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How To Fool The Skeptics

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Blaney’s “Open Letter” Opens Debate

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Anders Moden’s Healed and Sealed
One can debate the origin of a trick for all eternity, but the bottom line is: “Where did YOU get the idea to build/create your new effect?” If the answer is “I saw someone do it on TV / at a convention / at a show.” then you are ripping someone off. You can avoid this simply by asking for permission. If they give you permission, then you can do it, if they don’t, you can’t.

For example, when Steve Fearson started giving away ‘Repop’ (his version of Anders Moden’s ‘Healed &amp; Sealed’) with every purchase made on his website, he was doing so because he’d seen David Blaine do the trick on the ‘Vertigo’ TV special. Yet he argued that it was an old principle, many people other than Anders (and not including him) had done similar things before. He was simply trying to justify theft. He ripped Anders off to make money.

In another incident, I bought Andrew Mayne’s book ‘Solo X’ and made myself a ‘Shrink Boy’ illusion from the plans inside. A few years later Daniel Summers contacted me accusing me of ripping off his illusion ‘Compressed’. As it turns out, he made up Compressed before Andrew’s book came out. Did Andrew rip off Daniel’s illusion and call it ‘Shrink Boy’? Who knows. After Andrew’s book came out, Daniel did not try to stop it or accuse Andrew of ripping him off, but the ‘Compressed’ illusion pictured on the back of Magic Magazine in Daniel’s advertising actually started looking more like the ‘Shrink Boy’ illusion in Andrew’s book. The bottom line is that if I bulit my ‘Shrink Boy’ because I saw Daniel’s ad in Magic Magazine I would be ripping him off. Because I built ‘Shrink Boy’ after purchasing plans from Andrew Mayne, I am NOT ripping Daniel off. There should be an issue between Daniel &amp; Andrew, but there isn’t.



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Anders Moden’s Healed and Sealed
One can debate the origin of a trick for all eternity, but the bottom line is: “Where did YOU get the idea to build/create your new effect?” If the answer is “I saw someone do it on TV / at a convention / at a show.” then you are ripping someone off. You can avoid this simply by asking for permission. If they give you permission, then you can do it, if they don’t, you can’t.

For example, when Steve Fearson started giving away ‘Repop’ (his version of Anders Moden’s ‘Healed &amp; Sealed’) with every purchase made on his website, he was doing so because he’d seen David Blaine do the trick on the ‘Vertigo’ TV special. Yet he argued that it was an old principle, many people other than Anders (and not including him) had done similar things before. He was simply trying to justify theft. He ripped Anders off to make money.

In another incident, I bought Andrew Mayne’s book ‘Solo X’ and made myself a ‘Shrink Boy’ illusion from the plans inside. A few years later Daniel Summers contacted me accusing me of ripping off his illusion ‘Compressed’. As it turns out, he made up Compressed before Andrew’s book came out. Did Andrew rip off Daniel’s illusion and call it ‘Shrink Boy’? Who knows. After Andrew’s book came out, Daniel did not try to stop it or accuse Andrew of ripping him off, but the ‘Compressed’ illusion pictured on the back of Magic Magazine in Daniel’s advertising actually started looking more like the ‘Shrink Boy’ illusion in Andrew’s book. The bottom line is that if I bulit my ‘Shrink Boy’ because I saw Daniel’s ad in Magic Magazine I would be ripping him off. Because I built ‘Shrink Boy’ after purchasing plans from Andrew Mayne, I am NOT ripping Daniel off. There should be an issue between Daniel &amp; Andrew, but there isn’t.

As far as dealers making and selling illusions or tricks invented by other people, the rule is simple. If they do not have permission, they cannot sell them!

But here’s an idea – ASK! You’ll find most inventors are more than happy to strike up a deal which will be beneficial to all parties involved.

Try treating each other with respect for a change guys – and stop putting the fast $$$ above long lasting relationships.

TIM ELLIS

Editor’s Note: You can read a bit of the history of “Healed and Sealed” at Penguin Magic as well as purchase the manuscript explaining the effect. Click Here.

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