When I compare music and magic (one of my favourite obsessions), one thing strikes me. In bass, we have tons of complicated, difficult to master and technically heavy loaded bass lines. Stuff I wouldn’t even dare to think to master in my lifetime.
But when I concentrate on effective, memorable and genius bass lines, things are different. An example: one of the most well-known, iconic bass lines is the bass line for The Temptations’ “Papa Was A Rolling Stone”. The bass line for this consists only of four notes! They are used sparingly. Minimalism at its best. I am sure you know the song, and if so, this super simplistic bass line is in your ears forever.
Now for the connection to magic.
We have tons of “move-monkeys”, and we have people out there being able to pull of the most difficult moves (I would never even dream of being able to do).
But just loading a routine with the most difficult technique doesn’t make a memorable, iconic magic performance piece.
Less is more. And to achieve a lot using less is even more difficult. Like in that bass line, what not to play is the key. The pauses, the omissions, and the expression count.
I imagine creating a magic routine, and using technique and all those moves as sparingly as the notes used in this bass line, is a challenge. Knowing what to include and what to omit.
But I am sure it would be worth all the effort it takes to do that.