What way is magic heading – street magic
With the re-birth of new innovative and exciting magicians like Derren Brown, Criss Angel and David Blaine, people have returned to street magic.
Street Magic is one of the most rapidly growing forms of magic in the world today
Shunned by television, the modern magician slinks home to the last refuge for their endangered kind: Las Vegas. Stage magic teeters on the brink of becoming a dying art,
The infectious disease of “celebrity driven magic” is now being practiced by other TV magicians who believe it is all right, even acceptable, to use editing of videotape to bring illusions to their finale. If you show your hand empty, the hand must then become full in an amazing way. It is not fair, or necessary, to the truly talented magician, to “cut away” or edit in another picture of a smiling face or someone looking amazed, and then cut back to the hand being full.
Cutting away from a picture is not misdirection. It is cheap and fake – actually typical TV fare in the early 21st century.
Modern magicians have to scramble for any edge or angle that will keep them in business in an age of television and movies. one of the first places in England to show early moving pictures. Magic tricks were frequently the subjects of these early films, and from this inspiration a new type of illusion emerged.
In an age where digital effects have taken movie magic to new extremes and make the impossible seamlessly real on a daily basis, a magician’s live audience could simply forget to be amazed when a man levitates or a woman walks through a wall. Stage magic and movie magic are not the same, nor do they try to be the same. Audiences and magicians make a grave error by “confusing special effects with illusion, and deception with magic.” Without stooping to bleary-eyed nostalgia, a time before CGI, when wonder outweighed suspicion and illusions were magical.
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