If people want to see tricks they can go be entertained by a magician who has mastered the art of illusion. In everyday life, people want and need solutions, not the appearance of them. They want the things they buy or receive to work when they invest into them. They want to be confident in the person doing a job or providing a service.
I like to remind myself that people in general appreciate curb appeal. They will notice progress or the lack of it. It is observable. These same people have all been burnt at one time or another by the band aid approach to solving a problem or making it appear as if something has been accomplished or completed. Short cuts, in other words. They usually show up sooner or later.
When confronted with an obligation, during the course of working through it, be sure your efforts lead to solid solutions. Don’t grab at magic or take the easy way if the harder path is better. Usually that effort is seen and appreciated.