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Senor Fabuloso

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Almost 20 years ago after meeting my Wife, we were invited to a gathering of like minded individuals. The atmosphere was festive and cordial, although I didn't know the attendees very well. Tails of my prowess in the conjuring arts had been told long before my arrival and an exception my abilities was wanted. I was asked to perform but as I often do, countered with my standard "as a professional I'm compensated for my work. What are you offering?" The nature of the get together precludes me from writing more about what was given but I can assure you that I was compensated to my satisfaction. Here is where things get a bit, out of sorts.

In love with myself as I am, I began to perform a very involved effect requiring great attention to detail and audience management. Max Maven's The Mockingbird. Not a particularly difficult effect but involved. Because of the environment and distraction abound and while people paid attention, the effect while being completed to the satisfactory conclusion didn't seem to hit home.

Another person at the event decided he was going to do something and presented OOTW to the group. It was an abysmal performance but the attendees got it. Later that evening and after returning home with my girlfriend at the time, she said "you know, that guy who did the red/black thing wa a better magician than you. "

Now having been in the military and having seen combat, I should tell you that I have a pretty think skin. I can also take CONSTRUCTIVE criticism on my performances from anybody but I was livid. How dare I be compared, let alone belittled as a magician by this woman soon to be my Wife. After getting through my emotional melt down, we were able to discuss the catalyst for her remarks and I learned something.

Even in an informal and maybe especially in and informal environment being to professional can come off more pompous than entertaining. On this particular occasion, that was certainly true.
The trickster who was like uncle joe pulling a quarter out of little johnny's ear entertained more than the professional. Why? Because he entertained. He wasn't trying to do anything more than give them all a good time. I on the other hand, wanted to impress.

So while the trickster in this instance made mince meat of the magician that lesson has stuck with me. Never again have I been so arrogant as to think that my skills can't be outmatched by even the trickster know but a few tricks.

Having said all that, it's important to understand that there is in fact a difference between one who does tricks (the trickster) and one who performs magic (the magician) What is it?

For me, it's and easy question to answer. The trickster is more interested in fooling is spectators. While the magician cares more about providing his patrons with experiences. Emotional movement that is like a roller coaster ride with ups and downs building to a crecendo of almost orgasmic release.

Doing tricks is fine if that what one wants but making magic, just requires so much more. "Tricks are for kids" or so the saying goes. I want to make magic and give my patrons the tools to empower them in there lives to know that anything is possible. If I do that then I have been successful. Anything less condemns me to mediocrity and the status of, the trickster.  And I suggest that if your not elevating your performances to a higher level than that of puzzles to be figured out, then you to are nothing but a trickster.

So make the incomprehensible matter and give hope, to the hopeless or just unaware. Have them feel for you and themselves understanding that, together and as a part of the human condition, we are all one capable of greatness. If we can do that then truly, we have become MAGICIANS.

Thank you.

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I learnt long ago that “magician foolers” are sometimes too complex for lay people to understand.


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        one very long post and one very short post - and I'll try to break 'em down to three words which, in my opinion, is much more to the point - ENTERTAIN YOUR AUDIENCE!
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Great post, Senor Fabuloso!

I appreciate your honesty.

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Originally Posted by Senor Fabuloso
I was asked to perform but as I often do, countered with my standard "as a professional I'm compensated for my work. What are you offering?" The nature of the get together precludes me from writing more about what was given but I can assure you that I was compensated to my satisfaction.


Well, this'll make you wonder...
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..."building to a crecendo of almost orgasmic release"....geez, I guess I better practice some more![wink]


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