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rpggal33

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Any subscriber of penguin live online lectures?
Are the lectures good?
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RayJ

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Not a subscriber, but I'm sure they are good. Penguin is a decent company.

But first, if you haven't, check out The Magic Forum 2 lectures. There are 4 lectures, all excellent! Steve Reynolds, John Bannon, George McBride and Jason Dean, plus a couple bonus videos. Cost is $15.00, a steal.

You can find a link to purchase them in a recent thread on the subject.
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Comte de Saint Germain

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Here to second RayJ's recommendation, but I have to say while Penguin gets bigger names overall, I think the At the Table Live at Murphy's and Vanishing Inc. are much better in terms of magic instruction per dollar.

I just watched the Magic Forum's own Mike Powers download and it was fun and informative. (Also Mike has years of teaching experience as well, see my later point.) The production is better with At the Table Live and it's usually about a third of the cost.  There is a host on some At the Table Live series who is difficult to watch, so much so that I've yet to finish one of the titles bc I couldn't take it.

I've only bought two Penguin Lectures and one was a severe disappointment.  It's easy to get attracted to the biggest names, but remember, just because someone is good at something doesn't mean they are also good at teaching.  Another problem you run into depending where you're at in magic is many top performers assume you have decades of knowledge and so their instruction can fly right by you.

Sometimes I think it's healthy to acknowledge where your skill set is.  You wouldn't sign up for a graduate level Spanish course if you were a second year Spanish student.

In any case, you might have years of experience, in which case go for it. Likely most of the Penguin lectures are brilliant, but for me At the Table Live is the better deal by far.
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Depends on the lecture. They tended to run quite long, so they’ve changed it to the Penguin Live Acts, essentially lecturing an act, runs about 2hrs on average compared to 4 hours in the past. Some past lectures are simply phenomenal (e.g Bob Cassidy, Derren Brown, Joshua Jay, Steve Reynolds )

I’m not a subscriber as the online lecture scene now is just too much. The Magic Forum Live 2 is hands down the best in value and honestly most fun I’ve seen so far.

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