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 it is! 

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 ironed out
Two Deck Switches I Use...
Spoon River (A variation of the deck switch)
Chinese Choice


Highly recommended.



Duncan Trillo, September 2005


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