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So don’t bristle after reading this article. I’m just having fun today pointing things oh-so true about magicians. I assure you I’m as guilty of some of these things as other magicians in the Philippines.
You have to plead and kneel down before them to ask them to perform at a social function they have not been booked previously, and they would firmly tell you, “No”.
But magicians, without being asked, will perform at events (birthday parties, for example) even though they know a professional magician has been hired to do the performing.
You can even see magicians at public magic shows who, while taking their place in the line to get tickets to the show, perform card tricks to the persons near them.
The sad part is that many of them won’t get it why they SHOULD NOT be performing when another magician is hired to perform in an event. That is why this practice qualifies for the term stupid.
Hustling for Tips. The most common and barefaced hustling technique is to borrow a large bill (say, P500 or P1,000) from a customer and switch it with a piece of paper.
Bill switch is a good trick. It can be magical to most lay people. It is also entertaining in the hands of a competent performer. But a NOT stupid performer—after the laughter, the amazement, and the ribbing—turns the piece of paper back to P500 or P1000 and returns the money to the lender.
But I marvel at the stupidity of some magicians, who do not return the P500 and P1,000. They assume these are tips given for his performance.
They are not. Only the most clueless, numb cadaver would think that.
If you are not clueless or a cadaver, please return the bill. Keeping it against the will of the owner is not magic. It is hustling.
It is also a stupid thing to do.
If you want a tip, be a better performer.
Over Accumulating Tricks. This is one stupidity I’m guilty of. I, like most ordinary magicians, are given to buying newly released tricks on online magic shops. When the trick arrives, I just read the instructions, play with the props briefly, and then stash it away in my cabinet or drawer, never to use it in the foreseeable future.
The cycle continues. New tricks are released. I buy them. Play with them briefly. Then put them away in a storage.
In no time at all, my cabinet overflows with never-been-used magic props, some of them usable, many of them junks.
Since magic is a business, hoarding tricks is not the wisest way to manage capital and expense. It is, however, one of the stupidest ways.