If like me you descended from the Three Wise Men who followed the Star of Bethlehem, you must have observed that too much magic flood the market today.
The phenomenon haunts not only Philippine magic scene but the world of conjuring. I think the situation is even worse outside the country than it is inside.
Too much magic. Too many props. Too many DVDs, books, and multimedia. Too many new routines released. Too many variations of variations of a sleight. Too many underground stuff proffered even to beginners.
And unavoidably, from this heap of abundance come an overflow of crap.
If you need to haul tons of dirt from the bottom of the earth before you can harvest a diamond, the the same thing is true with magic. One has to rummage through piles of inane tricks before you find a gem that can affect an audience magically.
The proliferation of magic is a legitimate concern. With the advent of information technology, we witness a flood of material in the market. It is now soooo easy to get hold of the latest props, videos, and books by legal or illegal means.
Too many magic, too easy access.
Yet too little gems.
I see three camps at play in the market. One camp belongs to the beginners who are hungry for the latest magic products. The other camp harbors the so-called creators who are in hurry to share their creations. They feed each other in an intense symbiotic relationship that glosses over the age-old proscription of “never reveal the secrets of magic”.
In the middle of these camps is the third, much smaller camp with a little voice advocating a call for moderation.
They think the younger generation is being spoon-fed by magic creators out to make quick bucks.
Wanting to preserve a tradition of mysterious magic, the third camp would rather that the creators throw away the spoon and bring down the websites selling magic tricks. They want authors and inventors to share their creations only to those who have been pre-qualified as suitable to keep the secrets.
That way they can salvage the great majority from the sea of crap. By moderating their need to be famous through their junk creations, they can also spare us from rubbish magic, so we can enjoy the occasional gem.
Wistful thinking at best. It is like talking to your own shadow. Nobody listens, not even your own shadow.