But it is well known that if magicians in general would pay more attention to the presentation of tricks they are using instead of continually looking for ‘something new’ they would be much better off —- and so would magic.
Theo Annemann, 1936
Written in 1936 yet even today it’s not “well known”.
Started reading “The Jinx” and am really enjoying every issue. Annemann had a great sense of humour, solid publishing ethics for a magazine and to top it all off he just so happens to be a creative genius. I think magic would benefit from a publication like the Jinx coming round again; something without news that concentrated on good tricks for real performers.
Loved this quote –
Mind you, I’m not kicking as I don’t give a hoot for all the curbstone magi in the world – and there are some good ones. But forcing magic on people who otherwise wouldn’t be bothered with buying i t is what helps hurt the bus iness. Let them become interested themselves and you’ll have a true subject who won’t kid or fool with the trick as a novelty and show i t to every- one he meets. And to paraphrase a remark that Fred Keating once made; “If Magic is dead, it is because it has been murdered.”