While I and I would bet a lot of others have contemplated this same question. I have to disagree with these ideas they threw out in their episode. A few issues came to mind while listening. First off there are so many areas of magic one can get interested in and learn from in magic that it would be impossible to determine someone’s skill based on a per set up test. How good will a sleight of hand artist be at cups and balls? I know I would suck at it. I have no interest in the cups and balls. Does that mean I have to be labeled as a beginner in magic because I do not know how to perform the linking rings? While other may be able to completely entertain spectators and magicians with their rubber band magic or ball manipulation, should the not really be considered a magician until they can do professors nightmare?
The other thing that got me was I have met people who have amazing chops when it comes to cretin things, but would not be able to tell you another magicians name other than David Blaine? Should these people be excluded because they have not spent the time to learn or remember the history of magic?
I love the idea of a ranking system because far too many magicians claim things about their performance level on their promotional material, and sometimes to other magicians at lectures, conventions, or even meetings. The issue is not the labels we give ourselves but the false advertising that is being used. It is unfortunate that these magicians are billing themselves as professional when they are not; it is unfortunate that they are giving magic a bad name to their clients, but I think it would be even more unfortunate to start labeling ourselves based on criteria that can only be used for a few people. The best way to determine ones skill in magic is still going to be and always will be to just watch them perform.Tags: american brotherhood david blaine eric IBM internatioal magic magician magicians of on professional sam seuss side sociaty the