I really believe that magic is an art and while I understand that not many people tap into this artistic property of magic, I believe it can easily be an art form in good hands (literally). The above was important to start out with, because while I am not really discussing whether magic is an art form or not, my idea is that true art doesn't really have secrets. The problem is that magic, at a glance, is secretive. But then I reasoned to myself and wondered, are these really true secrets? Think about it, if I told an aspiring magician who knows NOTHING about magic yet, that a coin vanish is definitely NOT real magic, and there's 100%, absolutely, surely, certainly a 'physical method' to what is happening, and then I put them in a room, eventually, they will figure out a way to vanish a coin apparently. Then if I put some 'spectators' in that room for them to perform for, they will probably find that their method doesn't work well. With some more time alone in the room, they will probably find a method which is workable and foolproof. With even more time and only the audience reactions to learn from (no magic books, teachers, videos, internet, nothing) they will eventually also figure out psychological 'tricks' to make the vanish more convincing. Ultimately, they will know a way to do the coin vanish in an amazing manner. Because that is how smart human beings are (applaud yourself for belonging to this species ). Yes, I assumed the above aspiring magicians will be highly driven and focussed. His ultimate 'method' might be inferior to the works of so many of the great names in coin magic. But for all purposes, he has a method! And it works really well to convince the coin has vanished! NOW; Doesn't it seem that the so-called 'secrets' are just to help save time? It's important of course, magic wouldn't advance if we had to keep rediscovering Double Lifts every single time. So we teach, we spread the art and we keep these methods within the community because if our audience knew of them, the illusion of magic in their minds, will be destroyed. But are these 'methods' really 'secrets'? Isn't it true that any human can work things out for themselves, because that is how our brains are wired? Please reply with what you think of the above! Does then, magic really have any secrets, if physical, psychological and verbal 'tricks, methods, secrets' can all be worked out with time and intelligence put into it? PS:- This is just an interesting thought process I landed on and I wanted to educate myself on this matter by discussing it over. So it's more of a thought exercise than an actual, formed opinion or question. Cheers!