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Avid reader Prof Al Leonidas, a sociology professor of Mariam College cum magician, writes the letter below in reaction to my post Why I Hate Cane Magic:

“Well written Sir Leodini.

For a change, let me say something in praise of magic canes.

PhotobucketFifteen years ago, I remember the magic cane was one stunner. I saw a magician showed a black silk handkerchief, waved it in front of me, and in a split of a second in the Higgs Boson space, voila! A cane!

That stunned my thinking on how a lanky cloth becomes a black cane. Think about that.

PhotobucketI also like the sound it produces. You don’t hear that every day unless you are at a magic show. I also think that the love for canes is the reason I became a magician. Whichever, you are right. There is an ease in presenting the cane. I usually have to use gloves, because sometimes my skin gets sliced by it.

How many canes do I present in a show? Well, two.


Prof. Al Leonidas”


PhotobucketHi Prof. Al,

Since you mentioned Higgs Boson, let me bring out my Large Haldron Collider to see if we can produce anti-matter with the collision of our ideas.

In my post, I was, of course, referring to professional magicians performing magic canes, not magicians who perform magic to entertain themselves. Hobbyists may enjoy their magic canes as much as they want, for they get satisfaction not from being paid to perform but merely by showing magic stuff they can do. That would be all right, I guess…but I’m not sure.

Professional magicians, however (and this is what I’m sure of), have other concerns besides gaining self-pleasure from magic. They need also to please a paying public. A magician may love magic canes, but if his public does not care for them, then, pray, why should he include it in his program?

In commercial magic, I believe the overriding consideration in choosing material is not what the performer loves to do but what the audience prefers to see.

The magic-cane-loving magicians may argue, “Oh, the appearing canes are so magical. I have fun doing them. I love to do them.” Fine. But does the audience feel the same way as he does?

Listen to what the audience is saying…

PhotobucketProducing a Bengal Tiger is magical, too. I’m sure it’s fun to do it. I’ll be thrilled to perform it at birthday parties.

But will the birthday mom like it?

Of course not. All the guests will scamper away once the Bengal Tiger appears, roaring ferociously and baring its teeth. Its appearance will end the party prematurely.

So even though I like to perform the Bengal Tiger production, I won’t do it, because the client will not like to see it done in his party inside his living room.

(And I’m sure the Bengal Tiger won’t like it either, especially the part when it is forced to hide inside a Square Circle, so it can later make a magical appearance.)

In contrast, many cane-wielding magicians still insist on doing the Appearing Cane even though a great part of the lay populace, as a result of having seen it ad infinitum, has lost taste for it.

bra2Now that I have made my point, let me put the Large Haldron Collider back in my closet…together with the skeletons.

Stay magical,