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Paul Rathbun
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I was thinking about this, and I think I am addicted to magic. It brings me happiness momentarily, and I keep needing to buy more. I buy stuff and don't use it or need it. I sometimes spend money on it I don't have.

Am I the only one???
Tom Bartlett
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Not me! Where are my cups and balls? I need them now!
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I'm right there with you. I have calmed down a bit, but I've been selling some old stuff to buy new stuff.
Josh Chaikin
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I used to buy a lot of props, then I moved onto DVDs, then I went to books. Now I realize I don't need anything else but to just read, reread, and read the books again. Talking about magic on a deeper level with other magicians is where I get my jollies now.
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Josh makes a good point. I'm slowly getting there with the books. The problem with buying too much is that most of the new effects I buy is stuff I'll never use. Most of what I use I get from a book or DVD. I'll have to start re-reading what I already have.
Paul Rathbun
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I understand what you mean. I guess being obsessed with something takes on different forms for different people. So many magicians that I have become friends with have large amounts of magic. They are always in search of that great effect. Whether they hope to find it in a book, a DVD, or the latest trick release.
For me, the anticipation of waiting on a package to come in the mail is what excites me. It is like Christmas morning whenever I get a magic order. Just like most children, when I open the package I am often let down with what I get.

I guess when I use words like addicted or obsessed, I just wonder how many of you out there spend the majority of your free time researching, practicing, buying, or selling magic?
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Right now, my time is spent doing research and garnering ideas for character development. I already know which direction I want to go in and have some ideas for effects and presentations. I just need to get back to phase one.
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I'm a magic addict, too. That is why I spend so much time on the Café.
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Magic to me is an addiction. I am one the enslaved I think, at least I think it's cessation would cause me severe trauma. Smile
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Well, the psychologist in me wants to point out the huge difference between addiction and obsession. But I do not believe I am either addicted (nor do I believe a magic addiction is even possible), nor am I obsessed with it, but I certainly do enjoy it greatly.
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Paul Rathbun
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Father Photius,
Right you are about them being totally different. I was just trying to open up the limitations of the thread.
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Next week, I am signing up for magic anonymous awareness class.
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When I was in what I call the exploration stages, I bought a lot of magic products.
Nowadays, I am aware of the hype and am very selective in my buying.
The holy grail of magic isn't in props, books, etc.
Not unlike Josh, I have some direction as to what I want.

I have a fair library, and by re-reading the books, I have realized how much I missed in my first read-throughs.
I also realize that a thousand tricks aren't needed to entertain the laity and that some of the older ones work just as well as the newer ones.

I've bought maybe an average of two items a year in the past five years.

Magic is a part of my life and not something I think I could give up easily.
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Quote:
On 2008-11-07 13:04, Dynamike wrote:
I'm a magic addict, too. That is why I spend so much time on the Café.


With all due respect, my friend, you are a Café addict. Not the same thing. You are also addicted to your post count, I'm afraid.

WORD.

Love ya anyway.
Lawrence O
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Magic is way to escape reality and share this experience with others.
It may not be an obsession, but it certainly is a form of addiction. One doesn't have to be schizophrenic or psychopath to have a need to live in a dreamworld.
Yes, I'm a bit neurotic about magic and not far from being addicted, as I feel that the magic world we magicians create is somehow better than the "real world," whatever that is.

The need to share this with laypeople seems to me not to be too far from a rationalization.

Again, I'm not far from doing magic as a need, but what saves me is that such a need is not constant, even if it is remnant, and it is challenged by other escapes like enjoying my family, studying religions, constantly seeking deeper historical knowledge to better understand politics, looking at how other people are and do whatever they do...
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I've channeled my addiction (sure, I'll call it that, why not?) into three useful categories:


  1. real practice and performance.
  2. collecting rare/ antique/ and superior quality magic props.
  3. books.


Thus, my helpless addiction is put to my own ends and not to a slavish need to buy new tricks I'll never use.
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I've been curbing my addiction from buying new handcuffs to inventing new escape stunts.
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I'm definitely addicted. All of my money goes to magic. I can't help ordering things off the Internet, and most of my free time is spent doing something magic-related. But I'm happy, and that's what counts. lol

Dan
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Ken Northridge
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I can certainly relate to what everyone is saying about being “addicted” to magic. I am not up on the technicalities of the word addiction like Father Photius is; however, I believe that when magic keeps you from what is really important in life (family, etc.) it can certainly be a problem and unhealthy. So much of life revolves around the word BALANCE.

Some of us here at the Café, including myself, make a living doing magic. This complicates finding a balance even further. By studying my craft thoroughly, I am attempting to bring prosperity to my family; at least that’s what I can tell myself if I am being consumed by magic, and to a large degree it's true.

Fortunately, there is a safe guard called “burn out.” If I over do it, and I have in the past, I will eventually become burned out for a while, and then I am delighted to catch up on family responsibilities, home repairs, health, etc.

I also believe in healthy addictions. The “high” that a long distance runner experiences is a great example of this. I know someone who stopped drinking one day and began running marathons in place of that habit. He transferred an unhealthy addiction to a healthy one. But even running can be overdone and cause problems, including death!

Magic can also be a healthy addiction...and an unhealthy one.
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Paul Rathbun
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Dan,
You sound a lot like me.
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