Review: At the Table Live Lecture – Cameron Francis

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Michael Siegel”][vc_column_text]At the Table Lecture with Cameron Francis was wonderful. Cameron Francis is an incredible magician who creates some of the best innovative card magic around. If you are a fan of card magic or want to learn some strong card magic, a no gaff 3 Fly coin routine and some card mental magic, grab a bowl of popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the magic.

As usual, Gregory Wilson hosts the lecture with Cameron Francis. Cameron performs and teaches routines that include:

Find 3 Kings and Sly Cheese: The spectator finds all of the Kings after a series of shuffles and spelling using the cards. This effect then leads into a card sandwich routine where a selected card in found between two other cards. These were not my favorite routines. The finding the Kings was more like a poker type routine and instead of leading into a sandwich type routine it would have been better to go into another poker themed effect.

Corner: A wonderful effect where a joker is folded and stapled, but when it is unstapled it has transformed into the signed selected card. It uses a gimmick I have never seen before used in this manner which allows you to clearly show the corner of the stapled card as being the joker before you reveal that it has in fact changed to the signed selected card.

Humming Words: A terrific mental magic routine where a spectator shuffles business cards that have letters written on the back. After they are freely shuffled and made into two separate piles, the spectator selects one pile and makes a word out of the letters he is holding. The magician/mentalist reveals the word that was created while turned away. Then as a kicker, the performer sees that the spectator has only one letter left over after creating the word and opens up an envelope that has been clearly sitting on the table and pulls out a single card which has a letter written on the card that matches the letter of the card that was not used.

In your Face Transpo and Mercury Card Load: A card transpo effect where a card selected and singed by a spectator changes places with a card selected by the performer. Then that very same card signed by the spectator is found folded inside the playing card case. Very good routine.

3 Fly: a no gimmick 3 Fly coin routine that uses 4 coins. Very solid, but expect to do a lot of practice to do it correctly.

Over the Top: a terrific and solid mental magic routine that uses a blue and a red deck of cards. The red deck of cards is shown to have numbers of 1-52 written on the back. The spectator can shuffle the cards. The spectator freely names any card such as the 4 of hearts. The 4 of hearts is taken out of the deck. The 4 of hearts was selected by choice, but then another card is selected by chance. The spectator takes the red deck and deals the cards until he wants to stop. The 4 of hearts is put at the place where the spectator stopped at and that card where the spectator stopped at is taken out. The card is turned over and the card has the number 9 written on the back. The blue deck is taken out and the spectator counts 8 cards face down. The 9th card is dealt face up. It is the 4 of hearts. Very easy to do and a very strong routine.

Courtesy Flush: If you like poker themed card effects, you might like this one. I personally do not like card effects that need to be drawn out with counting procedures, but you might like it.

Cameron’s lecture has a variety of card effects, a coin effect and some mental magic. I enjoyed the lecture and will use several of his routines. 8 out of 10 lucky charms.

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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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