Originally posted by Mark Jens:
...with the magicians they seem to want. You know, those guys who are willing to work for little or nothing (because we're supposed to be willing to sacrifice for the art, ya know), and provide nice, quiet, safe little acts. Perhaps that way they can maintain the high quality of magic that has been in some of the rooms I've seen in the last year. Let's just quietly faze out anyone who might smack of creative or 'objectionable,' and chase those types to Vegas to work with creative types like Penn & Teller and Mac King. Can you imagine the uproar that would ensue if Mac were to pull a Fig Newton out of his zipper in the Castle?
While I think it is a shame about Danny being "excommunicated", and needs to be investigated further; I take exception with Mark's statement.
Mac King did appear at the Magic Castle and did produce Fig Newtons from his fly. He was awarded high honors from the Academy and would certainly be welcomed back at any time. Penn & Teller were awarded high honors from the Academy, too. They, too, would be welcomed back to perform.
Those of us that have been lucky enough to appear at the Magic Castle have never done it for the money. There is a tremendous amount of prestige attached to working there. Further, many of today's super stars of Magic got their start at the Magic Castle and return to give back to the Magic Community (trite, but true).
The magicians that perform at the Magic Castle are generally the best in the business. I think that my performances are worthy of being there. I don't consider what I do as a "quiet, safe, little act". It is good Magic. Just because someone is edgy does not mean that they will not asked to appear. The venue dictates that our performances be in "good taste". Creative people do not have to be "objectional".
To return to Danny, I think that he is entitled to some kind of hearing. I want to know more.