Mind Your Head

Sat 2nd – Tue 12th August 2014


Marnie Langeroodi

at 17:10 on 7th Aug 2014



Cameron Gibson lacks the sleekness, the mystery, and the intrigue we look for in magicians and mentalists. The show’s advertising – which promises a powerful exhibition of mind control and manipulation – is misleading. Gibson doesn’t dive into our minds to any extent that can really freak us out. His tricks are fairly harmless, and luckily, the audience can leave with their deepest, darkest secrets still in tact.

Admittedly, ‘Mind Your Head’ is rather hit-and-miss; it seems that sometimes the tricks work, and sometimes they don’t. Gibson relies heavily on audience interaction and this means that things don’t always run smoothly.

However, as part of the Free Fringe, this show might be worth a try if you’re willing to take your chances and support emerging young talent. Some tricks did work and were genuinely impressive. He could read minds in that he could guess your card and even your passwords. It’s just that the show didn’t deliver the theatricality the audience anticipated.

Though the show isn’t of a highly professional standard, Gibson is friendly, likeable and interacts well with the audience. It’s unlikely that he’s the next Derren Brown, David Blaine or Dynamo, but he’s incredibly brave, and can certainly make much more of his show by tightening up his delivery and timing.

During the performance, a couple of stunts aren’t carried through to the end – whether Gibson simply forgets or runs out of time is unclear. If he works on perfecting a few great stunts, rather than trying to do too much, the show could have a much smoother overall feel.

This makes for a generally enjoyable hour, but Gibson fails to make his audience feel sure of his talent, who, inevitably, are willing him to do well. I was even quite nervous for him at times, which made the whole experience an uncomfortable one.


Fay Watson

at 20:59 on 7th Aug 2014



"Mind Your Head" is a show full of mind-reading and mystery, headed by mentalist and magician Cameron Gibson. It is performed through what is known as 'close-up magic', where magic is performed to small groups with personal interaction and tricks. Gibson gives us this through intensive audience interaction and he pulls it off (most of the time). From knowing your pin number to what you're drawing, the tricks are predominantly well-executed and exciting. And, judging from the packed audience's reactions, they are also well received.

Close-up magic is brave. In small groups any minor mishaps are noticeable and, unfortunately, there are some. Furthermore, in a such a small venue, Gibson would have benefited from more of a stage presence. There are moments when he stumbles over what he is doing, or briefly forgets what comes next. Gibson could do with more confidence, but I don't doubt that will come with time.

Gibson is a mentalist and magician who performs across Scotland and aims to take magic and bring it into the 21st century. This is certainly a modern production with iPhone pins, science fiction films and the current top ten as introductory music. In this way, the sometimes predictable world of the classic card trick is made to feel fresh and contemporary alongside tricks involving Harry Potter and Twilight.

The stifling heat and cramped chairs of the venue make it difficult to last the full hour. Technical aspects are mainly non-existent except for too-loud music at the beginning of the piece. Consequently the performance has quite an amateur feel - intensified by some not fully successful audience interaction. This is hardly Gibson's fault, but it does lead to awkward silences and boredom among the audience. Some of the very impressive tricks did not have as great an impact as they could have had. Overall, the show was friendly and enjoyable but neither slick nor controlled.


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