...Every magician I've encountered on here and in person refer to them as "tricks". This site, refers to them as "tricks". What's your beef?
The difference between being a "trick monkey" and a professional. That's the difference. Anyone can do a trick, like Uncle Joe getting a quarter from your ear. A magician will take that same "trick" and turn it into a performance or an effect. Yes I do the old quarter from a kid's ear. but first it is a sponge ball, then it turns into a sponge rabbit, then right into the kid's hand it turns into a quarter. Doing that in a store has booked me parties. That's thye difference between a trick and an effect.
Another difference it the sponge ball routine. I gothru the regular trick but end it by putting the "balls" into my vic... er spectators hand and ask how many balls? They will say 3 or however many they saw last. I then say "your off by a hair" When they open their hands they have a 5" sponge rabbit in their hands. I did that one and got a standing o from a magicians club because no one saw it coming. That's an effect not a trick.
Tricks is a naughty word for many magicians. They are illusions, Michael! (I wont complete the quote
Here is the deal. Magic is an art. It is a performance art. The magicians that really excel are the ones that put the time and effort into their PERFORMANCE. As I mentioned, magic is 10% technique and the rest is performance. A layman can perform a feat of amazement with the right prop. A magician can perform a miracle that the same laymen would be baffled by, with great performance.
Further more, the really amazing material that I come across, most "magicians" think it is too simple to even work. They think that ANYONE would figure it out by watching it. Because they see the technique as 100%. Magicians often see mentalists as lazy as they rely on methods that are so incredibly simple. But, truly, mentalism is really far more complicated than general magic. Because if you cannot perform mentalism, it falls incredibly short of what the art truly is. Sure, it will still generally hit. But the mentalism that blows minds and makes careers, is still technically simple. But requires a presentation that requires a very high level of skill.
That is why I had recommended you pick up a few books on acting.