Charles Gauci – Penguin Live Online Lecture (October 19th, 2014)
“Over the years Charles has released some killer routines that have found their way into the repertoires of leading performers around the world.” – Ken Weber
“There is a rare breed of mentalist and magician out there who is able to make a great living inventing, lecturing, and selling products. Charles Gauci is one of those rare breeds who can earn a living selling his creations. The reason he excels is due to the fact he is also a performer, he has traveled with legends; and understands that “real magic” must be simple, direct and most of all entertaining. His creations are all of these things, but most importantly they are practical, and the majority are so well-constructed that even the beginner can look like a professional.” – Banachek
“This may be redundant, but I think Charles Gauci is one of the most creative, entertaining and professional psychic entertainers in the world. His output of killer mental effects constitute some of the most powerful material any mentalist could perform. Most important of all he is a true gentleman and I am proud to call him my friend.” – Larry Becker
“One of the greatest creative geniuses of all time. Whatever he does is real workers material.” – Nick Belleas, New York City performing mentalist and member of Psychic Entertainers Association
“Charles’s work in the field of mentalism is legendary. As a professional entertainer I am constantly on the look out for routines that are commercial, entertaining and very strong. Charles’s work ticks all of those boxes.” – Paul Romhany
“I was fortunate enough to see Charles perform his 75-minute act for a largely lay audience at a party put on by Richard Webster. The magicians who were there were just as amazed as the rest of the audience as Charles performed his incredible act of memory and mental effects. All of Charles’ effects are practical, highly entertaining, and easy to do.” – Shayne Thompson
What will he teach?
Intuition: Paul Curry’s “Out of This World” is regarded as one of the greatest card effects ever. I believe that my Intuition goes one step further. No sleight of hand, self-working. Close up effect.
Super Memory: I close my professional routine with this effect. The performer recalls an entire genuinely shuffled deck of cards. No memory required. Suitable for close up or stage.
The Die is Cast: An impossible prediction effect of three cards from a deck that has been shuffled by a spectator. Self-working. Perform within three minutes of watching the video.
Astral Projection: Use your own cell phone to name a card that has been selected from a shuffled deck. Even the spectator does not know the card that he has stuck a sticker on. Can also be performed with an assistant on the phone who is miles away. Again very simple when you know how. Completely free selection of a card from a shuffled deck. No force required. Self-working. No coding.
Power of the Mind: I have performed this in a theatre for up to one thousand people. A complete 10 minute memory routine which will convince the audience that you have a super mind.
A Card at any Number: One of my four versions of this classic effect. Suitable for stage or small audiences.
15 Minutes No Mnemonic Card Memory System: Easy to learn and you will be performing some miracle effects using this system.
Who is he?
Charles Gauci is recognized by his peers as one of the most creative minds in magic. Charles has created a number of original effects which have become best sellers all over the world, including: Eye To Eye, Body Language, Diabolical Wallet, It Must Be Mind Reading, Nostradamus and The Houdini Card Mystery… just to name a few.
Charles was born in Hamrun, Malta, in 1937, and immigrated to Australia in 1949. In 1950, he became fascinated with hypnosis after witnessing a demonstration by the great Franquin. In 1951, Charles joined The Australian Society Of Magicians, and turned “pro” at the age of only 16! His first professional performance consisted of fire-eating, bullet catching and sleeping on a bed of nails!
Charles then went on to tour with Peter Reveen, and for the next 27 years he performed all over Australia appearing on every major television show. In 1977, after performing for 27 years, seven nights per week, Charles decided that maybe his work in the magical arts was over.
However, in 1994, while he and his wife, Kathryn, were on holiday, he was asked to perform at an opening of an art gallery on the French Riviera. The response from the show was so good that he once again experienced the high that comes with performing, making people happy, and the art of magic. Charles believes that good magic is simple magic. Part of his genius is in his inherent ability to simplify those things that are not supposed to be simplified. His philosophy is to create maximum effect with as little effort as possible. He prefers to place emphasis on presentation instead of worrying about executing a difficult sleight correctly.
In 2010 he was presented with the Dave Lederman memorial Award for “Creativity in Mentalism” at the prestigious Psychic Entertainers Convention.