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"If you don't know Lee Earle, you don't know mentalism! Lee has been a leading pioneer in originality and promoting others within our craft over the last 30 years. His ideas and improvements have progressed our art in leaps and bounds. When Lee speaks, one would do well to listen." Banachek

"Lee's material is practical and well thought out ...he understands the nuances and details that make a strong effect excel." - Quentin Reynolds

"There is no better teacher in Mentalism than Lee Earle." - Marc Salem

"Lee not only has developed some of the cleverest methods for magicians and mentalists, Lee also teaches you how to use those methods to entertain audiences (both corporate and otherwise). His thinking greatly influenced my development as a performer." Chuck Hickok

"At a time when mentalism was at a crucial turning point, Lee pointed an entire generation of Psychic Entertainers toward the idea that premise was more important than method, and the field of mentalism finally became respectable." -  John Riggs

"Lee is a premiere thinker and presenter. When I was working on the endless chain, I showed him the Opening the Chain move and a few days later he came back with a revolutionary improvement. It is not just in mentalism, but his knowledge of all of magic is impressive. I can't recommend this lecture highly enough." - Pop Haydn

"You don't need me to tell you that Lee Earle is brilliant. His work is fundamental to almost everything you see in contemporary Mentalism, and it's because of Lee, almost exclusively, that I perform the way I do today. Without Lee Earle, modern Mentalism would be boring and drab. His lectures are always filled with nuggets of undiscovered mental masterpieces that will entertain the hell out of you, and your audiences."Ken Dyne

"Lee has not only been a dear friend for a very long time, he has been one of my main mentors as well as one of my primary inspirations. He's simply one of the very best!" - Mark Strivings

"Lee Earle has the kind of mind I like ...dangerous."Mark Edward

"Lee Earle has been a long time jewel in the necklace of mentalism. He has given so much to our community over the years that it is hard to single out any one achievement, from pioneering magic entertainment in RV parks, to his one man seances in "Manifestations" to his outstanding mentalism series "Syzygy" and his triumphant lecture tour of the U.S. while in his senior years, he has exceeded what most people would think of as a full life. Lee is the "whole package" and has "got the goods". You would do your mind good to sit and learn from this master. The luster of this gem gets brighter with age."Scott Wells

"Lee Earle's SYZYGY, a magazine-quality newsletter, was both a labor of love and a gift to mentalism. His innovations and applications of principles are acknowledged by successful and popular performers around the globe. I have no doubt that Lee will provide you with thoughtful information that will contribute to your success in mentalism."Kenton Knepper

What will he teach?

POSTAL! An audience-shuffled selection of more than 30 different picture postcards is dropped into a paper sack for a blind selection. One person removes an unknown number of them and pockets them out of everyone's sight. Not only does Lee instantly and accurately determine how many postcards are in the participant's pocket after all but one are individually and randomly removed (to verify the count), Lee sketches the remaining hidden postcard's scene with amazing fidelity and it's a near-perfect duplication. 

Kreskin's Shadow Kreskin is famous for finding his paycheck hidden in the audience, using 'muscle reading'. Lee presents a less complicated version in which his paycheck for the show - and several worthless duplicates - are concealed within tightly folded sheets of regular paper, all spread out on a tabletop. Only one participant knows which folded parcel has value. Using only the shadow cast by that person's hand, never actually touching him, Lee locates his fee.

Pump & Bump A number of 7 to 10-letter words are read aloud from a randomly bookmarked page in a paperback book - it can be borrowed. A participant merely thinks of one of them and Lee pulls that word - letter by letter - from the participant's mind. In a repeat, the participant opens the book at the bookmark, turns a page, and locates a longer, challenging word somewhere on the page. That word, too, is revealed by the performer.

Numbertized A deck of numbered cards is shuffled by the audience and six of them are fairly chosen by one participant. They perfectly match the winning Lotto numbers on a genuine Lotto ticket tucked between the card case and its cellophane wrapper.

Skin in the Game A participant's and the performer's wrists are chained together and locked with an ungimmicked and volunteer-tested lock. The participant has only one chance to select from among 7 keys that he tested himself and, using his intuition, he succeeds!

Alphatized A deck of 52 alphabet cards, two cards for every letter, is thoroughly mixed by members of the audience. Two participants each take approximately half the cards. After quickly looking at only one of those sets, and with ample humor and byplay, the performer instantly and perfectly calls off which letters are in each person's hands.

Tender Touch The blindfolded performer compares the weight of two sets of cards (hotel key, loyalty, and credit cards) placed on his outstretched, palm up hands. No funny business, no riffling, etc. From the group he declares is 'heavier' he thumbs off one card after another, then stops. The two piles are shown to now have precisely the same number of cards.

Who is he?

Depending upon your point of view, Lee Earle is either Mentalism’s Johnny Appleseed, Pied Piper or Don Quixote. Lee refuses to applaud mediocrity. He rails at it. In his earlier magical incarnation, he convinced the Arizona driver licensing authorities that his middle name was the “Five of Spades” so that he could include it on his license and use it for card revelations. Lee has the temerity to comment on the magic condition without apology. To some, Lee reminds of a red-headed Max Maven or a beardless Eugene Burger. Each would be offended by the comparisons.

Intelligent, quick of wit and facile of tongue, Lee preaches his gospel of the moment to anyone within earshot. His distinctive Woody Woodpecker laugh and crackling voice seldom need amplification. Many throughout the world who have heard Lee’s staccato presentations, delivered with the evangelistic fervor of a recent convert, have traded their magic props for the simpler impedimenta of the seemingly propless mentalist. Others have shaken their heads and returned to the familiar platform comfort of chrome and flock. But few are untouched in some way by this energetic advocate.

Lee’s creativity is the product of an encyclopedic knowledge of pragmatic magical information, a vivid and irreverent imagination and a working performer’s sense of what will play. He is a magical chef, best at combining a series of ingredients and spicing the recipe in unusual ways. The result is usually an imaginative and baffling dish of entertainment.

Lee is energetic and prolific. He has published “First Impressions,” “On Second Thought,” “Melange A Trois,” “Mnemonics for Psychic Entertainers,” “Super Dupery,” “Making Manifestations,” “The Classic Reading,” and two multiple audio tape packages, “Manifestations... the Ultimate Seance” and “Money Making Mentalism.” His first instructional video tape was entitled “Lee Earle’s Center Tear Teach-In” followed closely by his video series, "Q & A Teach-In" and "Swami Gimmick Teach-In." Lee has also created a number of effects including the versatile Clone Pad series (including the original, Junior and Bantam), the Micro-Thin Clip Board, The Musing Box,L.E.X.I.C.O.N., SuperScript, Con-Bination, DIE-namite, Glass Lightning, Captured Credit and the Pre-Sho Pads.

Lee is perhaps most familiar as editor and publisher of “SYZYGY - The Journal of Contemporary Mentalism" for over 7 years. From among the hundreds of contributions by some of the worlds most famous Mentalists, his subscribers choose their favorites from each year's issues to become "SYZYGY's BEST!" a touring series of lectures which eventually became videos.

Earle has completed lecture tours, not only throughout the United States, but also across Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Scotland, England, and most of Europe, spreading his message across the Atlantic and Pacific. That he was well-received finds testimony in the fact that each tour was a product sell-out.

It does not require a crystal ball to be able to predict that Lee Earle will be an increasingly significant contributor to the world of psychic entertainment in the future and that he will leave a lasting heritage among legions of practitioners.

The mélange of Mentalism is the richer for the presence of Lee Earle.

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 13th, at 7:00pm, we're live-streaming Lee Earle 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 Lee Earle LIVE “product”. This is your ticket.
  2. On Sunday, March 13th, 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, Lee 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 Lee 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 March 19th, 2016
What exactly are other reviewers seeing here that I missed? Let me spell out what I didn't like:

Lee clearly explained his rationale for opening with this, but seriously, could this effect be any more confusing and hard to follow? And how difficult is to memorize the _____ backwards, anyway? This isn't "________" (his tip-off to mentalism vs. mentalism), it's more like "Ummm...okay..."

Tender Touch
This is way too many cards and it wasn't terribly impressive. And yes, ____ is way too many. It packs big and plays small and there's a mess to clean up afterwards. I do think this would work as effective "street magic" using transit/bus passes but hotel cards, credit cards, gift cards, are too thick. Additionally, it's not terribly difficult to figure out another way to do this one (and I don't mean the explanation on the lecture.)

Pump & Bump. This is nearly identical to the effect in Alain Nu's Penguin lecture. In this case, "A number of 7 to 10-letter words are read aloud from a randomly bookmarked page in a paperback book." In the Alain Nu version, any random book really can be used. In the Lee Earle version, for reasons that are clear with the explanation, you may need to browse the book beforehand.

Skin in the Game. As with Alphatized, this is a little confusing and a little hard to follow. Why do the participant's and performers wrists need to be locked together? For another tired, heard-it-before 50 Shades joke? This is by far one of the worst Baldplate variations I have ever seen. See the Mark Striving's lecture for a more effective, more entertaining version of the plot.

Kreskin's Shadow. Entry Level Mentalism 101.

Shall I go on?

I really didn't want to be first one to give this lecture 1-star, but I really didn't find it that helpful or inspiring or entertaining.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 21st, 2016
Let me start by saying that for me, mentalism needs to be pretty good, or it's not worth doing. So in general, I'm not a huge fan of mentalism.
With that out of the way, I didn't find anything worth doing in here. He had a couple of asides about presentation that I agreed with, and a couple of tricks that were easy enough to do. But watching him perform them, I couldn't build any excitement to care about the methods.

If I hadn't gotten this as an all-access pass, I'd wish I hadn't purchased it.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 18th, 2016
earle shows some nice tricks in this lecture. none of them has the power to fit a triple A mentalist set still.

his theoretical stuff is good. 50 years of experience...

I expected a lot more, sorry.
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Great thinker, just too slow for me Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 23rd, 2016
Some good material on here but I found myself looking at the clock wondering how much more time this was going to be.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on August 31st, 2020
This review about Lee Earle’s lecture is going to be very familiar sounding to you if you read my reviews about the Eugene Burger lectures. The reason is very simple. Eugene was the entertainer the second year of my client appreciation dinner’s, and Lee Earle was the Entertainer at the first one. So many of the facts and background information is very similar.

I first heard of Lee Earle from Mark Roberts who was the owner of Magicland in Dallas at that time. I had been a customer of Mark’s for a little while and one day, and I remember it like it was yesterday, Mark said, “I can’t believe you don’t do Mentalism considering what you do for a living and the kind of clients you have.” And I remember asking him this question. “What’s Mentalism?” And Mark said, “You know it’s that stuff that Kreskin does.” I’ve always liked Kreskin so that really lit a fire under me.

Talking with Mark about where he thought I should begin and what books or tapes or tricks to get, the first person he referred me to was Lee Earle. I remember getting a couple things of his that day and I couldn’t wait to get home to watch them. I became a big fan of Lee’s material and his approach and his mind-set about all things related to Mentalism. I subscribed to Syzygy and when it would come in the mail I literally would open the envelope while standing at the mailbox in front of my house and quickly scan the entire issue. After that I would read it over and over and began performing many of the effects in it. Some of which are in this lecture and his other lecture.

When you read what big name Mentalists such as Banachek, Marc Salem, John Riggs, Ken Dyne, Mark Strivings, Scott Wells and Kenton Knepper have said about Lee, you shouldn’t have even taken the time to read this review. You just need to get his material. It’s solid. They are workers. And having seen him perform in front of a live audience of my clients as well as a packed room of Dallas area magicians, I can tell you that whether this lecture or another is the best he’s ever done, is totally irrelevant. Lee knows his stuff and you will benefit in enourmously from getting this.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 17th, 2019
Whether you only use one effect that Lee teaches, or you use all of them, this lecture is priceless! (okay, it is $29.95)

You can't go wrong here, folks. It's Lee Earle! He's forgotten more things about mentalism than most of us will ever learn! He's the real deal! Just purchase this already (I know you want to!)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 23rd, 2016
Lee Earle was definitely entertaining! He was smart and witty. This was a fun lecture to watch. Lee did have a few miscues that were entertaining as well. Fun and you are sure to learn a thing or two from the master!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 22nd, 2016
Lee is a gem. I enjoyed this lecture more than just about any I've watched. Great material and more importantly, wonderful advice and tips on the craft. Lee is well seasoned professional who has done it all and created more effects than I can count. He's witty and sharp as a tack. Watch it now!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 21st, 2016
Just excellent. Lots of practical mental effects taught with tips from Earle's wealth of experience. Really well thought out mentalism. One of the best Penguin Live programs ever.
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Great lecture with an unexpected bonus Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on March 21st, 2016
This was everything you would expect from Lee and the penguin live series of lectures, plus one added bonus. There was a point in the lecture where we unexpectedly had the opportunity to see an example of spectator management up close and personal. And how Lee was able to push past it as the talented performer he is. Great work!
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