I run into young or new magicians (or sometimes veterans) who have a hard time wrapping their heads around this. Magic is WAY MORE that just a pile of tricks. A quick Google Search for 'magic' will reveal how many online magic shops are out there, selling new, old and refurbished magic tricks. The descriptions of these tricks read "Simply have the spectator blow on the fork and it visually, magically melts...taught in complete detail in 2 hours of video..." Would-be-Magicians read that thinking, 'Oh oh, now. that. is. AWESOME.' And it is awesome, but its not that simple. They buy it (for $35+), learn it exactly how the DVD teaches, and then do it for their friends. The friends are surprised to see the fork melt. Mission Accomplished. Right? 

If the job of a magician is simply execute the trick, than anyone could do it. If all a magician had to accomplish were to 'find the card' it would be easy. 

What if Harry Potter simply shuffled and found signed cards? or made salt shakers disappear? 

As a magician, it is my job to create magic. Real Magic. Not just executing the sleight-of-hand and causing a coin to change places. Imagine sitting at a big, banquet dinner, and you find out that a magician is also there. Before digging in, everyone asks him to 'do a trick.' So the magi pulls out a clown nose, a balloon and five coins. He ties the balloon into something that resembles an animal and with a wave of his magic wand, makes the coins disappear from his hand, only to be found under his coffee cup. Everyone claps and is mildly amused as they dig into the meal. 

Now, imagine the same setting. Upon request to 'do a trick' the magician looks across the table to a young women, Jenny and says, ' Think of the name of a person. Not just any person, an old friend that you haven't seen in a few years. imagine the hugs, and laughter.' The magician asks her to hold out her hand flat and he puts one of the dinner forks on it. 'Now imagine the great conversation and catching up that would happen.' As she closes her eyes and imagines this, a beautiful little smile crosses her face and the fork begins to slowly move on her hand. Everyone at the table is leaning in to get a closer look. The magician continues, 'Open your eyes and look at me. This evening, I think you should call Amy and tell her you where thinking about her.' 

 Jenny's eye open wide as she exclaims, 'How did you know her name?' 
 
 The rest of the table is asking her, 'Did you feel the fork moving?' and 'Was Amy who you were thinking of?' and 'WHAT JUST HAPPENED HERE?' Chaos ensues. 

Magic. Magic just happened. For the rest of the evening, everyone is talking about that communal experience. They are not discussing possible methods, because there are none to be offered. The methods are 1) invisible and 2) unimportant to the guests. The experience of astonishment was so powerful that they don't care how it was accomplished. The creation of magic is far more than buying, learning and performing tricks. It cannot be looked up on youtube or google. It is personal, powerful and artistic. More than that, it has meaning. If magic were real, it would be relevant to our lives. 

Magic can involve cards, coins, fork or even balloons. The prop doesn't matter. What you do with it is far more interesting. 
 
[The piece of magic described above is real. I perform it often.]