David Copperfield, magician, on: Houdini keeping the secrets
I dont think people want to know. I dont think people really care about knowing. They enjoy the fantasy, you know. In my career theres been so many people making guesses, and thats part of the fun, I guess, for a certain percentage of the audience, trying to guess how things work. I have four or five methods for each of the illusions, and I keep changing the methods. Its not unlike what Houdini does. He had many ways of escaping from a jail cell, not just one way. He had many different ways. So if people were kind of onto him, or if he wrote a book about how he did it, there was many other ways of doing it. And the net result is, its not about the secret. Its not about how its done. Its the feeling of being able to do it. Its the wonder thats created by the act itself.