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Topic: How unique
Message: Posted by: Torquay22 (Sep 20, 2013 12:34PM)
What constitutes a trick that is worthy of marketing. How much new ideas should it involve and where can you find information on whether the method has been published
Message: Posted by: Alex L. Molina (Nov 26, 2013 06:10AM)
Hello Torquay22 :)

Happy Holidays...

IMHO, I believe a market-worthy Effect (at least for me one that I would support as an experienced Magician) should constitute a threefold criteria:

1 - a New/Innovative method (as opposed to a "new" WAY of utilizing a well-known method, thinly veiled by less-than-honest advertising hype ;)
2 - a truly Fresh/Creative "never-before-thought-of" EFFECT
3 - a Brilliant presentation "PREMISE" offering high entertainment-value & various performance possibilities

As far as finding whether the method has been previously published, the only way is in-depth research - the Magic Café Forums here are of course one of if not the best resources for research.

Your question intrigues me as to what Effect(s) you may be planning on marketing, as your question shows you're authentic commitment/dedication to not just market "mediocre" tricks just to make a quick buck but to indeed produce quality Magic - which seems a tad rare these days (LOL)
Message: Posted by: Torquay22 (Jan 3, 2014 03:36PM)
Thanks alex
Message: Posted by: Torquay22 (Jan 11, 2014 07:28AM)
So how different does the trick have to be for example would any of these be marketable
1. Same effect to one that is on the market but changing the production of an object and the presentation
2. Combining known ideas to make a new effect
3. A trick which has been developed independently red and icontact come to mind
Message: Posted by: Dennis Michael (Jan 11, 2014 08:03AM)
One that can't be easily copied.
Message: Posted by: DoubleDutched (May 4, 2014 04:06PM)
1 - I think if you're just changing the object produced, but are using the same method as another currently marketed effect, that may be a bit too close for comfort.
2 - Combining new ideas to create a different effect sounds like it belongs more in a magic book.
3 - If you've really developed it independently, then it shouldn't be a huge issue - but bringing a product to market is a time consuming process - there's a point of no return even if you become aware of someone developing the same idea around the same time.

You could speak with a local magic dealer at your local magic shop - they'd know what's on the market, and can tell you if your idea & method might be considered too close to an existing effect.
Message: Posted by: Open up your mind (Feb 19, 2021 05:03PM)
Hi, I agree to some extent but really old methods is what our craft is all about. 99% of mentalism products are about combining old principles in a new way to create a new effect, the same goes for magic combining old sleights of hand.