Hey guys and small demographic of girls,
Recently, I read a thread on using gaffs and at which point the dealer should tell you which gaff the effect uses in order to save you from buying another of the same thing. Here is the link: Gaffed effects
This got me thinking, If this is such a problem, then how is it fixed?
At first, some people were stating that it was simply the "nature of the beast" and that sometimes you had to take chances with that sort of thing. But, I wanted to get to the root of the problem. So, first, why don't dealers simply tell you which gaff is used in the first place?
I find this to be because there happen to be many laymen and other inexperienced, ergo untrustworthy, people who recreationally visit our websites. In order to protect the art, it is only commonplace to shield the untrustworthy from the secret via a price tag. But this goes deeper than protection, my personal question is Why do so many "inventors" publish effects with incredibly minuscule improvements, sell a well known gaff, and tout this effect as "new"?
It doesn't seem to make any sense.
My stance is one of rationalism. If you have ever bought an effect only to discover that you own the method in The Tarbell 6, you are not alone. I believe that magic shouldn't feel like a way to "Get one over" on other magicians or to outrageously charge laymen for a Svengali Deck. I understand this is how the industry makes money, but at the same time I think there needs to be a call for change.
In the world I live in and perform in, my aim is not to fool magicians, it is to change the lives of spectators. To have an effect so devastating that it truly transcends Art.
My aim is to inspire irrational beliefs in my spectators that maybe the world is not simple; maybe the world is something that only a few very special people can harness and divine.
This call for change is one that involves the quality of magic and the quality of how each of us perform. Every magician knows that it is not the "trick" that makes the effect magical, it is the performance and the connection the magi builds with the spectator that makes something truly magical.
I believe there should be more books and DVDs on how to connect and perform for your spectators. Not only that, but I think that there should be stricter quality control on what is published when it comes to reusing gimmicks and old gaffs. I believe we should be more of a family than a competitive community.
I would really like to hear what everyone else has to say.