Drew Backenstoss Penguin Live ACT
“Drew is a consummate pro in all respects – meticulous about every aspect of his show, careful to establish and nurture the who, the why, and the how in a way that doesn’t simply deliver entertaining mentalism only, but allows you to experience true theater.” – Atlas Brookings
“I’ve only recently made the acquaintance of Drew, but I would already rate him as one of my favourite mentalism thinkers and creators. We share so much in common about our views of what performance mentalism should be that it’s almost as if our minds are really linked! I love ALL of his ideas and routines. Every single effect is a worker, he absolutely understands how to get the most entertainment and audience interaction out of every routine.” – Marc Paul
“Drew has definitely been the best kept secret in mentalism so far but this is about to change. In a time when everyone is looking for the next best thing and ‘cutting edge’ methods that sometimes have questionable results, Drew offers a combination of classic methods that have stood the test of time combined with clever subtleties to produce stunning and entertaining routines. Great material from a creator who is not only a brilliant thinker but an amazing performer as well.” – Manos
“I have shared ideas back and forth with Drew over the last few years and he really is a very clever thinker. Drew has a wonderful economy in his creation style and is able to squeeze a lot of bang out of very little effort from the performer. This is material designed for a working performer and so does not require mental gymnastics while under pressure.” – Mark Chandaue
And, just as importantly, here’s what some of Drew’s previous clients have said:
“Phenomenal show! It was incredible! Employees minds were blown away by his show and still talk about how “things” happened! We had a goal this year to provide our employees with the best event they have been to in years (if not ever) and having Drew perform definitely helped us achieve that goal! One of the best shows and forms of entertainment I have seen!” – NICE inContact
“Drew’s performance is truly MIND BLOWING! I have never been so extremely pleased with a decision to hire someone in my life until I hired Drew for our company party! His performance at our Holiday Party was better than I could have ever expected. He was so entertaining, funny, and everything he did was seriously jaw-dropping. I am so proud and pleased with the decision to hire Drew, and would recommend him to ANYONE!” – ThumbTack
“Drew’s performance at our team member celebration was phenomenal. He incorporated a personalized corporate message (our company motto) into the finale that left everyone saying “how did he do that?!” He was fantastic to work with from the time I requested a quote to the time he was at our event. His skills are truly unique and he is an exceptional entertainer.” – Dell-EMC
What will he teach?
A 45 minute stand-up mentalism act. Drew will walk us through a version of the show he’s currently using – a show that has stunned audiences around the country for the last four years. While this act was designed for corporate audiences numbering as high as 900 in attendance, he’s also performed it numerous times for universities and even at house parties with no more than 20 guests. The act is extremely scale-able, versatile, and travel-friendly.
Although he’ll teach the majority of methods in play, the real focus of this lecture is the structure behind the act itself. This will be a masterclass on concepts such as establishing your theme, designing your character, creating “flow” though call-backs, layering methods, and strategies to build the impact and pacing of your show. He will also share his 10 Step Process for Designing an Act; his technique to encourage standing ovations; and a few business tips that will help you earn more from your existing gigs.
Highlights of the act include…
KISSing PINs- Drew’s super simple but extremely effective solution to ethically revealing someone’s PIN. The audience will be convinced that the onstage participant freely makes up a random PIN in real-time (even changing his mind in the process) yet you reveal the four digits in increasingly impressive ways that demonstrate the basic techniques of mind reading. There is no pre-show, stooging, math, electronics or peeks. The combination of classic methods is guaranteed to make you smile.
Obviously Influenced– A two-envelope “bank night” routine that makes everyone who didn’t play wish they had! It also functions as a running thread throughout the show and provides one of the climaxes to the act. A number of subtleties result in an extremely realistic display of your mastery over human behavior. Drew employs very different methods from those typically used for this plot. Careful scripting and clever routining make this 100% sure-fire, completely hands-off, and gimmick free.
Omni-test- This is an entire 10-15 minute act on its own but it also forms the backbone of the larger set and paves the way for the show’s finale. This sequence blends together a number of classic principles, engages several members of the audience, and produces an avalanche of interesting, varied, and visual revelations. If you think book tests are “outdated” or “unconvincing” this might change your mind.
The Ultimate Trust Exercise (PERFORMANCE ONLY)- One of Drew’s signature pieces. A Russian roulette with a purpose. This goes far beyond merely avoiding bodily harm and culminates in four inexplicable moments of mind reading. He’s not at liberty to divulge everything, but you’re certain to be inspired by what he does tip – along with the overall thinking that went into this.
Solo-fab- Drew’s take on confabulation designed with the solo performer in mind. There’s no secret writing or assistants and the predictions are visible to everyone even in larger venues. If you’ve always wanted to achieve a similar impact to the “Master Prediction System” without the associated cost, legwork, or limitations than look no further!
BONUS #1 – With your purchase you’ll receive the full lecture notes used by Drew and Dan during the filming. This document is intended to be a companion guide to the video content and contains even more details on the concepts discussed. DON’T PASS IT UP!
BONUS #2 – Following the lecture’s filming Drew asked Marc Paul to review over the footage and provide feedback on the performance. The hour long Skype conversation that ensued captured a variety of insights from Marc’s vast professional experience. The topics covered include: tips on stagecraft, troubleshooting some of the techniques used in the act; and a discussion on general performance theory. A recording of this Skype call is provided as a separate file on the download page. THIS IS A MINI-LECTURE ALL ON ITS OWN!
Who is he?
You’ve likely never heard of Drew and there’s two good reasons for that: first, he performs under a stage name (he’d prefer we didn’t mention it here) because “Backenstoss” is a mouthful… and second, until recently he’s kept himself somewhat aloof from the magic community.
He’s studied magic and mentalism for nearly 20 years and combines his passion for mystery entertainment, the analytical skills he gained through an education in finance, and his background as an actor to create unforgettable entertainment experiences for his audiences. His debut book Architect of the Mind has helped established him as a strong new voice within the field of mentalism.
Over the last 10 years Drew has been quietly building his list of clientele as well as refining his craft. He’s quick to admit that he’s a “Part-time Professional” balancing his day-time role as the Director of Human Resources at a national advocacy group with a busy after-hours career as a highly rated corporate entertainer. Drew lives outside of Salt Lake City, UT with his incredible wife of nine years and two beautiful daughters.