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THE FACULTY OF OBSERVATION 99
The gift of observation is a vital quality for any kind of artist, it is a conditio sine qua non for the dramatic artist, be he singer or actor.
Your observation can be mechanical, or your observation can be analytical. Mechanical observation will lead you to imitation only.
An imitative art is no art, but artificiality.
If you imitate even the greatest artist, your imitation will remain artificiality, you will not stir your public, you will neither provoke its laugh nor its tears. You will leave it cold.
If, however, your observation is analytical, you will not imitate your model, you will revive it. You will augment it, you will amplify its peculiarities, inspired by the findings of your observation.
The inventive power of an artist is Imagination.
Aided by your imagination you will put into life all human types you have observed.
You will collect their hypocrisies and their frankness; their truth and their falsehood; their thousand tricks of attack and defense. You will look into their loyalty, but also behind the astonishing masks they put on or take off their faces, according to their desire to deceive you or to be faithful to you.
You will see how their eyes and their lips