When I was growing up, I LOVED magic. The problem was… Hollywood didn’t.
Growing up in suburban Pennsylvania, the only magic that made it on primetime TV was the annual David Copperfield special. Aside from David (and the occasional Johnny Carson magician guest), the world of network television ignored magic completely.
Today we live in a completely different world. These days, primetime TV, both cable and network, is FILLED with magic. In fact, there’s more magic on television in 2014 than at any time in history.
America’s Got Talent:
Critics called it the “Year of the Magician”
A fantastic Penn & Teller-hosted magic contest on SyFy
Masters of Illusion:
Read my blog post about shooting this series here
A History Channel TV movie starring Adrien Brody
Teams of up-and-coming magicians compete for $10,000
His “Real or Magic” special was his best yet
Also debuting this year were two hidden-camera type shows, “The Carbonaro Effect” and “Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne.”
There’s no doubt… magic is making a HUGE comeback!
It’s a great time for magic fans. Kids of today can see more magic in 2 hours on Youtube than I could have watched in an entire year.
It’s also a great time for many magicians.
With magic’s increasing presence in pop culture, I’m getting more calls (and charging higher fees) than the corporate magicians of 30 years ago could have dreamed of. Business is growing, and my new customers are discovering the joys of having a world-class magic at their events.
Of course, the good times won’t last forever. But for now, I’m going to enjoy all the wonderful attention and recognition my tiny, weird art-form is getting.
It sure beats growing up in PA with only one magic special per year.