I’ve been a little remiss about posting recently; things have been pretty busy around here! So this is a bit of a catch-up.

Scott Penrose is an occasional visitor to the Lounge. He dropped in recently and the conversation turned to magic as theatre, which regular readers will know is a bit of an obsession of mine. Magic is theatre, whether you’re doing a spectacular illusion act in a 3000-seater or what we used to call a pocket trick for a couple of friends.

We are performers — story-tellers? — before we are magicians. And as magicians we too easily become obsessed with secrets, by which we tend to mean the ‘how’ of a trick or technique. Fine; we need that too. But these days those sorts of magical secrets are cheap and widely available to those with a modicum of curiousity.

So what is the difference between a magician and a performer of tricks? I have my own ideas but I’d love to hear yours first.

To help things along I intend to post the occasional video of classic magical performances. Watch this space!

And, of course, let’s not forget the weekly wheeze this time:

What do you call a judge with no fingers? Justice Thumbs.