Without David Blaine or Criss Angel, perhaps we could get back to real, off-the-cuff impromtu magic. The type of magic that involves acual skill and not the magic of Imove or Final Cut Pro, or Adobe After Affects. Perhaps, we could see some real talent like Copperfield come and revive their TV specials with their large scale stunts, instead of relying on an almost too obvious stooge planted in a crowd of onlookers. And perhaps maybe magic would be a bit more of a mystery to the world of the layman. Because without these modern people such as Angel, perhaps the magician would still be a shadow to the world. A magician would stll be the generic idea of a man with coatails and a top hat who pulls rabbits from a hat. And maybe if that was the case... we could become the new blaines and angels. Because with that common stereotypical image of magicians, perhaps a person might be aghast to have a stranger pull out a deck of cards and utterly amaze them. If only... If only.... However Blaine and Angel do exist with their large scale stunts, drawing people into the "new generation of magic". So the question really shouldn't be "What if they didn't exist?" but instead "How can we strive to be better than them, and how can we create the "new new generation of magic? We are a simple group of hobbiests who, had we lived in the twenties, could have struck people into awe with our ambitous cards, tarantulas, and uncanny ability to pass a card thru a window. But we don't live in the twenties. Instead we live in a time where real pure magic is being over taken by cheap camera tricks, and deceptive actors in a crowd of spectators. We are the students of a past generation, and rivals of a new generation. We live between the past and present, and we need to overcome the new generation, and become better. We students, must surpass our masters... and there's no where to go but up. So take it day by day and try to improve and amaze more than angel and blaine and may be one day that'll be you on TV, after all... "People focus too much on with what was, and with what will be. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. But today...today is a gift, and that's why we call it the present." Dylan P.