"When you look at it honestly, I think most magic
isn't an art. At best, it's pornography..."
- Magician Brad Henderson
Scores of professional magicians answer a simple question posed by this short video: "Is magic an art?" But just as in all things aesthetic, there are as many different answers as there are practioners.
I agree with Mr. Henderson's provocative statement that magic is like pornography. The techniques of magic are so powerful that magicians can perform a trick without any "art" and still get a huge reaction from an audience, just as pornography can get a visceral reaction without aspiring to be "art".
This is a trap for many magicians, who remain content with the "Oh my God how did you do that?" component of a trick, and neglect to develop their craft further to create a work of art.
Is magic an art?
The video was produced by magicians Dan and Dave Buck, Jason England and Paul Wilson.