JimChristianson wrote:Glenn...How wonderful for you! You had what must be one of the very last old-style magic apprenticeships we are likely to see.
Thanks for the kind words Jim. Yes - I miss those old times - more than I can say.
Getting back to one more thing that comes to mind. And this is just my opinion of something that I have noticed through the years that I think has to do with magic and magic theory.
And that opinion is that often performing professional magic - or doing shows for a living is often confused with the magic business.
Performing magic as a living is part of the "entertainment business" in my opinion. Yes we do magic but we make a living selling a service to the entertainment business if we perform magic shows for a living.
In my opinion because amateur magicians and professional magicians are both magicians. And many magicians write magic books. Not enough professional magicians I might add. That often the magic business - (That is - selling magic to magicians - and the hobby of magic - lecturing on magic - magic conventions etc.) Is often confused with magic and making a living performing magic in the "entertainment business".
In my opinion the entertainment business is a completely different market than the magic business - that is to me the partly the social side of magic - that could even be called a sub culture of magicians.
Having said that I think that with all the books that are published in magic. I think that is where the student of magic can often get confused. Because magicians write books and often in life - opinions conflict. Doing magic as a hobby when ever the magician wants to do it is very different than when it is your job and the magician has to be there Friday at 7:00 PM.
There is hobby magic and there is performance magic in my opinion.
In my opinion knowing the difference and having clear goals to me was an advantage.
Just my opinion.