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I think it's a fun idea but I don't think it will make a difference. Since the beginning of the internet people have been trying to rig search results but search engines have gotten incredibly good. If people want reveal videos and they are out there the search engine will serve them up.
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Late to the party, but I think Cameron's generally right. Sometimes in reply to a "how did you do that?" (if they persist after I smile and shrug): I'll say something to the effect of "Well, look, you could probably dig around on Google when you get home & eventually hunt down an explanation if you really have a burning desire to know, but you'll end up replacing this weird inexplicable thing you just saw with... just a trick. Which is bound to be vaguely disappointing, however ingenious the trick is, because the mystery's almost always more fun than knowing the secret." Everyone I've ever said this to has agreed on reflection that they didn't REALLY want to know.

Obviously you don't want things at the point where any minimally casually curious person will stumble across an exposé even if they're not especially digging for it, & there are probably some effects where that's unfortunately the case. But for the most part people aren't mystified and delighted by magic because the rigid code of omerta makes it impossible for an inquisitive layman to learn methods. (Google is definitely easier than thumbing through "Expert Card Technique" at the library, but it ain't THAT much easier.) They're mystified because they enjoy the feeling of being mystified. If they didn't, they wouldn't be watching you do magic! Even the people who feel compelled to try to work out how you did it are usually enjoying the mental exercise more than they are genuinely interested in the method——looking it up for them would be as pointless as filling in a crossword from the answer key. I very much doubt any substantial fraction of spectators are rushing to hunt down video of some adolescent stumbling through an explanation of a method. And I doubt even more that the handful who do learn how a few tricks are done suddenly lose the ability to enjoy an effect performed well. (YOU still enjoy it, don't you?)

TL;DR: They are not, in fact, always after your Lucky Charms.
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