I am just a fan and new here but have I've enjoyed magic all my life. I love the specials on tv cause they are entertaining, it's not just the same old trick, with a guy on stage and his assistant pulling rabbits out of hats. I love the showman part of it, the lights, the smoke, the music, the dancing, comedy, and intensity of it.
I've seen a few in person, but they were small comedy type clubs until recently. I went on a cruise in July and had the incredible fortune to see Greg frewin perform. I even got to hang out with him alot during the cruise. He had a fantastic show and it blew me away. It was Vegas style, he was funny, handled the crowd perfectly, the music was current, the lights and effects were flashy and new, his assistants were funny and sexy, even the guys were hot, I was blown away. I also loved his birds, they added a wonderful new twist to some old tricks, and they were beautiful too.
It made me wish I'd seen him in vegas when he was doing his big shows. But who knows maybe he'll be back there someday. I know he has a Canadian tour coming up soon, I plan to try to see him if he comes close to Vancouver. I live in northern Washington, so it's not that far away.
I do think stage magic is great, I think the performances need to be current, funny, but also mystical, I love the whole idea of the mystery, the mythology, like Merlin, is it real magic, or is it a trick. I also like to see close up guys that can fool you even when you're right there in front of them. That takes talent, and they don't all have it. I like to see a great trick performed with some pomp, but I feel some guys get too carried away. On Tv, I'd rather they get down to the trick a little faster, they waste too much time on making it look good and don't do many tricks, with all the comercials it really takes away from the magic. Unfortunately we don't have alot of places around here that feature magicians, but I catch as much as I can on TV and when I'm on vacations.
I think the future of magic is unlimited, people love it, the whole vegas thing is spreading, more and more places like that are appearing in other parts of the country. And cruise ships are really pressing their vegas style shows to draw people in. My mom loves them, she and I are cruise hounds. We've been on 4 in 2 years, and have more planned soon. I think cruises are a good place to be for a magician, it's not too hard, but you really get to practice and hone your skills. And, you get to be on a cruise going to all kinds of exotic places.
I know here in Washington, there's casinos popping up everywhere and they all have entertainers, so it's like we're becoming a mini-vegas, but more spread out. I can't believe magic would ever go away, only if the magicians stop doing it. I think they have been a little less visible lately, I haven't seen as many specials on TV and stuff, but I'd watch them if they were on. For now I guess we just have to go to Vegas, or places like that, and find them. But I don't think stage magic is dead, just touring.