As time marches on, the landscape around us changes. The local magic shops in our towns may disappear, but the internet then acts as a way for people, no matter their age or background, to discover the joy of performing illusions. In part three of our seven-part interview series with magician and Genii Magazine/GeniiOnline owner Randy Pitchford, he talks about how what we have now is both “worse and better”; how the internet is able to provide anyone with the information they need to succeed, but how the sense of community and physicality a brick-and-mortar magic shop provides is difficult to replace in a virtual context.
For more clips from the interview, check out the links below:
Part one: On his start in magic
Part four: On the two kinds of magicians
Part five: On curating his social media experience
Part seven: Randy Pitchford’s first time at the Magic Castle