figurative masturbation, once again

Mullins, Bill Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL
Wed Jun 16 19:51:50 UTC 2004

Magicians use "masturbation" as a demeaning term about magic that is created

and practiced for its own sake, not for the benefit of spectators.  It may
include very fancy sleights or flourishes, which draw attention to
instead of accomplishing a secret effect.

>From the Genii Forum:;f=7;t=000
"as so many magicians in magic competitions create and perform magic to
 just for themselves and not in the real world for non-magician audiences. I
 several magi that refer to this as "magical masturbation" "

Taking a sly dig at such magic, Lee Asher even has a small booklet entitled
"Hand Jobs":

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