I dont believe FISM is putting down the accomplished performers you mentioned; if anything, it is recognizing them fully. The artistic merits of comedy magicians are no longer to be dismissed as laughing matters; they are now to be judged, rightfully, alongside their pretentious, classical-music-listening, counterparts. What is the problem?
I get frustrated looking through the subdivisions of magic catalogues, close-ups, stand-up, comedy, and mentalismthese divisions are arbitrary and should be dictated merely by the setting and by the performers unique style.
How is this for a magic catalogue?
Afghan BandsBlackstone Sr.
Torn and Restored NewspaperThurston
U. F. Grants RoutineAnnemann
Keller Rope TieUm, everyone; and Dante too
Changing of Coins (Dime and Penny)Jarrow
Cups and BallsPaul Rosini
The Sponge Ball TrickDai Vernon
20th Century SilksOkito
Passing of the CoinsMulholland
Kids Show Magic
Cake in the HatAl Baker
Egg BagSilent Mora
The Handkerchief BoxRussell Swann
Did the greats read the instructions wrong, or do divisions poorly classify the potential of magic?