6. Moons, Clouds, Suns, Stars
“I could list every magic trick in the book, and in intricate, infinite detail describe the reveal behind each one. And you could understand it. But that does not mean you are a magician. It means you know a few tricks. For a trick without context is only a fold of the fingers or a tuck of a prop up a sleeve.
“I could teach you how to switch objects. A clown may pass a cloth over a false bird and bring it away to show a live, cooing dove to delight a sideshow. But a charlatan soothsayer may perform the same trick using misdirection to change the sacrifice of a live crow for a dead one covered in maggots. The same trick for different purposes, with very different results in the audience.
“There is no one way to be a magician any more than there is only one way to be human.”
– The Secrets of Magic, The Great Grimwood
Interested in more? Shadowplay, the sequel to Pantomime, will be released January 7, 2014.