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'David Copperfield revealed his signature trick, but it won't sink his career'

23 April 2018 2:35 PM
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Cape Town magician Stuart Lightbody says that the magicians' code should protect the wonder of magic more than the actual secrets.

World-famous magician and illusionist David Copperfield was forced to shatter one of his most famous illusion in court.

Read: Local magician tries to set Guinness World Record by walking on broken glass

Copperfield was ordered to reveal the secret of his signature "Lucky #13" vanishing trick, after a negligence lawsuit was filed against him.

The trick traditionally sees him line up 13 audience members on stage. He makes them them disappear, and they re-appear later at the back of the room.

An audience member has sued the magician, claiming he was badly injured while participating in the illusion in 2013.

VIDEO: Magic man David Blaine shoots himself in the face during failed stunt

Cape Town magician Stuart Lightbody has over 20 years’ experience in the business and doubts the court case will have an impact on Copperfield's career.

Lightbody says that the magicians' code should protect the wonder of magic more than the secrets.

At the College of Magic where I teach and I where I studied, youngsters are introduced to a magicians' code.

Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion

It's more of an unwritten rule.

Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion

The magicians' code is really there to protect peoples' wonder than to protect the secrets.

Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion

There's always been people throughout history who have tried to make a quick buck by revealing magic.

Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion

Some mysteries are there to be solved, and others are there to be savoured and I think magic is one of the mysteries that's there to be savoured as a performance art.

Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion

Listen to Stuart Lightbody explain his perspective and views on the trade:


23 April 2018 2:35 PM
Tags:
Court
Magician
Illusionist
David Copperfield
magic
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negligence
Stuart Lightbody
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