Aaron Fisher Review:
Last night I had the pleasure of meeting and learning from one of the great card technicians around today: Mr. Aaron Fisher. As always, thank you Mr. Joe Pon (owner of Misdirection’s Magic Shop in San Francisco) for putting together and hosting the lecture.
Also, I wanted to point out that the point of these lecture reviews are not to reveal secrets of magic or pass along the content of these lectures to my readers. Go to the creators for that. The point of these is to provide insight into the content, and see if it would be something you would be interested in learning more about, or attending a lecture of theirs in the future.
Anyways, back to Mr. Fisher.
Let me start by saying this: Mr. Fisher is the type of guy who would be fun to share a drink with and just talk magic for hours and hours. Throughout his lecture he littered the air with little tidbits of magic history. He knows who invented this move, who modified it a century later, why it’s rarely found in print, a dozen places where it can be found, why the original is better, and what the original inventor’s favorite brand of scotch was! Okay, maybe not that literally, but you sure get the sense that if anybody knew the drink of choice for all these ancient card technicians was, it would be Mr. Fisher.
The lecture was entirely focused on card tricks, but many of the lessons could easily be applied to other aspects of magic: most noticeably, the focus and use of the body’s natural tension to steer attention or deceive. Such skills would find a natural application in any coin worker’s technique, obviously. Mr. Fisher reviewed the finer points of the use of tension in relevance to the Nowhere Pass (a variation of the bluff pass) among some other moves such as Marlo Tilt. Very insightful stuff.
The weakness of the lecture was it’s informality. I enjoy a lecture which gives me a glimpse of what it would really be like to see the performer live. However, I felt much of Mr. Fisher’s speech were obscure references to pop culture icons past, and inside jokes. I may be wrong, but I doubt this is the material he turns to when in front of laymen. Again, I’m judging this mostly upon the dulled response many of the jokes received from the magician’s present. Mr. Fisher has a very likable and energetic personality, and I know he’s held in high regard for being able to entertain laymen with humor and strong magic. I just felt the lecture was lacking the presentation department.
But it did have strong magic! The first effect, “Helter Skelter” (featured on a soon to be released DVD by Mr. Fisher) is a very visual color change and deck reversal. Later on he showed a version which changed the effect to a color changing card and deck effect, which I would argue is slightly stronger. Another effect included was “Search and Destroy,” a routine structured to eliminate the pass entirely.
Like Mr. Levit’s lecture, this was not a trick heavy lecture. Mr. Fisher sought to drive deep into the minute details of his effects, and would routinely take the time to scan the audience and check to make sure that we were all holding the deck correctly.
Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this lecture. It was slow it parts, and, having no prior exposure to Mr. Fisher beyond knowing that he was a card guy, I had no idea what to expect. In the end, I appreciated the thoughts and insight this man had concerning magic. He’s a rare breed of magician, being a history buff, with knuckle busting skills, the wisdom to simply do as little as possible to achieve the effect, and—like I said earlier—a fun guy who you’d be lucky to grab a drink with. Thank you Mr. Fisher.