Review: At the Table Live Lecture Garrett Thomas

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_custom_heading text=”Reviewer: Maarten Bosmans”][vc_column_text]Garrett Thomas is a magician from New York who works at least 7 times a week and is also a consultant for someone called David Blaine (never heard of him 😉 ). He is a very experienced magician who has created some very known effects called  ‘imagination coins’, ‘stand-up monte’ and ‘banded’.  His specialty is close-up magic where the emphasis is always on making the experience clear, meaningful and incredible from the spectator’s point of view.

For all the magicians who love a lecture full of tricks, I am sorry to disappoint you this lecture is not for you there are only a handful of effects in this lecture (I will get to them after this paragraph). But for every magician who is looking to improve their act this lecture is an excellent starting point. The reason I love this lecture allot is because it brings up allot of interesting questions I never have asked myself as a magician. As magician’s we often do things and never wonder what the spectator might be thinking at that moment and even how to create a lasting moment. In this lecture Garrett gives you his philosophy on magic his hate for certain type of mentalists and tons of tips on how to handle difficult situations we have all been through when doing close-up magic. I love how Garrett teaches you all these things which are for me personally worth more than any trick you can get because you will grow as a performer after seeing this lecture. I think every magician who is serious about his art should watch this lecture and listen to Garrett words about magic and how to think outside the box to create interesting plots and stories.

Garrett teaches you a way of doing a tilt with one hand which is really helpful in real life situations this is an excellent move as the false pick up move but his tips on the top-change are also worthwhile.  I love how he has analyzed all these famous moves and added subtleties to make it even more invisible with natural movements.  

Garrett’s  Smith Myth is his take on the famous tossed out deck using a completely normal deck and very easy moves it is something you can do on the fly and you will love.  

The effect Lie to me is going to be in my repertoire this is a very beautiful effect with a simple plot like all of Garrett effect. The magician pulls out a random card and places it onto the table. He then shows the spectator a card, then asks the spectators to lie about the card by naming a random card. He then is able to divine the spectator’s true card, but even more surprisingly, the random card pulled out from the very beginning ends up being the lie card. This is an amazing effect which has fooled me badly after first watching it. His handling of pen through quarter is also really beautiful with all the moves being justified and will slay lay audience’s. You will get this gimmick out of your magic shelf and use it again after seeing Garrett doing it.

To wrap this up the thing I love most about this lecture are not the tricks but the fact that Gareth gives you food for thought in a different way than a standard lecture. He makes you think and analyze about all the magic that you do and why you do it.  The tips Garrett gives you about real life situations are priceless and the insight he gives you using drawings are really helpful to think outside of the box.

His ideas on scripting your own magic are real helpful and this is a lecture you need to rewatch after a couple of weeks and see if you have gotten any progress in your own magic.

I rate this a 10 out of 10.

At the Table Live Lecture Garrett Thomas

BONUS INTERVIEW WITH GARRETT THOMAS

Garrett, What kind of work you do as a consultant of David Blaine?

So with David Blaine, I am a part of the process to help create The best moments for people to get the biggest reactions. I help with creating more efficient slight of hand means to achieve the effects we desire for David, as well as being a gauge as to the myth or legend that David is creating. So mainly I am part of the think tank all the ingredients get put into the pot, of course it’s good because David only uses the best ingredients.

On what parameters do you choose your effects in your show?

The parameters of my show I like creating this ebb and flow between moments that are magic and moments that are magical or interesting. I think if you do too much magic the audience can dismiss it by saying that it’s all a trick, but by doing some interesting skillful things as well you force them to be in the moment and wonder. I structure everything conversationally and I’m ready to go any direction the audience wishes to take me. I think of my show more as a dance in the audience is my partner. Rather than them being a voyeur looking in on my world.

What are you working on next?

i’m always working on new effects, I think the greatest thing that ever created so far is something I rarely show to even magicians. But I’m always working on ways to reeducate my local in the world community in order to encourage them to see the value in seeking out these magic moments. And I’m always trying to find new ways to share these gifts.

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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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