Originally posted by Jon Allen:
There are a lot of magicians who think that as long as you can entertain people with your magic, the strength of the magic is not that important. By giving them a little knowledge they can appreciate the performance a little more. That's just a load of (insert fave term here).
There is also the 'argument' that people will easily forget what they have read or seen when it comes to exposure so why worry? How these people know this is always the case is a mystery to me.
I don't think I have read anyone say that exposure is ok as it allows people to enjoy the performance more when armed with some knowledge.
I do however completely agree that the presentation of the magic is what is important and makes something entertaining, not the strength of the magic behind it.
And people that say laypeople forget are right. They simply do not CARE about how it really works so forget. Also they just don't put 2 and 2 together. So if they read how ambitious card works using a double lift, and you then did The Fingerprint trick, or something else using the double, they wouldn't realise.
I have done linking rings at a gig and had someone come up to me afterwards saying that he had seen a masked magician explain how the rings work, but the ones they used had a big hole on one of them. He said he loved my version as he had no idea how it could work without a big hole. (Mine do have a hole and aren't posh Porper locking rings or anything)
It really is nothing to worry about at all. No harm will come, no loss of revenue.
It may encourage new people to start in magic and added to which, it was not Zenon, but his publishers that sold it.