Saturday, February 13, 2010

Full of tubes...

As much as I bitch about the internet making magic (and the world for that matter) a kinda messed up place, it does have an upside.

Despite what the majority shows us, there are a number of creative people in magic. You might now know it, because these people work for a living. The net gives a number of people the freedom to share their ideas instantly. Magic has seen a hell of a revival in new ideas because the sharing of information is so quick. What used to take months if not years for an idea to get from one coast to another, now takes seconds.

In a way this forces us to step up our game to stay current. In other ways it can be a hindrance as you are so inundated with material, you don't get the necessary flight and practice time in to perfect something before you move on to the next shiny distraction. As the old saying goes, "It is better to know 4 things really well, than 100 things very badly"

So pace yourself folks. Dole out the information to yourself sparingly. Just because you can have it better, faster, now... doesn't mean you should take advantage of it. Everything in moderation...

including moderation.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Give me a shove...

It does me heart good to know there are people out there still pushing the limits of people's imagination.

I got the meet this guy on a recent trip to CT. Some advice to you youngin's who might read my silly little words here on the internet - Pay attention to people like this. Learn from them. It goes to show that diversifying a bit and having other interests can help broaden not only your perspective, but your marketability as a performer. Learn from the best...

it just might save your life.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Your magic will never be this cool.

Deal with it.


Monday, February 01, 2010

Caw, caw, BANG! Fuck I'm dead!

Watched a demo for a new effect that is oot and aboot.

I think my one gripe for this idea is no moment of magic. It looks TOO mechanical to me. Yes yes, "but this is what it would look like if we really had magical powers" you say. However, we don't and since NO ONE does, nobody knows what it might look like, (Even if movies have tried and tried) We should really try to stick to a little bit of reality so the audience has some sort of foothold to grab onto. (Did that make sense to anyone else but me?)

If you subscribe to the "Too Perfect Theory" then this is one of those effects that has only ONE explanation. Chicanery of some kind. Without a reason for it too happen, it seems silly. Sure it's visual and cool and a new shiny toy for you to play with and then realize you can just do some other card move just as easy and cheaper... but is it really worth it? Mind you, some religions have been started on less.

But Kool-aid and Waco should have taught us something.