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"One of the greatest thought readers of our time." -Uri Geller

"How the bloody hell did you do that?" -Simon Cowell

"There's a very short list of creators/performers in the magic community that I will sit up and pay close attention to when they speak. Sometimes they speak through their commercial releases and if I'm lucky enough to be their friends, I get to hear from them directly! Colin Mcleod is at the top of that list. If you get the chance to hear, see or read anything from Colin you WILL walk away with a fresh innovative perspective. I guarantee it." -Bill Abbott

"One of the most brilliant and creative thinkers in mentalism alive today. His mind should be bronzed and worshiped by any mentalist seeking guidance." -Marc Salem

“Colin McLeod has interesting, creative and fun ideas about what mentalism can be, where it can go and how it should be presented. He devises powerful, head-scratching mysteries that take the entertainment value all the way up to 11, all of which he performs well and explains clearly without taking forever to do so. If there’s something else to want from a mentalism lecture, I don’t know what it is. Colin has a terrible haircut and an accent no-one can understand, but apart from that both he and his lectures are a treat. Watch, enjoy, learn and prepare to be fooled in the nicest possible way by a mind so sharp you could slice rocks with it.” –Ian Rowland

"Colin Mcleod is AMAZING! He creates wonderful audience engaging plots with ingenious methods and if that was not enough he's also a powerful and dynamic performer. If you get the chance to see him in action make sure you do." -Marc Paul

"Colin McLeod IS the future of mentalism. Some in our field are superb performers, others are immensely creative. Colin McLeod is both. And that sets him apart from just about everyone." -Ken Weber

"I have said it once and I will say it over and over, I am a big fan of Colins. His work is amazing. In fact he is a rising star in my book. He is the next Derren Brown." -Neal Scryer

"As honoured as I am that some of my greatest mentors have been kind enough to praise me so highly, I think you should come along and make up your own mind ..." -Colin McLeod

Who on earth is Colin Mcleod?!

A mind reader, a Mentalist, a Psychological Illusionist ... Call it whatever you like! Colin’s amazing skills having been taking him all around the world, performing his unique brand of entertainment for everyone from A-list celebrities to appearing on prime time TV shows, from theaters to comedy clubs ... you name it, Colin has literally performed everywhere imaginable all with the same astonishing results. Colin has perfected his skills not just in messing with his audience’s minds, but insuring they all love the entire experience! Ever since reading the Sherlock Holmes stories as a child, Colin has been obsessed with creating his own techniques for essentially reading people. Having trained as a Forensic Scientist and specialised in Criminal Profiling, he has taken all of his psychological skills and background hypnosis to design a truly unique entertainment genre.

Having now appeared on ITV’s 'Penn and Teller: Fool Us’ and ITV’s ‘Britain’s Got Talent’, performed in Caeser’s Palace in Las Vegas, The Holywood Magic Castle, the International Magic Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the South Tyneside Magic Convention, The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, The Edinburgh Festival Theatre, The Lyceum Theatre, The Edinburgh International Conference Centre ... And having performed at events for organisations including Santander, The National Health Service, Flexitronics, Scotmid, Camelot, General Electric, Amey, KPMG, Burness, Reids Reins ... As well as being brought in as an expert to speak about the mind, persuasion and creativity at Kilmarnock College, Cumbernauld College, Dundee College, Cardonald College, Glasgow Caledonian University, as well coaching the senior management teams for some of the world’s leading industries ... It’s fair to say Colin is building an impressive CV, and as more and more people are becoming aware of him, he is becoming even more in demand. Unlike a number of other performers, Colin is a full time professional performer and speaker ensuring you’re getting a talent of the highest caliber as it doesn’t clash with any other ‘day job.’ ... This IS his ‘day job.

If you could ask ONE question to one of the world's most creative professional magicians, what would it be?

If you'’ve never been to a magic lecture, there’s never been a better time. Sunday March 31st at 7:00pm, we’re live-streaming Colin Mcleod in a spectacular 2-hour interactive online lecture. Watch, ask questions and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.

Want VIP access to EVERY FUTURE Penguin LIVE we film? Check out the new Penguin LIVE: All Access Pass!


  1. Purchase the Colin Mcleod LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday March 31st, anytime before 7:00pm Eastern, click the “MyPenguinMagic” area at the top of the Penguin site. You’ll see the livestream appear 1 hour before showtime. At 7pm sharp, Colin will hit the stage and begin his JAM-PACKED professional lecture.
  3. Sit back and watch over 2 hours of DVD-quality live streaming magic from the comfort of your own home.
  4. Ask Colin questions and discuss the tricks DURING the lecture.


Reserve your seat anyway. Within 24 hours of ending, you’ll be able to download and/or watch the full lecture on-demand, and go over all the great routines and subtleties as many times as you want. It’ll be waiting for you in your “MyPenguinMagic” area.

Magicians flock to see “workers” give talks. Why? Because these guys see and learn things that you won’t find in any book or DVD. Yes, you'll be learning some incredibly powerful A-material, but the INVALUABLE stuff will be the insight you learn along the way.

This lecture 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 July 16th, 2014
The Penguin Lectures are just about the best thing to happen to magic in the past decade, but this is sadly one of the weaker entries in the series.
Colin's performance is a mixture of store bought tricks and rather heavy handed adjustments to existing methods. The set starts badly with a rather transparent 50/50 guessing game and goes downhill from there. Colin works as a motivational speaker for corporations and he carries something of that aura with him - not necessarily a positive for a mystery performer. On the plus side, the lecture is long and is value for money if you are already a fan. But those looking for more dynamic, less stolid work would be better looking at the Peter Turner lecture. Those after more traditional mentalism should check out the Osterlind lecture. Colin's work sits rather uncomfortably in a no-man's land in the middle.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 24th, 2013
I purchased this a few weeks ago and Colin does a really good job.....HOWEVER, you need to purchase almost $400 in supplies to make it all happen...I guess if you can afford it then it's great
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 9th, 2020
As a beginner in mentalism, a variety of techniques were taught. Not only does he teach strong effects in detail, he explains his process as a performer.

Effects taught include:
Equivoque - two bags, one contains broken glass
Q & A - requires a gimmick
bookless booktest - requires a gimmick, this routine is performed on fool us
which hand - requires gimmick, ends with 3 pieces of information "provided by t he audience"
These effects are all intertwined in his opening routine for a specific reason.

A prediction using gum, a ring & a coin - uses same gimmick as his which hand routine.

7 card prediction - a spectator picks 7 random cards, multiple spectators can think of different cards & Colin divines each one

Another equivoque trick - one spectator draws a card, the other thinks of a card through a process of elimination & the two card match

Think of a card - Colin spreads through the deck & the spectator thinks of any card, the spectator does the same & Colin thinks of a card, both Colin & the spectator pull out the card they think the other is thinking of & both are correct, uses a gimmick

Finally a close up trick - a billet is passed around a table, spectators write 3 pieces of information on the billet (name, place, drawing). then on another billet Colin does the same. Colin asks the spectators to guess what he wrote down with varying accuracy (can be improved with psychological forces for 100% accuracy). Colin then guesses with 100% accuracy what the spectators wrote down.

Overall this lecture was packed with a lot of great mentalism with many different methods. The downside is his routine is sleightly gimmick heavy with many effects using, sometimes an expensive, gimmick.
However, a lot of value in this lecture can also be found in his explanation of his performance, not the methods but things such as the order of effects, overcoming mistakes, & promoting other great mentalist crediting their influence on his effects & guiding you to look at other great mentalism.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 3rd, 2013
This was a fabulous 4 hour lecture.

Colin gave great advice and structured his demonstration on how to structure an act, whether it be for stage, parlor, or impromptu close-up.

We got to see him perform his Facade version of the Bookless Book Test, and he gave a great close-up version of
a close-up Q&A act. With some personalization for your own character, this is really packs small - plays huge.

I also loved his change in presentation approach of Sneak Thief. This made perfect sense and is more in line with his demonstrated powers.

At the end Colin demonstrates a variation of his Furtive Switch (that was on his Opening Minds DVD) routine. This was a thing of beauty. With a small group of people, 2 business cards and a pen, Colin demonstrates how to send thoughts to 3 people, and then he reads the minds of those 3 people. There is justification for the writing and the necessary action. Because everyone was 'in on' the thoughts to be read, everyone is invested in the outcome. The business card handling looks so clean. There's no where for the spectator to go on how he does this.

Colin's emphasis is how you can take elements we've seen before and modify them to make your material unique from anyone else.

There is much more in these 4 hours than that - but those were the biggest points I got out of it. This was a fantastic lecture!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 10th, 2013
I bought this late last night, watched more than half already and think its fantastic.

The effects so far all have some great thinking behind them and one "calling idea" for a prediction effect that I think is worth the price of the download alone.

The added touches to the "bookless book test" has really made me want to perform this routine in my shows.

One of the things that stand out to me, is Colin's honesty. I feel that everything he does, says he does, says he doesn't do and why he doesn't do it is coming from a very honest place. No B***s**t, no pipe dreams.

Well that it for now, typing this on a London bus is making me feel awfully sick but I just wanted to share how excited I am about this Lecture.

Thanks for sharing such great ideas Colin.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 4th, 2013
Colin touches many areas of mentalism in this 3 hour plus lecture.

This is the biggest bang for your buck that I have seen on penguin website.

I have seen Colin lecture before but he gives up some gems on this lecture.
How a mentalist should dress was one of the subjects I liked the best first impact can be key. The ideas and humor between Colin and (Patrick) are great and helped add much humor to this lecture. I recommend this highly to other mentalist. Thinking for the new generation with great twist on the classics.
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A good mixture of stage and close-up mentalism Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on April 1st, 2013
Although the description days 2 hours this lecture rules about 3 3/4 hours, the last hour spent answers questions. If you're a stage or close-up magicians you'll appreciate Colin's out-of-the-box thinking, and I'll guarantee you'll find something in this lecture that love.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on July 25th, 2020
It’s hard to add to other reviews. However, I find Colin’s effects strong,; while the methods are straightforward. That is not to say easy, but a direct line to what needs to be accomplished.

You will easily add a couple of effects tor your repertoire.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on May 31st, 2019
I did see this. In response to some of the comments out there, yea it didn't seem like he went through that many affects. He belabors points as well. Someone else said it would cost 400 to do these effects. I dunno know about that but I did spend $50 to make one of his effects, and it is a stunner! This one effect crosses the line where now people really do think you can read minds. And that is what makes this lecture such a great one. This one effect is my best effect. People will believe you are reading their minds.

Don't think about it, just buy it! Don't be stoopid!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 20th, 2019
So much good advice here beyond wonderful tricks. Clearly advice from someone who has done a LOT of shows. This was all long before he was on BGT and AGT and before he toured with The Illusionists. Good solid content, easy to understand methods. A real delight to watch and to learn from.
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