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"You are one of the funniest people I've ever met."- Wayne Dobson

"Very few magicians on the planet have the talent you have."- Richard Sanders

"Mark James developed a first rate act."- Peter Duffie, Magic Magazine

"Mark is a real crowd pleaser. His magic is terrific and his comedy is for everyone. A real magic star on the rise."- Michael Finney

"Your show was really wonderful”. - Scarlett Johansson

"You are cool!” Will.i.am

What will he teach?

Two sets of stage magic totalling over 55 minutes.

Set #1- The Usual Show (26 min)

Fire Eating- Mark’s flashy fire eating opener gets the show to a flying start. Uses two torches and packs a bunch of laughs!

Chop Cup- Mark’s handling of the classic effect culminates in the production of a lemon and orange. Lot’s of audience participation without needing to bring anyone on stage.

Silk To Egg- Mark tips the real work on this classic of magic. A handkerchief turns into an egg but then the audience are immediately let in on the secret. The magician is using a fake egg. The trick ends with a big surprise when the audience find out the egg is real.

String Theory- Using the ‘Wisdom Of The Crowd’ theory, the audience is asked to guess the length of a ball of string. After calculating the exact average of their guesses, they’re astonishing to find out they were right.

Multiple Selection- Mark’s stage handling of the multiple card revelation plot. Seven cards are selected by the audience, lost into the deck and then found in increasingly impressive ways.

Set #2- The Unusual Show (26 mins)

Word Box- Mark’s unusual second half opener is a blindfolded book test. Used to open his show at the Magic Castle in 2019, Mark enters already wearing the blindfold and performs a 3 word book test with the Bird Box novel. Each word is found with a hugely surprising but logical ending.

Human Blockhead- Mark gives his fun script and routine for the Human Blockhead sideshow stunt. This NEVR fails to get huge reactions.

Half Dyed Silk- Using all the same moves you learned from the Silk To Egg, Mark will teach you his logical and easy handling of the Silk To Egg. This routine makes total sense and handles like a dream.

Imagining Oz- With great thanks to Jim Steinmeyer, Mark teaches his psychological handling of a stage routine that can be performed with NO props. The audience all close their eyes and are guided through a story in the land of Oz. They’re then surprised to find that they were all thinking of the same character by the end. This is a fun routine with a VERY different vibe to anything in your act right now. It’s the perfect piece to change the pace or create some theatricality in your act.

Cigar Boxes- Mark showcases his cigar box juggling closer and gives some basic instruction on learning the routine. He also uses this as a jumping off point to discuss the theory behind finding and incorporating originality and original props in your act.

PLUS- Mark also shares tips on running your own show music, building a structured act, and how to engage an audience to give them a truly memorable experience

Who is he?

Mark James has worked professionally for over 15 years, on land and at sea in over 40 countries worldwide. He combines expert sleight of hand magic with comedy, juggling and other vaudevillian variety skills to create a unique and amazing show. Mark regularly performs at The World Famous Magic Castle in Hollywood, House Of Cards in Nashville and The
Chicago Magic Lounge as well as providing magic on The Orient Express.

Where can you see the greatest creators and performers share their professional magic act in front of a live audience and then teach you to do it? Only Penguin LIVE: ACTS!

The world's best magicians spend years developing the perfect act. Magic fans almost never get a chance to learn the real secrets behind what makes the top pros act so amazing. Until now. Penguin Live Acts gives you exclusive access to the biggest names in the industry, as they share how to perform their powerful A-material.

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.

Many of the ideas shared have been held back for years, and you can only learn it at Penguin LIVE: ACTS!

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The best show on pengiun ever! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 11th, 2020
not only is the material here top notch, and the explanations and theroy and technics and logistics also.
the show itself is one of the best shows I've seen in my life and by far the best live show on Pneguinmagic in the 7 years I'v been following penguinlive lectures and acts, not only is the production value the highest , he is the most professional I have ever seen!!!
if I could give this lecture 10 stars I would!!!
buy NOW!!!!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 27th, 2020
Mark delivers one of the best, well thought out and thoroughly entertaining lectures I've seen on some time.
At almost 5 hours it is entertaining every step of the way. Mark is such a nice guy and his passion for magic jumps through the screen. His 2 complete acts are packed with strong impactful magic, comedy, and loads of personal charm. Don't look at the list of effects covered in this lecture and write them off as classic or boring. Mark packs each routine with strong magic and comedy. He has worked out every detail and he shares it all with you.

If you are a stand-up performer or someone who wants to start doing stand up magic this lecture is a great starting point. Mark's magic is solid, his teaching is clear, and overall this is a highly entertaining and worth wild lecture.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2020
This is one of my favorites.I love the mixing of magic, mentalism, and sideshow. The shows were great to watch and the explanations were very good. You can add that to your show. Really good information and he gives a lot of sources if you want to dig in even deeper. Really enjoyed it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 14th, 2020
This one ranks up there with David McCreary and Nathan Phan in terms of entertainment! Loved every second of the act!! Can't wait to incorporate some of Mark's material in my own act!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 13th, 2020
I have both of Mark James' Super Charged Classics DVDs and they are very entertaining, filled with solid close-up magic and table-hopping effects. Here, several years later, Mark presents a fantastic parlor/stage show that's very polished from hundreds of performances. His act is well-developed, unique, highly professional, and loaded with top-notch comedy, magic and mentalism.

Mark has a background as a stage actor and his theatrical background really shines through his performance. I loved his chop cup presentation on his DVD, but his parlor/stage presentation showed even more refinements and was a real crowd-pleaser.

My favorite effects in this show/lecture were the Chop Cup (I love the table that he uses for it also!), Silk to Egg, Half Dyed Silk (I confess I'm somewhat obsessed with this plot), Multiple Selection (again, showing improvement from his DVD set) and Word Box.

To focus on the Word Box effect for a moment, here are a few points:

1. There is more than one method in play, so it throws people off who might know one of the methods.
2. You really can use any book and prepare it the way Mark describes. If you wish, you could prepare more than one book and have the spectators choose one of them for the routine.
3. Using the blindfold is a great added-level of deception.
4. You can use the blindfold addition with a marketed book test that you already own.

Mark's presentation of this effect really got my creative juices flowing,

I agree that the use of music can greatly enhance an act (though I wouldn't have it running in the background for every effect, as he does in this show). And his use of a pre-recorded intro can set the right tone for an act if you don't have an experienced emcee (or "compere," as they say on the other side of the pond) to bring you onstage.

As a bonus, the side show stunts added a fantastic and unusual touch--demonstrating the kind of vintage stunts that are rarely seen nowadays (even circus side shows are fading away). Adding these novel feats to his act gave his show much added texture/depth/uniqueness. Most magic shows don't include these kind of demonstrations, so adding one or more of them automatically sets you apart from most other magicians. I've been wanted to learn fire eating, so this may be the push that I need to study it. Shoot, now I'm tempted to learn cigar box juggling also. That would be a major step up from my scarf juggling.

All in all, if you perform parlor/stage magic and mentalism, there is surely something in Mark's fantastic lecture that you can use. This material is solid gold! Highly recommended!!!

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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 13th, 2020
Close to five hours of quality material and advice on putting together a complete show. Marks tries to make his show as close to a theatre experience as possible whatever the venue and as such is a one-man self-contained variety theatre show. A mixture of magic, geek stunts performed in a classy way and juggling skills. The slickness in performance and the tiny details he goes into in teaching reveal this is an act he has professionally performed many, many times. Also great advice on how to insert as much of yourself as possible into your show and increase your excitement to perform it. Highly recommended.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 10th, 2020
I've been a really big fan of mark for years, he is a hybrid magician of the highest caliber and a halarious guy. He shows us in this lecture not only how to put on a great show but also how to be likeable and connect with an audience. He doesn't take himself too seriously and has fun with what he does and it is infectious. Penguin great job on this act looking forward to seeing more of this caliber of lectures in the future.
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