Whole swaths of my commentary gets accused of being “errors of pattern-matching”, but the thing is… there does turn out to be more than just coincidence involved in the connections and trends I’ve been pointing out. And as this episode of Geek Gab: On the Books reveals… sometimes there’s an explicit connection even in places where I never imagined there would be:
Nathan: Stage magic’s actually pretty interesting once you go into the actual authors themselves. A good many of the pulp writers were amateur magicians so they brought that misdirection from the stage into their pulps…..
Brian: Okay, you just made a huge connection because guys like John C. Wright and Jeffro have likened the process of writing– and achieving that surprising yet inevitable kind of twist– to stage magic. And so now you’re saying, that’s literally true. That stage magicians figured out how to write that into their stories.
Nathan: The biggest one that comes to mind is Walter Gibson, Maxwell Grant of The Shadow, basically. The shadow has all of those tools of misdirection from magic and he’s taking a little bit from a gentleman thief– of like an Arsène Lupin– and giving a little different aim and all those misdirection tricks to create something new.
Brian: That makes so much sense that I can’t believe I missed it. You just gave me the surprising but inevitable twist; well done!