Magician rivalries: Why does it happen?

Posted by avatarInfomaniac last updated April 23, 2007 at 10:08 pm

I used to belong to the Society of American Magicians.  I think my dad still does.  My father used to perform magic shows to supplement his income to support his 8 children!  His hands aren't as nimble as they used to be but he has amassed a collection of magic props like you wouldn't believe.  Check out Magic Goodies just to see a few.  eBay has a thriving auction community around magic props.

I trained with a magician one summer, trying to follow in my father's footsteps and I did well when I performed for the senior citizen crowd, they were easy to please.  I fell apart doing kids' birthday parties and put down my wand.  I still enjoy magic but don't practice anymore.  I'm a lapsed magician!

I saw David Copperfield last year in Boston and he was pretty good though I expected more.  I saw many magic shows when I was a kid and I think I had a child's view still of what to expect.  I wasn't wowwed... I was too analytical and trying to figure out the trick instead of just enjoying the show.  I have a DVD, David Copperfield Illusion, and it's pretty awesome.  It has some of his most spectacular illusions.

I loved the Illusionist because the movie was just that, an Illusion that drew me in.  I wasn't as keen on the Prestige.  It was good but it didn't have the flow and feel of what it described, the Pledge, the Turn and then the Prestige.