Originally posted by Adrian Kuiper:
Unless you're writing/publishing a book or routines, why is it necessary to know the provenance of every move you make?
Will the credit be part of the routine? "That last pass was courtesy of Richard Kaufman, from his excellent work "On the Pass". "This next double-lift is based on a little-known Vernon move that was uncredited in an 1947 pamphlet, all copies of which were destroyed in a barn fire."
Seems like there has to be a better way to "fritter away" your time.
Maybe it's just me....
I believe he already answered your question in his post: "I hate talking to people and not knowing the names of people and not knowing where I can point the person to the credits, so that they might find the work for them selves."
Also, I think it's great that he wants to know the history of his magic. It's often interesting to see where things came from, and will sometimes shed a new light on things. Knowing the history behind your magic often leads to deeper and more meaningful magic -- instead of just doing a bunch of moves strung together, you're part of a rich history. Even if it's never addressed openly in performance, there's no question that the knowledge of the subject comes across to the audience. If you don't believe me, find any top performer and see if he's ignorant about magic history. I doubt it.
Finally, what's wrong with simply wanting to know the history for it's own sake? To you it may be a waste of time, but to someone else it may provide endless hours of fascination.