I've just returned from an amazing night at the Wayne Houchin Strange Ideas lecture. Let me begin by saying if you can attend any of the remaining lectures, DO IT. The lecture was chocked full of amazingly unique and original ideas. The thing that always impresses me most about Wayne isn't his amazing magical creations, it's the way he presents himself and interacts with everyone around him. Wayne is easily one of the most genuine, humble and friendly magicians I have ever met. The entire atmosphere of the night felt less like a lecture and more like a reunion of old friends gathering to catch up. Wayne performed several pieces of magic all of which we're unpublished save his needle swallowing routine. He walked us through each effect after each performance step by step and fielded any questions or comments afterward. The effects themselves are ingenious. Perfect for a variety of settings ranging from close up to parkour and even stage. They range in subject matter from cards to everyday objects. I can easily see myself incorporating at least 3 if not 5 of the effects into my set IMMEDIATELY! They are that good. Beyond the effects he teaches Wayne also has all the effects he has released for sale at the lecture as well as some lecture exclusives products. No spoilers. They are amazing. Beyond the tricks he taught Wayne also imparted amazing advice and perspective on he art form and our relationship with the spectators. Honestly as amazing as the effects we're it was these bit if tidbits and views that I always enjoy the most and get the most out of. It becomes clear why Wayne comes across as so grounded, his philosophy on the art is a reflection of himself. Wayne and his lovely wife Fran are both very generous and approachable and made the evening one to remember. In short the lecture is amazing, the material is amazing, the Houchins are amazing and you should go to any lecture you can manage. Can't wait until next time I get to see them again. Side note, the lecture was also covertly attended by our illustrious leader Jonathan Bayme, as well as a forum members named Casey (sorry didn't get your last name, I suck). Both guys were also great to meet and incredibly friendly (love when this community reinforces my faith in humanity) and with the exception of JB making me jealous of his new camera, I hope to cross paths again in the future.