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 Post subject: In search of Street Magic
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:12 am 
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Here's an essay on Street Magic by Jamy Ian Swiss. Interesting reading.

http://antinomymagic.com/swiss.htm


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 10:57 am 
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I agree with the essay; however, this is just preaching to the choir.

you really think some of these "street magic" magicians here on Penguin can be bothered to read the entire thing?



I think it's much more effective to just suggest buying card wallets.
Some are actually gullible enough to purchase a few and there's less magic to expose that way.


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I just finished reading the essay and thought that it was very intresting and also i did agree with alot what was said but i've never looked at 'street magic' or magic in this way, come to think about it i've never really given it much thought at all, which was what i found most intresting.

I didn't know anything about Brad Christian before reading this so that was quite intresting to hear some of those comments and views. I've never bought anything from there and dont think i ever would now. Funny thing is though he fooled me aswell, i thought he was an established magician.

Im still a beginner in the world of magic and my main focus is working with cards, i know it will take a few years before i even start to think about using my skills to perform for money, thats even if i want to.

Just from reading this small passage has really made me think more into the theory side of the art, if anyone could possibly recommend some books with more essays like this, that would be great.

Thanks for sharing that Dave.


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Interesting article.
It does seem that a lot of the younger kids want "instant" magic
without taking the time to learn the history, psychology, and presentational skills needed.
While I have performed for strangers a few times, I never walk up to someone
and instantly say " look, watch this!!" or " wanna see something cool".
Only after introducing myself and engaging in conversation do I ask if they enjoy magic and would they like to see some. If not, I drop the subject. If they say yes, I do a routine with actual patter rather than a single
quick trick. After all magic is to entertain, not make you look cool and freak people out.

I feel the term street magic isn't the best term for what alot of people are doing. Essentialy they are just taking close up effects to an outdoor environment. my 2 cents worth

DAVE V thanks for posting this article.


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it was a good essay but i think he should have spoken a bit more about the busking side of street magic.

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I think the point of this particular essay wasn't to focus on Busking, but instead on the imaginary world of "Street Magic" as seen on TV.


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DaveV wrote:
I think the point of this particular essay wasn't to focus on Busking, but instead on the imaginary world of "Street Magic" as seen on TV.


Yes but In my mind street magic is all types of magic on the street (where the name comes from). One is to show somebody something cool, while the other is to make a living. He only wrote about the first type. It's still a good essay but the way he wrote it he makes it seem like all street magic is just for Punk Kids to show something cool.

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I think part of his point was that there's no such thing as "Street Magic" in the real world. Before David Blaine, it was called "Busking."

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...the way he wrote it he makes it seem like all street magic is just for Punk Kids to show something cool.


Whether you agree or not, that's exactly the point he was trying to make.


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I hope some of the "street magicians" read this eassy... *cough* I mean samuria training manuscipt of stealth techniques.


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I found it very interesting. Thanks for posting it. It's something that many magicians need to read.


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Wow, that was an awesome essay. Very long, but it was also a very enjoyable read. Thanks for sharing DaveV.


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pookie wrote:
I hope some of the "street magicians" read this eassy... *cough* I mean samuria training manuscipt of stealth techniques.


Ever thought about teaching college? ;)

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