Originally posted by johnny mystic:
I agree with Opie...I have learned everything I know from books and experience...man I only got 2 majic videos and I have only had them for about 2 yrs.!!!!
Also from what I've learned it's harder too get people to believe in magic than it is in mentalism and I'm a MAGICIAN not a MENTALIST!
peopele are easily more prone to believe in what mentalists do than a magician.
It is a shame that none of those books to which you refer were grammar texts.
Having said that, I think that people are inherently more interested in mental phenomena than magical ones, and you may be confusing that with their willingness to believe. This is both a boon and burden for the mentalist.
However, if you look at the work of Mr. Maric you will see he had little problem convincing many people in the "reality" of magic, presenting it as he did in a mental context.
So, it comes down then not to the nature of magic per se, but the manner in which it is presented to the audience. As long as we offer childish presentations, we will be treated childishly; rude presentations, rudely. However, when we share believable presentations I think one finds people willing to believe or at least, as Bob Neale so eloquently put it, "to make believe."
And if they believe, in either case, so what? Is that our goal - to make them believe; or is it as Suzanne Langer posits - to provide for the audience "a feelingful response?" That is the role of the artist. Belief is not required for that to be successful.