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Andre Hagen
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On 2013-04-26 15:16, Dennis Loomis wrote:
I've been in magic all of my life and I still don't really understand how an illusion moves from "Protected" status to the Public Domain. The Zig Zag was definitely protected, in writing. But after a time everybody started to build them. And this has happened to most all of the better illusions. Origami, for example, has been pirated repeatedly.

It seems that if one person steals an illusion he's a thief. But if several people do, then the illusion is considered Public Domain.

Dennis "Denny" Loomis

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Actually, what Dennis said is very close to the truth. Coke and Xerox have to protect their trademarks or they lose them. If enough people call cola Coke, or a copy machine Xerox, then they lose their protected status.
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Does anyone know of a good book on how to construct smaller items out of wood, like the kinds of things Magic Wagon does? I've seen a couple of things (Color Blocks, Hippity Rabbits) but wondering if there's a book or pdf you can buy to make some of these things.
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For small prop ideas, check out my Hardboard and Duct Tape Magic series on The Magic Nook. You don't actually have to build the props from hardboard and duct tape, but I recommend you at least build a prototype from inexpensive materials (even cardboard and cellophane tape) to use as a model for making a more permanent version from antique oak and solid gold hinges or whatever suits you.
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Someone earlier asked which plan I bought that explained the rights were not included.

It was the Mini-Kub Zag. Dan Wolfe (who lives one city over from me), of Smokey Mountain Magic, is, from my understanding, the licensed builder of these things.

There is some dispute over who actually originated the illusion however. That being said, I had no intentions of building it, I just thought it might not last long on Osborne's site, so I gobbled it up. I just checked a few seconds ago, and it's still for sale.
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To answer the question about resources for smaller illusions, The Magic Nook has some great stuff. There are even videos with some of it so you can see a demo before you order plans to build.

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