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Topic: Ed Oschmann Penguin Live Lecture
Message: Posted by: smullins (Jun 3, 2017 02:15PM)
I'm always interested in what becomes popular in the magic community and what falls under the radar.

Now personally, I don't review much anymore on the Cafť or online. I spend most of my time performing for laymen, working at Conjuror.Community and learning. I love magic a TON and try to find the good stuff. However, that is getting harder and harder to find. It seems like almost everything is rushed to market and has little thought in it. Where is the deep knowledge of how it plays out? Where is the 1000+ hours spent making something into an entertaining piece of magic. Especially for close-up magic. The amount of material released is insane.

So what do I look for when I want to learn new magic or maybe spawn an idea? I listen to performers who make a living at the stuff and don't release a TON of it. Edward Oschmann is a PERFECT example of someone I want to listen to. He's clearly performed these pieces enough times to know a TON about them (However, Dan Harlan also tosses in a few great ideas in there).

Edward is entertaining, smart and talented. Now that penguin is including live performances, you get to see what he performs like as he strolls through a party or performs close-up. Its just a fun ride and he gets into the nitty gritty on all of it. Here are the tricks he teaches (per penguins ad copy):

Visual Card to Pocket- A selected card placed inside the pocket VISUALLY makes its reappearance on top of the deck. You audience sees the magic happening! A quick and highly visual effect that has your audience asking for more!

Whatís Yours is Mine- A sandwich trick with a very unexpected ending. The use of word-play keeps your audience engaged and laughing UNTIL you clobber them with the unexpected. Unlike most sandwich effects, this can play bigger than others of its ilk.

Pocket Pool- A very practical and visually stunning production of an eight ball. A playing card with an eight-ball decal visually leaves the card, at the same time becoming a real ball! The card (minus the eight-ball) has mysteriously turned into a previous selection. Big woo woo!

Little Kreskin- Two cards are selected and lost in the deck. The spectator draws a stick-man picture of their own on the back of a business card. Not only does their stick-man find their cards, but a mysterious message appears that predicted their selections.

Yourís Truly- Edís take on the Chicago Opener/Red Hot Mama. A very funny presentation with a transpo aspect not found in most. This is the routine Ed uses to quickly establish his character while evoking a major league reaction from his audience.

Psychic Fail- A super easy to do effect that produces an inverse reaction to the amount of work involved. This is how David Acer described it: ďA quick easy card trick with built in laughs and a surprising revelation of a chosen card. Itís a walk-around alternative to the McCombical Prediction and a worker plain and simple.Ē

As a special bonus to those who buy this lecture, Ed includes a separate video performance and explanation of his effect "The Poker Players Pickup" a.k.a. "The Contest. We won't spoil the surprise describing it but will tell you what a few others think about this routine. John Bannon called this the "Best. Party. Trick. Ever. What a great trick!". Michael Weber (who uses this trick regularly) says "If Ed teaches nothing more than The Contest, you'll receive more value than you find in most 2 hour lectures." This effect has been used and highly regarded by others including Jeff Prace, Tom Dobrowolski, and many more. Ed is known for his strong, usable, and entertaining card magic. You will enjoy his lecture and you will love this bonus routine he is including.


I'll be adding two of these to my strolling repertoire which is huge for me after watching a lecture. So, if you want to see a worker explain the good stuff, you need to watch this lecture. If you are a "card guy" you'll love the little touches on palming and other sleights. If you are into performance, you will love Edward's character and style.

Basically, just go buy this. You'll enjoy this. If you don't enjoy this... I think you're crazy.
Message: Posted by: Ed Oschmann (Aug 18, 2017 07:59AM)
Thanks for the awesome review Shawn! If anyone here is interested in purchasing my lecture at a discounted price of $20.00, let me know and I'll send you a card where you can download this. A savings of $9.00!
Make sure you also check out my buddy John Carey's lecture this Sunday. Full disclosure: He's performing one of my most cherished tricks!
Message: Posted by: smullins (Aug 19, 2017 02:46PM)
Totally worth it! The lecture is great and the info provided is clearly for workers.

There is a tip for Chicago Opener that is worth the price!!
Message: Posted by: dmoses (Sep 22, 2017 12:56PM)
So based on Shawn's review and Ed's generous offer I decided to pick up this lecture.
And I'm glad I did.

There's often talk about "this effect is worth the cost of the whole download" but in this case there are several effects that are each worth the price of the download.
I swore that I didn't need yet another bunch of card tricks that I would never perform but there is one that I want to do forever more and three others that I'd love to incorporate soon.
Shawn mentioned to me that he really loved Ed's thinking around his card work. And I agree-- he juxtaposes two effects to create a new one-- or takes an effect you already do and gives it a fun twist-- or pushes it a little bit further.
The fine things about Ed's magic are in the details.

The skill level required ranges from Woody Aragon to Intermediate.

This is a terrific set of workers and I'd love to see what Ed does with his non-card magic.