Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Cath Jamison - Week 22

Tristan Meecham

Ever since I was 12 years old and I got my first Merlins magic set with the wand included, I knew this day would come. Here I am in the presence of magical greatness. I have shuffled my deck of cards and I'm ready to cast my spell on you all. Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, in and around my eyes, alakazam, it's Cath Jamison. Welcome, Cath, how are you?

Cath Jamison

Oh, hi, Tristan. Sorry, just doing a bit of reading.

Tristan Meecham

What's so special about this book?

Cath Jamison

Tristan, this was my very first book in magic. I treasure this book. It's called 'The Boys Book of Conjuring' which is funny because there wasn't any girls book of conjuring. It was always girls’ book of knitting, girls’ book of horse-riding but there was no Girls Book of Conjuring. It's all boys. So, I've had to adapt in the art of magic because everything is catered to the boys, but I like breaking the barriers.

Tristan Meecham

Now, Cath, when did you first start?

Cath Jamison

Oh, when I was only 5 years old. I used to make my little pet dog disappear. It was fun. I loved it. I actually dabbled with my first magic kit when I was that age and then I went to a magic school when I was a bit older.

Tristan Meecham

How have you navigated the many wizards and warlocks that have dominated the industry?

Cath Jamison

They're fantastic. They're very supportive and I've got one of my mentors, Raymond Crowe, who is fantastic. So, it's all about working together in this field. Ross Skivington, true legend, absolutely legend has inspired me as well.

Tristan Meecham

So, Cath, as well as being a magician, you are also a mind reader but I'm a little terrified.

Cath Jamison

Is it possible to read somebody's mind? I wrote a word earlier on this card. Do you know the word I wrote?

Tristan Meecham

No.

Cath Jamison

Oh my god, you're amazing. That's incredible. Okay, Tristan, I want you to think of someone who is close to you, someone who has a deep connection with you. Have you got someone in mind?

Tristan Meecham

Yep.

Cath Jamison

Great, and what's their name?

Tristan Meecham

Georgina.

Cath Jamison

Georgina, and what's her relationship to you?

Tristan Meecham

Georgina is my sister.

Cath Jamison

Your sister. Okay, I want you to have Georgina in your mind and your heart as we do this, alright? Now, we've going to conduct a fun and interactive experiment to find out how good your intuition really is, right? So, we have here ESP cards which were called the Zener cards back in the 1930s where they conducted an experiment to test extra sensory perception between people. See, what happened was they had two people in front of each other, a wall came down so that they couldn't see each other and then what would happen is one person would focus on a picture and the other one had to guess it. It was incredible. It was just like Ghostbusters will Bill Murray but without the electric shocks. Alright, so we're going to do something similar with you, Tristan. Are you ready?

Tristan Meecham

Yes. Yes.

Cath Jamison

Good. Good. Oh, by the way, there's an envelope here so just keep an eye on that as well. Alright, now I want you to put your intuition face on. Perfect. Alright, now we have here a square, squiggly lines, a star, a plus sign and a circle, alright? Now, I want you to concentrate. Yep, that's good. Okay, here we go. Tristan, which of these symbols matches this card? Square, squiggly, star, plus or circle.

Tristan Meecham

The star.

Cath Jamison

The star, okay. Alright, are you sure?

Tristan Meecham

Yes.

Cath Jamison

That's amazing. You're good. Alright, let's try another one. Okay, let's see. Let's go with this one. Okay, which one?

Tristan Meecham

The squiggly lines.

Cath Jamison

Squiggly, okay. Squiggly. Next one.

Tristan Meecham

Circle.

Cath Jamison

Circle. Alright, next.

Tristan Meecham

The square.

Cath Jamison

Square and of course, that will be the plus just there. Alright, now do you want to keep it as it is, or do you want to switch?

Tristan Meecham

Can I switch the plus with the square?

Cath Jamison

Okay, you want to switch the plus with the square. Are you sure?

Tristan Meecham

Yes.

Cath Jamison

Okay. Alright, now this is going to test your intuition. Alright, you're going to stay with it. Okay, here we go. Let's see. You got the circle, plus, squiggly and square. Oh my god, that's amazing. You're incredible. Oh my god, nobody has ever, ever got that before you. You're a natural. Oh, wait on. Wait on. The envelope. Won't forget the envelope. Now, I did something very special for you. I placed in this envelope a gift, something that I wrote before the interview and it was in full view the whole time. Let's see. What was the relationship of the person you were close to?

Tristan Meecham

She was my sister.

Cath Jamison

Your sister, and what was her name?

Tristan Meecham

Her name is Georgina. No! No!

Cath Jamison

Pow.

Tristan Meecham

Oh, my goodness me. Cath, I'm so impressed. Look, you must have performed for some amazing people in your past. Let's do some name dropping.

Cath Jamison

The one that stands out to me is Helen Reddy. I performed in a show with Helen Reddy, Judith Lucy and myself. I'm standing on a stage with legends. I just get inspired by these women that go out there, keep on going and Helen Reddy is one of them. The other one is Kate Cebrano. She is absolutely incredible, what she does.

Tristan Meecham

Now, we're going to move onto a very special finale for the Victorian Seniors Festival.

Cath Jamison

I've got a beautiful memory I want to share with you, Tristan. It's when I had my very first magical experience. It was incredible. Here, I'll show you. It was on this snow-capped mountain that I saw snow for the very first time as a kid. It was, oh, incredible. See, here I am with my two sisters and my mum and dad, well, he was taking the photo. My mum isn't with us anymore and dad, well, he's in a home but it was their unconditional love that taught me the value of family and adventure. Now, it wasn't long ago that my 6-year-old niece, Caitlyn, came to me and said, "Aunty Cath, what's snow all about?" I said to her, "If you go and get me a paper napkin, I'll show you." Needless to say, she got that napkin really quick and this is what I made Caitlyn. Okay, Tristan, you ready? Alright, everyone in Australia, oh. Good, and Victoria. Hup, oh. Yeah, right, okay.

[Cath begins a magic trick with a napkin]

Yep, she had the same reaction you guys had. I had to tell her real snowflakes were all different, that real snowflakes were much smaller but most importantly, that real snowflakes were made of water.

[Cath mixes the napkin in water, waves a fan and snow appears]

Tristan Meecham

Cath, that is a beautiful, beautiful memory. Thank you so much for the magic here at the Victorian Seniors Festival. Alakazam.

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22 September 2020
Duration: 9:24

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.

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Victorian Seniors Festival Reimagined 2020

Cath Jamison - Week 22

Tristan Meecham

Ever since I was 12 years old and I got my first Merlins magic set with the wand included, I knew this day would come. Here I am in the presence of magical greatness. I have shuffled my deck of cards and I'm ready to cast my spell on you all. Look into my eyes, look into my eyes, in and around my eyes, alakazam, it's Cath Jamison. Welcome, Cath, how are you?

Cath Jamison

Oh, hi, Tristan. Sorry, just doing a bit of reading.

Tristan Meecham

What's so special about this book?

Cath Jamison

Tristan, this was my very first book in magic. I treasure this book. It's called 'The Boys Book of Conjuring' which is funny because there wasn't any girls book of conjuring. It was always girls’ book of knitting, girls’ book of horse-riding but there was no Girls Book of Conjuring. It's all boys. So, I've had to adapt in the art of magic because everything is catered to the boys, but I like breaking the barriers.

Tristan Meecham

Now, Cath, when did you first start?

Cath Jamison

Oh, when I was only 5 years old. I used to make my little pet dog disappear. It was fun. I loved it. I actually dabbled with my first magic kit when I was that age and then I went to a magic school when I was a bit older.

Tristan Meecham

How have you navigated the many wizards and warlocks that have dominated the industry?

Cath Jamison

They're fantastic. They're very supportive and I've got one of my mentors, Raymond Crowe, who is fantastic. So, it's all about working together in this field. Ross Skivington, true legend, absolutely legend has inspired me as well.

Tristan Meecham

So, Cath, as well as being a magician, you are also a mind reader but I'm a little terrified.

Cath Jamison

Is it possible to read somebody's mind? I wrote a word earlier on this card. Do you know the word I wrote?

Tristan Meecham

No.

Cath Jamison

Oh my god, you're amazing. That's incredible. Okay, Tristan, I want you to think of someone who is close to you, someone who has a deep connection with you. Have you got someone in mind?

Tristan Meecham

Yep.

Cath Jamison

Great, and what's their name?

Tristan Meecham

Georgina.

Cath Jamison

Georgina, and what's her relationship to you?

Tristan Meecham

Georgina is my sister.

Cath Jamison

Your sister. Okay, I want you to have Georgina in your mind and your heart as we do this, alright? Now, we've going to conduct a fun and interactive experiment to find out how good your intuition really is, right? So, we have here ESP cards which were called the Zener cards back in the 1930s where they conducted an experiment to test extra sensory perception between people. See, what happened was they had two people in front of each other, a wall came down so that they couldn't see each other and then what would happen is one person would focus on a picture and the other one had to guess it. It was incredible. It was just like Ghostbusters will Bill Murray but without the electric shocks. Alright, so we're going to do something similar with you, Tristan. Are you ready?

Tristan Meecham

Yes. Yes.

Cath Jamison

Good. Good. Oh, by the way, there's an envelope here so just keep an eye on that as well. Alright, now I want you to put your intuition face on. Perfect. Alright, now we have here a square, squiggly lines, a star, a plus sign and a circle, alright? Now, I want you to concentrate. Yep, that's good. Okay, here we go. Tristan, which of these symbols matches this card? Square, squiggly, star, plus or circle.

Tristan Meecham

The star.

Cath Jamison

The star, okay. Alright, are you sure?

Tristan Meecham

Yes.

Cath Jamison

That's amazing. You're good. Alright, let's try another one. Okay, let's see. Let's go with this one. Okay, which one?

Tristan Meecham

The squiggly lines.

Cath Jamison

Squiggly, okay. Squiggly. Next one.

Tristan Meecham

Circle.

Cath Jamison

Circle. Alright, next.

Tristan Meecham

The square.

Cath Jamison

Square and of course, that will be the plus just there. Alright, now do you want to keep it as it is, or do you want to switch?

Tristan Meecham

Can I switch the plus with the square?

Cath Jamison

Okay, you want to switch the plus with the square. Are you sure?

Tristan Meecham

Yes.

Cath Jamison

Okay. Alright, now this is going to test your intuition. Alright, you're going to stay with it. Okay, here we go. Let's see. You got the circle, plus, squiggly and square. Oh my god, that's amazing. You're incredible. Oh my god, nobody has ever, ever got that before you. You're a natural. Oh, wait on. Wait on. The envelope. Won't forget the envelope. Now, I did something very special for you. I placed in this envelope a gift, something that I wrote before the interview and it was in full view the whole time. Let's see. What was the relationship of the person you were close to?

Tristan Meecham

She was my sister.

Cath Jamison

Your sister, and what was her name?

Tristan Meecham

Her name is Georgina. No! No!

Cath Jamison

Pow.

Tristan Meecham

Oh, my goodness me. Cath, I'm so impressed. Look, you must have performed for some amazing people in your past. Let's do some name dropping.

Cath Jamison

The one that stands out to me is Helen Reddy. I performed in a show with Helen Reddy, Judith Lucy and myself. I'm standing on a stage with legends. I just get inspired by these women that go out there, keep on going and Helen Reddy is one of them. The other one is Kate Cebrano. She is absolutely incredible, what she does.

Tristan Meecham

Now, we're going to move onto a very special finale for the Victorian Seniors Festival.

Cath Jamison

I've got a beautiful memory I want to share with you, Tristan. It's when I had my very first magical experience. It was incredible. Here, I'll show you. It was on this snow-capped mountain that I saw snow for the very first time as a kid. It was, oh, incredible. See, here I am with my two sisters and my mum and dad, well, he was taking the photo. My mum isn't with us anymore and dad, well, he's in a home but it was their unconditional love that taught me the value of family and adventure. Now, it wasn't long ago that my 6-year-old niece, Caitlyn, came to me and said, "Aunty Cath, what's snow all about?" I said to her, "If you go and get me a paper napkin, I'll show you." Needless to say, she got that napkin really quick and this is what I made Caitlyn. Okay, Tristan, you ready? Alright, everyone in Australia, oh. Good, and Victoria. Hup, oh. Yeah, right, okay.

[Cath begins a magic trick with a napkin]

Yep, she had the same reaction you guys had. I had to tell her real snowflakes were all different, that real snowflakes were much smaller but most importantly, that real snowflakes were made of water.

[Cath mixes the napkin in water, waves a fan and snow appears]

Tristan Meecham

Cath, that is a beautiful, beautiful memory. Thank you so much for the magic here at the Victorian Seniors Festival. Alakazam.