Many years ago a friend told me he wanted to enter a playwriting contest with the hope of taking third place. He said, "Third place is the darling. Everyone wants third. None of that first place pressure. And second? Well, that's kind of the first loser, isn't it?"
When he said that, I had no idea what he was talking about.
This past week several thousand magicians attended the first - since 2008 - Combined Convention of the Society of American Magicians (SAM) and International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) in Louisville, Kentucky. Some say it will be a long time before a combined convention happens again. The convention also hosted the North American Magic Championships for the Federation Internationale Societie Magique (FISM).
This post is something I like to reserve for my take on why magic can be interesting, and valuable, to you, and not just about me, but here goes...
I was among five, or so, juried finalists selected from those members to compete. I came in third.
I understand now what my friend was telling me those many years ago ;-)