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Tuesday
Nov112008

CAN YOU COPYRIGHT A MAGIC TRICK?

Guy Hollingsworth discusses magic and copyright in an article from the BBC Magazine today which also included a video of "Reformation." However, the bigger problem is this, says Hollingworth: "Can you stop the world as a whole from revealing secrets?" The answer would seem to be a resounding "no".  "There are many magic conventions around the world where magicians talk shop. Anyone can go to one of these, just as anyone can walk into a magic shop and buy one of the many books that explain magic tricks." "A lot of magic tricks are available outside magic clubs," says Hollingworth. "Fortunately most people aren't sufficiently motivated to go and find out how they are done. But it is difficult to for a magician to argue that they have maintained a trade secret."  Watch Guy in Action:

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