Finally getting to catch up with all my reading, when I came across this from the May 2008 Edition of Magic Magazine.

One of the big problems now is that making money with magic has shifted from entertaining the public to making money off of magicians […] The magic buying sector buys anything it sees – just spends money – and so your fame comes not from being a performer or having great ideas, but by selling through lectures anything that makes you money.

This goes some way in echoing my feelings at the moment as I step back from magic in order to plan the performance work for this year.  Sometimes it’s hard not to be overwhelmed with consumerism.