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Topic: Penguin Live Lectures
Message: Posted by: Adam Paul (Aug 5, 2014 02:38AM)
Why are there no reviews of any of the Penguin Lectures in here lately. People used to post reviews, but not any more?
Message: Posted by: James Conti (Aug 5, 2014 02:59AM)
I guess because Penguin lecture reviews are prominently on the Penguin Magic website and if people want feedback on the event, they go to Penguin's page for the lecture. Maybe we should start that trend again!?!
Message: Posted by: MovieMan (Aug 5, 2014 04:17AM)
I agree that the discussions on the lectures here was useful. The Penguin page, while helpful, isn't conducive to any kind of discussion.

Maybe if people started threads on each of the lectures here again..?
Message: Posted by: James Conti (Aug 5, 2014 04:29AM)
Http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=561413&forum=218

The Penguin Live threads are back gentlemen!!! ;)
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Aug 5, 2014 12:32PM)
Penguin lecture threads seemed to start vanishing from the Café around the time the ad in this forum changed from Penguin to Murphy's Magic.

My favorite lecture from the past few months was Dani DaOrtiz (his 2nd lecture for Penguin). It was stupendous.
Message: Posted by: Jamie Ferguson (Aug 5, 2014 12:41PM)
My favourites have been:

Ian Rowland
Jim Sisti
Docc Hilford
Devin Knight
Bob Cassidy
Jay Scott Berry
Paul Gertner
Mark Elsdon

I've taken and used a trick, bit of business or approach from each.

If I was forced to choose my favourite of favourites it would be the lecture by Bob Cassidy. Held me spellbound from beginning to end.

This subcription is the best value in magic.
Message: Posted by: mastermindreader (Aug 5, 2014 01:51PM)
I've got to admit you have excellent taste, Jamie.:eek:

Am doing another one on September 14th with Richard Osterlind. It is rumored that this one will be a mentalism death match.
Message: Posted by: Martin Pulman (Aug 5, 2014 02:30PM)
There can be only one!!!!
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Aug 5, 2014 04:26PM)
A mentalism death match, I can feel the headache starting already somebody save me.
Message: Posted by: korttihai_82 (Aug 5, 2014 08:32PM)
I personally stopped writing comments or reviews about em since there are so many people in Café who's only job seems to be disagree and whine on other people's opinions... Especially if you didn't like something and wrote why there always seems to be 2-4 people wanting to start a lynch mob cos you just wrote bad review about their personal hero. Funny thing is that in most cases it is extremely obvious that those people havent even seen the product in question but they still feel that they know the content.

That said, Penguin lectures are still the best deal in magic at the moment. Watched few of the Murphy's ones, but they are coming decade behind of what Penguin is doing. However Murphy's ones are also getting better but they have a lot of work ahead of em if they want to get to where penguin is at the moment.

Juha-Matti
Message: Posted by: Magicsquared (Aug 5, 2014 09:20PM)
The next technological evolution these online lectures need is someone in the back with a boom mic who can just swing it over the head of anyone who has a question or interjection. This thing where it's "Well, we'll just repeat the question because people can't here you," is wildly inefficient. Especially when someone gets into a conversation with the performer.
Message: Posted by: TuneHV (Aug 5, 2014 09:28PM)
The best of the more recent lectures was hands down Axel Hecklau for me.
Message: Posted by: emyers99 (Aug 5, 2014 11:34PM)
Agree re Axel. Also, the Café needs to start a section for the penguin lectures. Not sure why that hasn't happened yet. Would be great to promote more discussion about them.
Message: Posted by: Dr. Van Van Mojo (Aug 6, 2014 02:15AM)
[quote]On Aug 5, 2014, emyers99 wrote:
Agree re Axel. Also, the Café needs to start a section for the penguin lectures. Not sure why that hasn't happened yet. Would be great to promote more discussion about them. [/quote]
That's a great idea, I bet Steve will appreciate the suggestion and keep it in mind. ;)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=524546&forum=40
Message: Posted by: James Conti (Aug 6, 2014 05:25AM)
Dan Sperry's lecture was filled with insightful theory on magic, one of the best this year IMHO
:)
Message: Posted by: Imind (Aug 6, 2014 12:25PM)
Ill refuse to buy anything from murphys because of that annyoing banner. Hate it especially when using my iphone.
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Aug 6, 2014 12:47PM)
Dude... no matter where you're buying... you're always buying from Murphy's.*






*yup, even then.
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Aug 6, 2014 01:12PM)
I can understand the Café's reluctance to establish a forum for a particular vendor's products, but now that there are multiple sources of online lectures, a forum called The Lecture Hall (or similar) would be really useful, and likely well-trafficked.

Actually a dedicated forum for real-world lectures would be extremely useful too. I'd love to see a prominent place for lecturers to post their tour schedules, and for lecture venues to post their upcoming lecturers.
Message: Posted by: Joe Roberts (Aug 6, 2014 01:17PM)
[quote]On Aug 6, 2014, Tim Cavendish wrote:

Actually a dedicated forum for real-world lectures would be extremely useful too. I'd love to see a prominent place for lecturers to post their tour schedules, and for lecture venues to post their upcoming lecturers. [/quote]

It already exists. "So Happy Together..."
Message: Posted by: Tim Cavendish (Aug 6, 2014 01:30PM)
[quote]On Aug 6, 2014, Joe Roberts wrote:
[quote]On Aug 6, 2014, Tim Cavendish wrote:

Actually a dedicated forum for real-world lectures would be extremely useful too. I'd love to see a prominent place for lecturers to post their tour schedules, and for lecture venues to post their upcoming lecturers. [/quote]

It already exists. "So Happy Together..." [/quote]

Unfortunately that forum is a mishmash and lacks focus: "News and views on conventions, lectures, club meetings, etc."

Consequently it's used only sporadically for posting lecture notices. Even the big multi-part reviews of the IBM/SAM convention from Craig Mitchell got posted in a different forum.

It also has a dumb name, which may further discourage usage.

I think lecturers, venues and attendees would all benefit from a focused place to announce lectures.
Message: Posted by: Joe Roberts (Aug 6, 2014 01:32PM)
Well yes, as much as I appreciate this site, the whole thing could stand to be cleaned out, reorganized, and streamlined a bit.
Message: Posted by: movemonkey (Aug 7, 2014 01:38AM)
Michael weber coming anytime soon?
Message: Posted by: James Conti (Aug 7, 2014 02:36AM)
Its about time for a Paul Harris Penguin Live!!!!
Message: Posted by: Joe Roberts (Aug 7, 2014 02:58AM)
[quote]On Aug 7, 2014, James Conti wrote:
Its about time for a Paul Harris Penguin Live!!!! [/quote]

James, you've made it clear you're a teenager, and here you are, obviously drunk.

No, that would be an awesome lecture. And I'd pay $100 for it, even though I already own all of his work. But I just don't think it's the type of thing that would appeal to him.

I'd settle for a Bro Gilbert lecture presenting some of his own stuff and some of Paul's newer stuff.
Message: Posted by: James Conti (Aug 7, 2014 03:28AM)
Yes Joe I am still a teenager but I do read Art of Astonishment, Expert Card Technique, EATCT, Strong Magic etc.
I love old classic magic books and Art of Astonishment is up there as one of my favourites
I just love Paul's performance style ;)
Message: Posted by: Joe Roberts (Aug 7, 2014 03:50AM)
Ah yes, the [i]old[/i] classics like Art of Astonishment or 100% Sankey.

I was just busting your balls, because if you know Paul, you know that a live online lecture is probably not his scene.
Message: Posted by: funboy247 (Aug 7, 2014 01:01PM)
Bob Cassidy is a must see. Same as Josh Jay, Gaetan Bloom. But it depends on your kind of magic
Message: Posted by: CL (Aug 29, 2014 05:30PM)
I'm excited for the Cassidy/Osterlind lecture. Agree with those above that Dani's second lecture was also fabulous.
Message: Posted by: colin72 (Sep 1, 2014 02:41AM)
[quote]On Aug 29, 2014, CL wrote:
I'm excited for the Cassidy/Osterlind lecture. Agree with those above that Dani's second lecture was also fabulous. [/quote]


Osterlind has put out so many DVDs over the last (maybe) 5 or so years, I can't imagine what more he has to say.

It seems to be getting a bit repetitive.
Message: Posted by: Richard Osterlind (Sep 1, 2014 10:16AM)
Excuse me?
Message: Posted by: CarlMcCoy (Sep 1, 2014 10:31AM)
I have most of Richard Osterlind's work, can't say I find him repetitive...unless you mean by consistently knocking it out the park?

Okay...sycophancy over.

Very excited by the Cassidy/Osterlind lecture though...

Okay, so it's not over...apologies.
Message: Posted by: jremy7 (Sep 1, 2014 03:43PM)
[quote]On Sep 1, 2014, colin72 wrote:
[quote]On Aug 29, 2014, CL wrote:
I'm excited for the Cassidy/Osterlind lecture. Agree with those above that Dani's second lecture was also fabulous. [/quote]


Osterlind has put out so many DVDs over the last (maybe) 5 or so years, I can't imagine what more he has to say.

It seems to be getting a bit repetitive. [/quote]

I have watched most of Richard Osterlind's videos several times and I just read his latest book The Professional Mentalist's Field Manual. There is always something new in what he says or teach that triggers my thoughts and imagination. He also makes both his perfomorming AND teaching entertaining.
He has over 40 years of experience in the field and on the frontline which he has been willing to share with the mentalist/hobbyist community and I suspect that there is plenty more where it came from. He is walking history!
I am looking forward to the Osterling/Cassidy combo. I think we might get an earful from both those living legends.
For one I am truly greatful to Richard.
Thank you Richard and keep'em coming!