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[quote] On 2003-07-03 00:31, Robert Sixx wrote: Magic is no different than anything else when it comes to books, videos and even props... When you go to college you can buy used books at the begining of the semester and sell them back at the end of the semester, but does that mean that you have to forget what you have learned or give it back -- I don't think that it works that way, but according to some of you I could be wrong! Magic is a performing art but it is also a subject to be studied, and when you study you go through a lot of material -- and most prople will not keep all of it, most people can't afford to! Think about it for a minute -- magic is very unique in the fact that we get so many people from all around the world, from all walks of life, some rich, some poor and many of us in-between. I know kids, good magicians working in magic shops, going to school, working part time jobs just to be able to buy that new effect or even better that book that they have been drooling over! I see some of them getting a book and studying it, learning the material and then selling it so that they can get the money to buy another one. I just deleted most of what I wrote because I didn't want this to be 2 pages long. But let me say that there are a lot of people out there that do this for the love of the magic and they don't have much money! These are the ones that perform with a few coins and a deck of cards and maybe a ring and string -- these are the ones that have to save up to buy a new close-up pad because the one that they have is worn out! These are the ones that have maybe five or six books on the shelf of the one bedroom apartment that they share with someone that they can't stand because they can't afford one on their own! These are the ones that buy a book, study it and then sell it so that they can buy another one. And these are the ones that are and will be creating the stuff that you are using in the next few years! Maybe it's not ethical, but this is not a pipe dream -- it is life! Now I will be the first to admit that I see a lot of people, mostly kids that buy everything that they can get their hands on, watch it or check it out and then sell it -- I see it here all the time. Those people are doing themselves a injustice -- not you! Those people are not learning anything except secrets, and those will be forgotten soon. I am going to end this here, but believe me I could go on and on because we have barely touched upon ethics and haven't even mentioned several areas -- but I guess we will save those for later! I will leave you with this, we tend to worry too much about those things that we can not change! :hmm: [/quote]
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