i think there both equal think about it.
without the effect there is no presentation.
without the presentation there is not effect.
Well, I have to say you're wrong. I perform a simple silk vanish. It's probably the most exposed effect out there. It's extremely simple. However, the reactions that I get with it are wonderful. Not because of the effect. The effect honestly sucks, simply because of it's mass exposure. But the presentation does everything for it.
Magicians are nothing more than actors, playing the part of a magician. That is very important to remember. We are acting. We can't do magic, we can't make things vanish. We can't levitate, we can't do the things we claim to be able to do. We are merely acting. And in doing so, we have to know how to make a great presentation.
The only effects I perform during my stage shows anymore are basic, simple effects. Nothing difficult. All very simple effects. I've even performed the needle through balloon effect, for adult audiences. However, I've never had a bad review. This is not because my magic is fantastic, because honestly, the effects aren't. It's because I know how to present them. It's because I've spent a lot of time working on the presentation. Which is why I took simple effects. I can focus more on the presentational side of my performances, instead of the technical side.
Here's another example as well. When someone asks me to do a quick effect with a deck of cards, I use a simple DL for a one phase ACR. Extremely simple. Yet, I've never had any trouble impressing people with it, because of the way I present it.
As far as I'm concerned, the magic is very little. I'm not belittling magic. I love the art. But it's all in the presentation.