Originally posted by Jon Racherbaumer:
Any ideas about death-and-magic, folks?
I LIKE it, but I am a very morbid guy. :D
I enjoyed Mr. Neale's book. I like the idea of provocative magic. Too often magicians shy away from anything that makes the audience uncomfortable, or prods them to think. Death is a good one to explore because it is such a taboo subject these days. People can no longer even bring themselves to say that someone "died" anymore. Nowadays people talk of loved ones having "passed." To me, this has always sounded awful. Gallstones pass; people die.
When magicians do push those boundaries, and force their audiences to examine their values, the results can be spectacular. As an example of this, witness Penn & Teller's American Flag routine.