BOBBY MOTTA LECTURE @ Browser's Den of Magic
September 22nd, 2013 (4-6pm)
Guest Review by "Boychick"
Attending the Bobby Motta lecture at the Browser's Den of
Magic this past Sunday, September 22nd (approx. 4pm to 6pm) was like attending a
party with a packed room full of friends all gathered together to share some
wonderful secrets presented by a charismatic powerhouse of a performer, Mr.
Such is his energy and enthusiasm and natural ability to
entertain that the two hours flashed by in an instant. Trying to recapture
Bobby's performance in print is no easy task - it is so relaxed and he is so
genuinely funny that it would be easy to mistake it all for an impromptu
session. But that it looks so effortless and natural is because of the years of
hard work and dedication to his art that Bobby has undertaken. He admits to
close to 3000 professional performances in his 13 year pro career. It shows.
Interestingly, he actually started out as a hobbyist at the Den (at its old
location on Eglinton).
As Jeff Pinsky, gracious host for the event
explained, Bobby's transformation from casual hobbyist into one of Canada's most
innovative, creative and sought-after professionals is nothing less than "an
amazing journey". Fortunate were we who caught his lecture - unbelievably his
very first ever - which included such luminaries in the crowded room as Jay
Bobby is what they call a performer's performer. Even if things
are going wrong you would never know, or even care because he has the audience
eating out of the palm of his hand. For not only is he genuinely funny but he is
immensely likable. If an audience likes you, then my friend, you have discovered
the true secret of a successful career whether it be in magic or anything else.
If Bobby could sell that secret he could retire a rich, young, and still likable
Bobby began with a demonstration
of the variations possible with his commercially available effect, "Blackmail"
(a fiendishly clever update of an old principle discussed in Corinda). To
discuss it at length would be to reveal its secret, so I won't. I will just say
if you want to read minds, get "Blackmail". You won't be disappointed. Jeff
stocks it at The Den.
Along with the comedy and the awesome mentalism,
Bobby shared some of his philosophy of performance. (And personally I would've
liked to have heard even more.) He made a point of explaining that every move he
makes has a purpose and that it is important to plot and reason out all your
moves. Quite rightly, he concludes, audiences will catch you out on any funny or
His next effect was a mind reading number utilizing
business cards. Again, to say much more than that would fall into exposure but I
will say I think this one effect alone was worth the cost of the lecture and/or
the cost of the lecture notes. With it, you can mind-read anywhere without any
preplanning or elaborate props.
There followed a number of well done
effects that had most folk scratching their heads in amazement. My notes are a
bit hard to read at this point as I was probably laughing so much at Bobby's
stage antics. I will briefly note his astonishing "Zoom" illusion - which he
sells commercially - during which his head seemed to expand like an inflated
balloon. No kidding! Very bizarre and very visually effective
Bobby also had a number of pet card routines which I know the
card fans in the room really appreciated. If you buy his lecture notes whenever
you get the chance all will be revealed.
I especially liked it when he pointed out that "most people never
actually see magic in real life" and so you may well be their first live magic
performance. You want to make sure, emphasized Bobby, that when you do any
effect, even if you are only a hobbyist, that you have practiced it to
perfection. "Do them really well, do them beautifully, blow people away with
whatever magic you do." A man of his word, Bobby's first lecture blew everyone
away and created a memorable afternoon that excited and inspired all who
Thank you Bobby Motta for such an enjoyable, enlightening
And thank you Jeff Pinsky for hosting yet another excellent
special event at the Den.