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"Katrina is a pro. I've worked on stage with her, improvising magic in an impossible situation and we killed it. She crushed it. I'll go into showbiz battle with her by my side any day!" -Penn Jillette (Penn and Teller)

"Hey Katrina. I caught your lecture yesterday and I wanted to tell you that you did an amazing job. Lots of practical info delivered in a breezy, fun style." -Ken Weber (Maximum Entertainment)

"I thought your lecture was really strong. Lots of great info that I am sure inspired people to do better virtual shows. I got a lot from your lecture for my own shows. So glad you are killing it in LA. I can see now why you are working so much." -David Kaye (Silly Billy)

"When it comes to virtual shows Katrina knows what she is talking about. Her experience and knowledge shines through and she makes it all highly entertaining to watch." -Paul Romhany (Vanish Magazine)

"Your prediction effect was brilliant! I saw an online show where you did the same thing with pets and I was totally fooled. The concept is solid, powerful, and finally an ENTERTAINING prediction effect. I was seriously blown away by your talent. Between your awesome effects, likable character, engaging presentation skills, and really natural sense of humor, you are a force to be reckoned with." -Richard Sanders

What will she teach?

Selection- This is the trick that fooled Penn Jilette on “Fool Us”. A completely customizable magic trick that works well for both kids and adults, as well as virtually and in person! An audience member is asked to help you divide a stack of cards/photos into two separate piles (similar to out of this world) the twist comes at the end when they have an entirely free choice of which card/photo to specifically choose. It is revealed that the magician knew exactly what card/photo they would pick ahead of time. I will touch on some handling tips and teach you the basics of how to make the gimmicks.

Callback Invisible Deck- Make a reference/Joke at the beginning of your set. Halfway through the show the magician does a standard invisible deck routine but with a twist. On the bottom of the card they chose is a message that references your joke from earlier. Not only was their card facing the opposite direction, but is the only one to have that message/word on it. Totally customizable!

Chocolate Appearance and Disappearance- Using a handkerchief the audience members help you make a single small object appear. such as a chocolate, a candy, a ring, a quarter, anything that’s smallish sized!
several more of that small object appear. make a single one of the objects disappear in a humorous and engaging way. There are two versions of the routine -one for children and one for adults.

Foreshadowed Mysterious Envelope Prediction- The Magician asks an audience member to think of an object. In a very silly way they attempt to read the spectators mind only to fail. It is revealed later that the magician predicted the thought of item and had a photo printed of the item inside the envelope the entire show. Works as a wonderful climax to a virtual show or an in person event! This one really shocks people.

The Personalized Message Switch- Now you can personalize any show you do in a quick and easy way! The magician reveals they have a piece of paper. Written on each side is “front” and “back”. The magician does a few folds of the paper only to open it up and reveal a magical personalized message has appeared. Takes less than 3 minutes to set up for each show and is perfect for all ages. Two different versions of this will be taught -both a smaller version for virtual/close up and also a larger version for stage/parlor.

Who is she?

Katrina Kroetch (AKA Magical Katrina) has performed her unique blend of playful and whimsical magic all over the world in Africa, India, Mexico, Europe, and America. She is a volunteer and advocate with Magicians Without Borders and the non profit Emergency Circus. She has been a cast member of the international touring show Champions of Magic and has been on numerous network television shows including Masters of Illusion and Penn and Teller: Fool Us . She has also performed in the virtual magic show for the Magic Castle and Academy of Magical Arts. She was featured for her magic in the Washington Post and in an article about Virtual Magic Shows in the Wallstreet Journal.

Katrina is the winner of 4 different magic awards including winning first place at AbraCORNdabara’s virtual magic contest in May 2020 and was awarded the Pacific Coast Association of Magicians Children’s Entertainer of the year for 2020. Despite our changing world she continues to dazzle audiences with her interactive virtual magic shows.


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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 11th, 2021
As far as magic is concerned, there is nothing here that is new or particularly innovative. That's fine. Sometimes we can learn a lot about standard effects from a seasoned professional. But Katrina is not that either.

She does seem well-suited to entertain five-year-olds, and more power to her. That is not a situation I would be able to handle. But if you want insight into children's magic, you'd be much better off looking into David Kaye's work.

But Katrina also does magic for adults, and recognizes the differences in the audiences. Early on she mentions how she changes her tone for adult shows. But I've seen both her adult and kids shows, and she treats her audience members like children regardless. You could reasonably consider this lecture a "do as I say, not as I do" situation. She's saying the right things, but again, it's nothing new.

Her explanations for tricks, such as they are, are not especially good. For example, she spends a long time showing in great detail how to move a bill from one hand to the other. But at the end she realizes she's been placing it incorrectly and rushes through the correct handling without an explanation. Not that it needed much explanation in the first place, but it shows a lack of preparedness.

I'll be charitable and chalk that up to inexperience with magic lectures. What she has been lecturing on the past year is Zoom shows, particularly the business side of booking them. She's definitely familiar with this topic and it is easily the most valuable part of the lecture. Unfortunately it's just the last 20 minutes of the 3.5 hour runtime, and I can't say the quick bullet point overview is worth the cost.

I feel Katrina's true calling is to be an agent or promoter, and magic is getting in her way. She definitely knows how to work with clients, but her magic seems like a side project. If she had a 90-minute lecture on her business tips, going in-depth into how she handles her marketing, etc, that would probably be worthwhile. I do hope she'll focus her energies where her talents lie, as I think she'd be much more successful staying on the business side.
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Verified buyer Pro Privacy ON (login to see reviewer names) on October 12th, 2021
I rather enjoyed this lecture. Katrina taught a lot about doing magic over Zoom, an area I had largely been ignoring. Also, she taught her trick from Penn & Teller Fool Us. I am going to make mine with the instructions from the lecture but I will also be buying it when it comes out so I can get any additional instruction or tips not mentioned during the lecture.

I will be using this and I will be following her advice with the Elastic IT as well. As the saying goes, if you get ONE thing you will use out of a magic purchase, it's a good purchase. Katrina gave me TWO. Enough said.

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I have seen Katrina work for adults (both stage and close-up) and for children (live and virtually). Her audiences adore her. I've always believed that when people love you they will love your magic. People cannot help but smile and be amazed watching her.

Katrina is new to the world of lecturing. She does over explain a lot of things in her lecture but I know her and she wanted to be thorough. She lectured on doing virtual magic for children, but did allude to the differences when entertaining adults. It's obvious that the kids are entertained by her magic and charisma in the clips of her show that are spliced in.

Many standard effects are taught in this lecture but it's always nice to see another performer's presentations. While many may choose to fast forward over effects they think are elementary, they will sadly miss her nuggets of nuances and her insights.

I learned a lot about doing virtual shows. There were many great pointers and specifics that I had no idea about. Frankly I wish there had been less tricks and more talk about her business and people skills. Sadly though people want to learn tricks so she tried to fill that need.

I genuinely appreciated her honesty. I was most impressed that she was lecturing to an empty room. I've lectured hundreds of times and have never had to do that. I don't know how she kept her energy so up!

If you're looking for lots of advanced tricks then this is not the lecture for you. If you're looking for business tips to book more shows and doing fun effects for children or adults virtually then this a wonderful choice.

I'm sure folks who are short-sighted will beat her up verbally for the tricks she performed and taught. I encourage the viewers to really read between the lines. There are many tips here to help you be better. She leaves her audiences happy. Maya Angelou said it best, "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
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