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Topic: Cheers
Message: Posted by: JoeHohman (May 12, 2006 10:11PM)
Hello, Mr. Carney.

First, I just wanted to tell you how much I have appreciated many of the thoughtful responses you have shared in many of these posts. I am impressed by your knowledge not only of magic, but of the world in general. (Quoting Gandhi -- cool!) It occurs to me that you write as if you are a young man just getting started on a career, all excited about the adventures ahead of you, instead of writing as a seasoned and experienced journeyman -- and I mean this as a compliment! (After 11:00 p.m. I lose my ability to form cohesive thought...)

Second, were you ever on Cheers? (I thought I had heard or read that somewhere, and I know I am not confusing you with Harry Anderson.) If so, could you tell us that story? If not ... I just wanted to tell you how much I've been enjoying your posts!
Message: Posted by: John Carney (May 13, 2006 11:59AM)
Thanks.....nice to be appreciated.

As far as my writing being like the start of my career........that's not too far off.

I hope this doesn't come off as false humility. I am very sincere in that I never feel like I have "figured it out". I am proud of what I have accomplished, but I still have my doubts about my abilities and potential.......but I try to plow through because I want to grow. Humility is not hard to muster if you watch Penn and Teller, and many other great performers. I see what is missing from my magic and instead of tossing in the towel, I keep trying.

As soon as you think you have it figured out, you're dead. There is no place to go. Nothing left to learn, or discover. Magic becomes.....boring.

Magic often is derided by those who don't realize that it can be very well done. I know hack comics that put down magic, but have no idea how difficult it is to do WELL (I can play the piano in only an hour...... BADLY). Practice, writing, prop construction, rehearsal, problem solving, stage presence, creative thought, special skills, psychology, directing, timing, blocking.......good magical performers have their hands full and many learning curves to surmount.

What is more frustrating is that most MAGICIANS don't realize what it takes. Sell me the props, copy the patter of the guy I saw at the convention.......and they feel like they are good to go.

Magic won't be elevated to a more respectable plane until magicians start acting more respectable. We can change the minds of the skeptics one at a time, by doing QUALITY magic......by doing the work. By accepting and delivering on our responsibilities. If you donít think its worth it......why not find something you truly care about? ........Where the work is a joy, not an imposition.

Don't just call it "our art"......accept the work and responsibilities of an artist. Do it proud.

Its a journey........ will you go around the block or around the world? Will you express yourself and realize your potential, or will you be satisfied with what you learned in kindergarten?

re: Cheers..........nope, that was Harry Anderson. Harry the Hat.

best of luck,
Message: Posted by: JoeHohman (May 14, 2006 07:41AM)
Thanks for the response, Mr. Carney.

And BTW, I really did read that about you and Cheers somewhere -- must have been some misinformation. (Guess that goes to show you, don't believe everything you read on the internet!)