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[quote] On 2005-09-12 19:59, jimgerrish wrote: I used to bring my Wiz Kid group to IBM and SAM conventions and we were often also invited to local ring meetings, etc. Before each such visit, I would get them together and warn them that "the people who can LEAST keep a secret are magicians." If they (the Wiz Kids) kept their mouths shut and listened, they would learn hundreds of secrets by just hanging around with these other magicians, but under NO CIRCUMSTANCES were they to even get in a conversation with a non-Wiz Kid performer about any of our original Wiz Kid effects. I told them, no bragging, no one-up-man-ship, no "proving that they knew how a trick was done by revealing the secret," and so on. They were free to collect all the secrets they could, but I expected them to not reveal a single one of our original Wiz Kid secrets. This was years ago, in the 1980's and early 1990's. But it is sadly still true today and the current Wiz Kid Director (Frederick Goode - former Wiz Kid who still remembers my lectures on this topic) still has to caution the Wiz Kids whenever they mingle with other magicians. I don't think our Kids are any better and I am positive that without these cautionary lectures, they would engage in the same kinds of ego "trips," but by talking about it beforehand as well as discussing it after the visit, they seem to be among the few magicians I trust to actually keep magic secrets. [/quote]
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