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 Post subject: Exposure
PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:49 pm 
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If you're a magician, you probably knew what this essay is about as soon as you read the title. And, for the most part, what it is going to say. Many magicians and lay people alike are aware of the fact that, in recent years, there have been websites, books, and even television shows devoted entirely to the exposure of magic.

Have you ever seen a magician perform an effect so powerful that you logged onto your computer as soon as you got home... just to see how it was done? Odds are you have. Now think about this: every time you do this, yes, you are hurting the magician that performed the effect, but who else is this hurting? The answer: the creator. The creator put in hours of researching, development, and probably a nice chunk of change to offer this effect to the magic community, and they just lost a possible sale. Now, how many more sales will they lose when you tell your friends how it's done? Probably quite a few.

Do you know who the so-called "bad boys" of magic are? Penn and Teller, who have been banned from nearly every magic organization in the world, expose practically every trick they perform. Not a very smart desicion on their part.

How about Val Valentino? Have you ever heard of him? You probably have, but you know him by a different name... The Masked Magician. In case you don't already know, this man hosted four television specials, revealing the methods of over thirty effects. During the fourth special, Valentino unmasked himself, and handed the show over to a new host. Valentino is now shunned by the magic community, but still performs magic for a living.

Next on my list is Targuin Churchwell. Although you probably have not heard of him, he is, in my opinion, the leader of internet exposure. He has created countless sights exposing magic, including one by the name of David Blaine Sucks. He claims that he is helping magic by bringing in new, young magicians, but also takes pride in saying that he taught David Blaine. Ironic? I thought so, too.

Another person that is involved in the exposure of magic is Herbert Becker. To be quite honest with you, I don't know much about the guy. But with just a quick search on Amazon, I found 8 books all written by him. And guess what they were about? You guessed it... exposing magic. Sorry I didn't cover him much, but I'm sure a quick search on Google will provide you with more information about him than I could ever give you.

And last, and probably the worst of all exposers... the YouTube kids. Countless number of kids and teens buy effects, and think they are the most amazing person ever. They then get out their camera, and video tape themselves doing the effect horribly, and pretty much expose the effect. Others just plain tell you how it's done. And still some have no respect for copyright laws at all and post the exact video from Penguin straight onto YouTube.

Of course, if I were to play the devil's advocate against myself, I could, in theory, present a pretty good argue against the opinion that exposure is wrong. And it is exactly that that I shall attempt to do.

Exposure does not devalue the art of magic, nor is it ethically wrong. It promotes interest in the art, and brings new magicians into the art. You probably disagree with me, but what about all the poor kids that really want to perform magic, but don't have the money nor the materials to do so? The only way for them to learn is the internet. That makes it ok, doesn't it?

I, for one, can see the points that the people who preach the above paragraph to me are bringing about, but that doesn't mean that I agree with them. Honestly, I don't care if you're the poorest person in the world, or the richest person in the world... you shouldn't contribute to exposure. As for bringing "publicity" and new magicians into the art... yes, it does, but it also gives them a false set of ethics, in which exposure is ok, and is seen as the "supreme" way of learning.

Although these three (not including the YouTube kids) are possibly the most famous, there are hundreds upon hundreds of people on this planet who think it is ok or "cool" to expose magic (those would be the YouTube kids) . Exposure of magic in any form, anywhere, anytime, is wrong. It is unethical, and devalues our art. Hopefully you share this opinion.[/b]


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:03 pm 
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Very nice review!
Good post.


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It's interesting to note that of the three big "exposers" (You forgot Herbert Becker, by the way) virtually NONE of these are posting exposures on the internet. In fact, Penn and Teller were awarded "Magicians of the Year" the same year they were supposedly banned from the Magic Castle. Who gave them this award? The Magic Castle. (technically the Academy of Magical Arts, who meet at the Castle, but you get the idea).

The real exposers are the inept wannabe magicians who, armed with a webcam, reveal secrets (sometimes unwittingly) to anyone with a high speed connection. It's some sort of ego thing I guess to want to show off to their friends.

I really doubt that any layman is so interested in learning the "secrets" of a show they've just seen that they immediately jump on the internet searching for tricks. Most just enjoy the show and tell their friends. That is, if the magician is any good and actually entertained them and not just presented puzzles for them to try and solve.

Just by virtue of the numbers, magic creators are hurt much less than, let's say, musicians who have their albums pirated and shared around the world. In the grand scheme of things, magic is rather small in comparison to the massive theft that goes on every day on sharing sites.

That's not to say magician aren't hurt by this, but realistically we're rather small in numbers. That also means that just a few lost sales cuts deeper than the same loss in other areas.

Think about this the next time you post a less than perfect YouTube performance. It's not there to help you impress your friends or help you to rehearse. Every bad performance is seen, when it really should be kept to yourself until you're ready. Post on a passworded magician only site instead where your cr@p performances are seen by your peers, and not potential clients.

Yes, the exposers aren't the other guys, it's YOU. (not you adjones, the YouTube kiddies)


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 9:12 pm 
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Good points, and I completely agree with you about the little kids who can't perform. The point of that part was more focused on the exposers people know about, and see/hear about the most often. Thanks for input.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 9:59 pm 
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and not just presented puzzles for them to try and solve.


Hey DaveV, it sounds like you have read Designing Miracles. :D

If so, congratulations, it's a great book. And to everyone who reads this, you too should read Designing Miracles. It will change the way you think about magic.


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cameronb wrote:
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and not just presented puzzles for them to try and solve.


Hey DaveV, it sounds like you have read Designing Miracles. :D

If so, congratulations, it's a great book. And to everyone who reads this, you too should read Designing Miracles. It will change the way you think about magic.


That is also mentioned in Strong Magic as well both by Darwin Ortiz right?


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Right. It's the main premise of both books.


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Lay people are either disinterested in exposures or have short memories regarding what was exposed.

The most dangerous thing for magic is bad magicians.


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Perfectly summerizes what I was trying to say in my own thread^^


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thanks adjones


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You're welcome. :D


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I really liked this post I hope more people read it.They shoudl not be posting stuff on youtube if they cant do it or if thier posting it just to show people how to do it.I totally agrree we spend money on the props andjsut to have it revealed i dont agree with that.Well keep em up adjones.This really opened my eyes to that stuff thnks again


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No problem, I wish all the world shared our views, but oh well. Thanks for the feedback, I enjoyed writing it!


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i posted someting similar to that about a week ago :?

I dont say its copied, but it's similar.

Anyway good post


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Bliztmagic wrote:
i posted someting similar to that about a week ago :?

I dont say its copied, but it's similar.

Anyway good post


Are you saying mine is similar to yours, or yours is similar to mine? Because I posted this exactly 2 months ago. :?


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