I find certain rules absolutely immutable:
There ARE bad tricks
A good magician can make a bad trick less crappy – he can’t make it good
Without surprise there is NO magic
Most magicians are better off without the story trick or emotional hook
Any trick that leaves the spectator with only 1 solution (and it is usually the right solution) is a bad trick
A layman is something more than someone who drools on our cards and is barely potty trained
The magician in trouble theme seldom plays well
4 thoughts on “The Rules”
These should be carved in stone somewhere. A whole lot of truth in very few words. Great post.
This is a long time accumulation that I firmly believe in. It’s amazing to me how few actually agree, starting with my least favorite:
“there are no bad tricks, only bad magicians”
Thanks for commenting and for the great work on your blog. It helps to balance the tripe I write.
Hardly tripe. I’ve been reading your stuff since your first posts on your first blog — you’re pithy where some of us are just long winded. I agree with your observations in this instance 100%. Again, great post.