Think about MUSIC for a second. There are several types of instruments, several styles and many forms of involvement from writers and directors and singers to drummers! In the exact same way, there are huge varieties in magic. Obviously, most can recognize that there are performers that do magic for children and families, others who do large scale stage magic. However, within the mix, there are huge differences in discipline, approach, studies, responsibilities, uses and more.
Stage Magic: (Illusionist) Larger scale productions and illusions involving choreography, music, sometimes animals, large props and often several assistances. >Although I do not perform traditional stage magic, I have been a consultant for some of the best stage performers in the world. It is quite interesting to me.
|The Steelgraves stage illusion|
|Parlor of Prestidigitation at the Magic Castle|
|Bill Wisch at the Up Close Room at the Magic Castle|
|Rich Ferguson mingling at a Corporate VIP party|
|Houdini was famous for escapes|
|Groans, laughs and more with children's shows|
|Rich Ferguson doing presentations using magic and computers|
|Street show type of street magic|
|Rich Ferguson doing Mind Reading at a corporate event|
Within any category, there are a huge differences in personal styles as well within any category. Just like in music, a magician can be a collector, inventor, designer, assistant, consultant, hobbyist, professional, funny, dangerous, etc, etc.
So the next time you see a magician, as yourself if the magician is actually specializing in what they are doing instead of wondering if they hope to have a "bigger" show someday or hope to learn the tricks you've seen from other entertainers.