Reader mail: Motta and Chance plus others.
It’s that time again folks. Reader mail round up.
First, a letter from Bob Chance fro Motta and Chance Rock The House
, the magic show I tore into a few posts ago.“A bit harsh, but ever magician had to start somewhere, so as bad as you may have thought it was it was a learning experience. Not being able to perform ever...wow...that's just not cool.As a magic enthusiast maybe u should try with constructive points rather than bashing points its a brotherhood of magic right!? But with everything there will always be people to bash out or lash out... could it be better of course. But u picked out 2 tricks that and 1 that didn't go well... I am disappointed and hope that the person who wrote that review invites me out to their show to for me to be a critic...it'll probably never happen but I'll keep hoping. Thanks for coming out and and I hope the $20 door didn't hurt your wallet too much. But we will keep coming out and it will only get better. Thanks for the feedback and please let me know when you perform so that I can watch you too! All the best...CHANCE of Motta & Chance Magic.”
Gord Replies: Yes, you are right, every magician has to start somewhere, but your show was not a “start,” it was a public show, heavily advertised, with a couple of hundred people in a theater all of whom paid real money.
The fact is your show was un-scripted, under rehearsed, far too long and at one point insulting to a volunteer. (Yeah, that bit with a plunger on the head, real mature. Notice how few people wanted to volunteer after you did that bit? I did. Two.)
By the way, my view is not a rare one. Someone you know, probably quite well, reviewed the show to me a few days later with the quote “Well, I’ve seen worse.”
As for being a magic enthusiast, therefore I should support your show. Just because I am also a magician does not mean I have to support BAD magic. That’s kinda like asking a priest to support Jim James because, hey, they are both men of God. (Look it up.)
As for my show, I will make sure to send you a pair of tickets and you can feel free to enjoy or not enjoy it. In fact, I’ll even let you post your review of my show on MY blog, that is how sure of it I am.
Why am I sure it will be good? Well, I started researching and scripting it last June. I rehearse it every day. (And yes, I have a full time job. Do you know how hard it is to rehearse when you’ve been up since five in the morning?) I have a friend helping with the scripting, I have a director. (That cost me nothing, sometimes all you have to do is ask.)
When my show, (Titled Magic With the Sleight-est Hint of Cheese, by the way. Just so you’ll know it when you see the poster.) goes up, it may be bad, but at least It’ll be rehearsed, scripted, directed etc. At least I would have tried to make it better then the rest. At least I can say, proudly, that I worked my ass off for this bad show.
But it won’t be bad. I wouldn’t dare put a bad show on. I wouldn’t insult the long and illustrious history of magic like that.
Here ends the lesson.
Next, someone replies to my post where I reviewed three shows. Kreskin, Copperfield and Friday Night Magic
Anonymous said:“Who the hell are you to comment on shows? You are just some lowly nobody who has nothing going for himself, a crappy magician that will never amount to anything but and internet junkie....”
Hmmmm, I wonder who this could be? Mark or Paul, Mark or Paul? I’m going for Paul here since Mark isn’t afraid to put his name to his insults.
You want to know who the hell I am? I am a magician, but above that I am a fan. And as a fan I demand a certain amount of professionalism when I see a public show. I expect to see well rehearsed, scripted material. I do not expect to see people “winging” it. “Winging” it is unprofessional and insulting to the audience. PERIOD!!!!!
We deserve better.
I, by the way, am also a human being that lives in a democracy, and that gives me the right to air my views on ANYTHING, much like it gave you the right to post your reply. Don’t like it, go to Cuba and see what a free idea gets you.
As for being a nobody. Yeah, I’ll give you that. My name is nothing in the world of entertainment, and I don’t care. At least this nobody cares about the art of Magic. At least this nobody knows well enough to say “no” when not prepared. At least this nobody can hold his head high and say with confidence “I give a damn!”
BTW: Next time have the balls to sign your name.
Again, someone without the balls to put his name to his reply said:“Who are you to be able to have the audacity to even try to critic Copperfields show....you are pathetic.”
Wow, I didn’t think my Copperfield review was that bad. Well, my coward, I state again that I am a fan, and in this case I was a fan that invested quite a bit of money into this show, and those little bills with the Queen’s picture on them allow me the right to say if I was dis-satisfied with Copperfield’s performance, much like I have a right to complain about a meal at a restaurant that I have to pay for.
But hey, I guess were not allowed to have opinions, are we. I guess we are supposed to blindly applaud disappointing and just plain bad performances and let those crappy magicians believe that they are good because we live in a time where hurting others feelings is bad.
Sure, I could look at you, whoever you are anonymous coward, and say “Yes, your performance was good,” when it sucked, but for what end? So that you can stay bad? So you never grow? So that you live your life in a delusional state that you are good? Is that what you want? To be bad and stay bad?
I won’t do that. There is a long and wonderful history associated to the Art of Magic and I am not going to sully it by pretending bad is good. I am not going to rape magic by allowing crap to go unnoticed.
At least I care, which is more than I can say for you.
Oh yeah, just so you know I have received my fair share of bad reviews over time, and yes I get pissed, but I listen and take notes and try to better myself. Don’t believe me, ask my friends. (Yes, I have friends.) Being that they are all artistic types (Actors, writers, directors etc.) they are never afraid to tell the truth and you can be damn sure after so long of this I can take it.
But hey, you can’t say I don’t put my money where my mouth is. Much like I did for Mr. Motta above, (Notice he had the balls to post his name, you coward) if you post you real name I will make sure you get a pair of tickets to my upcoming show and will allow you to post a review right here, on my blog, unedited. (Hell, I won’t even check for spelling and grammar.) THAT is how sure I am about my show. THAT is how sure I am that I am doing the right thing.
It’s up to you, anonymous stranger. A public airing of your name for a chance to put me in my place. What do you say?
Oh yeah, this is the last free pair I will give away, just in case you think all you have to do is bad mouth me to get free tickets.
Next Post: I’m sure I’ll get some more reader mail, but I’ll try to think up something else to write about. (Us uncreative nobody’s have trouble with original thoughts, don’t you know.)