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Andy the cardician
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Dear Paul,

thanks for all the sharing. I truly enjoyed it. Looking forward, how do you see the future trends of magic?

best regards

Andy
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I think the "street magic" type marketing - where companies promise instant success and glory, will lead to a lot of drop outs over time but many will hopefully graduate to learning the magic that is the foundation of the art.

I'm not against street magic, in fact it's probably good that magic has evolved to find a place in modern culture - but a lot of it is surface scratching. Most street magicians don't care where the tricks come from, so long as someone supplies them with the secrets. Eventually, I think they will want to learn more about the magic they're doing but at the outset it's about doing the magic and that's a good thing.

What IS a shame is that many of the inventors who have contributed so much to our art are being disrespected when their tricks are re-named and sold by dealers with great marketing and questionable ethics.

Several people have walked into Roy Walton's shop and showed him Card Warp, a trick he invented. When Roy identified the trick they tell him he's WRONG and that it is actually the Voodoo Card Trick, which they bought from a street magic website!

Imagine how that feels. The inventor feels cheated, while the poor magician ends up making a fool of himself in front of one of our most brilliant minds.

Magic needs to teach the correct way from the start. Hopefully that's where we're heading.

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Thanks for this Paul.

I do share some of your feelings. The emerging street magic business is mainstreaming certain magic tricks and routines. The young audience, grown up with the internet, will distribute and share tricks freely and without further thoughts . . .

On the upside of things, some of those young kids are without doubt gifted and bright, so they might evolve magic to the next stage . . . like high tech gadget supported tricks

Andy
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