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"You certainly have put a lot of deep, and very productive, thought into your famous principle. I wish I could be at your lecture in order to see for myself how it all works when it's properly done." - Paul Curry

"Mr. Gilbreath is eminently qualified as a performing magician of skill and experience, and as a creative inventor of unusual magic effects that are widely known and used." - Martin Gardner

"Not long ago in the Magic Castle, some Japanese visitors clustered around an intense silver-haired man who was seemingly manipulating the magnetic fields of colored rods and discs. The visitors were the Tenyo brain trust, and their admiring exclamations—during effect and explanation—were those of experts watching a master. The master's name will live as long as cards are riffle shuffled, thanks to the wonderfully counter-intuitive principle that bears his name." - Gordon Bean

"It was a pleasure to meet you at Magic Castle during our stay in Los Angeles last month. I would like to thank you for showing and explaining to us your unique magnet trick. We were really impressed with your beautiful routine." - Hiroshi Kondo (Tenyo Co.)

"Whenever I think of an individual who is creative and innovative in the art of magic, Norman Gilbreath comes to my mind. His creation of the Gilbreath Principle has been utilized for the creation of many incredible magical effects." - Howard Hamburg

"Norman Gilbreath's mind is a treasure trove! Up until now there have been no maps except to those close to Norman himself. Now Norman has released his book, Beyond Imagination! Treasure, indeed, beyond my wildest expectations. ‘X’ marks the spot within the pages of this book. Your magical repertoire will be broadened and your audiences will have their minds baffled." - Paul Green

"Anyone who’s ever utilized the now-classic Gilbreath Principle knows how effective the disarming strategy can be. The meticulous thinking that went into this creation is evident in of all of Norman’s work, much of it detailed here for the first time." - Tom Ogden

"Norman's creations have baffled many of the brightest minds in the world of magic... prepare to be inspired!" - Jeff McBride

"I've always thought that Norman Gilbreath's magic was brilliant and I'm thrilled that he's has taken the time and made the effort to share his creations with us." - Daryl Martinez

"Many contributors to our art have refined, improved or reinterpreted. Norman Gilbreath has done something of another order—he’s changed what is possible." - David Regal

"Norman Gilbreath combines his deep knowledge of the properties of a deck of cards with an emotional appeal and clever routining. I'd run to get a copy of his book if I were you, and also if I weren't." - Rafael Benatar

What will he teach?

This is going to be a rare opportunity to attend a lecture in developing and presenting unique card magic by the man behind the Gilbreath Principle.

Max Maven has said: "Norman Gilbreath doesn'’t think like normal people do. And that has been to our benefit!"

Here are some excerpts based upon my book, Beyond Imagination:

When I was about five years old, and lying in my bed recovering from a hip problem, a very strange visitor stopped by my open window — actually stood on the window ledge — and said "Hello" to me. It was an escaped minah bird, and at the time I wondered: How is this creature talking to me? At that age I had no idea birds could talk, and that unexpected "Hello" was the sort of magical experience I’ve been looking for ever since.

What happens when you have a magical experience? It takes you beyond your usual thinking, and reminds you of the boundless nature of thought. All theater reaffirms our ability to make sense of the world we live in, but magic reminds us that we can find new ways to see things, that we can go beyond our current imagination. So, a magician enhances the imagination. And this lecture is meant to enhance the magician.

Sometimes it is handy to be able to perform a magic act using only a few decks of cards in your pockets. Here are two such acts. While the first act uses three decks of cards, two of them being special trick decks, the second act can be performed with four ordinary decks of cards. Now, if you ever find yourself somewhere without any magic apparatus, you can buy four ordinary decks and present the act "The Journey".

Who is he?

Norman Gilbreath was born in Los Angeles when the Red Cars were still running, and you could get a secret decoder ring at the Wiltern Theater if you showed up for the kids matinee. After he came up with a principle and a conjecture, he graduated from the University of California at Los Angeles and went to work for the RAND Corporation. He still lives in Los Angeles, along with his wife and son, and can be found most Friday evenings at The Magic Castle, chatting with old friends and performing close-up magic. Want VIP access to EVERY FUTURE Penguin LIVE we film? Check out the new Penguin LIVE: All Access Pass!


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 August 28th, 2014
First off all, I respect Mr. Norman Gilbreath for introducing the 'Gilbreath Principle' to the magic community, it is a genius discovery that has many uses.
However, I am extremely disappointed in this lecture. In all of the routines, the presentations are confusing, the actions are extremely unjustified and illogical, and the magical moments are weak. Plus, the set up for each effect is VERY extensive, with no strong magical payoff whatsoever at the end. I am sorry to say this, but this is the worst lecture I've ever seen.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 14th, 2014
This was a fairly good lecture but it didn't feel like he taught his best material. And I don't typically hate effects that require a setup, but this was ridiculous. Ill probably only use one. To my EXTREME dissapointement the infamous gilbreath principle was barely even mentioned, far better discussions of it and it's applications can be found in Max Maven's and Howard Hamburg's lectures. I just wish the material had been more balanced.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 2nd, 2014
the presentation was awkward and confusing. I learned more about the Galbreath principal on one five minute video.
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Gillbreath rocks! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 27th, 2014
This is my first live lecture I ever attend at Penguin Magic. Norma Gillbreath offers amazing mathematical card tricks that will blow your mind. I give this lecture only 4 stars because I feel Gillbreath did not come really prepared. Rather than reseting his decks, he could have prepared extra decks instead. This could shorten the lecture's length.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 8th, 2016
Norman Gilbreath is a genius, and his principle is extremely useful for magic tricks. The tricks he taught here in his lecture are pretty impressive, but Norman Gilbreath is a very boring teacher. I have watched and rewatched this lecture so I could try to learn these tricks, but it is a uphill battle. So, after repeated viewings and cups of coffee, I was able to watch and learn these tricks. They are really great, but require extensively set-up decks which would be fine if Norman had taken more time to explain how the Gilbreath Principle actually works.

All in All, I liked this lecture. It has magic that could be performed no other way than with Norman's methodology. I just wish that it was more informative and we could've discussed the theory behind it all. The lecture was already pretty long so I guess he didn't have time, but I felt like Norman Gilbreath did not take much time to explain his own principle. I still liked the presentations and found them quite fooling.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 26th, 2014
This is only my second review of a Penguin product. I was compelled however, to give an opinion.

This is an excellent lecture by a foundational expert in card magic. Guys like Gilbreath, Sam Schwartz, L. Vosburg Lyons, Edmund Rowlands etc., paved the way for their contemporaries to incorporate useful and impossible pattern based mathematics into card magic.

I can't imagine a serious student of card "magic" not finding a wealth of information in this presentation.
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