I don’t have any issues with TV Magicians or TV Mentalists for that matter. In fact, ATOM star artiste Alvin Terence has been in front of the camera a couple of times and we don’t see anything wrong entertaining people through the glass screen. HOWEVER, the big problem arises when TV magicians do the most impossible things with magic… plus with a little help of camera tricks. What that does is 1) DEVALUE THE ART OF MAGIC, 2) make the good ol’ sleight of hand seem so boring, 3) pushes the limit of existing magic secrets.
Now that may seem pretty grey; but just imagine if you saw a magician turn a dough into a 7 feet long bread.
Is it possible? No.
Did it push the limit of magic? Yes. In fact, the magician, Yif, who used camera tricks to achieve the magic through video edit have inspired a magician to make that a reality.
Recently there is a new TV magician in the house, Troy. Many are wondering if this new magician will break into an already cluttered area of entertainment. As Joseph Thomas mentions, Troy is “undoubtedly a genuinely nice guy, and offers a far more personal side than many magicians, but the balance between grand, mind-bending performances and simple tricks is a little bit imbalanced and could prove to be the obstacle that keeps Troy for bursting into Dynamo-level popularity.”
In conclusion, a TV magician may achieve most of his tricks with clever video edits but it is not cool for a magician to put down the abilities of the TV magicians during a show. Jealousy will not solve anything. Instead, focus on giving your audience a good show with with your personality — like what Troy is doing.
SINGAPORE MAGICIAN / MENTALIST
SINGAPORE MAGIC SCHOOL