Originally posted by Jolly Roger:
"So my take on it and my answer is that magic is real entertainment and fun."
Interesting observations, Glenn. However, in this topic I am addressing the young child. I do not think a 4 or 5 year old would even understand the word "entertainment." Once again, I think you are being over analitical about this, and thinking too much like an adult. If you are concerned about the grown ups reaction, one possibility when asked the question is to take the child aside, and whisper "yes" in their ear "But don't tell Mom or Dad!" JR
You asked a question and I gave my opinion. I am not telling any magician how they "should" or "should not" answer this question or do "their" business.
I only give an opinion and what works for "my business". And I have reasons for doing my business my way based on my own experience.
I use magic to pay my bills and to put food on the table. I do not treat it lightly. This is my bread and butter and in my opinion it is often the "little" things that are the most important.
Others do things "their" way.
But being a Dad of three kids I have this opinion that kids know what entertainment is at a very "early" age. By the way my answer is more for the parent than the child with the question and then I leave it to the parent to answer the question the way they want to.
At every kid family show I have ever done there are the Mom's and the Dad's and I look at them as if they are customers of the future and my show is about pleasing them as well as the young audience I may be there to do the show for.
In my opinion the show "starts" when I get in the car and start to drive to it. It is not just the time I do on the stage - being "user" friendly before and after the show is also important in my opinion.
The way I see it - my job is to entertain the audience to the best of my ability. Not to prove, or make any statement that magic is real.
That is just another opinion.