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Responding to Stupidity July 14, 2008

Posted by mattlee in Forums.
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The theory11 forums have always been for me a good source of entertainment. Meaningful conversation there tends to be somewhat rare.

However, on occasion I do come across one or two posts that are so superhumanly stupid that I have no choice but to respond. Its similar to the way flies are attracted to shit, but healthier.

Here’s a gem which I came across –  I’m posting the offending thread in question just in case it gets deleted:

BrianationX said:
The least talented magicians are the ones that do comedy. These magicians have figured out that they can use the least amount of magic skill and incorporate it with their magic.

Does Michael Jordan have to tell jokes while shooting baskets,does tiger woods have to put together a one hour show hitting golf balls on a spectators mouth while cracking jokes from a stupid joke book to entertain the audience?

All I want is to perform the skill Ive spend as much as time working on as Coby Brian spend on Basket ball without having to justified it with mindless unrelated MOUTHGARBAGE.

But still I bet some peoplewould rather see a guy performing the old toy raccoon routine or a classic comedic sponge and balls rather than some guy like me performing all sorts of sleights that took me months of practice rather than a day and it would fly right under their noses.Comedic magicians are in fact the most common out there,Why? because it is the easiest form of magic,it takes no skill only to memorize a script and buy some props and gags.Comedic magicians are something you can associate with a clown,In fact im going to refer to them as clowns for now on.

These clowns ruin the way a magician is thought of, Mr. can you please perform the eggs from mouth,or raccoon puppet,or magical snow.The answers is of course no, I tell them I suffle a deck of cards and while doing so i can locate every single card in the deck and they say, so you cant make a bunny appear? I do my ShowOff or Hynotic routine and they dont understand what happened,but its ok because they don’t know any better. If people would make a better attempt at understanding then magicians wouldn’t resort to mouth garbage to get reactions.

See also flourishes,laymen don’t understand them, but the more they see them the better the understanding,and also appreciate them.

Magic is not about telling jokes and making people laugh,is performing.

And like I said before the most powerfull reaction to a performance is when thery are silence and awestruck motionless not when they are laughing and cheering

make no mistake about it.

No disrespect for all those Comedic Magicians Out There.

And my response:
Gentleman, I think we’ve misunderstood the thread starter.

Our dear friend holds himself in such high esteem and scoffs the magicians who actually manage to entertain lay people because he sincerely believes that comedy is easy. In his own words:

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“..it takes no skill only to memorize a script and buy some props and gags..”

Furthermore, since he thinks of himself as a sleight-of-hand god, when a magic effect falls flat, it must be the layman’s fault! Yes that’s it! Those stupid goons don’t understand good magic!

Quote:
“..All I want is to perform the skill Ive spend as much as time working on as Coby Brian spend on Basket ball..”

Quote:
“I do my ShowOff or Hynotic routine and they don’t understand what happened,but its ok because they don’t know any better.”

Yes! We need to educate the lay people! Then, and only then will they appreciate magic! Youtube exposure is a good thing after all!

Quote:
“If people would make a better attempt at understanding then magicians wouldn’t resort to mouth garbage to get reactions.

See also flourishes,laymen don’t understand them,but the more they see them the better the understanding,and also appreciate them.”

Gentleman, let’s all just laugh long and hard at this sad excuse for a magician. There’s no way we can convince him – everything that can be said already has:

We’ve already mentioned that ‘mouth garbage’ is used to disarm the audience, to misdirect. We have said that comedy is not easy, it is blood sweat and tears. In some ways it is one of the hardest forms of magic simply because GOOD comedy magic is VERY VERY difficult to get right.

The only thing I can add to this conversation, is that dear Mr. I’m-too-damm-good-for-comedy-magic apparently likes to blame the audience when they can’t understand his performance. I’d like to point out to those of you who are reading this (if it hasn’t already occurred to you), that this type of thinking is responsible quite a lot of bad magic. You might want to avoid it. Just a thought.

So, what shall we do fellow theory11 forum members? We can combat stupidity whenever it rears its ugly head, but only to a point.

The best remedy for the sheer arrogance displayed by this pitiful fellow is to grab a deck of cards, go out and really amaze someone today. And if their opinion of magic has been previously colored by our dear friend and ‘magicians’ like him, they will now know what magic can really be.

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