Reviewer: Mark Wong
I love at the table lectures. They always seem to provide extensive information and knowledge for its super affordable price. With that being said, this lecture is amazing. What you get when you purchase this is almost 2 hours worth of Steve’s thoughts and tips about his approach to magic.
Inside this Lecture, Steve goes through a multitude of things: Magic, Mentalism, how to open a set, and at the end of the lecture, he talks about something that I personally feel not many performers tend to take note of – case organization.
Steve starts off with his Oil and Water handling; while it was great, I did not feel too strongly about that one. However, the moment he moved into his routine of Emotional reaction, I was absolutely taken in. Steve added His spin to it, giving it multiple phases, and the effect was immediately amplified by many times over. This will absolutely work in the real world, and may even work out to be a magician fooler for those who are unfamiliar with this old principle. I love this routine, and will see how I can work it into my existing set.
He then moves on into his next routine – Will to read light. Very briefly, a spectator gets to choose between a coin, a pen, and a card to place in his or her pocket. After that, the spectator then gets to choose who holds which of the remaining items. There is no force involved, and the outcome is predicted every time. I personally feel that this routine is devious and once again, for those unfamiliar with this principle, it will slay.
Steve also includes his A-list material that has been serving him for many years, and even breaks it down and goes through it part by part after the performance to explain why he did the things he did. If you are looking for a professional award-winning magician to study, look no further, because Steve is literally laying everything out on (or rather in this case, at) the table for all of us to learn from.
Interspersed among the effects that he teaches, are little gold nuggets of information and subtleties that really help to make normal effects nothing short of miracles. One little segment that I thought was extremely cheeky was the part where he teaches us how he has been showing his bookers that he has been busy doing his job.
To end off the lecture perfectly, Steve even includes a recording of him performing his entire set to real world audiences. We really can’t ask for more when this lecture only costs $7.95 – go out there and get your hands on it!
Please support intellectual property. Only buy original. Available from all reputable Murphy’s Magic dealers.(10 / 10)