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[quote] On 2007-04-07 19:28, Aaron DeLong wrote: I agree with the majority of you. The part of the article that hit home with me was the sales tactics used. "Be cool, do magic" is the theme of street magic that is targeted towards young men with low self esteem that have little or no social skills to make them part with their own or their parent's hard earned money. Magic has so much more than deception to offer its students. It can teach communication skills, presentational planning, thinking development through theory and challenge you to your innermost core as you perfect and hone your craft. As a young man, magic offered all of this to me. It caused a young man who was introverted, quiet and searching for who he was to become more. Magic didn't define me, but it taught me things I couldn't learn anywhere else. This is part of Swiss' blasting, because "Street Magic" as it is known today does not teach these things. There is no presentation, very little communication, very little planning (getting in and out of the effects) and much of it is not practical. It's like sending yourself to a vocational school that does not teach you a proper vocation. "Street Magic" today is the *** child of the great thinking of our heroes from bygone years. You get the EFFECT, but nothing else. Swiss seems to seek only to prove that this type of presentation simply does not fit into what we can define as a profession, venue or performance type. It works on TV, but no where else. It makes me sad to see the kids at the local magic shop who can do a great routine when it comes to handling, but puts their audience to sleep long before the climax that will make them pee their pants. Street Magic can be a great beginning to magic, but there is so much more to it than what it has been made out to be by Blaine/Angel on TV. Viva Swiss and I enjoyed his article. Someone had to say it. Aaron DeLong [/quote]
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