Hat. Rabbit. Spy camera? Skulduggery claims during a Hot Magic Show

“So shameful,” British mentalist Derren Brown, whose “Secret” show recently ended an Off Broadway tour, tweeted after Mr DelGaudio tweeted about the incident, without mentioning any names.

Johnny Thompson, a Las Vegas-based magician and consultant who has worked with Siegfried & Roy, Criss Angel, Penn & Teller and others, was unaware of the incident until contacted by a reporter, but said Mr. DelGaudio was right to be vigilant. .

“There is rampant theft, in my opinion, in our industry right now,” Mr. Thompson said. “Those of us who fight it, those of us who have an ethic, we strive to protect each other.”

The Joint Ethics Statement of the International Brotherhood of Magicians and the Society of American Magicians prohibits both “deliberate exposure” of magical methods and “unauthorized use of the creation of others”.

Originality in magick is a slippery concept. But Teller, the less talkative half of Penn & Teller, said people, including “non-creative magicians,” have no idea how difficult it is to create substantially new tricks and illusions, like the one in Penn & Teller’s current show involving a live cow, which it says took six years to develop.

“If you want to write a piano piece, you can write a piano piece,” Teller said. “But with magic, you basically have to invent the magical equivalent of a piano, then figure out how to build it, then how to play it, then how to play it in front of an audience.”

Brian L. Hartfield