More than Just Entertainers
Hi. My name is Yianni Stamas and I’m your guest blogger for today. Having been a “semi-pro” kid magician from age 8 to 18, I believe that magicians don’t get the respect they deserve. Specifically, conjurers still don’t get their entitled recognition for being artists. Yes, they are entertainers but magic is an art form like any other.
Magicians Wear the Hats of Various Art Forms
In fact, magic is a unique art form in that it is actually several art forms in one. The magician is a director of her/his show. The magician is a writer writing her/his act. The magician can be a dancer and choreographer depending on her/his performance style. Some magicians are composers and compose their own music for performance purposes. Magicians are actors playing the role of a magician. And that’s just the start!
After being a magician many eons in the past, I started to get back into magic around 2 years ago by joining the most prestigious magician’s organization in the world in its first assembly (chapter) here in New York that used to be run by Houdini. It’s been a great 24 months including writing a magic book and briefly publishing it as well as performing original magic in a group magic show. But one of the great perks of being in my magic group is meeting some of the finest artists in magic today. True!
Magicians tend to be people with big hearts who are misunderstood. Magicians often band together for important community projects. Many magicians I’ve met want to make a difference especially now in these challenging times. Please, the next time you see a magician perform, while watching ask yourself the question “Is magic an art form?”