Jon Racherbaumer writes: "Most of the "stuff" put into magic magazines is not usable or applicable in the nitty-gritty precincts of the Real World. If I were pressed to hazard a guess, I'd put the percentage of "real work" for the Real World at roughly 5%."
Well, I don't know who does the other 95 per cent but I'm going to have to stake out the "real-world 5 per cent" for myself.
Since 1991 -- more than a decade -- I have been writing the Showtime column in the Linking Ring magazine and every, single trick, effect, routine (call it what you will) in that column I have done for YEARS for lay people in the real world.
(The rare exceptions would be the half-dozen columns that have been contributed over the years by people like the late Gene Poinc, Larry White, etc.)
That said, I would have to agree that Jon has a point:
A lot of the stuff in magic magazines has no relationship to performing in the real world; it's mainly the pipe-dream of some wannabe.
But, then, a lot of the stuff in magic shops has no relationship to performing in the real world, either.
And a lot of the stuff in most magic books has no relationship to performing in the real world.
And a lot of the stuff done at magic gatherings -- from clubs to conventions and from contests to stage shows -- has no relationship to performing in the real world.