Hmm, as magicians should we not stick together no matter our skill or cultural even age differences? I see no point in getting that performer no matter his skill out of his job. So what he's fourteen, big deal, he got the job before you, it sounds like he was ready before you were, go find another stomping ground. And to those of you who say he has no financial obligations, how do you know that? Maybe he is from a poorer background, he could even be saving for college, the point is as magicians you stick together, there's already few of us out there, don't aid in our diminshment. I'm personally sick of flaming and the crushing of people's aspirations on these forums, you may call it constructive criticsm I call it destructive. I'm only eighteen as well, but I know well enough to leave well enough alone. Take this into consideration, or disregard it like I'm sure it will be because I don't have a little "Born to Perform" insignia underneath my name.
18 years young. magician.
First post count doesn't matter. If you had emperor penguin under your name, I would still say what you said was wrong.
If I'm better then another magician, I will take their job away if it pays enough. I'm not trying to be mean, but it's either him or me, and I would rather it be me getting paid. I could care less how old or young they are, if I'm better, I will get the job.
Now it's not to say that I will go out and look to take other's jobs, that would be disrespectful. But I wouldn't feel bad at all for going into a resturaunt, performing better, and kicking a kid out of a job. It's not because I'm a bad person, because I will talk to that other magician and give him some tips. But what it comes down to is that I need to work to make money.
The whole logic behind your arguement is completely flawed, because you're assuming that magicians are some how special. They are entertainers, the better you entertain, the more jobs you will get. And sometimes, you will be taking jobs from others. That's life. If you aren't willing to do that, then you will fail.