Finding Things Out
There is a pleasure of learning something knew, especially if that knowledge is of interest. In magic, nevertheless, for the audience to appreciate the full scope of what the artist is trying to accomplish, the magician should keep them on the unknown side. This dichotomy is interesting and something I also like to think about and explore. The documentary Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out explores ideas of how knowledge is or can be interesting for students. Mr. Feynman himself explains in this short excerpt how he views teaching and what his approach (or lack thereof) is. What he says about teaching is exactly what I believe about performance and why an artistic work can’t (and shouldn’t) please all people. This is an interesting watch, and his books are a very interesting read.