Originally posted by pchosse:
Your question sounds rhetorical. Do you already have an answer in mind? Or a more specific question? Maybe we should be asking "What should the term "magician" mean to our audiences?" "Are there different definitions for different audiences?" "Shouldn't we be presenting a specific model that is clear cut for the public?"
Originally posted by Adam Brooks:
[b] I'm not kidding, what does a magician do? These days, there are many who label themselves as magicians who don't do magic. They do tricks. Do magicians create wonder? Yeah, sometimes, for the right people. Do magicians do things people can't explain? Again, sometimes, but not really.
Can someone give a real answer to this question?
Answers to those questions might make a difference in the way we are percieved...
Best, PSC [/b]
I didn't intend it as a rhetorical question. However, I think your questions are better, at least as a step in the right direction:
"What should the term "magician" mean to our audiences?"
Depends how much of being a magician is defined by the dictionary, which, in my eyes, is very, very little.
"Are there different definitions for different audiences?"
Different for each person, unfortunately, and homogenizing them would be real magic, given the scope of those performing and those who witness it.
"Shouldn't we be presenting a specific model that is clear cut for the public?"
I'd probably go smaller, and see if a single element, or set of elements X could be defined such that every person billed as a magician would have X. Again, actually finding such elements would be real magic.