A big part of your job as a Magician is not only to make yourself liked by audiences, managers, committees, newspapers, etc., but also by other Magicians. You cannot get very far in the Magic World if your Brother Magicians dislike you. Now, what causes a Magician to be disliked? Just those things which cause any professional or business man to be disliked: Too much egoism, knocking of others, never cooperating with others.
I have always preached to you the necessity for having CONFIDENCE in yourself. BUT remember that OVER-CONFIDENCE leads to disaster. Base your confidence on a real, fundamental knowledge of Magic and not just on a superficial air of "knowing it all." When a man has the real Professional spirit, he never tries "to show off." Everyone knows that he has ability by his work, and there is no need for him to take the "greater than thou" attitude. The super-egoist is constantly overstepping his bounds in his great desire to push himself into the limelight. He never thinks of others, only of himself. The inevitable result is that he gets himself thoroughly disliked by brother magicians.
Howard Thurston says, "There is great danger when a man believes his own publicity." REMEMBER THAT.
The really great man is ever learning. He is not so much engrossed in himself that he is blinded to the knowledge of others. It is only the small man who makes a big noise about how much he knows. He is the man who hurts himself and the whole profession of magic.
Knocking others is the mark of the insignificant man every time. This person thinks that by belittling others, he makes himself stand out greater. To be known as a knocker makes him stand out--yes--but in what an unfavorable light!
Be a booster! It means that you are boosting the other fellow and the whole profession of magic—and in that way, you are boosting yourself. You make yourself liked, and when you have done that, you have gone a long way up the road to success.
No man is sufficient unto himself. Everyone depends on other people for his success in life. In magic, there are times when other magicians need you--and there are times when you need them. Cooperation is absolutely necessary in this profession. You must lend your fellow magician a helping hand when he needs it, and you will find him ready and eager to help you.
Encouragement and appreciation for the work of a fellow member of the magic profession will reflect back on you and will bring you ample reward. If you know human nature at all, you know that everyone craves appreciation and everyone likes the person who gives it to him. So, be ever ready with a kind, cheerful word for a brother magician.
Big things are accomplished only by the cooperation of everyone for the good of the whole. By that I mean, every magician must work hand-in-hand with every other magician toward building a greater and greater profession of magic. Such cooperation means fresh ideas, new material, and a bigger outlook for the whole profession—and thus for you.
The big idea of magic must first be sold to the public. All magicians must work together to accomplish this. When this is done, then comes the demand for the individual magician—for you.
It is very important to make other magicians like you, and this is how you do it:
SUBDUE YOUR EGO, BE A BOOSTER, LEND A HELPING HAND TO BROTHER MAGICIANS.
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