Friday, December 10, 2010

Magic / Trick

"Magic" and "trick" are not synonyms. Robert E. Neale explains: "There can be magic without tricks and, unfortunately, tricks without magic. If our tricks are to be magical, perhaps we ought to wonder first about what magic is. Decide for yourself. This is hard to do, but try to think about it. An easy way to begin is to ask yourself, 'What is magical to me?' After answering the question with several examples, think about why they are so magical for you. Only then can you consider whether or not any of your tricks are magical. ... So what if you are not fooled by your own magic? What has fooling got to do with magic anyway? Sure, it can help, but it can also hinder" (This is Not a Book, 2008).

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