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"He likes magic, he likes good magic, and he likes sharing good magic." - Jeremiah Zuo

"Okay, "The Contest" by Tom and Ed Oschmann: Best. Party. Trick. Ever. Hands down, they've crafted the finest handling of the classic "Poker Players' Picnic" I've seen. What a great trick!" - John Bannon

"Your notes are inspirational." - Ross Johnson

“I performed Tom's Oil and Water this week as a closer, it played beautifully. The procedure allows for a lot of flexibility in terms of how you routine other effects around OiATER. This routine is a keeper. Well done Tom.” - Mike Vincent

“Tom’s version of the poker deal (“Big Four Poker”)is the real deal, a superbly constructed routine.” - David Parr

“If you like Wild Card and you often find yourself working in a walk around situation, then this routine is for you. The routine is extremely visual, has no apparent discrepancies, and no awkward moves. I really like this handling and have added the routine to my repertoire.” - Allan Ackerman

What will he teach?

The Contest: Poker Players Picnic REDUX by Ed Oschmann/Tom Dobrowolski

Hana Ho Card by Curtis Kam - With a pedigree that includes Michael Weber and Curtis Kam, Tom has honed this trick into a masterpiece. "Hana Ho" means "Do it Again!" in Hawaiian. And Hawaii magician Curtis Kam uses this simplified moving hole effect to answer that call. It's a quick encore to any effect using a signed card that transforms that card into something just a little more special for the lucky person who gets to keep it.

Naked Deck Opener/Wait? What?? by Trent Ketchmark/Tom Dobrowolski - The perfect opener to a card or close up set. A blank deck becomes instantly printed with faces and backs. Very fun, simple, visual magic and a variation where a card is selected, the deck turns blank, faces and backs reappear, and the card is found! At the end you can hand out the deck!

Neither Short-Sighted nor Mad by John Carey - John's great take on Tamariz’ classic “Neither Blind nor Silly”. This one, like so much of John’s brilliant material, is SO much fun to perform!

Away We Go by Tom Dobrowolski - A no-fuss and direct handling for a selected “cards across.”

Jim Ryan's Last Trick by Tom Dobrowolski/Jim Ryan - From Tom's first lecture, this is an absolutely GREAT opener based on two of Jim Ryan's classics, The Portal.

Increasing the Odds by Patrick Flanagan - One simple, strong, entertaining demonstration in “cheating at cards” that you can use to lead into another routine or as a stand alone effect.

Misdirection:The Way of The Monkey by David Kuraya - David sent me a clip of this strange and wonderful effect and I HAD to have it for the notes!

Something Borrowed, Something New by Jack Carpenter - You’ll be doing some amazing visual magic with very little effort and a freely selected card. You’ll love this!

Whitewall by Jeff Prace - A wonderfully simple concept, limited only by your imagination, that turns your iPhone/Smartphone into an even more magical device. Heck, it’s so simple even I can do it!

What You “Wynnn” in Vegas, Stays in Vegas by Tom Dobrowolski - Dubbed semi-automatic coin magic by Curtis Kam (Mr. “Palms of Steel”). With just 3 coins you hit the Jackpot and then just as quickly hit the road, busted out. You’ll learn a few easy moves and displays that will make you look like you have Curtis Kam “Palms of Steel”.

BBQ Ribs Three Coins Across by Jeremiah Zuo - More semi-automatic coin magic. It is a simple handling of the 3 Fly/Visible Coins across which maximizes each magical moment by reducing the number of coins in the hands during each phase.


The REAL Theory 11 Magic Theory Summarized in 11 Words by Tom Dobrowolski - Yep, Tom’s condensed magic theory down to 11 well-chosen words!! Agree or disagree, you’ll want to hear this!

Also, performances of OiATER, In the Hands Wild Card, and Tom’s Poker aka Big Four Poker, a four card Poker game that Tom developed to sell to casinos to make BILLIONS!! 4 players, 4 cards, 4 Rules “4” loads of fun! You'll also here stories and thoughts from Tom’s 40 + years in magic. Don't miss it!

Who is he?

Magic Performer, Lecturer, Demonstrator, Lifelong Student of the Art, Chicago Guy,Tom Dobrowolski has been studying and performing magic for over 40 years and these days can be found most Saturdays demonstrating magic at Midwest Magic in Franklin Park, Illinois. A long-time Chicago area resident, Tom was exposed early on to great magic and was fortunate to have mentors like Tommy Edwards, Jim Ryan and Jay Marshall.

His many years of experience include performances as diverse as cruise ships and Hawaiian resorts, birthday parties and illusion shows walk around close up and TV appearances. Tom has been an active participant on the Chicago magic scene for many years. His friends include magicians from around the world and his unique brand of magic reflects their creativity as well as his own. This, combined with his extensive knowledge of magic, enables Tom to find innovative solutions when developing new and reworking classic magic effects.

His “In The Hands Wild Card” DVD and “OiATER” (oil and water) manuscript have become best sellers and recognized as standards in the world of magic. His more recent series of highly acclaimed lectures/lecture notes bring together his own magic along with some of his favorite magic from his friends like Jack Carpenter, Jeff Prace, Curtis Kam, John Carey, Ed Oschmann, Trent James, Jeremiah Zuo, Richard Hucko, Joe Cole, Benny Lau, David Kuraya and Patrick Flanagan. Tom’s goal in every item he releases is to provide strong fun magic that you will learn and perform.

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, November 8th, at 7:00pm, we're live-streaming Tom Dobrowolski LIVE 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 Tom Dobrowolski LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, November 8th, 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, Tom 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 Tom 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 November 16th, 2015
His tricks were good. I liked his humor and self-effacing style of presentation.

He seemed cool and relaxed under pressure. His Clive jokes were a bit over the top but I guess he had to play to some people in the audience who wanted it kept alive.

I've never heard of him before but I would put his performance and professionalism on par with the top 5% of the professional magicians I've seen on Penguin Live.
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Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on September 12th, 2019
On toms last trip to the Himalayas. He met raule. I loved all the magic.and his story's. I watched this at my friends house and we both learned alot. And thought it was fun. I nvr heard dan harlan laugh so much. As he did in this lecture. You could tell dan loved being there. And i loved it as well
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I have watched about 20 penguin lectures and this is one of the more disappointing ones. This review is not meant to be mean, but to help others make better choices with their money. I would not rec. you spend money on this lecture. Lots of card tricks, some rope stuff, some coin stuff -- nothing really creative, original or blew my mind. In almost every penguin lecture I have watched there are usually a few things that take me by surprise or impress me (regardless if I would do the effects myself.) This lecture was one of the exceptions to that. He is not a sleight-of-hand guy, his misdirection is not good and his false shuffle seem obvious to me. The card magic is not strong. I would look elsewhere to spend your hard-earn money. He seems like a nice guy but you are reading this b/c you want to know if you are going to get your money's worth and the answer is NO. Sorry Tom.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 20th, 2015
Tom's lecture notes are some of THE best I have read in recent years. They are full of varying effects, types of props and fun ideas. In this lecture he tips routines from not one, but several of his lecture notes and marketed effects!

The material plays anywhere to almost any type of audience. They are FULL ROUTINES that are fun, well written and not that difficult to work up. MANY of Tom's tricks have gone straight into my bar magic set here in Hawaii.

I will be returning to this lecture as a reference for a LONG, LONG time.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on November 12th, 2015
I've rewatched this lecture at least three times, and I've gotten nothing from it.

Which is really sad because he performs some great magic!

I really wanted to like this lecture, and learn something from it, but I did not get as much as I felt like I should have.

I feel terrible because I want to rewatch it again today and maybe find something that I don't already do or some kind of nuance or move that I can put into another routine, but I've come up short, and even with repeated viewing I've gotten very little from this lecture at all!

Even the theory 11 theory in 11 words did not really help me unfortunately.

After all that, the other half of the lecture is Tom showing off his tricks OiAter and Big four poker. They seem like really great tricks that require a lot of set up. They were cool, but I already perform similar magic that is impromptu, and can play BIG! Which I felt that the tricks were not so good to the point that you could hold up a show with "hey wait a moment while I set up this poker game".

I feel like maybe I'm being unfair, but I did not find anything interesting, fun or cool on this lecture.

I will probably never do the ribbon trick, I will probably never perform the blue orangutan trick(s).

I really like Tom, and I'm sure he plays well to certain audiences.

I just didn't like this lecture, sorry.
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