Originally posted by Diego Domingo:
Guy Bavili, while lecturing at The Magic Castle, noted that spoonbending is unique in it's appeal as it is seemingly a new effect in magic, different from what commonly done by magicians. He said in Israel, if people find out you do magic, they are more likely to say, "Do you bend spoons?", rather than expecting you to do card tricks, etc., as many would in the U.S. and elsewhere.
Certainly, master showman, Uri Geller, made it important, and identifiable with him. Taking a rather simple/boring effect, and getting the world to take notice...praise and argue about it, even enabling others to create careers for themselves, knocking him.
Yep... and it certainly does stink when you're a Mentalist trying to invoke that investment of belief from your audience whilst doing a feat every 12-year old kid is now doing at the drop of a hat. It will be a great day when Magicians stick with doing magic and leave the Mentalism and Bizarre work to those that specialize in it. Then again, it would be a great day if they'd just listen to what's been said about the difference between presenting solid mentalism vs. doing tricks... :eek:
Oh well, some things will never change!