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Topic: Why Mat Won. Sank Says...
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Sep 22, 2014 07:42PM)
((( I personally think it's fabulous that Mat won AGT. There is not a jealous bone in my body. I feel that his win is a win for the whole world of magic and magicians. Mat made us all look good.

I received a letter from Sankey. I'm in concurrence with his assessment of the situation. He said, (and I quote):  "I wish magicians would stop complaining about Matt Franco winning 'America's Got Talent.'
Is Matt especially original? Definitely not. How about especially skilled? Again, no.
Matt isn't even especially entertaining. But Matt did exactly what far too many magicians fail to do. He truly CONNECTED with the judges and television viewers.
And he did it by being something ultimately more important than being original or skilled.
He did it by being charming and humble. Which made him supremely LIKEABLE. And in the 'business of showing,' likeability counts for an awful lot.
Yes, like many magicians, I wish this kind of important television exposure was spotlighting our more creative, original, inspired and skilled performers.
But as a community, we are so foolishly focused on keeping secrets and presenting irrelevant puzzles, the general public has little else to measure a magician by, other than, "Did he screw up his tricks?" and
"How much did I like him?"
The same can't be said of dancers, musicians, actors, comedians, painters and photographers. With those, the general public is far better informed about originators, styles, skills, bodies of work, influences, personalities, etc.
While in the magic ghetto, our obsession with secrets has created a vacuum of such public ignorance, likeability can win major contests. And fake 'tv magicians' without originality, skill or veteran performance chops, are created in video editing rooms and broadcast around the planet, as perverse representations of real magicians.
But instead of complaining, let's look to our own performances and creative efforts, and raise our own expectations.
Far too many performers in our community are 'karaoke magicians,' singing verses written by others, to melodies created by others (and often out of key.)
Instead, strive to be much more than just another 'paint by number' performer. Take risks. Explore. Find what is truly yours. Your voice,
your perspective. And dare to share THAT through your own deceptive
And keep in mind, the tricks are just tools. It's how much of your unique self you're able to express with them that really matters.
The focus on 'keeping secrets' has misdirected magicians and the viewing public for long enough.
Long live real magic.
Message: Posted by: Scott Fridinger (Sep 22, 2014 08:21PM)
Great message, thanks for sharing.
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Sep 23, 2014 08:08AM)

I think Jay made some great points. Very incisive.

And I send good will to Mat and his new career!
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Sep 23, 2014 10:00AM)
Strong words coming from someone who has been on a severe cold streak for awhile - he should take his own advice. Also ironic that he is talking about paint-by-number or karaoke magicians when those people are his market, mostly.
Message: Posted by: Scott Fridinger (Sep 25, 2014 07:30AM)
Marvello, not sure about that, he may sell to the broad/general magic market, but a great deal of Sankey's material is outside the box (which doesn't always make it good).

Again, congrats to Matt, close-up magic moves ahead strong.
Message: Posted by: Marvello (Sep 25, 2014 05:21PM)
Although occasionally Sankey comes up with a new idea, he rarely performs his effects for audiences, which for me is a big turnoff and a big warning bell. When I see garbage like Flatline it makes me really not want to investigate anything else new that he releases.

Yes - congrats to Mat. Yay for magic.
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Sep 25, 2014 10:46PM)
We must connect... :exercise: