Review: At The Table Live Lecture The Other Brothers

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The Other Brothers are back! Over the last few years their meteoric rise has catapulted them into being considered one of the best magic duos out there. Along with their unique humor and infectious energy, they’ve brought a whole cavalcade of new tricks with them. You’ll want to add every one of these effects to your repertoire and start performing them immediately. With The Other Brothers, you get two magicians for the price of one! Come experience this two-of-a-kind lecture, right here, At The Table.

Phone a Friend 2.0: An improved version of the original where the spectator can randomly write down a name, choose any object, and then choose any card. They call a friend and the friend is able to tell them exactly what the spectator chose.

Very Fair: A very fair trick that could land the magician in the hospital if the spectator doesn’t choose correctly. Don’t worry, it’s completely safe… or is it?

The Other Brothers Bill Switch: An amazing concept that can be applied to many different effects.

Outsiders: A unique deck that can be made at home but has endless possibilities.

Outsiders Prediction: A prediction unlike any other, where you get it wrong before getting it right.

Book Test: A very clever book test.

The Letter: A hilarious routine where the spectator picks a card and then reads a letter. The first letter of each sentence spells the card that they picked.

The Kings: Make 4 signed cards turn into Aces, while the signed cards end up in the magician’s wallet.

Experiment #4: The magician turns away and covers their eyes and is able to tell where the spectator hides an object. You’ll never guess the secret to this timeless effect.

REVIEW

Production 

Most magicians are familiar with At The Table Lecture series, so I will not be touching much on the production quality and lecture quality. In short, the download comes in High Rez and you get the usual awesome quality that you are used to. 

Effects

Most of the effects shared by The Other Brothers in this lecture are mentalism based. The reason I do not say mentalism (per se), is because there’s so much debate on mentalism vs mental magic (personally a null point for me). In essence, most of the effects involve what traditionally, people identify as mentalism effects. 

The lecture shares all that is stated, and I’m super happy to say that I really love all the effects in there. All the effects are ‘doable’ ie. I could see them working in actual performing situations. 

Highlights 

My favourite highlights have to be ‘Very Fair’ and ‘Outsiders’. ‘Very Fair’ belongs in the category of an effect so smart that magicians tend to fall in love with the method (for me at least!). I love the failsafe for the roulette as well, although I feel that the effect’s build-up feels a tad short. In fact, I foresee myself exploring this effect for my own show. 

Outsiders also utilizes a smart principle. The difference is that most if not all the magicians will have known this principle, but it is very under explored and under-utilized. I will be the first to admit that I belong to one of the group who did not go further and pooh-poohed the principle as it felt like it was too easy to back track. I humbly admit I was wrong! The effects shared only just touched on a very small part of what can be done, and I love how the duo also mentioned, that it was about exploring the principle. 

I do have to point out that for the book test, you will have to purchase their product. At US$35 though, it must be one of the more reasonable book test out there. I personally do not like book tests, but I can see it working brilliantly for anyone who does book tests.

Conclusion

The Other Brothers don’t do sleight heavy stuff, but almost everything in the lecture is a to-be-polished jewel. The reason I say ‘to-be-polished’ is because I get the sense that the principle and the effect is great, but not highly refined. That is not to say they are not solid – all are good show material, but can be further refined. 

In fact, the duo says something to that effect in the lecture near the end. They prefer to share solid ideas in the work to see how different people take the effects and change / refine it for themselves. 

For those wondering, while the duo perform together, everything can be done solo, so no worries there! 

All in all, you’re paying essentially US$8 for so much awesome stuff, much of it, you either could do immediately, or need just a little work to purchase. To me, it is a no-brainer that this is a solid “Absolutely worth it!”

9/10 stars. Only because nothing is ever perfect.

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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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