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And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest trick of all. Getting a cynical, closed-minded asshole to believe in magic!

Harrison

"Mind Freakers" is the 10th episode of the first season of Camp Camp and is the 10th episode overall. It aired August 26th, 2016 on the RT FIRST site, August 27th, 2016 on the Rooster Teeth Website, and September 2nd, 2016 on YouTube.

Official Synopsis

Harrison does a magic trick that Neil can't figure out. Desperately, Neil begins to do whatever it takes to find an answer.

—Episode description

Plot

The episode starts with Nikki being impressed by Harrison's magic tricks. Max and Neil walk into the cheering crowd as Max starts to question what they were gathered around for. Neil expresses his disdain, grabbing the attention of the crowd, and gets into an argument with Harrison and tries to prove that science can explain each and every trick that he had ever done. Harrison casts a spell that causes Max to vomit a chain of tied up scarves, including other magical items, in an effort to convince Neil that magic is more than fiction. Max is traumatized by this, and Neil ends up getting little to no sleep trying to figure out how the trick worked.

After the intro, the scene pans to Max waking up to a sleep-deprived Neil, wired on caffeine, and is bombarded with the insistence that Harrison's tricks can be explained by science, with notes scribbled on a big blackboard. Neil then inquires as to how Harrison managed to plant the handkerchief chain in his stomach, Max says he doesn't want to talk about it and retreats to the Mess Hall for breakfast instead. Neil overhears Nikki's enthusiastic remarks on Harrison's magic tricks from outside their tent and witnesses Harrison doing more magic simple tricks that easily impress her. Harrison states that his last trick was more physics than actual magic, which enrages Neil. Harrison informs him that only true magic believers can witness the power of magic. Neil promptly drags Nikki to the side, heatedly asking if Harrison ever taught her his tricks, and ends up asking Nikki to become Harrison's apprentice so he can finally learn the truth.

Max sits in the Mess Hall, glumly poking his food. Neil enters and strikes up a conversation on Harrison's selfishness, oblivious to the fact that he behaves just as selfishly. Max vomits up a bouquet of flowers, pushes his tray to the side, and leaves, heading for the showers. Nikki walks in and happily greets Neil, but admits that she still hasn't learned how the trick works. Neil takes Nikki under his wing and "christens" her to a "level four" magician, vowing to disprove Harrison's beliefs.

Nikki and Neil stand before the crowd of campers on Harrison's Magic Camp platform, attempting to replicate the infamous trick with the help of science and his new apprentice, Nikki. The crowd seems disinterested, but Harrison is surprised. Neil gets more enraged by the minute and rambles on about how science can explain any phenomenon. He whips out the same chain of handkerchiefs tied together that Max had previously vomited up, complete with a rabbit and Quartermaster's hook. Harrison's plea for him to stop falls on deaf ears, and the crowd grows more excited and eager to bear witness.

Nikki starts to have second thoughts, but Neil reassures her that everything will be fine, before shoving the chain down her throat. The crowd is completely mortified at the sight. Preston questions where the counselors were. David and Gwen are then seen watching an episode of "Rob Boss" in the Counselor's Cabin, completely unaware of the world around them as they sink deeper into the soothing voice and calming art.

Once the chain is gone, Nikki seems surprisingly chipper, and even talks briefly with Neil before collapsing to the ground, turning blue. After writhing and heaving for a moment, she falls completely still, as Neil begins to panic. Harrison offers to help with the power of magic which only enrages Neil. Harrison insists that magic is the fastest and only way to save Nikki, but only if Neil starts to believe in magic. The crowd turns serious and threatens Neil to believe in magic. He spots Max and asks what he should do, but a live pigeon flies out of Max's mouth when he attempts to answer. Becoming ill, he leaves.

As Harrison pleads with him to believe, Neil finally gives in. Harrison flashes him a malicious grin, before standing up and bowing to the crowd. "And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest trick of all: getting a cynical, closed-minded asshole to believe in magic!"

The crowd cheers, even as Neil realizes that Nikki hadn't recovered. When he asks Harrison, Nikki jumps to her feet, reveling in the crowd's praise. Neil is baffled beyond words. Harrison explains for the final time how it's all thanks to magic, "boops" Neil's nose, and bows once more at the crowd, earning a bitter "Fuck you, Harrison" from Neil.

Features

Main Characters

Supporting Characters

Minor Characters

Locations

Music

Trivia

  • When Harrison makes Max throw up a long chain of scarves tied together, the chain also seems to include a white stuffed rabbit, the Quartermaster's hook, and Ered's purple skateboard.
  • Max is only ever shown to take off his hoodie when he's asleep, then proceeds to put in on for the rest of the day to conceal his Camp Camp shirt.
  • While David and Gwen are seen watching "Rob Boss", David's drawers that are visible in the background are labeled "David" and "Knee High Socks", respectively.
    • In contrast to David who only has one gadget, his phone, Gwen is shown to own a phone, a laptop and an iPad, as seen in the background charging on top of her drawer.

Cultural References

  • The title of the episode (as well as the multiple mentions of Neil having his "mind freaked") is presumably a reference to the TV series "Criss Angel Mindfreak" hosted by magician Criss Angel.
  • Neil writes many numbers and equations on a chalkboard in an attempt to understand how Harrison did the trick. Among these, the quadratic formula is visible.
  • When Neil asks Nikki if Harrison is teaching her his tricks, she mentions that she wanted to learn "Avada Kedavra", but that Harrison told her it was forbidden. This is the Killing Curse from the "Harry Potter" series. Later, when Neil tells her that she is now his apprentice, she mentions that she has so much to learn and hasn't even been sorted into a House yet.
  • Neil later asks Nikki, "Did he reveal his secret? Masked Magician-style?" This is a reference to Val Valentino, an illusionist performing under the stage name "the Masked Magician". who hosted a series of specials titled "Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed" in which he explained the methods behind various magic tricks and illusions.
  • When Neil chugs the rest of his mug in anger. the underside is labeled "IKEYA", likely a reference to the furniture retailer IKEA.
  • When Neil "christens" Nikki as a "level four" magician,, he performs the sign of the cross on her.
  • While the events of the episode are going on, David and Gwen are shown to be watching a show that is clearly meant to resemble Bob Ross's hugely popular series "The Joy of Painting".
  • Harrison tells Neil that the spell to save Nikki is powered by belief, like a Spirit Bomb (an attack from the "Dragon Ball" franchise that works by absorbing energy from the surrounding people).
  • Nikki refers to Neil as fam, a slang term for the word "family".

Continuity

  • The Nurf-centric nature of the previous episode, as well as the overall low screentime of the main cast, is lampshaded by Neil and Nikki. They also suggest that they will probably do something crazy next week anyway, a reference to the fact that they have much more prominent roles in this episode.
  • While Nikki is enthralled by Harrison's magic in this episode and studies as his apprentice to learn more, she ends up growing out of this excitement in a future episode, "The Quarter-Moon Convergence" and says she's moved on to more "mature things" like doing taxes for her stuffed animals.
  • The use of the term "freak my mind" (and subsequent variations) began in this episode. Harrison makes uses of the term again in "Camp Corp." when he freaks his own mind, and is later used by Nurf to beg for Harrison's help in "The Butterfinger Effect".
  • In "Reigny Day", Max hints that he and Neil share the same tent by stating "Well, more tent for me" after everyone assumed that Neil was dead. This is later confirmed in this episode.
  • Also shown in this episode, is that he and Neil share a coffee maker, propped up on a log in their tent. The coffee maker is shown again in "Anti-Social Network".

Errors

  • The red shading on David's left elbow appears to be missing during the scene where he and Gwen are shown to watch "Rob Boss" during their spare time.

Transcript

The transcript for "Mind Freakers" may be edited here.
*music*  

Harrison: So, Nikki... was THIS your card?  

Nikki: *gasps* Oh my gosh! How did you know?!  

Harrison: The answer is simple. It's magic! Ta-da.  

Nikki: Of course! It makes perfect sense!  

Crowd: *cheering*  

Max: Hey, Space Kid, what's going on?  

Space Kid: Harrison is doing MAGIC. He's incredible.  

Neil: Pssh. "Magic". Come on, Space Kid, I expected better from you. There's no such thing as magic.  

Nikki: Don't you say that, Neil! Just because YOU don't believe —  

Harrison: It's okay, Nikki. Neil just doesn't want his mind freaked by my powers.  

Neil: Sure, Harrison, that's it. It's certainly not because I believe in the fundamental laws of everything in existence, which goes against the slightest chance of magic even being possible.  

Harrison: Then how do you explain... this?  

Nikki: *gasps* I've got money ears!  

Neil: Sleight of hand. The quarter's up your sleeve and the movement of your hand covers up the coin coming out.  

Crowd: *gasps*  

Harrison: I guess that's one way to do it, but that certainly doesn't answer... *drum roll* how these rings link together so effortlessly!  

Crowd: *cheers*  

Nikki: Yeah, Neil! 'Splain that!  

Neil: Trick rings sold specifically for the purpose of that illusion. They're on Amazon for $12.95. Get rekt, Harrison. Why don't you do a real magic trick if you're so good?  

Harrison: So, you want a real trick. Okay then, Neil. I'll perform the greatest trick of all! How about this?! Abracadabra!  

Neil: Amazing, Harrison.  

Max: Come on, Neil. Let's get the fuck —  

Neil: Max? Are you okay?  

Max: WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME?!  

Nikki: Oh! You just got Abraca-OWNED, Max!  

Crowd: *cheers*  

Harrison: Yes, and it would've been even better if it had happened to Neil as I intended, but you get the idea. Magic!  

Max: I do NOT feel okay.  

Neil: Whatever. It wasn't that cool.  

Harrison: What's the matter, Neil? Did I freak your mind?  

Neil: Please. That was lame. So I don't know how you did it, big deal. It's not like I'm gonna lose sleep over it.  

Neil: Shit.  

[ Opening – "Camp Camp Song Song" ]  

Neil: Oh, good. You're awake!  

Max: Neil? What are you...  

Neil: I was just thinking about that trick that Harrison did yesterday. Not that I care about it, but I'm THIS close to figuring it out, and I just need to know, at what point did he surgically insert the handkerchief and rabbit into your stomach? Were you awake for it? Or did he put you under?!  

Max: I... I don't want to talk about it.  

Neil: Right, right. I mean no one wants to talk about it, it's just a stupid trick after all, but... what irks me is that the math just isn't there, you know?  

Max: *coughs* Look, I don't know what happened. I just... I'm gonna go get some breakfast before this scars me for life.  

Neil: Nah, yeah! No, that's fine. I'm about to figure it out anyway, even if I wanted to spend more time on it. Which I don't! Because I don't care!  

Nikki: Amazing! Do it again, Harrison!  

Harrison: Well, this isn't really how the trick is supposed to work...  

Nikki: I don't care, this is awesome! The milk goes right through it! How?!  

Harrison: That's kinda just like... normal physics.  

Neil: Oooooh, NOW you're confined by the laws of physics? I thought it was... *gasp* MAGIC! Tada!  

Harrison: Oh, Neil. Magic only works for those who believe in it. Like my new apprentice, Nikki, for example.  

Nikki: Yeah! I believe! Cut me in half! I'll be fine! ...I'll be fine? I'll be fine!  

Neil: Is he teaching you his tricks?  

Nikki: Uh, yeah, he said he would. I wanted to learn Avada Kedavra, but he said it was forbidden or some junk. But I'm learning some serious stuff! Check it out. Pick a card.  

Neil: Look, Nikki. You gotta get Harrison to teach you how to do that trick.  

Nikki: But I thought you said it was dumb.  

Neil: Forget what I said! I know he trusts you, and there's got to be something simple I'm missing.  

Nikki: Okay, Neil. I got you, fam.  

Neil: I don't know what that means, but thank you.  

*music*  

Max: *sighs*  

Neil: Hey, Max!  

Max: Oh. Hey, Neil.  

Neil: Can you believe that kid? How does Harrison have the gall to do something so hurtful, ya know?  

Max: Yeah. It's kinda shitty. I feel —  

Neil: It's like he doesn't even care how this affects ME!  

Max: You?  

Neil: Yeah! How can he be so selfish? Hey, you gonna eat that?  

Max: Uh...  

Neil: I'll figure it out, though. Just wait and see. So, how's your day going?  

Max: *throws up bouquet of flowers* I, um... I'm gonna go sit in the shower for a while.  

Neil: Bye, Max!  

Nikki: Neil, I'm back! And I have some great news.  

Neil: Nikki! Did he teach you the trick? Did he reveal his secret? Masked Magician style?  

Nikki: No, but he did say that if I keep training, I could get a cool top hat like his!  

Neil: NIKKI! You were supposed to get him to teach you.  

Nikki: I know, but Harrison said that trick is only for a level-four magician. He also said it's easy to figure out if you're smart enough, anyway.  

Neil: Excuse me?  

Nikki: It's okay, Neil! I'm not smart enough either! We can be stupid together!  

Neil: *slurp*  

*coffee cup cracks*  

Neil: Well, if he thinks it's so easy, I guess we might as well TRY IT. YOU WANT TO LEARN MAGIC, NIKKI?  

Nikki: Uh-huh! Uh-huh! Uh-huh! Uh-huh!  

Neil: Well, consider yourself MY apprentice now.  

Nikki: I don't know, Neil. There's still so much I need to learn. I've got to reach level four, and I haven't even been sorted into a house yet.  

Neil: Okay, fine. I hereby christen you level four as of this moment.  

Nikki: Oooh. I feel all tingly.  

Neil: Now focus! We're gonna do this trick. And we're gonna do it... with SCIENCE.  

Nikki: ...'Kay.  

Harrison: ...And presto! Just like that, Ered's bad report cards disappear!  

Crowd: *applause*  

Ered: Right on, Harrison. I was just gonna throw 'em away, but that was way cooler.  

Neil: Ladies and gentlemen! Your attention please! Prepare to be dazzled by the magic of... SCIENCE.  

Crowd: *collective ooohing*  

Harrison: What do you think you're doing?  

Neil: Oh, nothing. Just proving that any idiot with half a brain can do that trick you pulled off yesterday.  

Space Kid: Wait, are... are you calling yourself an idiot, Neil?  

Neil: SHUT UP SPACE KID. I'm trying to prove a point!  

Space Kid: Yeah, okay!  

Neil: You see, fellow campers, Harrison has been lying to you.  

Crowd: *gasps*  

Neil: He would have you believe that things like magic really do exist, but we know that's not true! Magic goes against the very laws of nature. Everything can be explained by SCIENCE. Even his tricks! So, to prove him wrong, I am going to re-create his magic trick.  

Crowd: Ooh! Ah!  

Harrison: Neil, don't do this! You're not properly trained in the ways of magic!  

Neil: YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH, HARRISON. Someone has to keep order in this chaotic, uncertain world, and it's gonna be me.  

Nikki: Neil, are you sure about this?  

Neil: I believe in the science, Nikki. That's all the certainty I need. In order to begin the trick, I would ask my assistant to please open her mouth.  

Nikki: You got it, boss! Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... *continues in the background*  

Neil: Now, look and be amazed, as I revel the truth using my scientific equation, which shows there is only one way something like this is physically possible.  

Nikki: ...aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa... *gags*  

Dolph: Oh my God! Science has gone too far!  

Harrison: Neil, what are you doing?  

Neil: YOU MADE ME DO THIS, HARRISON.  

Ered: Somebody stop him.  

Harrison: It's too late. His mind has been freaked too hard.  

Preston: Where are the counselors?!  

*silence*  

Bob Ross: Shoot, why don't we just put a happy little tree right here? There.  

Gwen: Wow, this is so relaxing.  

David: I feel like we were supposed to be doing something.  

Gwen: Nah.  

Bob Ross: If you ever paint along with us at home —  

Nikki: *choking*  

Harrison: Neil, this isn't how the trick works! You're going to kill her!  

Neil: The only thing I'm killing is your hocus-pocus bullshit, Harrison! Here comes the rabbit, Nikki.  

Neil: Well, how do ya feel?  

Nikki: Huh. To be honest, I feel pretty good — *starts dying*  

Neil: Uh... Nikki? What do we do, what do we do?! I can't do the Heimlich, I'm not certified!  

Harrison: I can help her. I know a spell that will —  

Neil: NO! NO MAGIC. We're going to save her with SCIENCE. As soon as I figure out how.  

Harrison: There's no time! We have to use the spell! But... it is powered by belief, Neil. It's like a spirit bomb.  

Dolph: Neil! You must believe!  

Ered: Yeah, Neil. Believe in the magic.  

Nurf: Believe or I'll punch you!  

Nikki: *squeaks*  

Neil: Max! What do I do?!  

Max: *vomits a bird* I think I'm gonna be sick.  

Neil: *whimpers*  

Harrison: Neil, just believe!  

Neil: Fine, yes! I believe. I believe in magic! Just do it!  

Harrison: And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the greatest trick of all. Getting a cynical, closed-minded asshole to believe in magic!  

Crowd: *cheers*  

Neil: B-but what about Nikki?  

Nikki: Ta-da! Magic!  

Neil: *yells* But... how? How are you okay, Nikki?!  

Harrison: I keep telling you, Neil. It's magic, silly! Boop!  

Crowd: *applauds*  

Neil: Fuck you, Harrison.  

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