The Burnaby Kid writes:
Figured I'd toss this out there, since SN was asking for interesting story submissions. I'm a professional magician working abroad, and I've been indulging in this incredibly geeky performing art for almost two decades. One problem that happens a lot when it comes to magic is that the nature of secrecy means that we don't get open dialogue with the muggles we perform for, and that leads to us getting into this weird sort of insular and incestuous discussion with other magicians, which ends up warping our minds to the extent that we start doing moronic things like... oh, I don't know... referring to our audience members as "muggles". We get into some pretty weird debates, and I've been trying my best to argue for raising the bar, such as by suggesting that we need to be more sensitive about what you guys like, such as by making sure that if we pull out a deck of cards, we've got something to perform that can compete with Card Through Window. And yet... Maybe I've got it wrong? What DO you guys like? If you like watching magicians perform, what do you like about it? If you don't, why not?
Watching a magic show is a bit like debugging an "impossible" bug. Interesting, but also frustrating. The reward doesn't arrive until you've worked out just what the hell is going on. Personally I've found the "magic revealed" shows to be more entertaining, as I get both the "oh that cannot possibly happen" together with the "aaah, except if you set up the circumstances *just* like this" - much like sharing tales of "impossible" bugs with colleagues. But that's just me - in a world where sufficiently advanced technology appears as to be magic, I want in on the tech ;)