So, I had this idea about writing a book, or at least a slim volume, on magic.
When people see a magic act, what do they expect to see? What do they actually see?
Why do they clap? Is it because others are clapping, or they are genuinely entertained by mystery and a suspension of disbelief, or because they acknowledge the magician’s skill and dedication?
(Actually, as a sideline to that latter, let us acknowledge that for so many illusions, it’s the assistant who does all the work and has all the skill. Look at this famous clip. To his credit, Harbin did design the trick, but he talks a lot while the girl does the contortions inside that box to make the effect:
Ah classic, sexist clips and all.)
What’s the point of stage magic??