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David Gabby Lecture Nov. 12th, 2013

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 11:15 AM Comments comments (11)

A creator of original magic, and regular Magic Castle performer, David Gabbay is modern approach to this age old art can make your magic amazing. In 2010 David Gabbay starred in his own one man Hollywood theater show, “Caught In A Miracle" to sold out houses and critical acclaim. A multiple award winner, most recently in 2011, David competed with magicians from across the country at the prestigious TAOM convention to earn himself the First Place Award for Close-Up Magic. David is a really impressive magician who is just starting to break out in our magic community. He is really fun to watch with some cutting edge techniques and misdirection. One of those you don't know what's going to happen next kind of shows and really original. Almost all of his stuff is original, he's done a few lectures now and wants to do more. Here is a video of him on (including his whole close-up show):

David Gabbay is a talented, award winning magician and creator of some of the most visual, cutting edge effects put out in recent years. Fresh off a successful one man Hollywood show – soon to be featured in an upcoming MAGIC Magazine article – his abilities transcend the perception of what magic can look like performed on any stage or just inches away.

Through his lifelong devotion towards refining and perfecting every aspect of his art, David has received awards and recognition from the magic community. He is currently one of the Magic Castle’s favorite performers and is in constant demand by seasoned veterans and members alike.

David’s interactive lecture is meant to be an entertaining, informative discussion on some of his original effects and creative thinking, with something for magicians at every skill level.

♠ David’s Coin opener - This original opener creates huge reactions right off the bat and is a mini masterclass in misdirection and deception. There is little cover, and once mastered, will give the performer confidence to perform other bolder effects. A must see!

♠ Coins Through Silk & Sanchez Fly - These two original coin routines produce a powerful one two punch. Spectators get up close and personal, seeing and hearing the coins melt, vanish, and reappear in these comedic yet daring handlings you will love to perform. (Demo only)

♠ David’s Topit – Need to make something vanish fast? David’s use of the topit enables different vanishes and switches, using a three coin routine as an example. He shows how to vanish multiple coins silently, with further thoughts on using a topit and sleeving sparingly but effectively.

♠ Coin in Purse to Box – Highly visual award winning effect, this is David’s modern twist on Nest of Boxes that helped win first place at the 2011 TAOM Convention Close-up Competition. Also includes David’s thoughts on how he masters his timing and misdirection that’s his calling card.

♠ Card to Impossible Locations (2 effects) – A demonstration on being bold, taking chances, and most importantly, controlled timing with a clever close-up black art principle effect. Also includes a surprising pen from purse that can be used anywhere, anytime.

♠ Coin in sugar packet – A fully impromptu effect that has gained notoriety. This was originally featured in Genii Magazine and brought David well deserved national recognition.

♠ Tic-Tac box and specially designed card case – A solid original effect that will soon be part of your repertoire, complete with a chop cup-esque routine. For the first time, David reveals how to make his brilliant Tic-Tac box gimmick that even has real Tic-Tacs deceptively appear. The ingenious card case also allows you to steal objects even when it’s closed.

♠ Tossed Out Tech – A new, original jelly bean effect based on “tossed out deck” that plays around with the sense of taste. A really cool, new concept in magic you won’t see anywhere else.

♠ Stitch – Visually move your polo shirt's logo in full view. Ends by showing the logo is permanently stitched on, and is fully examinable. Crazy unreal!

♠ Bounce/No Bounce Balls – A really fun routine with bouncing balls where you finish up by bouncing the ball that just previously wouldn't bounce.

♠ Bonus – David presents a method that allows one to hand out their business card in the context of a card effect.

*Throughout the lecture David will discuss his experience on topics ranging from timing & misdirection, keeping a magic journal, goal setting, blending techniques, connecting with the audience, managing the peaks and valleys of your performance, tips on beginning and ending a show, and routining an act that flows and blends to keep audiences fully engaged in this twitter age.


“David Gabbay takes dusty classics and gives them a fresh, young, entertaining twist that makes them not only watchable but HIGHLY entertaining!" - Joe Monti

"David's magic is smartly constructed, visual and designed for the enjoyment of the laity. Watch him closely." - Eric Jones

"David Gabbay likes magic to be fun, and all his tricks reflect that." - David Acer

“…interesting magic by a thoughtful young creator” - Jamy Ian Swiss

For more information, take a look at his website at:

Date is subject to change.


Posted on December 15, 2011 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Troy Keefer has agreed to give a mini lecture on "Close-up" magic at our January meeting. Is there anyone of us on the Board willing do 15 minutes of "close- up" magic following Troy's lecture? IF U HAVENT SEEN TROY DO CLOSE UP NOW IS YOUR TIME!!!!! BRING PEN AND PAPER AND STEAL A LINE OR TWO!!!!!!!!!