In an effort to make progress on shortening my required reading list for summer, I shlepped a few items on my flights to and from MAGIC Live! One of the high points was a careful study of Brad's lecture "notes." Some random observations for your consideration:
This effort stands very well on its own as a terrific contribution to the literature of magical process, theory, performance, and construction.
As many thinkers on the above have opined, we don't need more tricks. What we do need is clarity of thought as to how (and why) we select, approach, and present any routine - regardless of length. Henderson's thesis articulates the concept of utilizing simplicity and directness in order to lead the audience toward drawing conclusions the magician desires. It becomes obvious that the lecture upon which these notes were compiled was structured to offer its recipients another precison tool for improvement and effectiveness.
Seven good, commercial effects are explained to reinforce Brad's takes on intent, engagement, energy, etc. Thus, the interested mage is urged to expand his/her vision of how magic ought to appear to the intended spectators in any given situation.
These pages represent substantive, original ideas. Thinking magicians can use them to maximum advantage. Oh, to have checked-out the lecture, but the notes are a strong substitute.
No ulterior motives on the part of yours truly; merely a word to the wise, along with trying to boost a brotha's visibility. :cool: