Apropos of our recent discussion/reading on intellectual property and magic, a lovely piece in the recent issue of Esquire on the magician Teller and his pursuit of a magical copy-cat:
On April 11 of this year — that date is precisely known — Teller did something it seems no magician has done in decades: He became the plaintiff in a lawsuit in United States District Court to protect one of his magic tricks against theft. The defendant is Gerard Bakardy. “This is an action for copyright infringement and unfair competition under federal statutes,” the Nature of Action reads. “Plaintiff seeks damages, attorneys fees, and costs.”
This piece presents a slightly different picture of intellectual property protection in magic than did the Loshin article.