This drives me crazy and turns me into a pauper. To be honest with you, my credit card comes out easily from my wallet when another so-called latest trick comes out in the market.
The phenomenon of plenty haunts not only the 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 books, DVDs, and multimedia. Too many new routines released. Too many variations of variations of a sleight. Too many underground stuff proffered even to beginners.
If you need to haul tons of dirt from the bottom of the earth before you can harvest a diamond, 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 few gems.
How can we save the great majority from the sea of mediocre magic?
By moderating the need of creators to be famous through their junk creations, that’s how. If someone can stanch the flow of rubbish magic, we may enjoy the occasional gems.
Wistful thinking at best. It is like talking to your shadow. Nobody listens, not even your shadow.