Mr. Humble wrote a letter yesterday asking why some magicians appear boastful.
To Mr. Humble, here are three reasons that drive magicians into bragging and displays of boastfulness:
1) They assume a cocky attitude to compensate for their lack of confidence. Yes, most beginning magicians, being as green as green mangoes, lack confidence. They need weeks, maybe months or years in the trenches before they become self-assured.
They are like airline pilots. They need to rack up flight-time to hone their skills. In the meantime, they fake their confidence. They wrap themselves up in bluster when performing magic.
I’m referring to the magicians, not the pilots.