Saturday, September 24, 2016

Digital magic paper?

Is paper disappearing like a Houdini trick?

A few weeks ago  a magician told me that he would be delighted to send me a publicity photo, but that everything he has is now digital. A publisher of a new book on magic history told me the same, as did a magic prop seller yesterday.

With a blog to my name, I can hardly call myself a Luddite. But beyond the charm of paper publicity material, how long will a digital ad or photo be kept online? Friends own paper photos that are more than a century old.  What about material that were on cd-roms?

What will future historians do?

How will future performers know what current ones did?

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