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Who is he?

 
Obviously, you recognize Jason Alexander from his role as George Costanza on the highly-successful sitcom Seinfeld.  He's also had an active career on stage, appearing in several Broadway musicals, even winning a Tony Award as Best Leading Actor in a Musical. And, he's amassed an extensive list of TV and movie credits  But, what you may not know is Jason Alexander is an avid amateur magician with a love for mentalism.
 
In 2006, he was convinced to perform a week at the Magic Castle, and (as a result of his engaging presentation) he was awarded the Parlor Magician of the year!
 
In this Penguin Live lecture, Jason breaks down his performance beat-for-beat to reveal how he (as a trained actor) approached the role of a mentalist.  What he reveals goes way beyond mere methods, and speaks to the very core of context, motivation, and believability.  It will inspire you in your own work.

 

What will he teach?

 
He starts by explaining why he chose to open with Jon Allen's Silent Treatment and how he scripted his opening remarks to answer questions and set the mood.
 
In his second effect, he raises the stakes on the old which-hand-is-it-in plot by incorporating a charming, character-driven story that makes you care.
 
Then, he employs his theatrical training to read a helper's internalized emotions and reveal them through a beautiful piece of original poetry.
 
Next, delving into the realm of chaos theory and the work of Dr. Meehl, he connects people emotionally with a random process that turns out to be predictable.
 
Then, taking a classic device in directions you've never seen before, he creates an epic reveal that will make you re-assess the potential of this prop.
 
You'll learn so many valuable lessons in this lecture, it should be required viewing for every magician and mentalist!  Don't miss it!
 
 

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, January 3rd, at 7:00pm, we're live-streaming Jason Alexander LIVE in a spectacular 2-hour online lecture. Watch and learn things you won't find in any book or DVD.

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ATTENDING COULDN'T BE EASIER.

  1. Purchase the Jason Alexander LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, January 3rd, 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, Jason 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.

DON’T WORRY IF YOU MIGHT MISS IT.

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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A True Performer Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 4th, 2016
Jason Alexander is a true performer. Listening to him talk about his thought process in structuring his act was a true pleasure, and I mean that. If you are thinking about buying this lecture, you should know that you are not getting it for the material. If you know how to take advice and act on it, this lecture will be the best purchase you make this year. Any bad reviews for this lecture will be from trick collectors who only see value in learning new tricks, and these people will never be successful magicians. Jason Alexander is TRULY an actor playing the role of a magician, and if everyone could present material the way he does, the art of magic would get a lot more respect.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 4th, 2016
I believe that this is a MUST see presentation for anyone serious about the art and craft of mentalism and magic in general

Unless you are new to this world you will NOT see new methods or techniques - indeed you may well have shelved some of the 'props/effects' used in Jason's show.

What you WILL see is the exquisite performance and what you will learn has everything to do with bringing meaning and relevance to the work you do.

Jason Alexander speaks to the heart and soul of the artist and each point he makes is a gem... I will be reviewing my work after hearing these useful, New Year (as this was released on 4th Jan) thoughts.

The session superbly hosted by Dan Harlan who really pointed out the nuances and genuine mastery inherent in Jason's performance.

If you're 'trick hungry' this will not satisfy - if you are eager to grow in the art and craft of magic this is a veritable feast.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2016
When Max Maven is in the audience, you know the lecturer is an important magician. but as lectures go, if you're expecting Jason to show you a trick, then show you how to do it...this ain't it. It’s so much better than that! If you buy lectures just to learn tricks or learn how something is done, do not buy this.

But! If you are passionate about wanting to improve your performance, if you want to learn a thing or two about acting for magicians, and if you are eager to get some ideas for writing your patter and scripting your act, then definitely get this and learn from it.

What you'll get is a 2 ½ hour interview wrapped around a set-by set analysis of Jason Alexander's Magic Castle performance. You won't learn how any of the tricks are done but in many cases, you're directed where to get it if you want to learn it.

You'll be asked burning questions like what is the reason for doing the effect you’re doing? Why would an audience care to see you? Why do they want to see your act? Questions that you need to answer as you prepare your set and write your patter. You're also told that the prop is not the performance-- learned advice for which MANY tricksters pretending to be magicians have missed the point.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 4th, 2016
It's an atypical format. They show a segment of Alexander's Magic Castle act (recorded years ago), then discuss it, then show another segment and discuss it, and so on. It was good to learn how a professional actor approaches magicians' material. If we are actors playing the part of a magician, we should know more about the craft of acting. Alexander has great advice for making a presentation more effective. That was most of the lecture. Almost all of his effects are commercially available, so you may already have some of these already (e.g. Mental Epic), so you can use these very practical tips in these (and any) tricks right away. The downside is that because almost all of his effects are commercially available they couldn't disclose the secrets to any but one of them! Nevertheless, performers can REALLY benefit from the creative and problem-solving process Alexander reveals for improving presentations. Those who just want secret workings of tricks should look elsewhere.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 3rd, 2016
When this first started watching, I thought "Can Dan stop fawning over Jason?"

Then, I thought Are they really just going to replay a recorded version of Jason doing a magic act?

Soon, it became apparent, once you are willing to take the lecture as a valuable lesson in performance, there is so much more.

If you want to take your magic to another level, make sure you watch this and make notes.

To hear how Jason spent so much time thinking about what would make the participant/audience care and what is the story were very important ideas that are not often asked or discussed in lectures. These are critical questions that should be answered for any performance.

Thanks for making me think about so much more than just a new move or trick and for putting this lecture together!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 18th, 2016
Why do I think if it weren't for Seinfeld this never would have happened???
Jason is a very nice man......a fairly average magician....
you learn next to nothing about new moves or routines.....
However if you're a Seinfeld junkie its fun seeing Jason again...

If you're in it for the magic...don't waste your time or money
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 5th, 2016
If you want to learn a good way to present standard effects, you will learn from this video. I do not feel it is a lecture, more of a chat. (I did love how they would turn around in their seats like they were going to watch video)

No effects are taught in this "lecture" as the only effects Jayson does is marketed effects. I have no problem with that BUT it would have been nice to know ahead of time. I would not of bought this one. I am really becoming gun shy with Penguin because this is the 3rd or 4th time I bought a lecture and got a chat. It's a shame.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 12th, 2016
If you want to add a new level to your performances and learn from a top pro in the world of theater, then this is a MUST see lecture.

I took pages of notes as Mr. Alexander's taught how to build our character, our show and have a greater impact on our audiences.

I would love to see more lectures like this and less that taught just tricks. Don't we all have enough of those? Far better for us to learn how to turn what we have into theatrical performance pieces. See his coin in the hand routine as a master class example of what I'm taking about.

If you don't own this, buy it and block off time on your calendar to watch it and take notes.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 11th, 2016
Give me Scott Alexander any day! So much more entertaining and a fountain of useful information. Jason Alexanderwill be helpful for any mentalist who is getting a start, but so much of his information can be garnered in books (remember them?). Helms, Fitzkee, Ortiz, Carney and the like have a lot more to offer in the way of presentation and should be read if the working magician has not already done so. For me, this "Alexander" was better off as George Castanza and a lot more entertaining. Oh, and by the way, could Dan Harlan have kissed his ass any more than he did? Come on Dan, you are ten times better than Jason Alexander will ever hope to be. At 72 years of age, I think that I can say this. Took a chance on this one and more than likely won't order a lecture until Scott Alexander is next on.
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It's all about attitude. Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 11th, 2019
I'm sorry that I waited so long to purchase this.
Jason Alexander discusses techniques ,thoughts and ideas to reach an emotional level with an audience.
Money well spent as far as I'm concerned.
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