successful professional act and can work almost where he likes, should want to stop for a while, come back home and look at what he is doing — but I'll answer that question also. You see, everywhere he went he saw one magician or another doing a piece of his act. Amazing, isn't it? A guy minds his own business, does an original act, and wherever he goes he finds other magicians doing his material, or at least some of it.
Ken Brooke's name has been getting a lot of play in the magical press just recently, one to his apparently impending retirement. Frankly, I don't believe it. Ken isn't the retiring type. He is one of the few people, and there are only a few of them throughout the whole world, whose lives have been so wrapped up in the magic scene that without it he just wouldn't know what to do. If Ken packed it in he would rot. . . and the eleventh commandment says "Ken Brooke, Thou Shalt Not Rot". So don't believe all you read. If he does rest up for a while it won't do him any harm — but I just know he'll be back eventually. I have no idea what he'll be doing, but if he is looking for suggestions (?) how's this for an idea Ken. . . isn't it about time you sat down and wrote something? like a book, maybe?
Patrick Page, I.B.M.
ICONOCLASMS NO.2 Walt Lees
Whilst trudging along the long road of everyman, from the cradle to the centre deal, I have encountered two types of magicians that have impressed me. The first type are the entertainers. That is, those magicians who for money or simply for a love of their fellow man, desire nothing more or less than to be as entertaining as they possibly can. The satisfaction that they seek from their magic is the applause of a delighted audience — often coupled with substantial payments for providing that delight. To these people magic is a means of providing entertainment. They view everything that they do from the standpoint of entertainment. They select their material and arrange their presentation with entertainment and only entertainment in mind. Thse gentlemen are few and far between, but to encounter one and enjoy his work is one of the greatest pleasures in magic. I admire and respect them to the full.
The second group, who also have my admiration and respect are the real experts. The technicians, inventors and original thinkers. These are the people who have dedicated their talents to pushing forward the frontiers of magical knowledge. The people who are constantly seeking better, more perfect, more spectacular, effects and methods. The people who are prepared to dedicate countless hours in search of often minute improvements, from which we all sooner or later benefit. In their own way, these people are also highly entertaining but for different reasons to th.e first group. They too command my respect and rightly so.
Sandwiched between these two small groups, is a third and considerably larger group. This is that group, which although seeking to entertain cannot resist doing a few things for their own amusement. Who in selecting material are not prepared always to pick the most entertaining, because it amuses them to try something else. Who are not prepared to go the whole hog in planning an entertaining presentation, because there are a few clever moves that they want to work in somewhere. Neither are they ready to dedicate quite enough time and effort to become technical experts or originators. They go so far along the road, then cop out, before everything is quite right. In other words they have joined the mass of partially entertaining half experts who clutter up the magic scene, having fallen between two stools and ending up as neither one thing nor the other. These people are easily spotted at magical gatherings. Among entertainers they pose as inventors and technicians; among inventors and technicians they pose as entertainers.
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