Over the past 2-3 weeks I have been following the genii forum threads with some consistency and this topic has entered my consciousness and consideration. I would like to hear some of your thoughts on this as my own are still a bit unclear and it is my hope that some dialogue on this issue may shed some light about the premium that magicians and the general public place on such definitions in defining the value/worth of a performer and/or a particular piece/effect.
Issues of taste, "offensiveness," abstractions, and at the expense of, come to mind when I read about Penn & Teller, Chris Angel, Swiss Comedy Magicians, Houdini Interpretive Art, and the need to refresh and interject something novel or original to the Multiplying Bottle Trick or any classic/public domain trick out there for that matter (i.e. Triumph).
Maybe some definitions of terms may help in getting a better understanding and offer dictionary definitions of the terms in question below to get the ball rolling.
1. the quality or condition of being original
2. the ability to be inventive or creative
1. the quality of being novel; newness; freshness
2. something new, fresh, or unusual; change; innovation
3. a small, often cheap, cleverly made article, usually for play or adornment: usually used in pl.