The availability of free magic has brought the art form to the masses. In the past, the aura of magic was upheld by the mysteries surrounding people like David Copperfield and Doug Henning. Audiences watched their illusions in awe because there was little information about their illusions, and people were not experiencing magic of a smaller scale. The introduction of free magic performances, and free magic information have changed all of that.
Free Magic Performances
Years ago, the only way to watch a magic show was to tune in on the day that live television would show David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear. Everyone wondered how he did it; very few people probably believed it was truly magic. However, all the audience had to go by was what their eyes were telling them. Now, magicians give free magic performances at popular family restaurants, at company and church picnics, and just about anywhere else there is a potential audience. People are able to witness magic up close, become acquainted with the performer. They have the opportunity to wonder about his methods and observe him closely. The arrival of free magic brought with it the temptation to learn how it works.
With the arrival of free magic performances, came the desire of the masses to learn how the tricks work and perhaps how to perform them themselves. Books began appearing on shelves at book stores and libraries, showing step-by-step instructions for performing all kinds of tricks, easy to complex. With the internet came an enormous number of sites and videos giving free magic advice. People no longer looked at magic as something untouchable or unfathomable, but they did not stop enjoying it. Rather, the focus shifted from passively enjoying it to actively enjoying trying to figure it all out. Respect has grown for those magicians who can continue to amaze audiences, even when those audiences know how some of those tricks work.
The surprising but happy outcome to the effects of free magic is the constant challenge among magicians to build a better show. Audiences demand new, fresh performances, with tricks they have not yet figured out. Sometimes this means dressing up an old trick with better music and performance; sometimes this means finding a new way to leave the audience in awe. This is better for everyone, because it keeps audiences coming back for more, except when the magician is able to come to them and perform a little free magic.