If magic was dying it would be because Criss angel and all these other "Magic Phonies" would be making the spectators be expecting more from us. Well sorry spectators we don't use confedorates or camera tricks!
Don't drop twenty bucks on a DVD and gimmick just to show "D34th_K4O5mann666" in his moldy basement your prowess as a loser who's too scared to actually try and amaze somebody. Take some damned initiative.
Although I do believe you took this a bit too far I also see that you have raised a good point. Magic does need an audiance, a real live audiance. Unless your going to do a Copperfield "I am here but your there." type of trick.
I also would like to clarify that I am not "dissing" the media section or anything. I just think that if you are going to post a video then at least have a video where you are showing some one a trick. TimurY's street magic video is good. Or have it be a clip of the elementary school magic show you did.
At least have a video where you are performing for someone in the video.
Crazy? I was crazy once, they locked me in a room, then they buried me, then I died, and then the worms drove me crazy! Crazy? I was crazy once, they locked me in a room, then...
All jokes aside I do believe that many of the videos should be filmed infront of an actual audience. I think (well actually know) that several people who call themselves "magicians" infact and some times never perform infront of people. They just buy the effects practice them and practice them some more making videos of them doing it for feedback, but they never perform. Yet they still call themselves magicians.
Basically, he is saying that magic has kind of become "obsolete" because of television. It's like visual art going "obsolete" after the camera was invented. People had been trying to perfect how realistically they could paint something, and then came along a device that could make an almost perfect replica of any moment in a much shorter period of time. That's where innovation began. That's what began the impressionist movement.
You might even say that magic is now in its impressionist stage because of television.