yeah, problem is that beginners want something cheap they can show their friends and family, and that's why they like close-up magic so much.
i mean, i think any stage performer can be a very good close-up performer, and that the stage magic is the next step... i'm a stage/close-up performer, and i do anything i'm hierd to do. i think all stage performers would love getting hierd to do a close-up performence, coz it's more personal and direct. also, in close-up u can show ur real skills (usally...).
i think that stage magic is more about the performence, and how u present ur magic. i mean, anyone can get those big effects and perform them, but he won't get the applause as proffesional magicians do. i think that's the thing beginners afraid of, like how to start doing stage magic and how to go on stage without having ur whole body shaking.
maybe penguin should open a forum or even open a thread here about how beginners should start performing for a crowd. i think that if someone would make a thread for that, beginners would want to know a lot more about stage magic, get some effects for it, and start doing like a 15 minute show as a start...
just a though,