Posted: Nov 21, 2009 3:19pm
During the Daytona Festival of Magic a few weeks ago, I was talking to some magicians who were lamenting the fact that overall attendance at magic conventions has been very low lately. Obviously, the economy has something to do with this. But I think there is also a group of younger magicians who don't really know about the conventions or perhaps don't really care.
I know a lot of younger guys (and some older guys as well) only learn about magic from the Internet. This is not all bad as there are some fantastic resources online (and some not so fantastic ones a well). But nothing, NOTHING beats hanging out with other magicians and sharing experiences and ideas face to face.
As I said in an earlier post, when I was getting back into magic, I didn't know any magicians. Once I started going to conventions and meeting other guys. I can tell you that my magic started improving a lot and very quickly. Even if you only perform for lay people, it's still a very good idea to share your stuff with other magicians as they might be able to give you pointers on improving what you are doing. You'll also find a lot of inspiration from seeing stuff live. Believe me, there are probably a lot of tricks that you've dismissed from watching a demo video which will totally impress you live (and, sadly, vice versa).
Plus, if you have favorite magicians and magical creators, they need your support. A lot of guys make a good portion of their living performing and teaching at conventions.
So I know times are tough. But most magic conventions are relatively inexpensive compared to other industry conventions. I would encourage everyone who has never been to a magic convention to check one out. FInd out where the nearest one is and go.
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