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I stumbled across this quote from artist James Whistler and was struck by how well I thought it described the goal of the preparation process for the magician. What do you think? "Industry in art is a necessity - not a virtue - and any evidence of the same, in the production, is a blemish, not a quality; a proof, not of achievement, but of absolutely insufficient work, for work alone will efface the footsteps of work."
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It definitely seems to fit the magician's goal in that respect. Magic should seem effortless and refined, even if one's performance is solely magic gone wrong (e.g. The Great Ballantine). But I suppose the lack of industry in performance plays a part in creating a graceful appearance.
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Anything can apply to magic. If it inspires you it can inspire your magic.
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