We magicians must be a special lot. While in most part people find us lovable, admirable and respectable, we have idiosyncrasies that could make our grade school teacher in Good Manners and Right Conduct blush.
Aside from our secrets, we have quirks that other performing artists don’t have. This peculiar behavior makes us unique, yes, but alas, not in a positive way.
Let me cite an example. When a singer like Gary Valenciano goes to Araneta Coliseum to watch a Martin Nievera concert, will Gary sing songs in the line going to the ticket booth, or in the lobby?
But magicians going to watch another magic show in a theater will do card tricks and coin tricks at the ticket booth, or at the lobby, or even at their seats while waiting for the show on stage to start.
Some magicians will even perform magic at a birthday party for free even though the birthday mom hired a professional magician to entertain the guests.
I have been looking for reasons why magicians engage in this form of oneupmanship, but so far I haven’t found something scholarly.
So I’ll just try to offer one plausible explanation in one word: simple etiquette.
I know. Those are two words, not one, so just bear with me.
Simple etiquette dictates that a performer should not perform at someone’s show (unless invited to do so), but some magicians don’t seem to have a good grasp of the words simple and etiquette and their ramifications.
So they perform at another performer’s show even without being asked.
And for bringing this ugly truth, I may be accused of being an ill-mannered magician.