Jamy Ian Swiss wrote:You might be an editor, but you can't even spell my name.
You might be an historian, but I guess you're unaware that Bob Cassidy has appeared on our stage at Monday Night Magic, New York's longest-running magic show.
And you might be a mentalist, but you surely have no idea what I'm thinking, because if you did, you'd know that not only do I count Bob Cassidy as among a small handful of the finest mentalists of our time, but I also count him as a FRIEND. I suggest you ask him what he's thinking.
You PEA guys just make it too damn easy. Y'know?
Sorry it's taken so long to respond, but I've just stumbled upon your response to my original post of some few years ago. As it was apparently not obvious, the name "Smith" was employed so as not to further offend you, as you're obviously very sensitive about your role as a thought police official. By substituting a common name, such as Smith, it was my purpose to identify you without doing so directly. This is a very litigious society.
As you've identified yourself with the clever rejoinder above, I note I should have used your "real" in the original post.
My remarks, of course, have to do with your not infrequent jabs at (all) members of the Psychic Entertainers Association, specifically your questioning of our collective lack of ethics.
As a "friend" of Bob Cassidy, then, and an historian yourself, you of course know that Bob was one of the founding members of the PEA. Indeed, were it not for Mr. Cassidy, the organization wouldn't exist as it does today. It's equally apparent, then, that you question Bob's ethics while simultaneously admiring him. Mr. Cassidy never has, to my knowledge, made a "disclaimer" when performing. I do know what he thinks of such things, having heard him voice these thoughts.
Yes, I know Bob performed on Monday Night Magic's stage, and I know equally famous performers who were offended when told by you what they could and could not "claim" when conducting such performances.
I share a hatred of those who knowingly bilk unfortunate people by suggesting they possess special "powers," but when, as my friend Ed Fowler notes, an audience goes to see a qualified mentalist, it's a given that they expect to experience extraordinary things.
Then again, you are gifted. My personal favorite example of your own ethical prowess focuses upon your bold and unrehearsed use of the four letter version of the term fornicate, thus capping off what would have been an otherwise dreary week of late night magic performances by all of those other wannabe "cool magicians" on American network television. You did the profession proud, Mr. Swiss. Excluding the likes of Madonna, most performers long-ago stopped employing the F-bomb in hopes of creating "shock laughter." Lenny Bruce has left the planet.
I've enjoyed some of your thoughts on the theory of magical performance, and wish you'd take your own advice in future.