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I read a very interesting post on The Jerx this morning.  It discusses Zoom as it pertains to magic shows but then offers up two other ways that magicians have found to perform, neither of which I had heard of until now.  Definitely worth a read.

http://www.thejerx.com/
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Another perspective twist from The Jerx. His thoughts are certainly worth considering. It's funny to think about the majority of people zooming along the same tracks; is it in our nature to follow suit? And what makes the few who take the time to pause and reflect different? Are they leaving clues for us to learn from?

Earlier today I was considering how much the art of magic has changed over the years. Before TV people would have had no choice but to attend a show, or meet a magician face-to-face in order to have experienced magic. When I read the old Jinx magazines of Annemman I often become curious about those times and what they were like. Were magicians more unique in their approach to the art? Even if you watched another's show there would have been no way of recollecting it perfectly. Whereas nowadays we can all watch anothers show on constant repeat if we so desire.

Over at The Jerx they approach the art of magic differently, coming up with new presentations and ways of performing, and now new venues. Ray is 100% correct, today's post at The Jerx is truly thought-provoking!
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Another perspective twist from The Jerx. His thoughts are certainly worth considering. It's funny to think about the majority of people zooming along the same tracks; is it in our nature to follow suit? And what makes the few who take the time to pause and reflect different? Are they leaving clues for us to learn from?

Earlier today I was considering how much the art of magic has changed over the years. Before TV people would have had no choice but to attend a show, or meet a magician face-to-face in order to have experienced magic. When I read the old Jinx magazines of Annemman I often become curious about those times and what they were like. Were magicians more unique in their approach to the art? Even if you watched another's show there would have been no way of recollecting it perfectly. Whereas nowadays we can all watch anothers show on constant repeat if we so desire.

Over at The Jerx they approach the art of magic differently, coming up with new presentations and ways of performing, and now new venues. Ray is 100% correct, today's post at The Jerx is truly thought-provoking!


Socrates, in line with your comment about people only having the option of attending a show or seeing a magician face-to-face, I thought the of the following:

Magic books used to be and most still are written for people doing live performances.  For the sake of my point, "live" means in-person, not television or internet.

So the misdirection, body movements, etc. that are described are as if you are in front of people, performing live and have little to no constraints on movement, i.e., spacial limitations.

Maybe it is time for books and videos to focus on these new mediums, and their inherent limitations?  

I haven't researched it, but I'm sure someone has done books that tell how to maximize the impact of television performances.  

If there is a growing trend towards performing magic on technology, then surely there needs to be instruction aimed at that niche.

For example, many of the recent tricks you see, especially from Sans Minds, are pretty much designed for social media.  Limited clothing choice, low light conditions, etc.

Food for thought.
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My thoughts on magic are more organic... magic is stronger in person and I believe in keeping it that way. There are many folk who are happy to utilize online platforms to present their magic, but for me it is always something I am going to perform "live". As you say performing live requires different skills and effects, plus it allows you, the magician, to feel the moment of astonishment alongside the audience.
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My thoughts on magic are more organic... magic is stronger in person and I believe in keeping it that way. There are many folk who are happy to utilize online platforms to present their magic, but for me it is always something I am going to perform "live". As you say performing live requires different skills and effects, plus it allows you, the magician, to feel the moment of astonishment alongside the audience.


Understood, and those are my current preferences as well.  But in times where you have the desire to perform and the traditional venues have dried up, some will take advantage of the opportunity.

Just as serious students of organic magic seek out resources in order to enable them to perform better, those that perform on social media and the like should have something to guide them.

Left to their own devices, we get the abysmal youtube videos that are all too common.

If you're going to do magic on TV or on the internet, at least do it well.
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Another question worth considering is: who watches YouTube magic videos and why?

I am not sure many of the general public are turning to online media to watch magicians anyhow... I could be wrong but I would assume the majority of viewers are magicians - and I guess this is why there have been an abundance of zoom lectures by magicians... the lockdown has created a captive audience for those in the know.

The original point that caught my eye was how some folk were looking to alternate ways of performing in everyday life rather than following the online crowd.

Creative thinkers always intrigue me.
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Another question worth considering is: who watches YouTube magic videos and why?

I am not sure many of the general public are turning to online media to watch magicians anyhow... I could be wrong but I would assume the majority of viewers are magicians - and I guess this is why there have been an abundance of zoom lectures by magicians... the lockdown has created a captive audience for those in the know.

The original point that caught my eye was how some folk were looking to alternate ways of performing in everyday life rather than following the online crowd.

Creative thinkers always intrigue me.


I assume you are correct that most magic videos online are watched by magicians or aspiring magicians.

The abundance of exposure makes it unnecessary for some to purchase much.  They can find most anything with a little time.
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I read a very interesting post on The Jerx this morning.  It discusses Zoom as it pertains to magic shows but then offers up two other ways that magicians have found to perform, neither of which I had heard of until now.  Definitely worth a read.

http://www.thejerx.com/


Do you have a link to that specific article?  I am not finding it.

Thanks!

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Do you have a link to that specific article?  I am not finding it.

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Check out "Dustings of Woofle" #25, published on June 17th.
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Check out "Dustings of Woofle" #25, published on June 17th.


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http://www.thejerx.com/blog/2020/6/16/dustings-of-woofle-25
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