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Topic: Penguin Live Lecture
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 9, 2017 10:08PM)
It's official: the release date for my Penguin Live lecture is June 4. The lecture focuses on material from my book Brain Food, my ebook Paper Prophecies, and some select favorites -- including a piece that hasn't been published anywhere before. I also talk about some of the guiding principles that shape my work. My buddy Joe Diamond is in the studio and gives his perspective on some of this material, too. It'll be lecturific! http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8078
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (May 10, 2017 03:45AM)
Excellent. Penguin are showing uncommon good sense.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 10, 2017 03:49AM)
Thanks, Bryn! I hope folks enjoy the lecture and find it useful.
Message: Posted by: pawel (May 10, 2017 08:03AM)
I was waiting for this lecture for quite some time now. Can't wait!
Message: Posted by: Terrormaster (May 10, 2017 09:38AM)
Looking forward to this.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 10, 2017 09:45AM)
Thank you, pawel! You won't have to wait much longer.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 10, 2017 09:47AM)
Thanks, Terrormaster, I appreciate the support!
Message: Posted by: Lucien Astor (May 10, 2017 11:39AM)
I am excited for this! You've long been a pillar of our little corner of the magic community.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 10, 2017 01:54PM)
Thank you, Lucien! Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian? ;)
Message: Posted by: amerigo (May 11, 2017 08:14AM)
Great news David, thanks for the update. Marked on my calendar looking forward to the work on 'The Oldest Trick in the Book'
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 11, 2017 08:57AM)
Grazie, amerigo! I hope you enjoy the lecture!
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (May 19, 2017 07:46AM)
I look forward to watch it. Lets hope Penguin will continue in their Bizarre serie.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 19, 2017 03:11PM)
It's good that the folks at Penguin are expanding the variety of what they offer. I wish, when I was a kid who was first getting into magic, I'd had access to a wide variety of styles and approaches to this art form. If I had, it probably wouldn't have taken as long for me to find a way to express myself. Current technology has made so much available to magicians; it's great that beginners in this art can now be introduced to performers they'd probably never have a chance to see otherwise.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 21, 2017 05:12AM)
There's a nifty video preview up on the Penguin site now. Behold: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8078
Message: Posted by: Rook (May 22, 2017 03:33PM)
This looks like it's going to be very valuable!
Message: Posted by: David Parr (May 22, 2017 04:09PM)
Thank you, Rook! I have always valued the opportunity to gain insight into the creative process of artists, to understand the choices they make in developing their work. Magic literature tends to include little of this info. I want my published work to provide more insight than just the how of it.
Message: Posted by: Necromancer (May 22, 2017 07:48PM)
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jun 4, 2017 08:29AM)
David's lecture is available for viewing and download now.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 4, 2017 03:36PM)
Thanks, Tony! The lecture dropped before Penguin's official countdown clock reached zero. So my Penguin Live lecture is now available on Penguin Magic! Stream it, download it, watch it anytime: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8078
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 9, 2017 04:29AM)
Big thanks to everyone who purchased my Penguin Live lecture. You helped me reach the top ten list of magic inventors on the site! So far, the lecture has only one review — a great one! — so, if you enjoyed the lecture, if you found the ideas valuable, please consider posting a review. That'll help other kindred spirits find it. Thanks again!

Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Jun 9, 2017 09:23AM)
I posted a detailed review, but it could take 1-2 days for them to post it (according to Penguin). My last review took 3 1/2 weeks to show up.
Message: Posted by: Lucien Astor (Jun 9, 2017 01:22PM)
I was passingly familiar with David Parr. I have a copy of his book Paper Prophecies, had seen him on an old Eugene Burger video, and had read the occasional forum posting. I started the lecture expecting a pleasant diversion with a few gems. Not only did it exceed my expectations, but I finished the lecture energized & excited about the possibilities of my own magic practice. Not only are there great effects I plan on getting started with today and ideas I plan to adopt in the future, but David's discourse on theory is incredibly clear and practical.

This lecture isn't filled with new ways of divining pin codes, variations on centre tears, or re-hashings of Annemann, but is instead filled with something much rarer... uniqueness and originality. The effects are idiosyncratic in their inception and elegant in their execution, while at the same time being commercially performable in almost any situation from the stage to the living-room.

Many of the effects involve compelling objects that you can leave with the participant. The thaumatrope routine is going to be performed as is, and the paper fortune-teller will be made up with a more “esoteric” angle (David: thinking of quaternaries, the 4 elements will work. Earth, Air, Water, Flame/Fires). There is also a mental card trick that fooled me badly, a beautiful & classical effect with an origami bird, and and extremely engaging & dramatic interpretation of classic “acid test” called Dinner with the Borgias.

David's theoretical discourse was worth the price of admission. Instead of invoking vagueries like wonder and enchantment, he offers clear and cogent advice on structure, drawn from a lifetime on the stage as a dramatist. You will walk away with concrete advice on how to conceptualize and contextualize what you do. Whether you are interested in narrative on stage, or just like to do a series of tricks, you will have some tools to instantly improve your scripting, delivery or patter.

I am a long time fan of the Penguin lecture series, but am not often compelled to write a review. There will be something of substance for everyone on this video. Recommended.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 9, 2017 01:25PM)
Thanks for posting a review, Tony. I hope folks are enjoying the lecture and finding the ideas useful. And I hope it encourages Penguin to continue booking a wide variety of artists for these online lectures.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 9, 2017 01:31PM)
Lucien, thank you! That is a very thoughtful review and I hope you know how much I appreciate the time you took to write it. Really.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 10, 2017 06:03PM)
I just watched about an hour of the lecture and I want to say to anyone else who will watch this: Be prepared to spend time with someone who talks with his hands. A lot.
Message: Posted by: David Parr (Jun 25, 2017 04:03AM)
Many thanks to everyone who has purchased my Penguin Live lecture, and especially to those folks who have posted reviews! http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/8078

In addition to Lucien's review, posted earlier in this thread, there are reviews by Tony Iacoviello, and Christian Cagigal, as well as some magicians who might be encountering my work for the first time. If you've enjoyed the lecture, please consider posting a review/rating, which will help direct other magi toward it who might have similar interests. It will also encourage Penguin to continue booking a variety of performers with different approaches and styles. Here are some nifty quotes from the reviews so far:

"This is a wonderful lecture, the material is fantastic and there is something here for most everyone. And David was a delightful and gracious teacher. This is on my list of top Penguin lectures."

"This lecture ranks up there with the best I've seen at Penguin -- and I've seen some good ones. Awesome lecture, a pleasure to watch. Entertaining and enlightening."

"This is the Best Penguin Lecture Ever. Period. Every effect is usable and has a valuable lesson in it. Beginner or advanced, there's something for everyone. I'm excited to use this material!"

"If you get this lecture, that means more people will do this material, then I can't have it all to myself. So just don't. Let me keep it all!"

"David Parr's lecture was stunning, the only lecture that kept me captivated from start to finish. If only all lectures lived up to this standard."

"Not only did it exceed my expectations, but I finished the lecture energized and excited about the possibilities of my own magic practice."

"An excellent lecture!"

"I keep coming back to his lecture to watch it again."

"His explanations are meticulous and show so much passion and care."