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"Christopher Carter has been performing mentalism professionally longer than pretty much anyone. His style has always ensured his shows are fresh, engaging, and truly entertaining. The methods you're going to learn here are not pipe dreams, this is material that has been refined in front of real audiences for decades! There are very few people I would prefer didn’t do a Penguin lecture because their stuff is too good. Christopher is one of these people. In fact having to write this to tell you that he's amazing is most infuriating.'- Colin McLeod

"Lots of Magicians give strong, creative lectures. Some magicians are busy doing shows for good fees. Only a few performers check both of those boxes. Christopher Carter, I know first-hand, is in that elite group."- Ken Weber

"Christopher Carter can do it all. His college shows are legend, his stage act uncanny. As a writer he can script the most brilliant shows. His inventiveness provides a lesson for all mentalists. His work ethic is untouchable, his humor is gentle. If you can learn anything from this true giant of modern mentalism, I promise it can help your career or show. I am proud to have learned from him.....but I can never duplicate his focus and inventiveness."- Marc Salem

"Christopher Carter is one of my favorite inventors in modern mentalism. His material is among the very bet of its kind in the word—clear, direct, imaginative, hard hitting—and in the heat and pressure of several thousand live performances it has been forced into something of uncommon strength and power. I will remember the first time I saw him for the rest of my life and the more I learn about his work the more amazing it becomes. I would travel more-or-less any distance to hear him discuss his material and will be watching and studying this lecture again and again."–Nate Staniforth

"Christopher Carter is one of the busiest mentalists working today, and there’s a good reason for that. When creating his material he leaves no stone unturned. Every single step has been meticulously thought out for maximum impact. Any time I can learn from Chris I jump at the chance, because I know what he has to offer will be gold."– Eric Dittelman

What will he teach?

Stage Mentalism Act.

Tossed Out Deck- Christopher's take on the classic, filtered through 30 years and thousands of performances.

Three Billet Routine- A real “worker.” Three minds are read under seemingly impossible conditions.

That's So Cute- A non-gimmicked approach to Staple Gun Roulette that builds to a startling climax.

Horse Fly- A powerfully theatrical version of Art Emerson’s classic Pegasus Page

Miracle- Seven people mix up jumbo alphabet cards and select letters. The mentalist, without looking at them, plays a stage sized game of scrabble, creating the best words possible with their letters. This is a mentalist’s version of a stage illusion. It plays HUGE

Ring Tone- The entire audience writes their cellphone numbers down on cards. A volunteer selects one card and enters the number into his phone, preparing to dial. The mentalist locates the person in the audience whose phone is about to ring.

The Broom and The Watch- A psychokinetic stage illusion. A borrowed broom is balanced across an inverted glass so that it resembles the hour hand of a watch. The mentalist makes it rotate under seemingly impossible conditions.

Who is he?

For almost 30 years, Christopher has been one of the busiest working mentalists in the United States. He has appeared at over 3500 college campuses and well over 1000 corporate events. He has been awarded Entertainer of the Year, Best Live Novelty Act, Best Performing Artist, and Best Male Artist by Campus Activities Magazine, and was the only performer to ever sweep all of the major awards in a single year. He has been awarded the Milbourne Christopher Award in Mentalism by the Milbourne Christopher Foundation, and the Dunninger Award by the Psychic Entertainers Association.
His material is noted for being direct, hard-hitting and fun.


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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 3rd, 2020
One of the highest quality Mentalism lectures I have ever seen. Christopher is a master showman who has honed his craft over 30 years and 4,500 college and corporate shows. What a treat it is to see him perform and then teach some truly outstanding pieces of Mentalism. Such a smooth and polished performance. I have seen few mind readers as entertaining or who command the stage the way Christopher Carter does.

I hope Penguin brings Christopher back to teach his blindfold Q&A.

Highest recommendation.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 4th, 2020
Over the last 2 and a half years my knowledge of magic in performance and its techniques has grown tremendously. I grew up in the era of 793.8 so I am still kicking myself, at times, at the wonder of vast resources available via the internet. Plus, lectures are a good way to support our community of conjurors. So as a result I have viewed some great Penguin Lectures: David Williamson, Danny Kaye, David McCreary, Eugene Burger, Harry Anderson, Kevin James, Jason Alexander and Dan Harlan.

Christopher Carter is my 23rd lecture!

And, if I had to rank them? He tops the list. #1!

Excellent effects with wonderful real live examples of their performance power with clear, concise and strong teaching from a veteran. It’s a master class with Nick Locapo serving as a wonderful host. Believe the marketing. You cannot go wrong purchasing watching it.

Thank you Christopher!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 3rd, 2020
I was fortunate enough to see Chris's show in college many years ago. I saw the same act two nights in a row and was blown away both times. I was so excited to see him release a Penguin lecture, and it does not disappoint. I could see myself doing any of these pieces. The props are very minimal, but they play so big. You can do a full act with props that fit in a laptop bag. Heck, most of this stuff you could grab at a dollar store or office store about anywhere. The presentations are great, and his theory is even better. I can't praise him highly enough. He is the best mentalist you have never heard of.
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Every Item a Worker!! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 7th, 2020
Here’s what usually happens to me. I buy a penguin lecture. Then I start the lecture. And somewhere around the half hour mark I stop watching, go to sleep, start watching TV, etc. And I always plan to get back to it soon.

And I never do.

Christopher Carter’s lecture was the first lecture in months that I watched from the beginning to the end.

Then I re-watched it.

Then I thought about it. Away from the computer. While I was driving. While I was eating dinner. But I was walking the dogs.

There’s one routine that I will be performing for the rest of my life.
There are a couple of routines I will be using regularly for certain types of shows.

But make no mistake. Every trick is not only practical, diabolical, and smart, but Christopher does a great job of explaining the reasons for his choices.
I firmly believe that only a better Mentalist than Christopher can improve these routines. And I’m not that Mentalist. And I don’t think you are either.
So by this lecture with the confidence that you’re getting a master class from a fine performer and a very effective teacher.
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Rich in wisdom and insight! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 31st, 2020
Even though I'm in my twenties, I've always enjoyed books more than videos.
However, a friend recommended this lecture to me two weeks ago and after watching it, I was blown away.
Like many have said, this is the REAL WORK, every detail in the effects has been refined so that the effect is at maximum impact, the procedure has maximum entertainment, and the method has maximum practicality (not to mention being easy to perform and deceptive at the same time).
I'll continue to study Christopher's philosophies closely, thank you Penguin!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 9th, 2020
I know I said it before but this is truly the best lecture I’ve gotten from penguin just the new way to do my billet routine was worth it’s price the rest was a big bonus to my show I’ve been doing my mentalist shows for a long time now and after listening to Chris I’m going to rewright my whole show not copying his shows but a new out look in this Lecture you don’t only learn new great affects but a whole new way to perform Mentalism I’m glad I have a low in my shows so I can Rehearse and rehearse again before I use most of these affects thanks again
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 7th, 2020
Thank you so much Christopher Carter and Penguin Magic for putting this together!!! Chris has a great sense of humor that I identify with (probably a little too well) and his effects are nothing to scoff at by any means. I watched it last week and intend on watching it again and again. Of all of the lectures that I have seen either video or in person, this is my third favorite of all time (followed closely by Aldo and Rachel Colombini and my friend TC Tahoe)!!! If you want to take your mentalism to the next level buy this today!!!
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Routines that play big and have a great vibe (yes vibe) Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 3rd, 2020
Chris does a great job interacting with audiences, and there is a lot to learn from this. His methods are well thought out, and not only don't get in the way of his relationship with the audience, but set up moments brilliantly.

Of note are a couple of other effects where mentalism can play a big theater / auditorium. These are his Ring Tone, and Broom and The Watch. This first engages anyone with a cell phone in the crowd, and the second makes a watch trick as large as a broom. His method on this last one is elegant.

Lastly, I like his Russian roulette stapler effect, especially the thinking that goes into whether one should do these routines, and the dance involved.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 11th, 2020
As always, the presentation was clear, articulate, and interesting. The effects are all impressive and usable. (Having learned some of them from his earlier lectures, I have used them with success.). You will find this lecture well worth its cost.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 6th, 2020
Wow, he really gave us the goods. This material is wag at made Chris a Rock Star. Every effect that he gave us in this lecture was a gift. He laid everything out in a manner that was easy to grasp. I prefer you don’t use any of the material so that I can be the only other person doing it.
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