Irving Quant wrote:Something else that I would like to mention: Magic is not about tricks. People should want to come to your show because of you. THIS is the new approach to magic, magic that is based on the performer and not the strength of the magic effect.
I can't tell you how sick I am of hearing this. Yes, performance is very important, but this notion that the strength of an effect is insignificant is preposterous. There absolutely are bad tricks (see Jim Steinmeyer's new set of lecture notes for an excellent discourse on this topic) and, as a MAGICIAN, one should choose material that is magical and strong. If the strength of the effects don't matter and only the personality of the performer does, then, for Pete's sake, don't be a magician. Be a Personalitian and do a show where you simply stand (or sit) and let your wonderful personality wash over the audience.
Apply this "logic" to other art forms and see how it sounds (answer = ridiculous):
Comedy - People should come to your show to see YOU, it doesn't matter if your jokes are funny.
Singing and/or dancing - It doesn't matter if your songs or dance routines are mediocre, they just want to see YOU
Painting - All that matters is your personality. Your paintings can suck, as long as they remember YOU.
Sorry for the soapbox, but this drives me nuts. Frankly, too many magicians let their overbearing personalities get in the way of the magic and step all over what might have been a truly astonishing experience.
Read Tommy Wonder. He speaks the truth.