As I have been asked by so many what I think about this series. The following email seems to be the overall view of the comments I have had, and comes from a friend, a teacher in the North West.
I was interested in your comments about the current magical experience. Not that I am an avid viewer as my spectator views are ‘Paul does that.” “See that before.” “That’s not new.” “That’s making a lot of presentation and wafting about very little magic.” So it is now part of the ‘flicking’ process as I think it is a waste of effort.
However accepting that you spoilt me views (!) I was interested to hear what my students had to say about it. They aren’t very impressed either and don’t think it is doing magic any favours. The most general opinion is trying to making it competitive. They seem to think it spoils it all and the viewer can’t just sit back accept it for what they do. All the in between discussion are a total waste of time. They think it looks tatty. I actually think they have gone to great lengths to try to make it look not tatty but the concept of scale for the TV screen seems to have got out of hand.
Your views may well be different BUT if you are a magician hobbyist I am sorry, but your views don’t really count, ‘cos we are supposed to be entertaining the public, not just playing with our toys. Oops, I’ll be that upsets somebody!