John Archer – Penguin Live Lecture (June 26th, 2016)


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“His reputation in the magic world is among the very best. Hysterically funny, I’d recommend him unreservedly.” – Derren Brown, TV Magician and Psychological Illusionist

“You could put John Archer anywhere and he would kill an audience.” – Penn Jillette, Penn & Teller

“John Archer will blow your mind. He is the Funniest man I know. Seeing him perform is guaranteed to be one of the best experiences of your life!” – Dynamo, Magician Impossible

“Powerful and incredibly entertaining. 5 Stars.” – Edinbourough News

“Strong magic and great comedy seldom come in the same package. If Eric Morecambe – with an added touch of Les Dawson – had been born a magician, he would have been John Archer.” – John Fisher, Former Head of Entertainment -Thames Television

“John Archer is so funny that it takes you a while to realise that he’s also an outstandingly original and innovative magician. He is the outstanding magical entertainer of his generation.” – Geoffrey Durham, Magician and TV personality 

“John Archer is charming, disarming and easy to like.” – The Scotsman, Edinburgh Festival

“John Archer is the exception to the myriad of foul-mouthed, offensive contemporaries. Eschewing political satire and sexist smut, he makes his mark with more traditional throwaway gags, a smidgen of music and teasingly inventive magic tricks.” – The List, Edinburgh Festival

What will he teach?

Pushing the Envelope A clean billet idea using just one billet and one envelope.

Blank Night John’s clean Bank Night routine that fooled Penn & Teller.

John’s Tossed Out Deck Routine A solid funny routine with a versatile move for other effects.

Laura Buxton Coincidence A coincidence effect with cute story attached.

Komedy Killer John’s comedy take on Kenton Knepper’s wonderful effect.

John will also cover comedy scripting and writing tips…

Who is he?

John is a past winner of ‘The Magic Circle Stage Magician of the Year’ and has spent the last 28 years entertaining audiences all over the World with regular tours to entertain British troops serving overseas. He is thought by many to be the best Comedy Magician in the UK today.

In February 2000, John took part in The British magical Championships and was awarded ‘British Magical Champion of Comedy.’ In November 2002 at ‘The Magic Circle Awards Banquet’ John was promoted to ‘Member of the Inner Magic Circle – with gold star’ and was awarded ‘The Carlton Comedy Award’ for outstanding use of Comedy and Magic. In 2008 John won The Magic Circle Stage Magician of The Year.

In 2011 John appeared on ITV’s ‘Penn & Teller – Fool us show, hosted by Jonathan Ross. John was the first man to fool Penn & Teller and won a trip to Las Vegas to perform with them at The Rio Hotel. In 2013, the show ‘Help My Supply Teacher is Still Magic’ which John stars in and writes for, won a BAFTA at the Children’s BAFTA Awards. TV Credits: Help My School Trip is Magic (writer and performer)- CBBC Help My Supply Teacher is Still Magic BAFTA (writer and performer)- CBBC Help My Supply Teacher is Magic 1 (writer and performer)- CBBC Penn and Teller – Fool Us ITV (John fooled Penn and Teller) Insecurity – Comedy sitcom pilot with Paul Tonkinson.

He has performed all over the world, including appearances in France, Spain, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, USA, Curacao, Venezuela, South Africa, Japan, Kosovo, Oman, Philippines, Cyprus, Malasia, Afghanistan, Malta, The Falklands and The Seychelles.