"The profession of magician is one of the most perilous
and arduous specializations of the imagination. On the one hand, there
is the hostility of God and the police to be guarded against; on the other,
it is as difficult as music, as deep as poetry, as ingenious as stagecraft,
as nervous as the manufacture of high explosives, and
as delicate as the trade in narcotics."
--William Bolitho (1890–1930), British author