Okay so I just got the "Groove Electric Switch" download and really fell in love with this move. It just really "feels good" to practice. That said, I really don't have a lot of use for it in my repertoire right now. I'm sure over time I will slowly start adding it in here and there but, for the moment, I'm enjoying the pure mechanics of this move. So this all just reminded me that for a long time now I have freely admitted to being a "Move Monkey." Earnest Earick's "Apologia" in "By Forces Unseen" really spoke to me on a gut level. I love the mechanics of sleight of hand card magic!
Now I realize that to many people the term "Move Monkey" is somewhat of a pejorative term. I assume their reasoning is that people who spend too much time practicing moves never devote enough of themselves to learning the performance and theatrical aspects of the magical arts. I guess I just never saw the two on a continuum, but rather, two separate aspects of the same craft. Thus, there is the study of the mechanical side of magic, the sleight of hand and magical gimmicks you use to create the illusion, and the study of the theatrical side of magic, the character, scripting, and timing used to create entertainment out of the sleights and props you use. A magician can be poor at both, or good at one and not the other, but he/she could also be good at both. So when I hear magicians say things like, "You should spend more time studying theater and less time worrying about the sleights," I cringe a bit and think...."Why shouldn't a magician do both?"
So how many other "out of the closet Move Monkey's" are there? Furthermore, do any of you feel that your performance suffers from the time you spend studying the moves?