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Snarky Commentary Goes For the Easy Laughs

By November 13, 2012

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A recent entry in a blog that calls itself "Studies in Crap," lampoons pictures and products found in stacks of old magic magazines from the 1950s through 1970s. The blog apparently exists to make fun of finds that its author purchases from thrift stores, estate sales, and flea markets.

Right at the start, the blog rings a death knell for the art of magic. "The rare performers once welcome at both night clubs and kids' birthday parties, professional magicians...today find themselves facing a dispiriting truth: That their time of cultural prominence is not at all like some endless, ribbon-like hanky pulled and pulled from the great fist of creation. No, that time of prominence has ended...Whither the world of secretive illusion, of doves up the sleeve, of audiences eager to be tricked, of distracting patter about women drivers? Sadly, that world is gone."

But there's no connection made between the admittedly funny pictures of past era magicians and magic products and the conclusion that the magic "world is gone." It's fine to be snarky. But concluding that magic is "gone" comes from nowhere and is simply unsupported.

Secondly, I encourage the writer to enjoy himself as he pokes fun at the 50s-era pictures and props. But stuff of these eras are easy targets. Anyone can make fun of pictures found in old advertisements, and, with almost no effort, make jokes about the dress of water skiers, high fashion and such, which all look hilarious by today's standards. It's not just magic and magicians.

My conclusion. With his apparent tendency towards anything having to do with sausage, the writer simply isn't as clever as he apparently thinks he is. Anyone who reads magic related stories by the general press has heard many of these jokes before. You can read the entire story here.

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