Today a coworker of mine said that they had met another magician. Naturally my coworker said that they knew a magician as well. In this case it was me. The first thing the magician said was that he could bet that he was better than me. I laughed and we went on with our shift.
We as magicians need to lose this arrogant ego that seems to come along with being a magician. Its that you have to be better than everyone else. If you are performing magic for this reason you should stop. Does it really matter who is better as a magician. What do you even base that on. How many effects you know, what slights you can do, how many flourishes you do, how many different decks of cards you might own.
WHY ARE YOU PERFORMING MAGIC?
This was one of those lectures that blew me away. If you ever have a chance to see David Stone lecture I would highly advise it. David is one hell of a magician. His material is all extremely visual, clever, fooling, and fun to perform. He has a lot of effects that include slight of hand and many that use awesome gimmicks. Although I am not much of a gimmick guy after his lecture I became more of a fan of using gimmicks for my work. I believe that you should use whatever is needed to get the strongest effect possible. If that means using gimmicks in my work than I might just have to. Other effects might call for me to use difficult slights. Magicians should be more open to using gimmicks in their work it might just make an effect that much more visual or convincing for your audience.
Noah Feldman makes a searing case that both politics and religion — whatever their differences — are similar technologies, designed to efficiently connect and manage any group of people. This is great. This is a must watch Ted talk video. Hope you enjoy.
From last week in Florida. Surrounded by some great magicians. (Taken with Instagram)
Just arrived home from a long five day trip to Florida for Genii’s 75 anniversary magic convention. The Genii Bash was absolutely great. The lecture list was jammed packed with top notch magicians. Two phenomenal close up shows and two entertaining stage shows. From all the lectures to the shows or to the late night sessions the Genii Bash had it all. If you did not attend this event you really did miss out on a one of a kind convention.
This is absolutely a great advance in technology and a step in the right direction when talking about the future of technology. This just shows how great the human mind can be.