Just because magic is more than boxes doesn't mean boxes can't be considered magic.
this is true but that wasnt my point my point was that magic is more than boxes, meaning that some magic uses boxes but that is not the only kind of magic there is.
And it seems to me that you are not getting the point of my essay this is most likely my fault for not being clear, so i appologize.
let me try to explain again.
The magic that people see on tv really is the only magic that they will see their entire life. and if this is the only magic they will see what does that say about magic to them. it says that all magic is just a lot of hocus pocus that involves some machine. they do not see the skill of slieght of hand in real life. so the point i was trying to make is that the tv shows and mass stage productions really dont portray magic like it is supposed to be. a way to think of it is if you see a tv show made by a magician in todays style you can come away with only two answers.
1) The guy is a wizard and can do magic
2) The whole thing is a hoax made by the camera and paid actors.
that is not good for the magic community, The way the preformance of magic should leave people is with so many possibilities to consider that they know it wasnt real magic but they also come away knowing it wasnt a hoax either.
The point of my essay is not to discourage tv magic because there have been many good magicians who have been on tv. prime examples of this are Penn and Teller. They are both fantastic magicians who know magic well enough to do a tv show without resorting to any sort of elaborate hoaxes or camera tricks. or if they did they desguised them so cleverly that they went unoticable.
The point i am trying to make is that the really well known tv magicians and stage preformers (im talking about the magicians known to the kings of lay people) are focusing more attention on apperatuses then they are to magic, they are more interested in becoming famous then they are about showing magic at its best.