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Cheers to I.B.M. President Joan Ceasar for her brief yet insightful column on the President's Page in the Feb. 09 Linking Ring.

I agree that this term is tossed around rather loosely on promotional materials, web sites and the like.

The term "Master Magician" and any of it's possible equivalents should be a designation bestowed upon the individual by a group of his peers and not arbitrarily thrown on a website or a business card.

Furthermore I think most of those who really are "master magicians" would probably often reject the term out of modesty, humility and good taste.

Lastly, using hackneyed terms like "Master Magician" on one's promotional materials only reveals a lack of creativity insecurity and integrity on the part of the performer.

Thanks Joan for bringing this to light-

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Remembering something my Okinawan sensi in martial arts said to me once, "Master is something other people call you, never something you call yourself."
"Now here's the man with the 25 cent hands, that two bit magician..."
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I totally agree!

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I agree, but also wish to hold up Joan's other point. While most of us will never climb the pinnacle and be a "master magician" there is still much good and enjoyment we can provide through the art of magic.
The magic is not in our sleights and illusions, but instead in our ability to bring love and joy.
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I think it is used a lot when people advertise. Not saying it is right. But when I was young it was on my business card. Now that I am older. I know that I will not ever master the art of magic. Maybe one move or something. But to be a master of an art. Takes tons of factors. Some people have no clue the meaning of the word. Just my 2 cents...

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