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One of the most clever coin and card magicians in the word came to Penguin for a MASSIVE 2-hour live event. SUPPORT LIVE MAGIC. DOWNLOAD THE FULL LECTURE TODAY.
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“If you're looking for hard-hitting, visual close-up magic, look no further. John has developed a variety of effects for various skill levels that look like real magic." -Danny Archer

"John Born brings to light things that have been hiding in the shadows, showing that the "devil in the details" is worth the time and trouble. His "work" on the much overlooked back thumb palm is worth the price of admission. Alsdo, in person, John literally "fleshes out" his book. Be there. Now." -Jon Racherbaumer New Orleans, LA

“John Born's lecture was an unqualified HIT! I've had so many great comments from the attendees and they all enjoyed it immensely. There are some great presentational lessons to be learned from it, as well as some GREAT MAGIC. The Any Card At Any Number was worth the price of the lecture...two great, very practical solutions for the real working magician. Thanks for coming and sharing your magic.” -Marc DeSouza, Philadelphia, PA

"John Born has some of the most visual magic that I have ever seen! His creativity and unique developments never cease to amaze me. I can always count on John to totally destroy my brain." -Jason Dean, St. Joe, MO

“John B. Born is not only one of the most talented magicians I've come across in all my years in magic but he is also a fantastic innovator of magic. I've had John lecture at my shop and he was rated, by all attended, as one of the best lecturers they have had the pleasure to see. I can only say that when I was his age, I wish I had his talent and mind for magic. To describe John, only one word comes to mind…Brilliant." -John Blake, State College, PA

“John's lecture in New York City was a big success. Not only is he a creative thinker and a skilled technician, he is a charming and entertaining performer. His material appealed to the novices and advanced members of our group. I highly recommend him to any magic club or convention looking for a great lecturer.” -Ken Schwabe, Vice President SAM #1, Manhattan, NY

“This is an excellent lecture. John does some really good stuff, and he teaches it well.” -Bill Palmer Houston, TX

“He really blew us away. His lecture is well structured and his effects and references are solid. His skills and magic knowledge are beyond his years. Absolutely everyone in our group had glowing compliments on his lecture including our octogenarian member who still regularly performs weekly at restaurants. I must say that his thought process on creativity is the real ‘take away.’ His subtle touches and handling elevate tricks to miracles. Very powerful stuff that everyone will enjoy regardless of your skill level. Don’t miss him!” -Scott Wells Houston, TX

“The NYC SAM Parent Assembly members were entranced and amazed by John Born’s 21st century magic and creativity. Be sure to see John’s lecture for a truly memorable, magical learning experience. Guaranteed! - You will become an instant John Born fan.” -Dr. Ken Krenzel New York City, NY

“After seeing John Born presenting his magic, you can tell the difference between just a normal performance and real professional craftsmanship! John doesn’t just do a trick, but rather he baffles even fellow magicians by his mystical powers of illusion. His effects seem to defy modern day science. John’s ability to transform everyday items such as coins and cards personifies the attributes of a modern day wizard. A true and unique magical experience you wont want to miss!” -John Bryant, Worcester, MA

"Don’t walk…RUN to see John B. Born lecture or perform! You will be happy you did!” -Bob Dorchinsky, President New Magicians Association, Bridgeport, CT

“Ring 68 hosted John Born on Monday night and his insight and approach to magic is indeed well though out and right on the mark. We should have started earlier and allotted more time. If he is coming near your town be sure to catch him. Thank You John for a great lecture!” -Pattrick Przysiecki, President Ring 68, Cleveland, OH

The lecture of John B. Born focuses on some of the most beautiful plots magic has to offer, and is divided into four main components.

The first session focuses on how advanced preparation will reap great rewards in effect, and demonstrates how to construct routines and utilize principles (instead of difficult sleight-of-hand) in such a way that the performer becomes so far ahead of his audiences that it is not even fair. In this session John also exemplifies how to utilize theatrical principles and emotional hooks to greatly enhance the impact and status of your magic. This includes work on the “Any card at any number” plot, as well as several other mental magic miracles appropriate for stand-up shows.

The second session spotlights beautiful magical offerings from the table, and demonstrates how to take full advantage of gaffs to create miracles not otherwise possible. This session includes (but is far from limited to) extensive work on the “Chink-A-Chink” and “Translocation” plots.

The third session focuses on sleight-of-hand techniques for the coin and card enthusiast. John has created a whole new realm of coin technique out of the development of his “Balance Palm,” and demonstrates techniques that range from easy-to-learn to extremely advanced. This session also includes many great pointers on well known coin and card techniques with regard to the importance of movement and motivation.

The fourth component is an open session, driven by live questions. Whether you are interested in techniques and routining, the theatrics of performance, or the business side of magic, John is excited to share his experiences.

The material covered varies in difficulty from nearly self-working to “I can’t believe he just did that.” Whether one is interested in thought and motivation behind technique, fascinated by intense principles with (and without) a memorized deck, or engrossed in knuckle-busting sleight-of-hand, the lecture of John B. Born will be an event not soon forgotten.

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 June 2nd at 7:00pm, we’re live-streaming John Born 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 John Born LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday June 2nd, 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, John 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 John 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 June 14th, 2013
The lecture in it self is a good lecture, and John Born is an incredible performer. However his matrix routine is heavily gimmicked and you won't be able to do it. His ACAAN demonstration was also very good however I don't think most people will do it because it requires a LOT of practice and still some will have trouble, but I can't say more without revealing the method.

However the lecture was good, and I really liked the first trick he did. Also his views on combining music and magic was good. If you are looking for coin magic he does show some effects and one slight that is really nice and that doesn't require gimicked coins.

Conclusion: It was a good lecture, but i got two tricks i will use, and I don't see many people using more than three of his effects at most. If you got the money go for it, but if you are a student like me and can't afford that many lectures you should buy something else.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2013
I really wanted to like this lecture. I've been following John Born since the Cutting Edge Cards and Coins DVD came out years ago. But this lecture was lacking.

Although the magic John teaches is quite beautiful, most of it you will not perform. It requires a lot of gimmicks, some you have to make, some you can buy here at Penguin, and others you can only get from John's site. All these gimmicks are pricey, and if used for these effects only, aren't worth the price. The most amazing piece Mr. Born taught was a full coin routine. The only problem is he starts the explanation with when you do it it won't look as good because it uses a gimmick that you probably won't find. The only reason he has it is because he got lucky combining pieces with one trick with another and they don't make them like that anymore.

I gave the lecture 3 stars because John is passionate about magic and a great teacher. But I can only see 5% - 10% of magicians only performing what is taught.
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Unique and smart, an AWESOME lecture Report this review
Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 4th, 2013
I have been subscribing Penguin Live for over a year now. I would say most of the lectures were good in terms of how they teach it, etc, but they weren't very "unique" in some cases. They sometimes were mere "variations" of traditional plot.

John Born's magic is, although using the "traditional" plots such as "Any Card at Any Number", "Matrix", etc., his approach and mastermind behind each trick is brilliant and unique

I would say this was one of the top five lectures I've had in almost over 50 lectures
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Outstanding lecture Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 8th, 2013
If you love cards and coins, you owe it to yourself to this wonderful lecture
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Top Notch and Professional Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 4th, 2013
This was a great lecture. Very informative and professional. John did a great job. His style is unique and intriguing...his skills are polished and clean.

If you are like me and have read all of John's books, but have yet to see him perform, you need to get your hands on this lecture.

If you have never heard of John Born...you need to get this lecture.

The ACAAN was worth the price of the lecture. ;)
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two thumbs up ! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on June 3rd, 2013
loved this lecture

one of the best performers in the country shares his contributions to the wonderful art of magic

John Born is an artist who really was Born to entertain !
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