How many of the folks you know personally, who do magic, are artists?
I don't consider myself an artist. The magic I do I try to polish as greatly as possible. My films I create, I try my best to produce something good and improve successively. I try to associate myself with others who try to excel at what they do as well. The local magicians I hang with are working pros who make a living at this. Its from those, and my teacher, whom I respect the most and learn tremendously from. I know I aint good. But I know what good looks like.
If you were able to see some of the performances of a few that I know, you'd be inspired as I am. Stunningly beautiful performance pieces. I wish I could employ an ounce of their creativity and skill. High level thought and consideration of every moment, every beat, and every motion.
Take any art form and you will find more wanna be's than artists.
I agree. But my point is that we should do our part to elevate magic. Always elevate. Improve. Don't accept anything less. Why does wanting a HIGH standard in magic get received so poorly? People get defensive. I just dont get it. Yeah there're hacks. But why accept that and perpetuate it?
My feeling is that mediocre magic is accepted and condoned. There seems more defense of poor magic than great magic (however you interpret what great magic should be). If thats the case, than I'm proud to be in the minority. I respect the fact that my teachers tear me a new one for performing something poorly.
Why is it so desirable to wade in the cesspool of mediocrity of magic?