Spellbinder wrote:One learns more than just motor skills from studying and performing magic. An actor in a play needs: a play, a producer, a director, a stage, props - etc., an audience, stage lighting and perhaps a light technician, perhaps a sound system and engineer.
The typical magician does all that himself/herself. He produces, directs and performs in a magic play he has written himself, using his own props, lighting, sound system and usually doing his own booking to arrange an audience. If he makes his own props, add on design, engineering, construction and art skills. Those just aren't skills taught in the usual acting class, even if they have a full blown performing arts program in the school.
for the want of an nail... exactly.
IMHO that pretty much explains how we keep our craft hobbled and get odd looks from those in the theater when we talk about scripting (patter), production design (props) and so forth as if we were somehow inventing things they have had for centuries - and they wonder why we just don't get professional help. ;)