Review: At the Table Live Lecture – Bobby Maverick

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Michael Siegel”][vc_column_text]At the Table Lecture series, sponsored by Murphy’s Magic, hosted Bobby Maverick on October 7, 2915. I must admit, prior to watching this At the Table lecture I did not know who Bobby Maverick was. Well, I do now. If you want to learn everything there is to know about street performing and buskering, you must watch this lecture. Bobby Maverick gives a master class on how to be a very successful street entertainer and an expert busker and make money doing it.

While this lecture does teach some marvelous routines, this lecture is much more than a compilation of tricks. Bobby conveys in detail his vast, expert knowledge based on many years of hard knock learning on the street on how to become a successful street entertainer and busker. Many people think of street entertainers and buskers as basically one step higher than a street beggar. Bobby destroys this mistaken concept and elevates street entertaining to an art form. He is engaging, funny, and knowlegeable. He discusses everything from what to expect as a street entertainer, to be preared to make mistakes, to learn from those mistakes, what type of character to be, what to wear, how to draw a crowd, how to interact with the audience, and more importantly, how and when to ask for money. Bobby then performs and thoroughly explains his act. Throughout his performance and explaintations, he shares a gold mine of tips as to the whys he is doing the routines as the way he does them.

Bobby performed and explained:

Ambitious card routine-street style. A wonderful opening routine filled with jokes. A true masterpiece that makes a mere trick into a true show piece. He thouroughly explains why he does this routine. A real crowd pleaser. He explains how to gather a crowd so you can make more money.

Vanishing of a borrowed, signed $20.00 bill. The gimmick used to vanish the bill is nothiong new, but the way he does it and the why he does it are a real learing experience. He even disccuses what type of marker to uses for the spectator to sign the bill and why he uses it. Bobby exlains why he does not have the bill reappear at tis point and explains when and why to have it reappear. Again, Bobby does not perform this just as a trick, but as a way to gather a crowd and to make money at the end of the performance.

Card trick for couples. Two decks are given to two spectators, perferably a couple. Each mixes their decks and selects three cards face down. When the cards are turned over, all three cards perfectly match the selections of the other person. It is an excellent routine that uses a couple, but engages the entire audience. During this perormance he discuses how to project your coice and the importance of sounding conversational as wll as how to respond to audience remarks and comments.

Finally, Bobby performs bill in kiwi in which he cuts open a kiwi that had been held the entire time by a spectator finding the previously borroed, signed $20.00 bill from teh beginning of the show inside. A terrific routine. A fantastic closer which connects the beginning of the show with the end. Bobby discuses the importance of making a transition from one effect to another and why that is important. The lecture ends with a Q&A session with online questions.

This is an excellent lecture on street performing and buskering. It is not a mere collection fo tricks. It is a master class on how to perform as a street perfomer and a busker, filled iwth real life tips and psychological nuiances that will make you become a succesful street entertainer. Watching this lecture you will make money as a street entertainer. Highly recommended.

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Ning Cai is a Singapore Literature Prize nominated author, who was also long listed for the Epigram Books Fiction Prize in 2016. A bestselling writer, she is also recognised for her illusionist/ escapologist stage character Magic Babe Ning, and recognised by Channel News Asia as South East Asia's first professional female magician.

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