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Crossing the line between stage mentalism and shamanistic ritual, learn practical effects and psychological influence!
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“What can you say about Art Vanderlay other than his brain must consistently hurt due to the amount of gold that pours out of there and onto the pages of the books that he is gracious enough to let mere mortals like you and me take pleasure in reading. It’s quite simple, really; when he speaks, you listen, you learn and you take in all you can!' - Ben Cardall

“Having been recently introduced to Art’s work, I am highly impressed. He has created several gems which I have adapted for use within my own work. Listen to his thoughts, learn from his ideas and prepare to slap yourself in the face saying "Why didn't I think of that"!” - Michael Murray

"Art Vanderlay is an inspiration. His elemental manipulation work is remarkable. Art is at the forefront of a new direction, taking mystery entertainers back to nature; the true source of all things magical. The Vanderlay perspective gives the right framework for modern audiences to experience the kind of magic that Shamans have used in ritual for thousands of years. And...pay attention to his work with language and book tests, it's top notch thinking. " - Stuart Palm

“Art Vanderlay is one of the more unique thinkers within magic but most especially when it comes to the world of the Urban~Shaman.” - Craig Browning

“Art is one of a kind. He can alter the state of mind of any given audience and also the environment! A true legend!” - Titanas

“Art is one of the very few people I continue to be amazed by. His thinking goes beyond the reach of mortal men and his ability to manipulate the world around him is simply astonishing.” - Neal Scryer

What did he teach?



5u1n6u3d - A demonstration on the abilities of imagination - Originally published in Planes Mistaken For Stars

What's On TV - A magazine test that can be done anytime, anywhere! - Originally published in Reach Beyond The Sun

My Mind Or Yours - Art's business card effect whereby you read the participants mind and they read yours too! - Originally published in Reach Beyond The Sun

Inferno - Art's favourite book tests using a normal and ungimmicked book! Originally published in Given Flight By Demons Wings

Anigram - A participant thinks of an animal, you name it! - Unreleased

Cicatriz ESP - A participant thinks of a word and it is found inside an envelope that has been onstage the entire time! - Originally published in Cicatriz ESP single ebook.

Elemental Manipulation:

Theory - How to properly present elemental manipulation including presentation, location, attitudes and more!

Cloud Therapy - A participant removes a phobia whilst also busting a cloud - Originally published in Given Flight By Demons Wings

Cloud Eating - Reach up to the sky, remove part of a cloud and start eating it! - Unreleased

Moon Vanishing - A method of being able to vanish the moon! - Unreleased

Moon Raising - Raise the moon from the horizon! - Unreleased

S.R.S - Art's Star Reading System performed and explained in full! - Originally published in S.R.S single ebook.

The Tides Of Time - Cause a river to flow backwards! - Originally published in Planes Mistaken For Stars

Who is he?



Metal bends and twists between fingertips, thoughts are stolen from spectator’s minds, the future is foretold with impossible accuracy, time slows down, clouds vanish, the moon contorts, water flows backwards and all laws of physics are broken. Watch what you’re thinking and believe the impossible...

A student of mentalism for 15 years, and a performer for at least 7, Art Vanderlay (Matthew Townsend) burst upon the mentalism scene a number of years back. He is now respected and studied by renowned mentalists from all over the world for his groundbreaking creations and thinking. He is billed as a performer of the mystery arts, an expert in telepathy, precognition and telekinesis.

Art Vanderlay began his studies around 1999, and began doing 30 minute stage shows and walk around in pubs and clubs near his home in the UK around the age of 22. Fans of the classic American sitcom Seinfeld will notice a suspicious similarity between Matthew’s stage name, Art Vanderlay, and the name of George Costanza’s imaginary alter ego in the Seinfeld series – Art Vandelay (without the extra “r”). The character was sometimes an architect, sometimes an importer/exporter, and always someone George imagined himself to be. As Art says, he “imports people’s thoughts into his mind and exports his thoughts into other's”.

Today, with over 15 years of experience creating and performing psychic entertainment, Matthew Townsend stands out as one of the UK’s leading performers of the unknown art of mind reading and the mystery arts. Using a mixture of various underground methods, Matthew can produce miracles that defy logic, physics and rational thought. Art Vanderlay is also the world's leading expert in Elemental Manipulation. "What is Elemental Manipulation?", you may ask. This is a branch of underground magic that has been held top secret by a handful of top pros & fraudulent psychics. Matthew has studied the techniques and methods used by a handful of people, and he is now the leading expert in the field.

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Outstanding second part of the lecture Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 27th, 2015
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I recommend this lecture because of the second part, really fantastic, good thoughts and good presentation, orginal.
The first part was just o.k., typicall UK mentalism, seems that most of the mentalist(or Thought readers in UK) have similar methods and presentations, just my opinion, hope no one gets hurt.
Overall good lecture, worth to watch!
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2015
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This was my first penguin live lecture and i enjoyed it a ton. I am a beginner in mentalism and i learned a lot with a few of the tricks i will definatley be doing. but the highlight was obviously the elamentalism which was very interesting and cool
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New Ideas! Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2015
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Art Vandelay's mentalism effects (as presented) are fairly basic. However, his Elemental Manipulation opens up some entirely new possibilities and may become the grand illusions of mentalism. The exposure to elemental manipulation (theory and practice) makes this a valuable addition to my library of magic/mentalism.
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Some cool revelations Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2015
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Towards the end the lecture became very informative. He offers many good suggestion on how to be aware of nature. No detailed method, just ideas to get you started. The first half seemed a little forced definitely not second nature (pardon the pun). The book test was funny, though.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2015
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I thought this was a good lecture. Mr. Vanderlay was conscientious enough to be well prepared. Although this was his first lecture, he appeared confident and comfortable.

The first part of the lecture dealt with some mentalism effects of the traditional variety. These were respectable but the most interesting part of the lecture was the second half, which dealt with "Ele-mentalism." It came with a disclaimer which I'm not sure was necessary (Like most effects, the ethicality is tied to the premise/presentation). As it stands, I believe this lecture is now the most accessible source for those interested in cloud busting type effects. I thought it was an excellent overview.

Mr. Vanderlay was also generous enough to provide a PDF of lecture notes to purchasers, including three bonus effects for those who do not find elemental manipulation to be their cup of tea.

Well done.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2015
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A really cool way to look at the world around you and with some clever, yet simple techniques, create astounding effects ... I really liked the stuff he does with the moon
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on February 10th, 2015
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We are all students who are learning new things everyday. I am sure Art learned a lot through this lecture and so did I. Sure, he made a few mistakes but don't we all. I still learned a lot from that one trick that did not work, and perhaps even learned more. Overall, the first half of this lecture was solid. The effects were great. Some effects like the Animal divination and prediction, and his drawing dupes are all impromptu and prop-less.The second half is not for everyone. When I was watching the second half I ignored how simple or how ridiculous that the methods were, because the effects were beautiful. His story about his first date with his wife left me in silence for a solid minute. His cloud therapy effect is what magic or mentalism should be, not just to simply fool or entertain people but to empower and change them.
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Cloud bursting is not for me Report this review
Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 31st, 2015
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He was admittedly nervous, he said it was his first lecture and it seemed to show. His talk on cloud bursting was way out there and not my cup of tea. I would not recommend this to any other magicians. To sum it up in a word (Disappointing)
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 26th, 2015
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Art lecture was one of a kind. He offers you classic Mentalism effects with his own twists plus his amazing work on being God (elemental manipulation)
From his first half of the lecture my favorite part was the animal revelations (VERY CLEVER and well performed). From the second part, more that the effects itself, his bold approach his thinking about "Nothing is impossible" is inspirational.
His reading system is perfect for those who wants to create a poetic intimate interpretation of symbols.
I enjoy a lot his performance´s style and how he can attract his participant and audience with simple yet worked scripts and not just present his mind experiments just as dry laboratory test.

His Mentalism is fun and intriguing, his elemental manipulation was controversial an strange. Get this lecture and learn great material and solid thinking from one great performer and good guy.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on January 25th, 2015
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Outstanding lecture! Interesting, thought provoking, insightful and loads of information, tips and instruction.
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