performer wrote:magicfish wrote:performer wrote:The main difference is mental attitude. A different approach to things entirely. There is a very interesting sociology book dealing exclusively with magicians which does compare the amateur outlook to to the professional's. Here it is:
https://www.amazon.com/magician-culture ... 0772014523
And consider this.
Dai Vernon was an amateur magician. Criss Angel is a professional. Take your pick.
This is precisely why, often, the opinion of the amateur far outweighs the opinion of the professional, contrary to what some believe.
A master of the art is a master of the art regardless of how he makes his living.
I know great magicians on both sides.
I also know of terrible amateurs, and professionals who have been deluding themselves for decades.
If a professional deludes himself for too long he ends up not eating. If an amateur deludes himself he can still end up on the fat side.
"If a professional deludes himself for too long he ends up not eating. "
Correct. Some of them can't without borrowing money. And yet the delusion often continues.