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I won't go into details of all the effects that were performed, you will probably read that somewhere else. Rex Cooper from Luton was the worthy winner, and if big daft Ali Glennon would get some discipline into his performance he could be a force to be reckoned with. But he probably never will, he's too busy enjoying himself to worry about little details like that.

One thing pleased me, and that was the fact that there were quite a number of youngish performers having a go. That's good. One thing didn't please me. Their total lack of understanding of what the hell they were supposed to be doing. That's bad. Many of the performers were trying to perform material which was way beyond their technical abilities.

I can understand them putting in the odd line or move, just to please a magical audience. That is acceptable. What is unforgivable is to treat the event as unimportant. I'm not suggesting that they didn't think the event was important, but from some of the performances, that's the way it appeared.

There were perhaps thirteen or fourteen contestants. . .1 would think that at least a third of them shouldn't have been there. Rex Cooper, sat down and performed four or five magic tricks well. That's why he won. Some of the others were trying to run before they can walk. Performing magic isn't all that difficult. . . understanding it is.

Having read this far, you're no doubt wishing someone would set alight to my soapbox. You're welcome to try, and I'll be happy to go down in flames, but for God's sake, somebody has to say something, sometime. A magician is someone who performs magic. . . MAGIC, you remember? Tricks 'n things. . . you know. . .fool people. . .it's where spectators are supposed to say to each other, "Hey! How'd'e dodat?" and not, "I see England have made it into the World Cup finals."

If you want to be a good magician, all you have to do is to take a few classic magic effects, learn how to do them as they were presumably intended to be performed, AND DON'T TRY AND IMPROVE THEM. To bring something extra to a classic, requires either a considerable amount of experience, or a touch of genius. If you are a beginner, you have no experience, are unlikely to be another Robert Harbin.

Once you have a certain amount of performing experience under your belt, you may be able to bring something into your performance which is your own. It could be a move, a subtlety, a line of patter, a certain style, but whatever it is, it will be YOURS. . . then, and only then, someone may say about you. . ."he's VERY good."

Whatever happened to misdirection?

Goodbye,

Patrick Page

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