Ever since I've become active in the magic community, I've realized that some of the older magicians simply refuse to respect the new generation of magicians. In my case, this became noticeable quite a bit after I decided that I wanted to offer my advice to the up and coming magicians. I spent a good amount of time writing essays on how to become successful as a magician, partly based on my own experience, as well as what I had learned from many other magicians.
When I first decided to release those essays, I found that a lot of the magicians who claimed to have decades of experience in magic fully hated what I was posting. Not because of the value of it, but because I was posting it. How dare a 19 year old with only a few years of experience performing professionally give out advice to other magicians. That was a couple of years ago; however, the information that I gave was never refuted. Instead, I was personally attacked for the simple reason that I dared give my opinion.
Two years have gone by, and the same attitude still exists with a group of magicians. It's not just me that they attack, but anyone who is a young magician. But what are they afraid of? Are they really that imitated that possibly someone who is younger could help out the magic community?
Now, I've been performing professionally for 5 years, or nearly that long. Compared to others, that really isn't too long. But in those 5 years I've really flourished as a magician. I've had a lot of failures, but I've also had more success. It's upon that experience that I wrote those essays, and that I write these. Does it mean I'm an expert? Far from it. However, just because I'm not a veteran in this business doesn't mean that I should be overlooked either. Especially if my advice is sound.
But let's get this clear, I'm not talking about just myself. There are many more magicians like me who have great advice, but are shunned because we aren't old enough, or we supposedly don't have real experience. The sad thing, many people are loosing out on very good information that could benefit them because of that prejudice. There is a lot to learn from the newer generations, and I believe that is something we all should realize.
That doesn't mean we should ignore the veterans either. They have wonderful advice as well, but they should not be the only source of advice one goes to. Because the truth is, maybe there is a magician who has only has a year experience, but they know something that we could all benefit from. Also, just because someone claims all the experience in the world, one should still be weary of it.
I hope I got my point across. This wasn't something I intended to write, but I thought there was a need for it. There are many of older magicians who are very helpful, and encourage the younger generation to share their ideas. For instance, Paddy and DaveV instantly come to mind. They have a wealth of knowledge on the subject of magic. Could they learn something from me every now and again, possibly, but they are also open to that idea, and I believe they would encourage us younger generations magicians to give out advice, because they know they don't have all of the answers (but they do have a lot of them). It's the other group that, the ones that attack the younger generation that have a lot to learn from us. Because really, without the younger generations, magic would eventually cease to exists (please don't misconstrue that as to me saying that we are the best. I don't believe that. But the older generation will pass on, and we will be the ones who are left).