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JackScratch
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I think it goes witout saying that if one can not appreciate ones own art, then why bother. There are much better ways to both make a living and receive desired acceptance.
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JackScratch wrote:

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"There are much better ways to both make a living and receive desired acceptance."

No there are not. Smile IMHO

Lee: Consider the nit picked. You are right, of course, but I was more concerned with the concept of the art being influenced by the pre-conveived opinion of the audience--allowing the artistic vision to be compromised by the audience.

There are artists whose work may be directed at the self, or at a vision of God, or other things such as mentioned, and the "audience" can not get "in the way" of the artist's complete self-expression.

Not all art is "for the viewer" in the same way.
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On 2006-05-10 11:54, Christof wrote:
Sure, when you go commerical, you have to consider the audience. My question is to what extent this affect the art. If you look around on this board, then "commerical magicians" - buskers, for example, who may be the most commercialized of all - always state that it's all about entertainment, and they mean comedy and fun. The magic loses out, because what sells is comedy.

Comedy is something an audience can understand. Often an audience doesn't understand magic and magicians unless they are into magic. Many people think that magicians are like the magicians that they SEE like, Doug Henning, David Copperfield and now David Blaine.

Comedy can work very well with good quality magic - like in the act of Johnny Thompson and the Great Tomsoni. Comedy was great is Jay Marshall's act, and my Dads act with the rope tie.

An act is a hard sell unless it meets the demands of the market. Art when it is presented for one's self artistic impression often does not meet the demands of the market. In the book "Illusion show" by David Bamberg he put together his first illusion show and it made money. Then he invested in a huge "artistic show" and it bombed big time.

Magic is what a magician is suppose to do but the market we SELL it to is the ENTERTAINMENT MARKET. If magic is done for money the job is to satisfy the audience and the clients first.

Just some thoughts.
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