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Tommy, your posts simply make my brain hurt. When the spectator's mind short circuits for that millisecond trying to rectify what is clearly known to be impossible with what they have witnessed and perceive to have just occurred, THAT is what creates the sense of wonder and amazement that is my goal of every performance. That is when the rational mind gives up and is thrown into an unnatural state of wonder. That feeling when stimulated correctly is the joy of what we do every day as magicians. I know I have achieved that state in a viewer when they lose the ability to verbalize their thoughts. You can see them trying yet unable to form a thought. It is a very clear and distinct state that is the goal of what I do. You classify it as a "dilemma". I classify it as the richest feeling we can stimulate in our audiences as magicians.
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When a magician claims some non-sense, which everybody knows is non-sense, then proceeds to rationally prove that non-sense makes sense, it represents a moment of balance, between the two equal and opposite forces of nonsense and sense. It challenges our sense of what is non-sense and what is sense; a sense which is fundamental to our understanding of how the world works. In a world where non-sense makes sense, where fiction is fact, one’s study of such a world, is bound to hurt the brain.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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To study magic itself, one has to put oneself where the audience is, which is on the horns of the dilemma at the magic moment. The study will read, it is but can’t be.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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The dilemma is not between the "magic" nonsense and the logical proof, but between the fundamental understanding of "the way things work" and the "proof" that is presented.
They usually understand that nonsense is still nonsense, but are puzzled by their knowledge being challenged by the proof of the impossible to their senses. It is this dilemma that creates the cognitive dissonance. The "nonsense" is often just a framing device to let the spectator know that it is a kind of a joke, and not to be taken seriously. Too serious a presentation edges toward charlatanry.
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It seems to me the magic is not nonsense but is a series of rationally questioned facts, which prove true the fictional nonsense which has been proposed with the patter. It is that which is impossible and also amusing because it is absurd for nonsense to make sense.

Where there is no relationship between the two equal and opposite forces there is no magic in anything. There is a relationship between the matadors cloak and his sword and it is that relationship which is the magic of bullfighting. The cloak puts the bull in the best condition for the kill. Patter does likewise for the magic.

What is the use of studying magic itself, when it is only the action that really matters? Just study the art of how to tell an incredible story and the wonderful science of how to conjure it up.
If there is a single truth about Magic, it is that nothing on earth so efficiently evades it.

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I think about theory... a lot! It is very easy to get so embroiled in analysis of the process that I forget that my real goal is to stimulate and entertain my audience. Sometimes I need to remind myself to just "think" less and "do" more.
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If one studies and puts into practice what one knows every day, over time, one can get good at anything. As an amateur magician, I spend most of my time doing something else to make living. What I do is host gambling parties, which gives me time to study my hobby, which is magic, but leaves me little to time to perform it. Full-time professional magicians probably perform more times a week than I perform in a year.
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