There is a very special social space for those people who come across as "creepy."
No, the answer is no.
This constant public positivity drives me mad. What happened to criticism? Why can't we be critical without sparking some inner lingering rage?
I don't mean blatant aggressive attacks like, "You handle cards so poorly, I'm contemplating using those cards as weapons to remove my eyeballs."
I'm referring to something more like. "You're riffle shuffles are very choppy, can I share a way to make them more consistent and even?"
I'm the first to admit, my criticism comes with no sugar on top and many times it might rub people the wrong way, but it's not a personal attack. It's an attempt at brutal honesty. It's the way I need to hear my criticism, and as such it's the way I give criticism.
"Shane, why can't you be nicer about it?"
I can, and I do! If you are under the age of 18, I'll have nothing but lovely things to say, if you'd like criticism it will be light and fluffy... Unless you ask for my honest opinion then I will tell you my honest opinion.
"Does it have to be so harsh?"
Of course not! Which is why it isn't delivered with malice or intent to hurt someone's feelings or attack them personally. It's is delivered to highlight and zero in on the specific technique, structure, or general esthetic of something being performed or worked on.
With young magicians, I try to encourage them. It's not a time to criticize. They are still learning and exploring! Once someone has buckled down and made a firm decision on what they want to concentrate on seriously, then serious evaluation, and criticism comes next.
Am I being too harsh?