Originally posted by John McDonald:
I agree Monkey magic is not the best way to present magic and generate a sense of wonder but seems to be following in the street magic vain and pandering to what people seem to want to see on TV. I think this type of magic is popular at the moment because it is quick. (Peoples attention span today seems to be about 30 seconds.)
it what people want to see, or is it just a case of producers trying to revive past glories (and not necessarily their own)? Given the chance to see the alternatives I feel that an audience will go for art over pranks every single time.
I often hear table-hoppers state that a short attention span dictates their presentation. To a degree that is true, as the food is the reason for the customers to be there. However, I feel that by presenting meaningful
magic the artist can create the mood of wonder and enchantment and thereby dictate the pace. If it's absorbing and entertaining the audience will give the performer their due attention. But if the performer does not take the magic seriously, why should those viewing it?
A moveable satellite dish provides me, if I had the time, with more channels that I can count and covers the whole of europe. However, I have yet to witness any magic whatsover during my voyages through the digital wilderness. This I found very sad. Maybe those of you elsewhere fare better. I sincerely hope so.