If you’ve read my book Only Ideas, you’ll know I dedicated an entire two-page spread to one of my golden rules—stop watching magic. People will ask which magicians I enjoy watching or which magic shows I enjoyed recently. I tend to give them the names of magicians I enjoyed watching as a kid or TV magic specials that I begged my parents to let me stay up and watch with them.
I cannot stress enough how much the ability to do my job, creating, writing and producing magic for television, can be unravelled entirely if I watch magic. I see it as part of my job to avoid watching magic at all costs. I keep a rough eye on new releases, and obviously, I take note of clips that go viral and are well received by viewers. But, for the most part, I avoid watching magic at all costs.