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[quote] On 2007-04-07 13:12, Pathian wrote: I agree with a lot of the points that Swiss makes in the article. Mainly his points about "street magic" not being its own unique branch of magic or the next stage of the evolution of the art. However, while I'm not the biggest fan of Ellusionist's business practices, I lost a lot of respect for Jamy Ian Swiss for this pretty blatant ad hominem attack "The general impression one gets of Mr. Christian on his videos is that of a bland, middle-aged, white-bread guy, with little performance ability, and sleight-of-hand skills at about the level of an amateur hobbyist with, by contemporary standards, perhaps one or two years of experience." Say what you want about the somewhat ineffectual performance "style" of the Blaine generation of street magicians, I agree. But to attack the his technical proficiency with such hyperbole shows a complete lack of class. The man was a student of Slydini for crying out loud. He's got one of the smoothest passes in the business and he'll show you his chops if you see his Ninja 2 or ACR videos. It's true that he prefers to use more simplistic methods as opposed to knucklebusters in practical settings, but Aldo Columbini ascribes to a similar theory of simple methods for maximum impact, and I don't think anyone has ever called him a hack with the skills of a 2 year amateur hobbyist. All in all I thought the article was spot on. I have no desire to debate his argument, but he could have made his argument just as well without resorting to the ugly logical fallacy of a spiteful ad hominem attack. While he made his ideas clear and concise in other ways, any high school speech/debate class will teach you that using the argument "I'm right because the other guy sucks" isn't a valid way to make your point. [/quote]
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