In the 90’s it appeared (at least to me) that magic was almost looked down upon; much of the public thought it cheesey and merely for children. Even though many magicians were evolving and doing their best to escape the rabbit & hat stereotypes, to the public magic was something performed at children’s parties by elderly gentlemen wearing velvet jackets and oversized bow ties.
More recently magic has been the subject of novels, prime-time tv programmes and many Hollywood movies (more of this in a later post). It is now generally accepted as a popular entertainment that can be sophisticated and engaging, suitable for almost any event!
David Blaine, Penn & Teller, Derren Brown and of course Dynamo can take a lot of credit for causing this resurgence, by presenting magic in a modern, different and in some cases, exciting manner, bringing magic out of the dark ages and firmly into the 21st century. These days, it seems like the public can’t get enough!