Bad attitude in Magic
September 17, 2009 3 Comments
At every gathering of magicians I’ve been to I’m always surprised how many people have such a bad attitude towards magic. Instead of seeing it as an amazing art that requires much practise and study, they think it’s all about out doing one another and possessing secrets.
I’ve met many ‘magicians’ who know next to nothing about card magic yet they portray themselves as incredibly knowledgable, even though they must know there is so much more for them to learn. It annoys me a lot, why can’t we be more humble? When magicians get together they should be helping each other to improve their magic by offering advice and pointing out where others may be going wrong – not trying to show off and fool each other.
Most of this seems to come from the younger generation of magicians (although not exclusively) and I think a lot of it is due to them not learning properly. The current market of constant new releases and tempting one trick downloads are distracting them away from the classic texts which would really improve their magic. They’re constantly focussed on the next ‘method’ with which to try and impress people.
We should be encouraging fellow magicians to learn and study the work of the masters (Vernon, Walton, Elmsley etc.) and try to inspire others to do the same.