I did not want to give the TT importance since in my opinion she MAY have bought the magic set, but she's Not the magician, her son is. I feel it's up to him to bring her in on stuff if he wishes.
Just curious, How do many here feel when the parents of a magician ask for explanations? Do you feel as I do? or am I carrying the whole secrecy thing too far?
I feel as you do. My nephew, who is now 9, began showing a SERIOUS interest in performing magic at about age 6. I purchased a magic kit for him for Christmas one year that was appropriate for his age & skill level. I assisted him with some things and now when he gets any extra cash, he wants his Dad, (my brother-in-law), to take him to the magic shop. When they come down to visit us, I always have a new trick for him or teach him additional handlings of tricks he's already grown adept at. Without fail, when he stuns his Dad with an illusion, my B-I-L will insist that he be told how it was done. To his credit, my nephew will not tell his Dad. When he needs to talk to me about the handling of a trick and others are around, he'll say, "magician's conference" and drag me into another room to have a whispered conversation about the issue at hand. He's very good at keeping magic secrets and resisting his Dad's insistence to know. If he can do that successfully with his Dad, he should have no problem keeping those secrets out in the real world. I am proud of him.
But I agree. I bought my son, (who is now an adult), a musical instrument when he was young. I'm no musician; but he is. At no time did I play his instrument or insist that he teach me. Why should it be any different with magic? It's an art and a skill and by its very nature requires a degree of secrecy. Just because a parent has purchased the illusion and/or kit does not make them a magician any more than buying a musical instrument make me a musician. If they want to support their child in their love of magic, they - if they are not magicians themselves - should respect the art enough not to insist to be taught the secret.