Interesting...Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
Any person with talent and personality would do well to avoid most of the suggestions in Strong Magic.
is an absurd synopsis; Reductio ad absurdum. Darwin also hasa book that is designed to teach people with no performing ability whatsoever how to reach a minimum level of acceptable performance
and is also an esteemed artist and author.spent [his] entire life dissecting magic and magicians, finding out what makes them tick, analyzing it, and explaining it to others
Sure, you're gonna get your friends to give quotes for your book. If I was publishing a book, I'd do the same. If someone asked me for a quote, however, I know that I, personally, would actually read the book I'm supposed ot be commenting upon.Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
I would be surprised if any of the people quoted on the back of the book actually read the entire book. Usually in those sorts of circumstances one calls upon one's friends for good quotes.
They may have well-established personas, but I don't think that a persona will ever be completely formed. Good performers are constantly examining their material and looking for improvements. They are looking for better ways to express themselves and find new ways convey their character to the audience. A good performer will never stop learning.You don't seriously think that anyone quoted on the back of Strong Magic read the book and actually changed anything they do based upon its contents, do you? These are all professional people whose performing personas and styles are already completely formed.
I don't expect you to agree with everything you publish, because you are publishing the material and ideas of others. The only person any of us needs to agree with is ourselves. We may be influenced by the thoughts and ideas of others, but ultimately, it is up to us to decide what we do and do not agree with. Books like Strong Magic are (in my opinion) simply guideposts, giving us things to think about and figure out our own answers.By the way, I don't always agree with the contents of every book I've published written by someone else. I'm in business, and my business is to publish books I think will sell while maintaining some shred of dignity.
On the other hand...(here I go, talking to myself!)Originally posted by Jim Maloney:
They may have well-established personas, but I don't think that a persona will ever be completely formed. Good performers are constantly examining their material and looking for improvements. They are looking for better ways to express themselves and find new ways convey their character to the audience. A good performer will never stop learning.
Well, both of those things make a great deal of sense, in hindsight. Most consumers of magic books aren't professional performers and most don't really need to learn any new tricks. So since Card Shark is full of tricks and Strong Magic is full of advise it seems that consumers are buying what they need. That in and of itself seems pretty amazing.Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
I published Strong Magic in order to get Card Shark. As it turned out, Strong Magic has far outsold Card Shark.
...but his ideas and theory about the performance of magic are best applied only by those with limited natural performing ability.
I'll try not to be dumb... but I realize there is a difference. However, there are similarities too. Both are written by friends or peers. Both usually heap praise on the author. Both can be used to sell the book.Originally posted by Dave Egleston:
First of all: I don't like when someone tries to be dumber than me! A testimonial is different than a forward/introduction.
I seem to recall a quote from Robert Houdin on this subject. "A magician is an actor playing the part of a Magician". I would be hard pressed to disagree.Originally posted by Aaron Shields:
...While I don't advocate the study of theatre benefiting magic...