Review: At The Table Live – Mr. Pearl

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Meet the man behind the brilliant “Pearl’s Coin,” “Lumber,” and “Pincredible.” It’s none other than Mr. Pearl! With over 10 years of experience as a bar magician, and now working as Korea’s only magic magazine editor, Mr. Pearl has some tricks up his sleeve. He brings a collection of unique close-up routines that you will absolutely add to your magic repertoire. Prepare to fully emerge in Mr. Pearl’s brilliant magic right here, At The Table. Here’s what you’ll learn:

Simple Triumph: A simple yet effective Triumph routine.

Coin Division: Make 4 coins appear in the most visual way possible! Perfect for show openings!

OP Matrix: A coin is placed in each of the four corners – they then miraculously move to one corner.

Coin and Glass: A cup and coin routine using 4 coins.

Lumber: An Out Of This World variation using poker chips.

No Dice Mystery: Predict the spectator’s chosen card with nothing but a single die.

Oracle: The 1st spectator accurately predicts the 2nd spectator’s randomly chosen card.

Help us welcome one of Korea’s most unique performers. Join us for Mr. Pearl’s At The Table lecture.


Hello people ? it’s been a while since I wrote a review. Been rather busy with work and other stuff. So, for today’s review, it’ll be Mr. Pearl’s Lecture download. I have always watch magic lectures on DVD, this is the first time I watch it via a download. It’s rather convenient watching it via a download. Only difference is that this doesn’t have a skip function. However, they do include a pdf file with the timestamp on the effects.

In this video, Mr Pearl teaches a variety of effects and there will be something useful for everyone.

  1. Simple Triumph is a card effect that utilize a gimmicked deck that most if not all magicians have. You’d need to modify the deck a bit for this to work. I always like effects that uses a standard prop to create a different effect. This one is easy to do and it’s a rather strong opener.
  2. No Dice Mystery, again uses another dice prop that you can get easily. This effect is actually a card effect. The downside of the effect is that the prop is so common that many laymen will know how it works. However, the whole effect is designed with a time delay so that the spectator will not “remember” the dice prop. Everything else is easy to do.
  3. Oracle – another card trick that uses the common gimmicked deck. This effect involves two spectators. One spectator will choose the card and the other spectator will reveal the chosen card. Easy to do and make your spectator feel good too.
  4. Lumber –  this is a marketed card effect. This a version of Paul Curry’s Out of This World using poker chips with a kicker ending. I have always love OOTW, and this one seems fair as the spectator gets to do part of the effect. The only weak point for this is that there is a slight discrepancy on the poker chip but this not be obvious to spectators. You will need special chips for this but I guess you can also make the chips yourself.
  5. Coins and Glass –  a coins across using a glass. This uses a common coin gimmick that you may already have. While I am not impressed by the routine (looks like any other coins across routine) I was impressed by the method. The moves are so clean but it does require some work to make it look good.
  6. Coin Division and OP Matrix – production of 4 coins followed by a matrix routine. No gimmicks here, just pure sleight of hand magic. Looks really good, not really easy too ?.

This is a pretty good investment. I like most of the tricks, they are simple to understand and would make good materials for close-up magicians. The explanations are clear and easy to understand. However, as Mr. Pearl is a Korean and the video is a live lecture, a translator was used. With a live translation, everything is slowed down. However, this is only a small downside to this video. 

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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