I felt the need to jot down a few thoughts & thought Id share them w/ ya.
So lets see
First there was Merlin; he was a successful magician.
A few thousand years later came Gutenberg and his press (a way to spread information for example: a little thing called The Bible became quite popular due to this info-source.)
Another few thousand years (or so) and there was Tarbell, Hillard, Erdnase, Anneman, Marlo (& many others.) The magi-information age was upon us. The ways of Merlin went aside & a new form of magic was becoming popular.
Now; David Blaine is a successful magician (heck, my mom even likes him What am I gonna do, argue with her?) Ya know; Ill bet Merlins peers thought he was doing it wrong too ;) Anyway, lets not get sidetracked:
Now, theres the Internet.
Vid demos (and tutorials) e-books, cd-roms, DVDs, pdfs, cheap magic, chat rooms, bulletin boards and more. Instant info-gratification is becoming popular.
And thats the way it is.
Ride the wave or try and change the weather.
The state of magic is relevant only to those trapped within the community.
As long as people enjoy your offerings (and character) you will be a successful magician. Rarely is it the effect itself something Id assume Merlin and Blaine Knew / Know.
2nd Moral (also known as the moral of wishful thinking) As you try to become a successful magician Also try to be:
* Respectful (of the art and your peers)
* A good student
With good intentions,