Originally posted by Mr. Racherbaumer: "...why Harper's, an issue-driven monthly with a heavy political bent, chose to run an article about a magician's experience competing at FISM?" --I would like to know that too.
(Of course, magicians ARE the new rock stars, Pam Anderson said it herself. We knew magic is Now, Hip, Sexy, and apparently we have to add Intellectual.
Was also wondering why there wasn't any "exposure outrage".
I believe J.R. put it right: "...don't you think that the 'insider talk' was ultimately too esoteric for the readership of Harper's to appreciate and fully understand?"
Indeed--the "exposure" was muddied with enough jargon that not much was "really Exposed". --Lay readers would have to invest some serious study time to decipher everything the author threw at them. Of course, people now days often know quite a bit (palming, sleeving, basic misdirection, "fake thumbs") so you can't talk to them as if they're idiots...This article may serve to reinforce for some, the idea that there really IS more to it than they may have believed up to now...
The 3rd footnote, alluded to above by Mr. Racherbaumer, should be quoted in full here. It would be interesting to hear what people would have to say about it.
[Following is from "The Magic Olympics" by Alex Stone, page 44, "Harper's" magazine July 2008.]
"In writing about magic, it's necessary to divulge some secrets. It must be stressed, however, that all of the methods and principles explained in this article have been published before and are, for all intents and purposes, public domain.
Still, some are bound to take offense at the discussion of secrets in a forum not solely intended for members of the guild.
As a working magician, I believe this hard-line stance on secrecy is misguided--even unhealthy. In general, attempts to demystify magic only tend to heighten peoples' curiosity.
When the infamous Masked Magician appeared on FOX, for example, demand for professional magicians in New York actually increased. Similarly, the systematic exposure of close-up methods on Japanese television over the past decade has, ironically perhaps, triggered an explosion in magic venues across the country.
Thus I see no harm in divulging a few methods in an article meant to broaden popular appreciation for the art of magic. To those who might disagree, I appeal to an old maxim: 'If you want to keep something secret--publish it'."
Evidently, the more good stuff people see (or read about), the more they "learn"; the more they come to appreciate what's good, and the further additional skills it takes to make "such simple tricks" look like real Magic...
We must continue trying to get so good that even if they DO know about "palming", you'll STILL fool the ____ out of them...
(Thank YOU Mr. Ramsey!) ;^D