style …

I like very much his Wild Card handling of the Paul Hallas ESPecially trick. I will order a set.

There is a nice three coins routine with a careful mind about the risk of noise à routine like this one has often. It’s efficient and give the feel of great expertise with coins but at the reach of the intermediate coins worker.

And an Hidden Gem: worth alone the price of the download, the Nervous Jolt.
A reputation maker, real magic and also a perfect handling.

As you can guest I really enjoy this Live Act … and I even tell you about Samsung Fiasco, Zombie, Printing, Viva Las Vegas …

Worth your consideration, your time and your money!
Thank Jack to share with us your passion of magic!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 11th, 2021
Well explained, easy to learn and brillant!
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on December 13th, 2019
This was a great lecture from a real world worker. It is extremely evident that Jack works a lot for laymen. Many of his effects are designed to reset during the actual performance. This type of thinking is extremely valuable and worthwhile of anyone's attention that performs for real people.

I've added his Unleashed Aces and his handling for Dominique Duvivier's Printing, to my repertoire. This was definitely one of the better lectures I've seen from Penguin. Highly recommended.
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