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Topic: John Archer's comedy
Message: Posted by: scottds80 (Aug 1, 2008 10:08AM)
I have laughed until I cried at the humour and style of mentalist John Archer. If you want to see a truly natural comedian, get the "Educating Archer" DVD. It's inspirational for those of you who want to watch & learn about flawless rapport with your audiences. His body language & facial expressions are 100% spot on.

Actually, if he was also into magic rather than mentalism, he would be the perfect guy to perform the multiplying bottles.
Message: Posted by: God-glorified (Aug 2, 2008 11:51AM)
I second that statement!
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Aug 4, 2008 08:40PM)
I saw him at the Magic Castle & he wasn't funny at all. Maybe he was having an off night? I was embarassed that I'd brought a friend in to see him...
Message: Posted by: jstone (Aug 4, 2008 08:41PM)

That surprises me... He's a very funny guy usually.
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Aug 5, 2008 01:28PM)
So I've heard...
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Aug 5, 2008 04:27PM)
Everyone can judge for themselves:

John Archer performing in The Parlour at The Magic Castle October 2007
Message: Posted by: Mindpro (Aug 5, 2008 05:23PM)
That was a great clip of John, he's very funny. My biggest regret of last year was missing him at Mindvention last fall. He is truly funny, and I'm not a big fan of British comedy, but with John it is not British comedy it just good old laugh out loud fun and humor.
Message: Posted by: jstone (Aug 5, 2008 06:38PM)
He's just a likable guy, you know... Seems like a fun guy to hang with.
Message: Posted by: magicgeorge (Aug 6, 2008 06:59AM)
That clip was great. Maybe the night Jerskin saw him he had an audience full of magicians...
Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Aug 6, 2008 07:23PM)
Maybe...that Youtube video's'from the week I went up to see him.
Message: Posted by: Chris H (Aug 7, 2008 08:35PM)
On 2008-08-05 18:23, Mindpro wrote:
I'm not a big fan of British comedy...


-- Topher
Message: Posted by: archini (Aug 14, 2008 07:11AM)
Not wanting to jump to my own defense, I don't feel I have to.... but my act does rely a lot on how things click with the audience and spectators. I had a great week at the castle but a few of the performances never got off the ground as well as others so maybe Jerskin was at one of those?
I still get bad gigs, thankfully not as many as I did 15 years ago, but I still get them.
It's also possible that some people don't find me funny.... (hard to believe I know ;-) I can live with that. The truth is that we all have a different sense of humour and I know that some will just not like what I do or the way I do it. That is a reality for all of us.

British Comedy.... what is that? :)

Message: Posted by: Jerskin (Aug 15, 2008 03:12PM)
I definitely saw a show with a dud audience. Believe me, I drove an hour & waited in line just to see you. I wanted you to kill!
Message: Posted by: Heres Tony (Aug 16, 2008 12:10AM)
Everybody has bad shows occasionally and if they say they don't then they are lying. The "law of averages" as Steve Martin discussed in his recent bio.
Message: Posted by: Mumblemore (Aug 24, 2008 10:37AM)
Whether Archer is always funny or not (a very subjective measure), Educating Archer shares some excellent tricks done in a novel and funny (to me) way. I guess the point is that even if you don't entirely delight in his type of comedy, you can appreciciate the cleverness of the tricks he teaches and his artistry. Check it out; it is one of the best DVDs I have in that it is fun to watch, and you learn something from it.
Message: Posted by: LVMagicAL (Aug 25, 2008 01:32AM)
I think the Educating Archer DVD shows a very ingenious and comedic performer sharing some great ideas. Thanks for sharing John....and it's nice to know I'm not the only guy who has an occasional off night with an audience.
Message: Posted by: Roger Kelly (Aug 26, 2008 10:59AM)
Being a big fan of comedy mentalism (whooo - light blue touch-paper...) I have to say that I agree with most about John. I laughed out loud too at Educating Archer though his teaching style leaves a lot to be desired! (But then, as was quickly pointed out, he is a comedian not a teacher!)

I have to say, its a close call between John and Mel Mellers. I have learned so much from both of them to help with my act!
Message: Posted by: Jarod (Oct 5, 2008 04:21AM)
I also saw the clip from the Magic Castle - it gave me such a good laugh and I found it so funny!

His performance is "Archini-Style" and I like it alot! Can't forget his face when he heard that the guy from the audience smashed the glass with the key!

By the way, was this a different presentation of "7 Keys to Baldpate"? I guess so ... what was the outline?

Educating Archer is my no. 1 DVD and I watched it over and over again. My show has a lot of elements from John's technics and his thinking behind every trick goes into great detail. He always tries to perform it the way it seems logic to the audience.

When I visited John's "YouTube" Channel I found also all the different episodes of "Underground Magic" from Sky One.

I found some things funny but overall I did expect more!
John did most of the time a real good job but the victims didn't give such a good response. That is my own personal opinion. What do you guys think about it?

JOHN: Your new website looks much better but I missed some tour dates. Is there a kind of public tour in the near future?

Cheers & All The Best,
Message: Posted by: puggo (Dec 10, 2008 04:25PM)
Great clip. Thanks for posting, and I'll look out for the DVD.
Message: Posted by: Magic Enhancer (Dec 11, 2008 08:50AM)
I love John. He's hilarious. Defintely purchase his Educating Archer DVDs. Best investment ever!

Robert Haas
Message: Posted by: Floyd Collins (Dec 13, 2008 07:02AM)
I would never take a show from the Castle as if that is how all shows are. I find audiences who attend shows there tend to come with a lot more before show expectations then other venues. Also given the fact that you’re doing shows there night after night you sometimes get repeat audience members and just a few who are not laughing or amazed because they saw the show once, but decided to see it again.

What I have learned from John Archer has truly taken my show to the next level. Educating Archer is by far hands down one of the best comedy DVDs I own. Here’s hoping for another DVD release soon from John.

Message: Posted by: DavidLynn (Dec 14, 2008 03:15AM)
Hey Archini ( I mean John)...

I'll put the question direct to you. Will you and when will you be putting out another DVD??

Message: Posted by: archini (Dec 14, 2008 05:25PM)
Hi Dave,

Possibly early next year... I have to be honest that I do think that I will struggle to match the first DVD in popularity. Some of the things on ther had 15 years of work in them and to come up with the next material that has had less time to mature is a worry and I may get criticised for it. It's the old 'second album' syndrome. The sensible thing to do is wait 10 years and put another one out... but that might not make me popular either. I feel a little bit in a no win situation. having said that I do have some nice ideas I would like to share but performance wise they have had less time on the streets.

We shall see.

Message: Posted by: DavidLynn (Dec 14, 2008 08:59PM)
Mate, I cant wait and I think I speak for many others also. I know I will buy it purely for entertainment initially, but would also hopoe there is good reference as well. this probably sound weird and stalker like. (I think I would feel that way if some jerk off the internet sent me a message like this) But .... I study your methods very closely and try to find the principles, gee, nearly in every movement and voice inflection you use. Its these principles that I enjoy in watching of all skilled entertainers. I figure if I can catch the essences I can use them to make me as good or better again.

Seriously I am not stalking you. Just studying you.......

Just for info, it was young Scott the first on this post who put me in touch with your video. He's a *** walking advertisement of you. (Now there may be your stalker. - Sorry Scott, 'tis said in jest)
Message: Posted by: Magic Enhancer (Dec 18, 2008 09:41AM)

If you need paparazzi protection, I wouldn't mind the trip to the UK :)

Robert Haas