GeniiCon 2017: Randy Pitchford on discovering magic in the 21st century: “We have something both worse and better”

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 two: On inheriting Genii and bridging the gap between the classical and digital worlds

Part four: On the two kinds of magicians

Part five: On curating his social media experience

Part six: On the most important thing young magicians have: time

Part seven: Randy Pitchford’s first time at the Magic Castle