Bill Duncan wrote:Ian,
Out of respect for the originator, it would be nice if you would post all of his thesis, not just the parts you agree with.
To be fair to myself, I only quoted the first five because that was all I had taken notes of (they were intended to be referenced in my book on Stand-Up; but I decided not to use them in the end).
Anyway I've gone back to the original supplement and these are the eight qualities Charles Harrion lists.
1) Classical feats of magic have a lasting appeal which makes them popular through the ages.
2) The plot is plain and straightforward, not complicated and is easily understood.
3) Little advance preparation is necessary and no special apparatus is used visibly.
4) Classical feats of magic suit the style of many types of performer.
5) The classics can be routined in many original ways.
6) The classics can be performed by numerous methods.
7) The preliminary introduction to a classic feat can be brief and interesting.
8) The effect of a classical feat is cumulative and with a delayed climax.
Interestingly he tries to select what he considers to be a contemporary feat of magic (defined as any feat originated during the past 30 years) as one that might be in the future considered to be a classic. And the trick he chooses is Tommy Tucker's Six Card Repeat.