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On Oct 4, 2017, mantel wrote:
On Oct 4, 2017, WitchDocChris wrote:
I have read that Dai Vernon himself was criticized for publishing his material in not-super-expensive books.

Where did you read this? Dai Vernon's $20 Dollar Manuscript when it was first published would cost approximately $330 in 2017 dollars.

I stumbled across that when I was first starting magic and have no idea where it was. Could have been an interview, actually, now that I think about it. I used to listen to Magic News Wire interviews all day at work. Highly recommended.

The point being that every time magic is published in a more accessible way, I'm betting the people who pioneer using that method of publication get criticized. Magicians really like guarding that empty vault.
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Dana, I am going to attempt to answer the question rather than engage in variant speculation and opinion.

You could simply present it to your student honestly. Tell them that you saw this at a convention performed by whoever. That it goes back further etc, but you don't know if this particular idea starts with that performer or not.

The goal is to impart the history as well as the secrets and ethics of magic. If we don't pass the art on it dies. As long as we are as honest as possible doing so, I cannot believe that any objective person could fault you. Of course part of the teaching obligation, as you well know, is to promote the same kind of ethical thinking in your students so they realize how important the process is and that it is not just about the tricks. Hope this helps.
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