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kamus
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Max- a few last ditch questions:

How has magic and the allied arts changed in the last 20 years from your perspective? More/less healthy?

Where do you see magic in 20 years from now?

How has this experience of being here at the Magic Café been for you (besides being tiring)?

I would like to say, and I'm sure I speak for many, that I really appreciate your energy and commitment to sharing your thoughts, knowledge and experience with us and for being patient with all the questions put to you. It's a rare opportunity for all of us here to communicate with such a master of our art and craft.

I hope to get a chance to meet you in person someday. (If I do you see you I will be sure not to interrupt any ongoing conversation you may be involved with at the time, you can be sure)!

Thanks very much, and may you increase your well deserved success in the coming years.

Also, a big hello and thanks to Eugene, who doubtless will not remember me from a lecture he gave at Barry's magic in Wheaton Maryland some years back, but who impressed me with his genial presence and insightful teaching.

David Kane
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Max Maven
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On 2005-05-07 14:00, kamus wrote:
How has magic and the allied arts changed in the last 20 years from your perspective? More/less healthy?


The biggest change has been the in the dissemination of information. There has been a huge increase, due to desktop publishing, video and DVD technologies, and the Internet. As I've stated elsewhere, the downside of that has been that we are in a creatively fallow period. Ours is an age of instant gratification, but some things just cannot happen quickly. Becoming a magician is one of those things. The access to so much information builds the illusion that it can be absorbed quickly. But it can't.

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Where do you see magic in 20 years from now?


That's actually two questions. In commercial terms, magic will (as it always has) continue to ebb and flow, due to the capricious nature of cultural whims. The art itself will move forward, but that's based more on the driving needs of individuals who discover this medium as the one they wish to use to express themselves.

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How has this experience of being here at the Magic Café been for you (besides being tiring)?


Enjoyable. There have been some good and interesting questions. But also frustrating, because some of those questions really require a book-length answer. Also, I'm not very good at providing "best of" lists, and I know I have left out some names that are important to me (e.g., Rene Lavand, Roy Benson, Fred Keating, Billy McComb, Dr. Sawa, the Pendragons -- and those are just a few that now come to mind).
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