One of the things I wanted to be when I was a kid was a magician. Doesn’t every kid? I have a cousin who is a great professional magician and that fueled things. I got magic kits and various tricks and tried to learn, though I only pursued it so far. I never really studied it serious enough to get good…because I learned something.
What I learned, and I think a lot of people learn this (hence why we don’t have more magicians), was that I didn’t really want to BE a magician. I just wanted to watch magic acts.
There’s a big difference.
After all, being a magician is cool…but the coolest part to me is getting to watch the magic act. If you’re the magician, you don’t get to watch. Even if you watch other magicians, you probably focus on the technique…presuming you don’t already know how a trick is done. That just seems like it’d spoil the fun of getting to watch a magic act.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure being a magician is cool too. My cousin is a great magician. I always loved getting to watch his act. I just figured out relatively early on that it was going to be more fun for me to be able to watch his act than to be able to perform it.