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ABOUT MAGNETISM AND CHARM 133
because they have no soul, no heart. For that reason they lack sensitiveness.
They have a fine instrument, which leaves you quite indifferent! Why ? Because you feel you are nothing to them!
They do not care for you, nor for any one!
If you were in daily contact with them, if you were their friend or parent, you would find out that they are dry, selfish, hard.
The soul of an artist, the magnetism and charm of his personality are sometimes more responsible for his success than his talent alone.
The high salary paid to an artist is not always a proof of his talent; it is more often a proof of his popularity, or a tribute to his sensationalism.
The success of an artist is not always due to the multiple qualities of his art.
You remember some years ago a monkey, called Consul, made quite a sensation on the Music Hall stages of London and Paris. I remember having met somewhere on a stage an "artist " who was jealous of Consul's success, and who was sincerely in despair that she could not draw the same crowds as the monkey.
The crowd flocks, of course, to sensational and cheap popularity, "which, I think, was so wonderfully illustrated by Consul, the high-salaried monkey.