“Magicians guard an empty safe.” - Jim Steinmeyer
Dear Reader --
Why do many magicians enjoy the idea of picking locks?
There’s a strong connection between the practices of security and magic. Z.Y. has made some comparisons between a mentalism effect where a mentalist gains private information to use during the course of an effect, and a criminal gains similar private information to use during the course of a con. I mean, I’ve definitely put/taken things from pockets only to give it back/reveal it later. With these sort of use-cases in mind, a person might argue that magicians are just about the most pacifist white-hat community out there, using wildly deceptive practices all for the purpose of a “magic trick”. To that, I say, well, yes, we probably are.
"Maybe we guard an empty safe just because we like to look inside it every once in a while?"
Then the question I’m still asking myself is why the hell we’re still so interested in hardcore thievery practices like picking?
Realistically, so few of us are going to work on an escape act that uses these actual principles, but yet somehow there’s enough demand for their to be an upcoming picking event at a well-known magic society in LA (the inspiration for this post). Dude, none of us are ever going to use these skills realistically, except maybe, maybe, to get back into our own houses or boxes if we lose our keys. But hey...maybe that’s enough?
Or maybe it’s enough for us to be using our hands for the simple practice of unlocking something, just like practicing something with sleight-of-hand gives us the satisfaction of being able to unlock an idea or presentation previously unattainable without said mechanical practice?
Maybe we guard an empty safe just because we like to look inside it every once in a while?
Or, we could just be strange.
P.S. -- Probably just strange.