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Topic: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Message: Posted by: MyDovesLuvMe2 (Jul 25, 2005 07:14PM)
Hello, I am a newbie to this forum, so be gentle with me if I am posting this in the wrong section, but here is the issue:

I am a professional Magician and also a Professional Actor. Currently there is a theatre production happening that I have been asked to Advise. The show revolves around a magician, and his assistant, when another assistant becomes involved and ends up dying on a sword suspension. Was it Murder, or a mistake, or even a suicide (Love suicide). Well, I have been asked to "magically advise" the production. My problem is that I don't feel very comfortable "teaching" secrets for the sake of non-magicians knowing how certain things are done for a show. What happens when the show is over? They now know certain illusions. I ran into a little problem with it because while talking to the cast about the history of magic, and some of the thought processes behind it, they began to blurt out every laymen questions "HOW DO YOU, blah, blah, blah". I silenced the questions with "Is that particular illusion in the show?", and of course the answer is "NO". They were getting a little anxious, and were kind of bothered because I was not about to reveal something to them that they didn't need to know. Basically, I am an actor myself, and its a passion of mine, but at the same time, I want to protect our art. I can't back out of teaching these certain illusions because I am under contract. I feel strange talking about some things, but at the same time, my rep is on the line because if the production flops in the magic area, my Name is on the display, and not only does that hurt my acting career, it hurts my magic career also.......What to do? Anyone?

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jul 28, 2005 09:44PM)
It's theater!

Good Luck!

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: David Bilan (Jul 30, 2005 01:39AM)
You could have them sign non-disclosure agreements. Wouldn't stop them from talking, but might impress them that you are serious about not going on Fox TV as the next masked magician.