Vanishing is not all that uncommon in a magic community, we all have lives and varied interests that keep us occupied from time to time. I make a great example, for a year I was unemployed and got lots of art done... And now I get to watch more shows then draw them. It's life, it happens, an often people come back as they make time, find time, or life changes. All good and healthy attributes of a community.
Ill be one of the first to say magic cast a huge net over many interests, and not all of them are magic. Because of that Magicians and assistants can take on varied roles and very different ideas on an act or Show. Just sawing a woman in two can be performed so many ways. Willing and unwilling assistants find them selfs in a box, bound for their protection or preventing an excape. They brave a violent act that can be funny to bloody and violent. And all this I front of an audience. The emotional rush from any of these roles can be extreme. Fear,awe, passion, horror, and so on go into a mix creating or touching other interests.
This has created a rich cross over into other related interests. Story telling, role play, art works, animations in varied skill levels and ranging from all audiences to personally intimate, to sexual. I believe that variety is healthy, the world would be boring without it. We wouldn't have this community with out it.
So how does this all come together in a community that has members "disappearing" and deleting their accounts? Separation and anonymity. They both allow us to share interest openly but can create abuses too. As a RP Magician I never expected to meet the variety of others I have. I find it a wonderful thing. Even keeping mind " there is some one on the other side" feeling can get hurt as we share ideas, trade thoughts, build relation ships, because that is in the end what happens. I know not all of us have the same goals and intrests, so being able to respect others will help.
my hope is that over all we develope an keep the community that has formed here respecting one another, because be it magician or assistant with broader interests or just simpler ones ... The most painful trick is the one where they just Dissapear.
This is just thoughts from resent observations, a vent of frustration born of observation and my own mis steps. I joined this community to get to know others an share a common interest, learn about there interests. An hope as I find my self a social idiot, that I haven't harmed others along my path.