Next week, on October 5, 2011, I'll be performing in Magic Chicago. There are three magicians on the bill this month, and my segment will be brief, but I'm cooking up something to welcome the start of the Hallowe'en season.
Marco, a software developer who's blog and work that I admire, writes about an interview with an orchestral musician in Countless Hours of Work Just to Be Invisible.. He calls out the observation that professional musicians spend countless of hours mastering the art of disappearing while playing. It's all about getting the music right, and getting the hell out of the way of the way of the song. Marco goes on to observe that the same thought applies to great design and software.
Doesn't this also apply to magic? Many magicians insert themselves into the performance in ways that dierespect the mystery, and as a whole, our culture values those who "improve" upon the classics by discovering new ways to further distract the audience. If we sought to demonstrate our respect by making the show about the performance, rather than the performer, would we get more respect in return?
Great to see Hermetic Press release an ebook version of Martin Joyal's The Six-Hour Memorized Deck. And even better to discover that it's a PDF so that you can use it on as many devices as possible. I can personally attest that it looks fantastic on iPad. (Even if you don't want to learn the deck, the history chapters are very interesting and worth reading, by the way.)