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Dangerously, I am sitting up in the middle of the night again with not enough sleep but with a computer and an internet connection and thus this post. Scott Wells has John Pullum on his podcast, with an impressive bio regarding the technological aspect of presenting magic. Mr. Wells is predicting that social media will play a more significant part in presenting magic into the future. I think that is probably correct, but I am going to make a prediction that this will only last until technology makes it possible to duplicate any magic effect with minimal effort in real time, meaning the "photoshopping" occurs as the piece is being shot as does not require any post filming editing. I think we will get to the point where anyone can broadcast a magic show live and they will never had to do more than practice the presentation as computers will edit the shots microsecond by microsecond. I do not know when this will occur, but I predict that live performances will re-surge in the future when it does because people will want to see authentic skills being presented.
Anyway, that is my 2am sleep deprived prediction presented here for your amusement. __________________ O' what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive! - Sir Walter Scott
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I guess everything changes over time and technology is certainly a factor. Magic used to be live or nothing and I presume it was relatively close-up. Small rowdy certainly, but probably resembled what we call busking today.
Magic eventually made its way into the theater and that opened the door to technological advancement in lighting, use of trap doors, mirrors, etc. New and different illusions were possible. Eventually film became a thing and movies followed. Magicians began to understand that film could be manipulated to their advantage and some exploited that fact. But mostly, film merely recorded a live performance for later viewing. The next big breakthrough I suppose was video. Super 8 was cool in its time, but the processing of film was slow and relatively expensive. Then you were limited to a projector and screen for viewing. I remember the excitement when we got our first VHS recorder and cassettes. A whole new world opened up. A camera soon followed and suddenly, film processing was history. VHS tapes sure we're expensive though! A blank tape was around $20 a pop I think. Technology now is incredible and will only improve. I just got back from vacation where I witnessed exactly 2 people using actual cameras, both digital. All the others were using their phones for video and stills. Who'd have thought? So where does all this take us with regard to magic? I don't know. Time will tell. How does one monetize social media magic? That, to me is the question. Like it or not, economics is a driving force in magic. Some "youtubers" earn money with every click on their page. No wonder they lay click-bait and offer to reveal secrets. Will that continue and grow and somehow spill over into other mediums or outlets? Is there a yet-unseen vehicle in the future that will render even YouTube obsolete? Much to ponder. For me, I still like magic face-to-face when possible. I think it is still unrivaled.
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SamtheNotasBadasIWas [...] I think that is probably correct, but I am going to make a prediction that this will only last until technology makes it possible to duplicate any magic effect with minimal effort in real time, meaning the "photoshopping" occurs as the piece is being shot as does not require any post filming editing. I think we will get to the point where anyone can broadcast a magic show live and they will never had to do more than practice the presentation as computers will edit the shots microsecond by microsecond. [...] Sam, I believe your vision is already somewhat a reality. The most recent Penguin Magic podcast includes conversation about a subscription service called Video Chat Magic that includes some of this live-editing functionality. The more this happens, to my mind, the more important real, live magic performed in the flesh (when such is possible) becomes.