Can you patent a magic trick?

Can you patent a magic trick?
Yes, a patent provides protection, 
but it also exposes the secret.

In Wired, Magician and magic trick inventor Rick Lax discusses the problems in protecting magic using patent and copyright law:

In the field of magic, theft is rampant. Close-up magic wholesalers steal from close-up magic wholesalers. Parlor manipulators steal from parlor manipulators. Large-scale illusionists steal from large-scale illusionists.

Why do they do it? Because they can.

Read the rest: The Tricky Business of Innovation: Can You Patent a Magic Trick? Wired>>

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