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PhotobucketMost people believe that persons who read a lot are intelligent.  Omnivorous readers have a reputation for being profound thinkers. Having a good grasp of everything, they can converse with anyone about any topic.

To make it to the list of intellectuals, I read everything that is dangled to me. It is a time-consuming habit, but I invest several hours a day on it just so I could sound erudite.

I read not only posts on online forums of magicians, but everything else—including labels of cans corn beef.

PhotobucketI also find palm reading  interesting—excuse me, I mean more interesting—especially if at the other end of the palm is a good-looking girl.

But I digress…

One magician in the Philippines had called my attention to the predominance of Westerners on online forums of magic. He observed that this situation leads to bits of advice and performance tips that cannot necessarily be applied to Philippine setting.

I have noticed this, too. There seems to be a creeping, overly cautious approach to performing magic. The reason? Some magicians fear being branded or considered “politically incorrect.”

I’m not sure if political correctness is an emerging culture. I suspect, though, that it has the potential of killing the playfulness of a magic performance because of the litany of things people now frown at.

For example, if your magic is themed around tobacco, drugs, gender differences, religion, politics, animals, race, and many other else besides, you have to tread gingerly.

PhotobucketThe most potential politically incorrect thing to do now (maybe not yet a phenomenon in the Philippines, but slowly rearing its ugly head) is showing public affection to children. You just can’t hold children today without raising an eyebrow. I hear abroad, some talents playing Santa Claus during the Yuletide season no longer sit children on their lap for fear of being misunderstood.

If this is true, then magicians in the Philippines, especially children’s magicians, will have to rethink their kid handling techniques.  Not magicians, not Santa, not even the prophets and the religious can hold children in today’s mistrustful world the way they were allowed to hold them in the past.

Stay magical,