I don't know if you've had the chance to read Dustin's post about concerns over the death of the art of magic. He makes several good points; I am, at the same time, reminded of Mark Twain's quote: "The reports of my demise are greatly exaggerated."
Fear not, friends, we'll be okay. Despite Valentino, and the script kiddies who are (as I like to privately grouse) "aggressively illiterate," magic will continue to thrive and be enjoyed by those who participate in it, and those who love viewing it for the mystery.
Last night, my wife and I were at dinner with our neighbors, who actively asked me to perform several effects. Not needing any prodding, I complied; the husband was amazed at the results. He said, "I want to know how you did that!"
His wife, equally amazed, said, "I don't. I just want to see it."
Good magic, performed in a gentle spirit, will always mesmerize. Ever 'twas, and ever shall be.