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One problem with giving credit in nay form is that of crediting "first published" rathe than "created" or even
acknowledgment of who made a sleight seem important.

Publishing credit can help a person do additional research for an idea they like, but today with Internet search every teenager is better equipped to check out all versions and claims.
Giving credit might even restrict a search.

Where did the idea of giving credit come from anyway? Somehow it seems linked to "who gets paid" more than creativity. What is "exposed?" What is revealed?
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It is just not possible in performance.
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I see two different things here.

First, when performing for the general public, I would expect someone who presents himself or herself as a magician to do magic, i.e., to do something that appears impossible. Yeah, they are "tricks," but I would want that performer to do them in such a way that it appears that they are making the magic happen. For that performer to "give credit" to someone else amounts to demonstrating a gadget or a routine: suddenly the performer isn't making the magic happen -- anybody with the prop or the [whatever] can do it too. That's not a magician.

Second, when doing it at the magic club or for other people who perform magic, then, sure, give credit as appropriate. It's a different audience. There, you basically are demonstrating a trick.
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On Jun 25, 2021, Dannydoyle wrote:
It is just not possible in performance.

Wether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you are correct.
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“I would want that performer to do them in such a way that it appears that they are making the magic happen. For that performer to "give credit" to someone else amounts to demonstrating a gadget or a routine: suddenly the performer isn't making the magic happen -- anybody with the prop or the [whatever] can do it too.


I think most people understand the concept of teachers and mentors enough to understand that just because someone else taught you something doesn’t make it commonplace. Your limitation is that your model has the magician creating/discovering everything he does without any direction from others. While that certainly is one possible theatrical choice, it isn’t the only one. It isn’t even a very common one in story telling and myths.
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It is just not possible in performance.

Wether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you are correct.


Not relevant.

If someone wants to go through crediting every effect and every move done in a show have at it.

Odd how singers and jugglers and comics and tap dancers and other artists do no such thing in general.

Sure it can be done. Often it can spotlight a particular routine. Doing it correctly and accurately fit every piece in a show might not be necessary.
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It is just not possible in performance.

Wether you believe you can or you believe you can’t, you are correct.


Not relevant.

If someone wants to go through crediting every effect and every move done in a show have at it.

Odd how singers and jugglers and comics and tap dancers and other artists do no such thing in general.

Sure it can be done. Often it can spotlight a particular routine. Doing it correctly and accurately fit every piece in a show might not be necessary.

Interesting, you went from “not possible” to “it can be done” albeit while dragging out some wonderful reductio ad absurdum. ( and curse you for making me look that up, I can never remember the exact phrase Smile ). Not to mention you want to call it irrelevant, but you then prove its relevance by the existence of therest of your words. If it were truly irrelevant, that statement alone would be enough.

Not your best Dannyisms.

I’ll simply close with this for George. Most of the world has some exposure to the Harry Potter story line. They don’t seem to be put off by the concept that magic is learned from others.
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I guess "It CAN'T be done" is too big a blanket statement. Yes if you want to nit pick and use the Greg Brady "exact words" standard cool go ahead.

In performance it might be a bit unwieldly to get it done and tracing back some of the origins of this back all the way to the beginning of the first person to ever do a classic force (Which would HAVE to be part of the process if we use the Greg Brady exact words standard wouldn't it?) would be a bit less than entertaining to most audiences.

Your mileage might vary. (And reductio ad abaurdum IS a valid form of argument.)

So nit pick away. No worries. I would love to see an entire mainstream successful magic presentation in which the entire origin of every move as it is done is credited throughout the performance.

Many will use the "style" of this idea like Ricky Jay. Heck I do it myself in my close up show. It can be a wonderful story telling device. Often these things are just not as accurate as they would need to be in order to comply with the Greg Brady exact words standard, for the stated reason of it being unwieldly, AND often can run to the less entertaining side of things.

But when speaking colloquially, as I was, using the statement I did was just not as far off.. Fair warning, I tend to speak and write in such a fashion. I am sorry that seems to get you upset. It is certainly not my intent.
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Smile I’m not upset, Danny. And kudos on the Brady reference. Sorry you seem to feel so defensive about crediting being a lost cause while also doing it yourself.

It is sad however that your attack on crediting requires the “credit every little piece of everything” argument. It is a very shallow defense.
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Then where do you stop?

You can't be a little bit pregnant. Either you credit or don't and if you do then it has to be all the way out someone will be upset you didn't do enough.

I am no more defensive than you are upset.
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Is this about writing up an item into our literature or how we present an item in public paid show context? Does anyone really stop a card trick to discuss the politics of using the Stuart Gordon Stud Turnover or how we name our card passes?

Is exposure more of a problem for the magic shop market or for working professional entertainers?

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Then where do you stop?

You can't be a little bit pregnant. Either you credit or don't and if you do then it has to be all the way out someone will be upset you didn't do enough.


That is up to the performer and possibly the performance. You are still, sadly, trying to use “all or nothing“ as your argument position. But obviously that is just so you can have an argument, since you already admitted you have used crediting in your own work.

Simply put, if one’s argument is crediting can only be used if it includes every detail of the whole performance, then one is exhibiting a lack of understanding of theater.
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Yes I must lack that understanding completely.
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Well, Tom, can you offer any samples (links) of how giving credit could be done effectively? I'd be open to accepting it if it fits into the presentation.
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Movies and theaters make effective use of passive reference. The end credits are there for those interested, and make clear that lots and lots of people were involved ... and theatres use the programs. It is my intent to transition to using my print assets to give a nod to the "significant" contributors to the performance materials ... those who would customarily be credited in such an instance. micro detail is insipid ... but those whose material I used as foundational seems proper enough. "Special Thanks to the following for their contribution to my craft and performance: ......" Doesn't have tpbe in 36pt bold, double-underlined font, but it seems a good-faith effort to acknowledge the folks whose material I used.

It can be said that having actually purchased the trick, book, video, or other produced materials, the performer has legally obtained the license and rights to perform the material as he/she sees fit, and no crediting need be done. That is a discussion for another thread, though.
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Well, Tom, can you offer any samples (links) of how giving credit could be done effectively? I'd be open to accepting it if it fits into the presentation.

Watch musicians. They have no problem saying when a song is written by another artist whose work they enjoy.

As far as spoon feeding you, not gonna happen.
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It can be said that having actually purchased the trick, book, video, or other produced materials, the performer has legally obtained the license and rights to perform the material as he/she sees fit, and no crediting need be done. That is a discussion for another thread, though.

And it can be shown through precedent in music and theater that owning the “how” does not grant rights to go out and perform it professionally.
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How about putting the background info in show programs?
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Well, Tom, can you offer any samples (links) of how giving credit could be done effectively? I'd be open to accepting it if it fits into the presentation.

Watch musicians. They have no problem saying when a song is written by another artist whose work they enjoy.

As far as spoon feeding you, not gonna happen.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JtfhPrVxDdU
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bk7RVw3I8eg
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mLbOBoa8vD8

I have been watching musicians and I have trouble finding them saying what you say they do.

It seems as if this is a blanket statement which you are so ready to point out for others.
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