My elaboration will fall on deaf ears, but I'll try. By no means am I suggesting that any/everyone should learn magic. Nor do I imply that it should be given away without cost. Financial costs are irrelevant in my mind. Its the sweat, tears, and wounds from the trenches that is the cost I refer too.
By elitist, I mean the clicks. The exclusion of sincere individuals who have a desire to study. My experience with many has been poor, so I'm left to study with a select few. My experience of Magic Shop owners is unfortunate, and will refrain from commenting. My teachers range from the unknowns to high profile masters. Ironically, I've met a few on this forum whom I greatly respect and have a solid relationship with.
Do you sincerely believe that adding a cautionary note and performance tips to products will force buyers to heed them? Many pro's out there dont f'ing heed them.
How can one be effective in being selective on who to teach? It usually comes back to money. While I feel that charging high fees is indeed warranted based value on the material, it's fruitless to use financial means to limit it to those "who are serious". I keep hearing that. Thats BS. Attend any of the high price, exlusive lectures - and come back to me and give me a profile of the attendees. How many are performers?
Youtube isnt the problem - I'm not sure if there is a single source. I think magic dvd's are a more significant problem. Poorly produced, multiple volumes with filler crap, untested material, etc are a worse culprit in my puny mind.
Hypothetical idea - Eliminate ALL magic DVD's. Only produce hard copy texts....
Instead of focusing on "exposure", use that energy on ourselves to be better performers.
Go to any magic gathering, and observe the social skills of the individuals. This is the core problem of "bad magic".
This thread has evolved a bit, but all relate bak to the initial question. The bottom line in my mind is:
are presented by performers that suck?
YES. YES. YES.