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posted by janrinok on Sunday March 30 2014, @07:41AM   Printer-friendly
from the now-you-see-it dept.

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?

 
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  • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Wednesday April 02 2014, @10:23PM

    by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday April 02 2014, @10:23PM (#25208) Journal

    But the fact of the matter is, THEY ENTERTAIN! I just find THEY are very good and very entertaining... on a level that I find beyond many magicians. They say "aren't we good" without the smug looks and "ooh aren't we BIG" act.

    Dunno... i just like those guys... Teller, who is a VERY good magician, and Penn who can run the patter exceedingly well.

    Good team.

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