The Handy Lecture
written and Illustrated by John Archer
A4, ringbound, 50 pages
Mini review by Duncan Trillo/MagicWeek
"...fully illustrated and packed with practical
cabaret and stage material with a few close-up items thrown in along the way
from the star of Sky's Undercover Magic" - That's what it said in the ad, and so
The whimsical cover featuring a dandy John Archer as Desperate Dan lets you know straight away that this is going to be a little bit different. John's a very funny man but these lecture notes reveal a more serious side as he explains in detail some of his favourite magic. Although written as 'lecture notes' at 50 pages it feels more like a book and really stands up on its own (in other words you don't have to see the lecture first to understand what's going on).
In a nutshell if you are looking for some strong professional cabaret material, here it is.
• Spelling Test (or the 'no book' book test)
• Komedy Killer
• A Clean Ring Vanish
• Tragic Square - a simple and easy method for the magic square with wrinkles
• Two Deck Switches I Use...
• Spoon River (A variation of the deck switch)
• Chinese Choice
© Duncan Trillo, September 2005
Available from www.tvmagic.co.uk (from the 'Magicians Only' section)