Why Do Some People Dislike Magic?

As a professional Magician, these are things you need to think about. Many years ago when I joined my first Magic club I was very shy and hesitated to perform. Some who performed were fine performers and caretakers of the craft of Magic. However that was not the “Rule”. I remember members who were eager to perform. They telegraphed their secret moves in a way that would make Samuel Morse turn in his grave. Even worse, they would pass themselves off as “Magicians” and charged people to see their “performances.” I suppose it might be a while before these people parted with their hard earned cash for this so called “entertainment.” Each time I perform, I always ask the host if they had a few moments at another time to send me their thoughts, as the public likes to see what other people think of you. I always tell them to be perfectly truthful, I wouldn’t want anything less. (This is easy today with email.) For informal performances, I use the John Bannon rule (John’s a Lawyer/ Magician/Magic inventor.) His rule is if they ask three times they are truly interested, anything less…Well you get the picture.

Not that I am greedy or in need of cash, but I love the paying audience. You get immediate feedback. I remember some advice from Mickey Silver. (catch him all over Vegas) Don’t listen to other magicians. (true, they’ll have you going in a hundred different directions.) Mickey told me if he had listened to his core group of friends he would not be where he is today. It’s been said before,” listen to your heart”.