Feeling momentarily philosophical this fine Easter Monday afternoon…
I mean, it’s pretty obvious that as magicians we should wish to appear as more than demonstrators of a clever prop, or even a clever sleight. As if we’re offering a puzzle to solve.
The next step from that is perhaps to perform as the magician — the one who has the power to perform seemingly impossible acts. That’s fine, although if we’re not careful maybe that can be seen by our audiences as another kind of challenge?
Is there a third way? In which we may become facilitators, enabling spectators to explore or discover a kind of magic in themselves… Our performance then becomes a co-operative act. Even, dare I say, a journey which we may share with those willing to join us?
I’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Feel free to use the comment button.