In the worldwide magic community there are relatively
few magicians who are the creators and inventors of new tricks and illusions.
The vast majority of magicians encourage and understand the need for the
protection of the proprietary-rights of these creators. One of the newest
and best protections is the "United States Trade Secrets Act of 1996".
Many large corporations use this new law to protect their "trade secrets"
today more than with patent and copyright laws. For this protection a company
must be able to show that it has done everything it can to keep its "trade
secret" a secret.
For this reason I, and a growing number of magic inventors,
require that purchasers of their proprietary illusions sign a simple license
My license agreement states that the purchaser has rights
to perform my trick or illusion anywhere, on stage, on television, etc.
But he or she understands that the "trade secret" still belongs
to me. The secret is not to be divulged to anyone else, except on a "need
to know" basis, such as to one's assistants.
Should the prop ever be proposed for sale in the future,
permission must be gotten from me. Permission is readily granted once we
both know the new purchaser is a bonafide magician, one who is also willing
to sign my license agreement.
This document helps to protect the purchaser's investment.
It also helps protect me and my trade-secret from those who might wish to
expose my secret for profit, or from those few unscrupulous magic builders
and dealers who pirate and market cheap rip-off copies of the hard work
of the inventors. I am happy to say all of my many customers have willingly
signed my license agreement. And they feel good about this added protection
of their investment. Among them are: