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Via today’s “Mutts” comic strip email is a wonderful quote from Pablo Picasso:

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

For two hundred years people have asked whether magic was indeed a true art form. Think about Picasso’s comment. Does your magic do this? Even for a moment?

If so, consider yourself an artist.
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Mbreggar, thanks for sharing that.  I will meditate on that quote and ruminate on it today.  

I will offer a couple of quotes.  The first by Albert Einstein.  I think it directly relates to the importance of mystery in magic.

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” 

― Albert Einstein, The World as I See It

And this second quote is interesting in its application to magic, I think.

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” 
― Leonardo da Vinci

So if we extend the premise, can magic be like painting where it is poetry that is seen and can it become like poetry that is painting felt rather than seen?

At some point we've all felt a rush of emotion after watching a magic effect.  We "felt" the magic we had just seen.  Many of us chase that "high" by begging to be fooled in order to experience it again.

So Mbreggar, you've given me a lot to think about regarding the quote and whether magic is a true art form.  Thanks!
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That’s three quotes.
One more and we’d have a gallon
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Picasso is one of my inspirations in magic.  It's cool to see magicians discussing him here at the forum.  Looks like this could be a good discussion. 

If you're an artist any tool can be used to create art, and as Paul Harris once said:

"Tricks are tools. Astonishment is real" - [wink]

My approach is to take the tricks, if I need them, and turn them into moments of magic.  Anyone can learn a few tricks to entertain people with - all you need do is follow the instructions, practice a little and you're set.  To create magic however requires a little more thought; how may people would know of Picasso if all he did was copy other people's paintings?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mbreggar
That’s three quotes.
One more and we’d have a gallon


Who put the "art" in quart?
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When Picasso first moved to Paris with his friend Carles they were so poor, they had nothing, their apartment was bare.  Unperturbed they painted furniture and bookcases on the walls... they even painted a safe for all of their valuables [biggrin]

The original quote could just as easily use the word magic for art.  But the main question posed was does our own magic wash away the dust of everyday life?  Well I would of course have to answer yes.  The pursuit of magic has given me much pleasure over the years, and I have spent many happy hours polishing my skills.  These skills have given me the opportunity to share the gift of magic and create many moments of astonishment for other people over the years.

A young guy was standing outside a shop, with a less than happy look on his face. As I wandered his way I said "good afternoon" - he replied in the negative, life was not going so well for him on this day.  Anyway I told him I had a single playing card in my top pocket... and asked him if he knew which card it was.  "Of course not" he replied [smile]  He took a guess, he was wrong, but he was only guessing - I produced a deck of cards from and spread them, "here take one"

It was a classic moment, and funnily enough he managed to select the very same card I had in my pocket.  We took it a little further, he was extremely happy and seemed to have forgotten his woes.  He thanked me for the magic, gave me a hug and said I'd made his day.

So I guess even a simple little trick can be used to create a wonderful moment, and it certainly appeared to have washed some of his dust away [cool]
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Magic, properly performed and presented, can certainly affect people on a deeper level.


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Socrates, how many of us, in performing a simple trick for a sad someone have — even for the smallest of moments — made them feel better? Perhaps even, that there was still hope in this world. I know this is terrifically profound and deep, but I think about this a lot.

This is a gift that we have

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Quote:
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That’s three quotes.
One more and we’d have a gallon


[rofl]
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John Carey mentions this in his book "Me, My Cards and I" - he teaches a single-phase ambitious card routine and recommends a presentation based on the volunteer rising to meet the challenges they face in life.  With that presentational theme, repetition would dilute the effect.  Kept short and to the point, this simple card trick creates a memorable, meaningful, magical moment for the volunteer.
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For two hundred years people have asked whether magic was indeed a true art form.


Whomever those people were and/or are, they probably have never had a true magical experience?

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Well performed magic is like master piece, poorly performed magic is like a paint by numbers.

- Wayne

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Or even worse, poorly performed magic sounds like me playing the recorder in grade 5. Mind you I don't think my recorder skills have improved over the last 50 years,

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