She was referring to the fact that nobody really appreciates breathing – until they can’t. I think the same could be said of attending a live magic event.
I just returned from the Columbus Magi-Fest, a great magic convention organized by Joshua Jay, Andi Gladwin, and Tim Moore. They do an exceptional job of bringing together an amazing line up of talent - and attendees. It's a blast and yet another reminder of why the live magic experience is so special.
Ten years ago, if you were itching to see magic and connect with pros the only way to do it was to hit the road for a magic convention. There’s no doubt that in the last few years it’s gotten much easier to scratch that itch. The internet allows us to sit back and watch magic performed, see demos of the latest dealer offerings, and connect with others on message boards. It is a different world.
I don’t think it’s completely worse or better, but it’s definitely different.
Of course, the ease of access to the virtual “scratch” means that it’s hard to justify the cost and energy needed to produce a live one. Or even a quality virtual one.
My recommendation? Support live magic events while you can. Show up, get engaged, share what you can, and create an environment that encourages others to do the same. That's what I'm doing.
I wouldn’t wait too long. The air is getting thinner.