Cath Jamison has always pushed the boundaries so when she was given a magic kit as a five-year-old, she soon progressed from card tricks to making her pets disappear and reappear in different parts of the house.
‘Once I got that magic kit I never looked back,’ Cath laughs.
Despite qualifying as a gardener and working as a clown for a few years, the lure of magic was always strong. After enrolling at a magic school, Cath was set on the path that has led her to becoming a Australia’s leading and multi-award winning female magician and mentalist, despite the lack of female role models.
‘My first book on magic was Conjuring for Boys, there was no Conjuring for Girls,’ Cath says.
‘The girls’ books were on knitting or horse riding.’
When older male magicians told her to concentrate on magic silk scarf tricks, Cath decided to learn how to swallow razor blades instead.
‘When I was a kid, I used to play with matches under the house…I love being on the edge of things.’
Exploring that edge has led Cath to become an expert at mentalism, when she performs what seems to be incredible mind-reading, clairvoyance and telekinesis skills; blowing away her audience and luminaries like Hollywood director Tim Burton, who described her as ‘simply extraordinary’.
‘I love just surprising people,’ Cath says.
‘Mentalism is a mix of science, body language, intuition and a bit of magic. I'm touching on that intuition that everyone has really, and just elaborating it a bit more.’
Whilst she’s yet to write Conjuring for Girls, in 2006, Cath started her own Australian School of Magic, which has an equal mix of genders thanks to the increased interest in magic sparked by Harry Potter.
‘It's great to be able to pass on the skills that I've learned,’ she says.
Best keep an eye on your pets.
Watch Cath's 2020 Victorian Seniors Festival reimagined performance.