Aldo Romano wrote:Actually even though it is common sense that the more shows you do the better you get it isn't always true. The magician could just be getting more practice at doing things the wrong way. After a while he could be doing things the wrong way for so long that the bad habits are so ingrained that he will never be able to get rid of them.
Back in the old days of vaudeville and the night clubs there were directors and people that were not in the show that were there to make sure the performers looked good and the show was spot on.
Today magicians are mostly self educated. There are magicians working and magicians working and also working on getting better.
Aldo Romano wrote:Mere longevity doesn't always denote a superior performer. I have seen people who have only been performing for a very short time who are actually better than magicians who have been doing it for years. They are fresher and more enthusiastic and it shows. And they are often more talented.
And someone who performs for years and years often drops little details along the way. He or she forgets the little details that used to work so well and one day wakes up and the act isn't any good any more.
Just who is the judge? Magicians or the audience? Magic as a performing commercial art - the audience is the judge - not the magicians in the audience. Having grown up in a home with a magician that performed in vaudeville. And having known a lot of magic acts. Most of the magicians continued to work on their own shows as a work in progress throughout their lives.
Working keeps their skills sharp. And in my opinion I have seen a lot of top magicians like my Dad - have lay off times - then after the lay off time - the Christmas season starts and it takes them a few shows to get back into the grind. Or back into the swing of things. But - because they have had so much performing experience - the audience still liked them!
Aldo Romano wrote:I have personally seen one of the performers mentioned above deteriorate slowly over a period of 40 years or so. He still got standing ovations from magicians but he was well past his prime at the end.
Well - it is my opinion that the magicians audience at magic conventions don't count. They are not a performance in front of a lay audience.
However - I have seen many performers do shows when I have heard a magician say that that magician was past his prime. However the lay audience still liked them.
I have seen over the years more than one magician do a show after a stroke, when they have been sick, after they broke their leg. ETC.
I have a picture of Jack Pyle doing a show - producing a rabbit with a broken leg. And he is standing on the stage holding the rabbit and he is standing with a broken leg on a home made peg-leg.
Yet - the audience still liked him.
Aldo Romano wrote:No. Just because you have been performing for years and years doesn't always prove very much except that you have been performing for years and years.
And then again there are people like me that think that performing experience has value - and being bankable and having a track record of success is an important part of the business of show business.