Maybe it's me, but I assume that if anything would be written EXCLUSIVELY about STREET MAGIC that it would appropriately be written in mean streets as graffiti is passionately scrawled--on brick walls, on gritty sidewalks, in subway tunnels--lots of pithy phrases, mottos, and mantras. It's not that street magicians don't read...because they obviously do. However, the authentic ones I know and have known are busily at work on the streets where "hustle and flow" happens and where the money is earned.
To get some perspective I asked one of the Big Uneasy wise guys what he thought about street magic and, believe me, he has seen most of them.
He grinned and said: "Street magic? Are you kidding? To nick a movie title, Street Magic Consists of 'Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead!'"
Ouch! In the interest of fair play, I also asked: What about Genii and Magic magazines?
He reads both and replied: "I read and like both. However, I also read and like the New Yorker and Entertainment Weekly. You figure out the rest!"
As for me, I'm reading the current biography about Einstein. I also noted the order of the cards on the 3-D cover of the recent Genii, trying to figure out whether Berglas shuffled the new deck once or twice before fanning them. Also, the dramatic photo of Hans Klok on the cover of Magic was amusing. May we assume it was snapped as he whipped off the cloth to find that Carmen Electra had REALLY disappeared?
I'm now off to "get a life."