Presentation: Magical expertise – development to a magician from apprentice to a master
Olli Rissanen, University of Eastern Finland Magical expertise – development to a magician...
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3 May 2010
Olli Rissanen, University of Eastern Finland
Magical expertise – development to a magician from apprentice to a master
SNA of finnish magicians
Interview for expert performance magician
Analysis of 2 apprentice master pairs working
What is magic?
Producing a sense of wonder in the spectator – performance of magic requires a method to achieve the effect.
Successful magic relies on the spectator experiencing an effect while being unaware of the method
One of central aims is to prevent audience from detecting the method
Number of strategies - Misdirection, forcing and illusion (optical, cognitive)
Several hundred magicians in Finland and some have international recognition
Sustained processes of personal coaching and mentoring between masters and novices play a crucial role in transmission of higher level expertise in the field
Magicians exceptional competences appear mysterious and hard to understand for the outsider
- What kind of social structures mediate the Finnish magicians' network community>?
- To what extent may structure of the magical network community be explained by combining social and inviidual aspecs of expertise?
Participants (N =148 were asked, 120 replies)
Questions abot networking dimensions - who they got advice and guidance from, who they appreciated as a perfoming magician, whom did they collaborate with, who do they think are influential?
SNA using UCINET6 programm (Borgatti, Everett, et al)
Results shows network was rather spast and somewhat centralised for all network dimensions
Density was 8%, collaboration 9%, information communication 8%
Connections not distributed equally among members
For indivudal mean value of advice was 9 ties, colaboration 11 ..
- All network dimensions related to each other, there are plenty of multiplex network ties among members
- Peer evaluation indicators measruing support provided, advice given and admitration varies a lot betwen respondents
- Classifcaiton: background persons (13), community core (4), masters (9), practitioners (72), soloist (18), unclassified (4)