Bizarre Lecture4 Zimmerman.

First and foremost, Bizarre Magic is Theatre.  And when I say that, I mean theatre in every sense and style of the word; dramatic, comedic, suspenseful, emotional, evocative, sensational, spectacle, and spiritual.  The theatre, as we know it, originated in the Dionysian religious dramas of Greece--presentations that told the stories of the Gods.  These stories strove to give civilization a way of understanding their connection to the Universe, each other, and ultimately what happens after death.

Bizarre Magic does all of this, and uses all of the element of theatre--story and stagecraft--to tell tales--tales that ultimately help us understand our place in the world, our relationship to others, and our relationship to the Universe.  The only real expansion is that in theatre, the Universe can be seen as godless, divinely wrought, or humanist.  There are no boundaries.  This applies as well to Bizarre Magic.  conventional Magic suffers from many boundaries and inadequacies --Bizarre Magic does not know of such boundaries--they do not exist.

What Bizarre Magic is NOT has been succinctly put by Eugene Burger--it is NOT about the travels of the props in he Magician's hands.  You can't be any clearer than that.

I sometimes compare the "conventional" Magician and a Bizarre Magician to the comparison of a gourmand and a gourmet . 

The gourmand gluts himself, always searching for the more gustatory triumphs--the new recipe, heaped with more ingredients in different combinations.  More, more, more--that is the credo of the gourmand.  This would apply to the "conventional" Magician.  Always in search of the new move, the new prop, the latest box or piece of apparatus.

The gourmet, on the other hand, strives for simplicity.  He or she strives to find the refined, the simple, the recipes that are pure in preparation and in flavor.  The tastes of the gourmet must be highly trained to appreciate subtle flavors, nuances, and aromas.  Example--The Japanese cleric, sitting alone, performing a tea ceremony.  The ritual, the simple implements, and the subtle, almost invisible aroma and taste of the tea take on new dimensions in the mind and soul of this person.  Why?  Because he has trained himself to appreciate them.  And he can train others to appreciate them as well.

That is the Bizarre Magician.  Simplicity of method, directness of story, and almost invisible magic that happens in the mind and soul of the magician and the viewer alike.  But ever so satisfying when done correctly.

So mote it be.
Fred Zimmerman.

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