You can watch actors create their illusions, but if you don't see where they get the pigeons from, you don't really know how they're doing it.
I found I wasn't asking good enough questions because I assumed I knew something. I would box them into a corner with a badly formed question, and they didn't know how to get out of it. Now, I let them take me through it step by step, and I listen.
I always loved Sid Caesar and all the people on his program.
On the stage, the characters express themselves more through words than images. So the arguments of the characters and the tension between characters - words have to be used to express that, and I love that about theater.