So I was thinking, Criss Angel says "I don't use any camera editing" or whatever, and people get mad when he actually does. Now my thought is that, when you do a sponge ball routine, you might say "I'm going to put this one in this hand" and then you actually don't. or when doing a card trick you might say I'm not going to do any switches and then you actually do. So why is this any different. Magic involves lying, but making it look like you're not lying.
Just a thought I had about Criss Angel and about magic.
what do you guys think?
When reading the subject headline, I thought: "Oh no this will be another thread about bashing famous magicians!".
I think when a magician says anything bad about another magician, they both end up looking bad! (Wonderful words of Mr. Michael Ammar). We as magicians, when watching other magicians in television with our friends or families are often asked: "Is he any good?", "Can you do that?" I will admit it's very tempting to point out the mistakes he is making, because obviously I know, and because it would make me out to be a better magician than him. At least to my friends. I usually though, say whatever good there is to say instead. Why? Because it makes magic look good. It makes their experience of it better. I do not own the right to be the only one admired by my friends for my art. However, I have an obligation to promote the art any way I can.
THIS BEING SAID: A few years back I used to HATE David Blaine, because I felt he crossed the line: He made a person sign a piece of paper with the name of a passed love one. He lit the piece of paper on fire and extinguished it on his arm, where "the ashes" showed the name of the loved one. (I guess you all know the method). Then he walked in real close to the person, put his hand over their heart, looked them in the eye and said: "(s)he is still with you!" This of course made them cry. I felt he crossed the line.
Though I believe that many clairvoyants do a great job. The difference however, is that people choose to go there. They maybe hear what they needed to hear. I don't care if the clairvoyant is payed either. If he is helping people? In some aspects they do the same as psychiatrists do. They listen and ask... then of course they tell them what they "feel", and I will not be the one to judge if what they feel is really cold reading and if they know this or not, or if it really is spirits guiding them. I don't care, as long as people get the help they need to live better lives.
So did Blaine do this? I don't know. Maybe some of them went away from there feeling much better. But some might not have, and they didn't ask for it! They maybe just thought they would be seing a magic tricks they wouldn't believe anyway.
Wow this got rather philosophical. I don't mean to add to the discussion about lying or deceiving people, but it really think it is our duty to think of the consequences our actions have on people. We are to think about ethics, and I think it's great that we inhere can discuss how to consider ethics when performing!