In bass playing, a trend arose to elevate the instrument to a higher level. Tons of sophisticated bass solos were written and performed, the complexity of bass playing techniques increased, and virtuosos of the instrument appeared. Some of this new material sounds strange, and one has to get used to it to appreciate the art in it. But, there is a lot of work and talent in it.
Besides that, a simplified approach besides these advancements exists, and it is more common in the real world. A bass player in a band has to deliver two things: to provide a base for the harmony, and — the most important thing — to give the song a steady groove. These two are, in unison with the drummer, the two primary tasks of a bass player. This is how the bass is used in ninety percent of the bands that perform live for people — no over-complicated bass lines, simplicity, and serving the song rules.
In magic, we have a similar trend going on. The magic is getting more and more complicated and elaborated. Performers strive to increase the level of technical difficulty. The perfection in the execution of demanding moves (think of the Korean league of stage manipulators) went up to exorbitant heights. We have acts where only experienced magicians can judge the level of difficulty or finesse. For non-specialists, it looks all the same.
Then we have the magician (like the working band-bass-player) who performs his miracles, concentrating on delivering some sound effects for the audience, without over-complicating them, and without showing off his chops. He is very well received, and the audience likes him for various reasons. He has a likeable personality and doesn’t show off. His magic is uncluttered, easy to follow and baffling. His presentation is light-hearted, exciting and easy to follow.
The former approach has a learning curve so steep that it is unlikely to bring pleasure and success to most of us.
The latter is a way to guarantee success, pleasure, and exceptional long-term rewards.