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Daryl -the other brother
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The other day I was hired to do close-up at a dinner party. The evening was a success, all the effects went well & got great reactions BUT as I was leaving one of the ladies present said "Thanks, I liked your tricks" Of course I Thanked her but inside I was screaming...TRICKS? YOU LIKED MY TRICKS? WHICH ONE? FETCH OR ROLL OVER!!#*%@%$* Now I know she had the best of intentions but to me it was nails on a chalk board. Is this just me or does anyone else hate this term?
Alan Gold
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Um, Daryl....we're magicians. We do tricks.

The only time I hate this term is when someone makes a comment implying the OTHER kind of trick. And I tell them, "I turn cards, I do tricks...I DON'T turn tricks."

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Justin Craddock
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Alan, laymen or beginners do tricks, magicians do magic.
"When a performance is over, What remains"
Larry Barnowsky
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Daryl,
Ideally, we would prefer that our spectators tell us after a performance that our magic was masterful and what an artistic triumph they witnessed. They of course may think of them as just tricks, whether you perform them or Tommy Wonder performs them. It's the nature of the business. Don't take it personally.
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I hate a term even worse.I do an adult kids show mixed crowd and then have one of the adults come up and say,
"You were great,the kids just loved you."
I want to say and what did you think.Maybe when kids are at a show they think the magic is for the kids so they don't want to act like they had fun.
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Leeman
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I don't care what they call what I did as long as they had fun and I had fun.
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I remember David Copperfield saying that he's not a magician, but rather an illusionist. However, how many laymen refer to him that way? None. Certain terms are ingrained in the language of the culture. Unless we make a campaign to erase the term "trick" from the working vocabulary of the average layman, it will be used. I don't like it either, but I don't let it bother me because I realize that spectators don't know enough about magic to say, "Wow, your patter was great and your prestidigitation was superb!"
Alan Gold
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On 2004-04-09 12:40, Justin Craddock wrote:
Alan, laymen or begginners do tricks, magicians do magic.


Justin,

That well may be so, but that is besides the point. You may call it magic, but I will tell you right now, when a mom of four comes up to me afterwards and says to me, "Thanks, Alan....your tricks absolutely blew my kids away, and you made our night!" I am going to thank her and smile. Period. End of story. Because, my friend, while she is calling them tricks, she is thinking of what a magical time her family just had.

"A rose by any other name would still smell as sweet." --William Shakespeare.

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What do you want them to say? You can't expect everyone to believe in magic. Do you believe that what you were doing was magic and not tricks? Sure it is nice when people think it is magic but I'm not going to get mad because I wasn't able to TRICK someone into thinking that it is not a TRICK. So basically, you are getting mad because you weren't able to TRICK them into thinking something that didn't happen happened? Smile
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Laypeople are always going to say tricks. Magicians may not like the term, but that's what everyone says. They may not mean it that way, but it's just standard word to use when a magician performs.
Daryl -the other brother
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You can't expect everyone to believe in magic. Do you believe that what you were doing was magic and not tricks? Sure it is nice when people think it is magic but I'm not going to get mad because I wasn't able to TRICK someone into thinking that it is not a TRICK. So basically, you are getting mad because you weren't able to TRICK them into thinking something that didn't happen happened? :s


No Shawn, I do not believe people are naive enough to believe what we do is real. I never said that. I simply stated that boiling down the research, practice, routineing, rehearsal, reroutineing, more practice ...etc, into the words "nice trick" is such an understatment of what we do.

Of course I don't expect my audience to know that and as I stated in my post, I know they are paying me a compliment. Its more a personal thing than anything else. What would I like them to say? Nice job, here's your check.
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