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PhotobucketPeople in the Philippines, including magicians, are astir because of the political entertainment now running indefinitely at the Senate. It is called the Impeachment of Chief Justice Corona.

As a result, many Filipinos will wise up in the ways of litigation and pick up a few legal terms to grow their brains a bit.

One of these terms might be “prejudgment”, which, according to dictionary.com, means “to pass judgment on prematurely or without sufficient reflection or investigation.”

PhotobucketIn a metaphor more familiar to lay people, it means “judging a book by its cover.”

Prejudgment, whether the legal type or the “book by its cover” type, is wrong. A magician in the Philippines named Leodini, who has been nursing the delusion of grandeur, had warned against it when he wrote a long time ago this sage admonition: “Don’t judge a book by its cover but its Table of Contents.”

He also wrote, “Don’t judge a book by its cover if you are not a judge.”

See? The guy’s a genius.

Well, I think prejudging is bad because it leads to wrong decisions. Not only that, it is unfair to the one being prejudged.

However, prejudgment is a usual occurrence at birthday parties. Unless his name rings a bell, a huge bell like the one’s you find in old churches’ belfries, a magician will be prejudged long before he starts performing.

The typical audience verdict is either, “He’s going to perform something only children will appreciate,” or,”He’s going to perform magic I have seen before.”

The wrong impressions usually lead to audience members not being keen on watching the magic show. They already decided the magician sucks even before he mounts the stage.

PhotobucketIf you have the bad luck to perform for people who have a low opinion of you, because they have seen substandard magic before, then your performance will be an uphill battle.

You might need a lot of work to make your program distinct from the other magicians’. It might be a good idea also to structure it, so that it will suit the taste of both children and adults.


Let me amplify my thoughts about this topic in follow-up posts.

Stay magical,