Okay, its been awhile since i posted any heavy thinking questions on here for me so i thought id share something. As magician's, to a certain degree magic becomes part of our personality and our persona. Just like everyone else we are partially defined as individuals by what we do and our interests and passions. Im sure we have all experienced at one point or another a loss of identity to others only to be replaced with "He's the magic man" or the "card guy". Its as if all else fades to the background in deference to this one hobby or characteristic. Im not saying this is always a bad thing, in performances you wish to be seen as the Magician, the Professional Sleight of hand artist, but what about in the rest of your life. I have had many experiences in meeting new people and i will either be introduced as a a magician or that fact will come out at some point in the night. Inevitably after it comes out i am asked to show some magic, and while i sometimes refrain more often than not i will show a little something. The issue is that often times that immediately typecast's you as "the magician" and by definition you are now a entertainer, a performer, not an acquaintance or future friend. You are in a sense, distanced by your unique persona. It is hard to overcome sometimes, to convince people there is more to you than just the magic you perform. Even if you have other hobbies, the entertainment value of the magic is often what they are interested in most. i have seen this occur also with musician's, who are always asked to play. Now dont be confused, i have dealt with this on and off for a long time and learned several things about overcoming it or using it to my advantage, i merely wanted to present the idea and open it up for conversation, sharing experiences and ideas. But the question i truly want to see explored is, how much does being a magician define us as individuals and how much does that shape our relationships and interactions with everyone we meet. The fact is i have just moved into a new college dorm after transferring and as usual i have been found out as a magician and it begins to become who i am known as, and as i make new friends, and fans, it makes me wonder, how many of these new relationships would exist without magic and my performances and which individuals would still appreciate my persona, sans the magic. Feel free to expand.