A strong character is absolutely necessary while performing. Whether or not the character is exactly you, an extension of you, or something completely different, that is what the question is. While magicians beg each other in the community to have a character 'unique to oneself', so that magic soon becomes an undisputed art form, the emphasis is also on 'Be yourself, look into yourself.' My question is, what if I look into myself, find a strong enough character in there, but... It is nothing different from others? What if it is NOT unique? What if I look into myself, find a love of music, and a million other magicians also love music and incorporate it in their character? What if I look further in and find love of rock music (say) and again find hundreds of magicians using that? What if a guy really does want to grow a beard, get tattoos, wear a jacket and perform outside on the streets EVEN IF he has never seen the popular YT magicians? The solution then seems to change to 'Be yourself, but a version that is unique to you'. But as I said, after the billions of years that magic has been around for, uniqueness (if not impossible) is terribly difficult to find. The easier solution is to take up an absolutely different character, even risking mimicking or acting out a character extremely different from me. AGAIN there's the danger of messing that up because magicians have this terrible habit of not taking acting out characters seriously, not taking the 'acting' part of it seriously. So what do we do? How to design a character for oneself? PS:- It's a sad thing that while we all like to think we're extremely unique, the fact remains that humans are largely similar. Couple that with a long-running craft and we have the unique-character-deficiency syndrome for magicians today.