Nathan Muir wrote:I think Magic Menu has something to offer.
I'm glad you feel that way.
Nathan Muir wrote:Charming little amateur publications are fun to read at times, too.
Why do you consider The Magic Menu an "amateur" publication? Every single one the columnists is a Full Time Professional. How can a magazine made up of Full Time Pro's be considered amateur? Please explain...?
Nathan Muir wrote:I just don't think the magazine and many of its commentators are in the league of a product like Genii.
Hmmmm...last time I checked, I never knew we were supposed to be in direct competetion with Genii OR Magic or any other publication. Why can't we all just co-exist?
Nathan Muir wrote:I have both of the L&L compilations and they are like the Curate's egg: good in parts.
I could say the same of Genii or Magic or any other mag. Some parts I enjoy while others I think are just fluff to fill the pages. I think that's going to be true of any publication that you pick up...
I'm not saying the MM is full of fluff...but my point is that no matter what we do, we cannot please everyone 100% of the time. You are condemning us and haven't even read what we're about.
Nathan Muir wrote:But many of the advice columns are somewhat sophomoric at times, or simply obvious in their wisdoms and insights.
Nathan Muir wrote:I am sure the magazine is very useful to a complete beginner who wants to do some bar or restaurant magic. Some of the tricks were excellent in that regard.
So you think that we cater only to the beginner? Why is that? Why don't you feel a seasoned professional (as all of the people involved in this project are) has anything to learn from people who have over 200+ years of collective experience.
Nathan Muir wrote:If I see it at a friend's house and flick through it and discover it has been elevated to a standard of design and content quality on par with Genii, I will be the first to express that I am impressed.
You are free to do whatever you wish, but I think it's awefully rude of you or anyone to make these judgements based on not being properly educated with what we're trying to accomplish here. You've pretty much stated that you think we're all a bunch of hacks (for reasons I have yet to understand) yet you haven't even given us a read.
I could understand if you had read us already and didn't like what we said or disagreed with us and then offered your commentary, but it sounds like to me you're saying you don't like to eat steak when you haven't even tried it.
Like the old sayin' goes...Ain't Tried It? Don't Knock It!