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PhotobucketThis is a long topic. It may take me months to write all the things one need to do to become a magician.

However, before you do anything to launch yourself into the study of the art of magic, there’s one, absolutely one thing, you need to do: read a beginner’s book of magic.

In a beginner’s book you will find the rules like don’t repeat a trick twice to the same audience, or don’t reveal a trick.

PhotobucketThey don’t put those admonitions anymore in advance books of magic. Nobody seems to bother anymore to wag his finger against magic exposure so early in the life of a student of magic.

By glossing over these basic rules, authors and DVD instructors have produced pre-pubescent YouTube artists who gleefully teach magic online. Their horde may be as many as the number of serious magicians those books and DVDs have produced.

This is a sad state of affair in our art, because no well-meaning author or DVD instructor would like to have their hard-earned work reduced into exposure clips or ripped-off literature.

I think it’s time for those magic gurus to include in their teachings the discipline of guarding the secrets of magic and not merely concentrating on their latest moves and innovations and then crying out loud when they find their work exposed on YouTube.

I say bring those rules back to the consciousness of the magic community. Teach the newbies the discipline of keeping secrets as much as magic instructors enthusiastically preach the gospel of card back-palming done correctly.

PhotobucketI think one reason many kids are nonchalant about guarding the secrets of magic is that they have never been taught how to keep them inviolate. They never received lessons from the elders and magic gurus on the importance of respecting the intellectual property of those who invented those tricks. Thus they learn the Elmsley count but not how to zip their lips.