Archive for the 'Legal' Category

Magician Lawsuit On ITV’s Judge Rinder

Posted by Michael on February 1st, 2019

Did you think shows like The People’s Court were confined to the United States? We kind of hoped they were… but from ITV’s Judge Rinder comes this segment featuring a magician being sued over the “actions” of his parrot at a party.

Rally To Protect Magicians’ IP Rights

Posted by Michael on March 4th, 2015

Kam Tesla has been attracting our attention lately, mainly with his announced plans to vanish the Eiffel Tower. He has posted this new video to raise awareness of his Million Magician March scheduled for September of next year (say what you will about the project, at least it is not a knee jerk reaction). If you are interested in learning more about the goals of the Million Magician March, which include free advertising for magicians on radio and television, visit the group’s Indiegogo project.

Teller Victorious

Posted by Michael on October 7th, 2014

It would appear that Teller’s lawsuit against Gerard Dogge regarding Teller’s copyrighted Shadows effect has finally come to and end, with Teller being awarded over half a million dollars, including $15,00 in damages, and injunction against Dogge. There is a very readable summary of the results on The Hollywood Reporter’s website. Of particular interest to magic inventors may be that Dogge is not prevented from selling his prop. The judge stated the fact that people buying the prop “might perform plaintiff’s illusion in an infringing manner, requiring plaintiff to bring future enforcement actions against additional defendants is not a concern for this court.”

At the time of posting, Dogge’s videos advertising the effect seem to still be available on YouTube.

There’s A New Magic Lawyer In Town

Posted by Michael on May 14th, 2014

There are a few magician/lawyers around, including IBM International President Bill Evans and Penguin’s Rick Lax. This video is the first time iTricks has seen a lawyer actually explaining legal services with magic and we will admit that it caught us off guard! Showing above is the first in a series of videos released earlier this month by Reed Smith LLP, a major law firm with offices across the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East that represents some of the largest banks and companies in the world. In each video partner David Cohen, a Harvard Law graduate, presents information on Reed Smith’s Records and E-Discovery Group (for which he serves as Practice Group Leader) using magic. Over the course of the six videos Cohen performs tricks with money, mouth coils, sponge balls and cards. You can see all of the videos on the Reed Smith LLP YouTube Channel.

USDA Targets VanBurch, Teller On The Tempest, Tony Awards And More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on April 30th, 2014

Paranormal illusionist Aidan Sinclair (above) visited WWAY TV in Wilmington, NC last Friday to promote his show. He performs with morning show anchor Ashley Jacobs, who proved to be a great assistant.

Congratulations to Academy of Magical Arts president Neil Patrick Harris for his Tony Award nomination. A past host of the Tony Awards show, Harris was nominated for the Best Performance By An Actor In A Leading Role In A Musical for his role in Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Harris’ nomination was one of the eight nods for Hedwig.

The Branson Tri-Lakes News is reporting that the USDA has filed a complaint against Kirby Van Burch alleging that he has failed to supply the proper medical care for the animals used in his act. This comes on the heels of a lawsuit, also reported in the Tri-Lakes News, which Van Burch’s production company filed against his former theater that states the theater has not turned over all of Van Burch’s property. Among the property named in the suit are props and tigers.

Finally, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun sat down with Teller to talk about the possibility of The Tempest moving to Broadway. Teller does not commit to saying that the show, which closed in Vegas on Sunday, is heading to New York although he does say “it certainly seems to me to be a much better piece of entertainment than many things I’ve seen on Broadway, and I’ve seen many things on Broadway that were not half as entertaining and rich as this.”

Teller Wins, Vegas Feuds, Now Dogs Hate Magic And Much More [Magic Bulletin]

Posted by Michael on March 24th, 2014

The latest viral magic video making the rounds features Finnish magician and mentalist Jose Ahonen making treats disappear right in front of expectant and confused dogs. Ahonen has millions of hits for this… I did it once and ended up with a mastiff standing on my chest demanding a treat!

Teller has won his copyright infringement suit against Belgian magician Gerard Dogge. The Hollywood Reporter has an easy to read summary of the case and ruling.

The Daily Mail’s MailOnline.co.uk featured the story of Paul Daniels (then Ted Daniels) discovering magic as a young man.

Norm Clarke reported in his Las Vegas Review-Journal late last week that Murray Sawchuck and his wife were removed by security from Nathan Burton’s show at the Saxe Theater before the performance even began. Sawchuck was quoted by Clarke as saying that the theater manager said that Burton had requested that the couple, who had texted him to let him know that they were viewing the show, be removed.

Finally, do not forget that ABC’s Modern Family is visiting Las Vegas this week. Although this episode is not getting the attention of the show’s visit to Australia (which did see Sofia Vergara in a bathing suit), it will feature magic in the storyline and Ed Alonzo.

TV Investigative Reporter Goes After Snap Ilusions

Posted by Michael on February 27th, 2014

WHAS 11 News has sent their I-Team reporters after Jack Moyer and Snap Illusions, the custom illusion builder accused of bilking magicians across the country out of money. The cheesy music aside, this kind of thing is some of the worst kind of publicity for magic. iTricks is only posting this because we realize some of our readers may be among those looking for Jack Moyer and Snap Illusions.