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foreva.infiniti
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If you're the author of an effect isn't it up to you whether or not you want to expose it to someone who isn't trying to learn magic but just to satisfy their curiousity or does no mean no. I can understand if the effect has sleights and principles used by other magicians but make my own sleights for the most part.
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I made a thread just for that reason, to find out.
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It could still be harmful. Your sleights could look the same as other sleights from the audience's perspective, and even though the next magician used different ones, the audience may still think it was the sleight you exposed. They could also falsely attribute your exposed sleights to magic that used an entirely different method, and even if they're wrong, in their minds, they're right, so they aren't going to enjoy the performance. (I have a friend who discovered the mighty double lift, and now honestly believes all cards tricks can be explained with this sleight.

Also, there's something called the suspension of disbelief. When you break that, by showing how some effects are done, you make it very difficult for those muggles to ever enjoy or like magic again, because you've proven they're only "tricks". They'll have a difficult time allowing themselves to fall into the suspension of disbelief. Not to mention there are many laymen (more than you'd think) you DON'T won't to know how it's done. They want to be fooled. I just can't imagine what you'd gain by doing professional shows and revealing the methods.
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Part of being a magician is not revealing. It isn't just about other magicians. It is about the audience.
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On 2013-07-24 16:48, foreva.infiniti wrote:
If you're the author of an effect isn't it up to you whether or not you want to expose it...


it's a basic problem of exposing principles and possibilities. In the short term it's also a question of false intimacy.
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Wouldn't understand the need to satisfy someones curiosity myself but if it is entirely yours do it I suppose. You would have to be sure that it is original with you and not just a reinvention. Not a very magical thing to do though. Why do you want to reveal it anyways?
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I have to go with those who realize that exposure cheats the audience (whether 1 or 100). Most really don't want to know... even if they THINK they do.
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The key to this seems to lie in our being mystery performers, whether magicians or mentalists. Why deflate the mystery? How do you feel when you see the coolest effect explained? I know I am often a bit deflated. I have lost the mystery. Of course, being an aficionado of the art, my empty feeling is soon replaced by admiration (usually) for the cleverness of the method. But lay audiences don't have that. Why then expose anything if you don't have to?
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If you're the author of an effect isn't it up to you whether or not you want to expose it to someone who isn't trying to learn magic but just to satisfy their curiousity or does no mean no. I can understand if the effect has sleights and principles used by other magicians but make my own sleights for the most part.

Of course it's up to you, but you'd be breaking your oath.
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