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ThomasIndigo
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Hi all, I've been playing with a lot of different concepts and techniques and am considering publishing a book or project at some point in the future. How could I go about ensuring that my creditting is detailed enough?

Thanks for any insight.

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Tom:

I think that the best answer is to credit sources the same way you would if you were writing a book on any other subject that other writers have already written about. You'd cite your sources the same way that any good source in research for writing would direct you. Barzun and Graff's The Modern Researcher is a classic example.
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Thanks for the tip, George. I definitely want to make sure others get credit where credit is due.
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The MLA method of paper writing works well https://www7.esc.edu/hshapiro/writing_pr......_mla.htm
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Sometimes, depending on the situation, crediting isn't enough and permission should be sought from the original creator.

Best,

Atlas
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Giving proper credits is something that you will find difficult to do by yourself.

The first thing you should do is send your manuscript or questions to some knowledgeable people you know of. There's so much around and so many things are published everyday even that even the most avid readers are far from knowing everything. Still, this is the best way to get the most information.
I'll add you're just supposed to do your best, within reasonnable limits.

You can also check sites such as Ask Alexander, and do some research from there.

Some people you should also ask are those who have put out things resembling what you want to publish. Be aware that some will claim ownership of whatever idea you ask them about, saying that yours is merely a variation of theirs. Your objecting that theirs is merely a variation of someone else's will get you the standard reply "No, mine is totally different!".

But you will also get very kind answers, giving you permission to publish and former sources about the idea.

At any rate, if detailing your idea require that you explain someone else's method, either ask for permission, or don't explain the method (give sources). If the method is a standard one another creator uses in a specific book, feel free to explain the method, but don't mention the book so as not to give away this other creator's secret.
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On Feb 14, 2018, Atlas wrote:
Sometimes, depending on the situation, crediting isn't enough and permission should be sought from the original creator.

Best,

Atlas


This is actually my main concern. I intend to seek the permission of a big name our two in mentalism. I feel my effects are original enough, but I certainly wouldn't want to infringe upon the people who've inspired me.
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