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St. Clair
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Hi everyone, what do you think about buying magic books used? I purchased two magic books on eBay as they were sold out on Penguinmagic and extremely cheap. Should I not perform the taught tricks until I buy the books from somewhere else like an online magic store?
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Magic books are bought and sold all the time. In fact we even have a special forum here on the Café for just that purpose. Even dealers occassionally sell used books. There's nothing wrong with performing an effect found in one of those books.
Suppose you bought a trick from someone. That would make it a used trick. Would that mean you couldn't perform it until you bought an original from a magic shop? Of course not. It's the same thing with performing a trick from a used book.
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I don't see an issue in the least.
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On Jul 3, 2021, St. Clair wrote:
Hi everyone, what do you think about buying magic books used? I purchased two magic books on eBay as they were sold out on Penguinmagic and extremely cheap. Should I not perform the taught tricks until I buy the books from somewhere else like an online magic store?


Was this a download book “extremely cheap” or did you buy an actual hard copy book?
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On Jul 3, 2021, St. Clair wrote:
Hi everyone, what do you think about buying magic books used? I purchased two magic books on eBay as they were sold out on Penguinmagic and extremely cheap. Should I not perform the taught tricks until I buy the books from somewhere else like an online magic store?


Was this a download book “extremely cheap” or did you buy an actual hard copy book?


Hi everyone thanks for all of your input I appreciate it, and hello Tom, they are hard copy books.
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Honestly why should there be a problem? This is standard with nearly every product. Books get sold al the time. But also cars, bikes, houses, electronics, clothes.

Millions of people use second hand things daily.

On the other hand it would be morally questionable if the original creator would say it is forbidden to sell your copy to another person. It is owned by the buyer and they can sell it freely how they like. So buying it and using it is absolutely unproblematic. (As long as it is not a chinese copy site....)
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If you think it's morally questionable, you may want to look at how theatrical scripts and performance rights are handled. Buying a copy of a script does not give you performance rights.
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On Sep 23, 2021, George Ledo wrote:
Buying a copy of a script does not give you performance rights.


True. But that would depend on where you are performing and for whom.

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Actually, it does not. If you use a script in the public domain, you're good to go. But you have to be careful that the script itself, as written, not just the play, is in the public domain. A translation of "Doctor Faustus," for instance, may not be in the public domain if the copyright for the translation is still valid.

However, if you buy a reading copy of a script from a theatrical publisher, and you want to perform the play, you need a contract with the publisher. Most publishers will require royalties even when the play or musical is performed in a school or for a non-profit. And most of them will require that you rent copies of the script (and scores, in the case of musicals) and return them after the show closes.

IOW, the publishing industry wants to make sure that authors, playwrights, composers, and others, are paid for their work.
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