Is Magic Art?

By Alex Romanoff - Thursday, September 5, 2019

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Thursday, 12 September 2019 15:29 PM - Reply to this comment

Certainly the magician must think about the importance of presentation and regard the trick simply as a means to an end. I enjoyed this introduction and look forward to future episodes.


Thursday, 12 September 2019 17:18 PM - Reply to this comment

Bravo, Alex!
Artists of all stripes must, first and foremost, have something to communicate through their medium(s) of choice. So I always ask myself: "Is what I'm trying to communicate with my magic fascinating, provocative, and moving?" This is what I want from all other art forms such as music, dance, theater and fine art - something that engages, challenges, and moves me. Why would I expect less from the magic I perform? Ah, but is it art? I'll leave that to those who enjoy my magic to decide. For me, sharing what I love with others is validation enough. I look forward to your next thoughtful post. Peace. Mark Zust


Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:56 AM

Mark, thank you for your comment! Great thoughts, I love your approach.


Friday, 13 September 2019 23:50 PM - Reply to this comment

Is this book available for purchase anywhere?


Wednesday, 18 September 2019 10:59 AM

Hi David,

yes, for sure, you can buy it used, new or read it as an e-book. Just google
"our magic maskelyne and devant"

and there will be plenty of options.


Friday, 30 October 2020 23:47 PM - Reply to this comment

Whether my magic performance is art, or whether I am merely a trickster, depends on the audience reactions to my presentation. I have seen magic presentations, which were art in all respects; however, I have seen other magic presentations, which were below the level of even being performed by a trickster. So I believe magic to be an art form; because I personally strive to make it one in every performance, and yes, sometimes I have failed.

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