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I thought magic died when Harry Potter turned 70, marries his young assistant...
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On 2005-11-08 10:18, George Ledo wrote:

I always thought it started dying a slow death around the early 30's, when the world continued moving forward but magicians kept doing stuff the exact same way. Imagine a pop singer today dressing in the style of twenty years ago, singing twenty-year-old songs, and using staging conventions from the 80's.

You obviously haven't been to Branson
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On 2005-11-08 11:11, Payne wrote:
You obviously haven't been to Branson

Good point. Branson is an isolated spot catering mostly to a specific segment of the population -- just like Vegas. They both know exactly what they're doing. They are both destinations for people who want to partake of the type of entertainment available in the place.

But we don't see the major touring stars today performing and behaving the way they did twenty years ago; even DC changed his look and approach when he decided to move from being a magician to being a celebrity. Madonna updated her approach, as did Michael Jackson, as did a lot of others. I'm not sure if I'd say they "evolved," but they certainly kept up with the times, even while maintaining their distinctness.

I don't know... from hanging around the Café for the last couple of years and reading what people here are saying, it's obvious to me that even a simple question like "Why hasn't magic caught on" can be interpreted in totally different ways, depending on where someone is sitting. Therefore I've come up with "Ledo's Oversimplified and Highly Arguable Theory of Cause and Effect in Magic:"

If you want to fool people, you do tricks.

If you want to create an illusion, you do magic.

If you want to make money at magic, you entertain the general public.

If you want to make mega-big bucks at magic, you become a celebrity.

Is this really any different from what other entertainers do?
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Marry a film star or two. That should be no problem for an enterprising magician.
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