The reason for this tirade? The "bra trick" is in the news because of a clueless guy, Russell W. Fitzgerald. The school committee chairman in Abington, Massachusetts, who should know better, thought that it would be funny to perform the gag on a female board member before a public meeting. According to some reports, the trick, which was broadcast on local television, was greeted with "stunned silence."
Fitzgerald not only managed to humiliate his female volunteer, he truly embarrassed himself. It's beyond comprehension how Fitzgerald thought that this trick could be appropriate for a public board meeting, or, for practical purposes, any setting. This one has hit the mainstream press. So we can thank Fitzgerald for making magicians everywhere look bad. It's just the way that the media likes to portray magicians - as geeky, socially-inept individuals.
When asked why he chose this particular trick, Fitzgerald is quoted in one story as saying, "I like it." Here's another insight into the mind of a clueless individual. Mr. Fitzgerald, for your information, real entertainers don't perform effects because they "like" them. They perform effects that allow them to connect with their audiences and entertain them.
Getting back to my point. Can everyone please stop performing the "bra trick?" Retiring this cheap and disrespectful gag will be good for our art of magic.
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