I don't know how many of you have experienced the MAgic Castle, but I did for the second time tonight, and it was quite a let down. All the magicians I saw seemed to be clones of the cliche magician with their patter you know they use every show and their inability to connect with their audience. The Magic Castle close up magician of the year was a big let down because of the above mentioned reasons. I wish more magicians would just not be afraid to be themselves in their performances instead of some generic character. This mentalist I saw seemed scared, and angry the whole ti me he performed basic, boring mental effects with paper and predictions, and blah blah blah. Now don't get me wrong I did enjoy myself last time I went mostly because of Shoot Ogawa; he is hands down the best magician I've seen live so far; he's great not only because of his skill but also because he is able to let his personality shine through his performances and is able to connect with people. It seems to be pretty wide spread this style of tacky, boring, and predictable performance that makes magic seem silly to people. Too many super nerd magicians out there instead of ones like Derren Brown, Wayne Houchin, Shoot Ogawa or Dan and Dave. I really enjoy their performances because they are just themselves it seems even though there is a bit of character too, but I'm going to stop rambling on because it's almost 1 a.m. and my brain just shut down. I guess what I was trying to say is that TOO MANY TACKY MAGICIANS MAKE MAGIC SUCK!