Strobe lights and fog machines on stage create mood. They can awe, they can shock, they can rock.
But they are not magic per se, because they don’t amaze, astonish or astound. Therefore, they are special effects.
Throw streamers are special effects. And so is Snow Storm in China if done just for the heck of it.
And to be honest with you, 43% of magicians do the Snow Storm in China just for the heck of it. The other 43% don’t even know why they are doing it.
However, with a good storyline accompanying it, and with excellent build up and presentation, Snow Storm in China can tug on one’s emotion. The pieces of paper that burst into the air under vigorous fanning create the illusion of snow, which audience members who suspend their disbelief will readily accept, if only momentarily.
So don’t just blast confetti on stage to accentuate a disappearance or a production. If you do it that way, you are just doing special effects. It is hardly magic. It’s more like littering, which violates ordinances of most cities.