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"I learned more about the real-world application of proper scripting and character development by watching Christian and Katalina's show than I had in years of advice from books and downloads. This is not a "1 trick and forget about it" lecture.... this is something you will come back to again and again. It is rare to find people like Christian and Katalina who are experts in both the "show" (scripting, effect selection, audience management) and the "business" (marketing, customer service, building a profitable show) sides of show business. They are teaching the stuff that can only be learned from years and years of trial and error."- David Corsaro

"Personally, I would love to poison Christian for releasing Poison - such a great trick - to the masses. Buy this before he realizes what he has done."- Steve Bargatze

"When you hear "the Mentalist" what image does that conjure up? Does the image of a stuffy old man dressed like Mr. Monopoly come to mind? Well, when Christian and Katalina walk on stage they not only dispel that imagery, they shatter it with their charming and brain-melting expositions of mind reading. If you are looking for impressive practical mentalism to add to your performances, then look no further than Christian and Katalina's Penguin lecture. You won't regret doing so."- Eric DeCamps

What will they teach?

30 seconds- You start dealing cards asking your spectator to make a decision when to say stop within 30 seconds. When they say stop you deal the card they stopped at face down onto the table. They can see that they had a free choice of any of the other cards, but when you turn over the card they stopped at, it has a special message predicting they would stop at that exact card.

Painter's Poker Face- An amazing mind reading effect where a spectator remembers one card out of a small packet. The spectator can then shuffle that packet of cards and just by apparently reading their voice and their face, you can correctly identify the card they merely thought of. This one is a real fooler.

Pandora's Box- A baffling prediction trick where a spectator is given a deck to shuffle which is then set aside. Another deck of cards with a variety of words written on it is introduced. The spectator selects a random word from that deck. That word is used to spell down into the deck of cards they shuffled at the beginning of the trick, and that card matches a prediction that's inside an envelope that has been on display the whole time. This is not only an incredible prediction trick but allows you to also give a psychic reading to make it a real performance piece.

PDQ- A monster routine where the audience writes down random words on pieces of note cards that are thoroughly shuffled. Each time the spectator picks a card Katalina is able to correctly identify the chosen word, even when her back is turned and the audience members are the ones picking the cards. This is as close to direct mind reading as you'll ever get.

Poison- is a real performance piece based around the true story of 18th century nobility who would play a ghoulish game where a random dish contains poison. We take all the danger out of it by using envelopes  to create a hilarious and mystifying routine that is part russian roulette, part bank night, and all fun.

Say Cheese- is a great close up prediction effect where you write down a prediction of what words three different people will pick. All three people pick wildly different words from a stack of note cards, and despite the words being completely different your single prediction matches all of them.

Touch Stones- is so much fun to perform it's almost not fair. A spectator is given a handful of stones while you write down a prediction. They are freely allowed to pick through the stones until they come down to one and hide it in one of their hands. Not only do you correctly predict which color stone they will select, but also the hand. There are so many choices made by the spectators that getting it right seems completely impossible.

Who are they?

Christian and Katalina are a married couple based out of Indianapolis, Indiana.
They have been performing together for the past 22 years. They have performed on Cruise Ships, at Trade Shows, Corporate events, Theaters, and Colleges.

For ten years, Christian and Katalina toured the college market performing at over 1200 college events. For the past 11 years, they have had a residency show at the downtown Hilton Hotel where they have performed 1000 shows.

Christian and Katalina are recipients of the Milbourne Christopher Award for Mentalism. They have also received The Anneman Award for contributions to the art of mentalism. They recently were given the Lou Gallo MVP Award at 4F (Fechter’s Finger Flicking Frolics). Christian was presented with the Leslie P. Guest M-U-M Award of Excellence winner for his eloquence in writing his “Mental Breakdown” column. He also wrote a column called “Working in the Real World” which is now published by Michael Close.


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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 2nd, 2021
I just want to throw in my two cents and say I agree with the other 5-star reviews. What a spectacular lecture! The material itself is easy to do and make, and most of it will probably fool a bunch of your fellow magicians/mentalists. ALL of it will fool laypeople.

Aside from the quality (and quantity) of the material, Christian and Katalina's stories were extremely entertaining, and they are the two most likable, down-to-earth people I've seen on Penguin Live. Plus, their thoughts on creativity have inspired me to become more creative with my own material.

This lecture was my first exposure to Christian and Katalina, but I certainly hope it won't be my last one. It's a good thing for my bank account that I can't find anything else for sale by them; I'd definitely buy it. :-)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2021
I just finished the Live Lecture and I was inspired to write a review. Because of the nature of mentalism as an art form, a lot of these lectures focus on material for shows and other events that have more than one person who is watching you.That leaves a lot of beginner mentalists with their curiosity satisfied, but still not a lot to practice with or show anyone.

This lecture is much different. Christian and Katalina go through a lot of great close-up mentalism that is easy to perform and wow people with. I've bought a lot of these Penguin live lectures, and I have enjoyed them all, but I would put this as probably the best Penguin Live lecture to see first if you are a beginner. I wish this would have been available for me to start with. It was also very enjoyable and valuable for someone of my level - and as you will see in the lecture, someone at Dan Harlan's level as well as he was inspired to use some of their methods as well.

All in all, a great lecture and well worth the price of admission. 5 Stars.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 3rd, 2021
As long-time veterans of on-stage living, Christian & Katalina are the perfect duo for sharing about the tough life of full-time performing along with brilliant and practical examples of their professional wonders. Award-winning mentalism, audience management, embracing the creative process, and even set design; Christian & Katalina cover it all with humor and style.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 1st, 2021
I was glad to see them on Penguin Live for first time. I met them twice and they are so down to earth very approachable couple. One we had them in our Moline Magic club Christmas Club Banquet few years ago, you got to see their stage performance when you can. Second time, they were at Abracornabra , Des Moines, Iowa few years ago. I attend their lecture, bought their book, Protoplasm. Penguin refused to closed captioned live performances for me since I’m deaf, I’m thankful I can read his book, and watch their Penguin Live at the same time. I learned. I look forward to see Christian and Katalina act again.
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Fantastic Lecture! Highly Recommend! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 7th, 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed this lecture!

Unique simple concepts were delivered with surprisingly no difficult moves or sleights. Fantastic lecture with great stories and comical laughs.

I literally watched and performed a trick immediately after watching. I now have a new trick to have fun with that is super easy, plays big, and captures that "How" factor too!

The phone, shaking my head lol! I think I might use that in future walk arounds. Definitely laughed when I saw that coming!

Thanks Christian, Katalina, Dan, and Penguin Live for another great lecture!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 7th, 2021
Wow, what a lot of real world material. I plan to adapt something out of this, just don't know which one yet, because they are all soooo good! Fantastic lecture. You'll definitely get your money's worth with this.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 2nd, 2021
Hi all you lovers of mentalism,

First up happy New Year to management and Staff at Penguin Magic (my favourite magic dealer on earth).
What a great start to 2021 with Christian and Katalina's Live lecture.
Down to earth nice couple with clear explainations on each effect ; obviously a ton of experience behind them.

The Instant Download is over two hours long.
My favourite strong effects are,''Poison'', ''Touch Stones'',''30 Seconds''(very good effect) ''Pandora's Box''( Excellent effect).This material is suitable for close up as well as parlour.Great value for money;if you love mentalism you need to buy this Download - period.

Huge thank you and well done Christian and Katalina.
Thanks Acar for putting it on the market.
All the best for 2021.
Frank.
(Australia).
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2021
Its not what you do, but how you do it. Don't get me wrong the effects are great, the presentations AWESOME, but this lecture really just taught me the importance of rapport. Christian and Katalina are masters of building rapport, likeability and just plain old having fun with the audience. I loved that they included live performance footage to show how this stuff plays and also the way they interact and communicate with their audience.
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Great material! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 20th, 2021
I have purchased many mentalist lectures from Penguin and I would say this was one of the best. Not only was this couple engaging ( as well as Dan) there are a few demonstrations I will actually be using. I had not heard of this couple before but I am so glad Penguin introduced us to them! 😀
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 1st, 2021
So glad I picked this up. I will, at some point, use something from everything they have shared in this lecture. Also, I just fell in love with Christian and Katalina. It was a joy to listen to them describe their work, their experiences performing, and how they create.

Seeing some of the pieces in this lecture immediately solved issues with concepts I’ve been working on in my own show.

This is a useful and enjoyable lecture to watch chock full of amazing routines and effects. This is real world working material. It’s been ironed out over many many performances and it shows that some of the best and most useful methods are often overlooked as too simple.
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