Sent: Thu, February 28, 2013 8:08:19 AM
Subject: Lecture

Hey Ruben,
You’ve seen a lot of lectures, I just wanted to get some feedback from you about last night’s lecture with Devin Knight…


From: Ruben
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 10:15:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: Lecture

Hi, Brent.

Thanks for asking.

I went because I admire much of Devin’s thinking. His manuscripts are always very detailed and he has some subtle thinking on a wide range of magic, including some strong mentalism routines. He knows his stuff and his association with Al Mann back in the day yielded some great ideas.

But, sadly, the lecture sucked. We knew we were off to a bad start when he said this was his 32nd lecture day in a row and that he was dead tired.

It showed.

It also meant that what we were going to be offered for sale was the stuff that didn’t sell out in the previous 32 lectures! Oh, goody.

He didn’t smile. He seemed to have trouble thinking. He made some mistakes. And, perhaps the biggest infraction of all – he wasn’t having any fun. It was just a business transaction for him. We all felt it.

Worst of all (at least for a lecture we pay for), is that it was a dealer show. Yes, he gave the methods to a couple items that we didn’t have to buy (like the Styrofoam plate effect), but he glossed over the explanations and stressed how much we’d have to pay for it if we put it together ourselves. I did buy a few things, but only because I rarely act out of protest and there were some clever ideas, but I would have much rather given the money to you than to him.

He didn’t seem to appreciate us being there. And that makes me indifferent to him. I won’t attend a future lecture by him, but you’re interest in how I feel about it insures that I’ll be even more willing to patronize you in the future.

Thanks again for caring.


Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013
Subject: Re: Lecture

Wow! That is a perfect review! Thank u so much Ruben! I had a feeling you were going to say that.
Thanx and I owe u a beer