Five More Commonly Ripped-Off Magic Tricks

In our first article, Commonly Ripped-Off Magic Tricks we talked about bootlegged and outright rip-offed items. The post was so popular I thought we should list some other commonly ripped-off items.

Here are four more items we distribute that have been stolen more than any others in our inventory. I have included links so that you can be sure to stock authorized copies for your customers.

11-1793pLightning by Magic Smith

Chris Smith, owner of Magic Smith, revolutionized light bulb magic with Lightning. It wasn’t long before illegal copies hit the market. At one point Chris told me that he was getting dozens of broken knock-offs from China every week. Now, magicians who want to do this amazing demonstration of mind over matter can get Lightning at the same price as the knock-offs! Get authorized copies of genuine Lightning by Magic Smith at the new low price.

Zip Tie Escape! by PoorBoyziptieescape-full__45304_zoom

As the name implies, the idea behind the PoorBoy line is to make great cost effective items that don’t put a big dent in your wallet. But this has not stopped China knock-offs from hitting the streets with copies of Aaron Smith’s instructions! Aaron has been praised all over the internet for this genius escape from plastic shackles. Have members of your audience tie you up tight in seven heavy duty zip ties and escape on command! Get copies of original Zip Tie Escape!

impcard__13544_zoomImpossible Card in Bottle by Gerald Kirchner

Talk about big in Japan! This was such a big hit, almost every novelty and magic shop in Japan made their own version. With all the unauthorized copies of Impossible Card in Bottle, it is hard to believe the idea ever had an inventor in the first place. The genuine trick and prop was a signature of so many magicians—some of whom are big names in the industry—that Card in Bottle became associated with each of them in its own way, providing a mythical license to thieves. Here is the original by Gerald Kirchner.

Show_OFF_1_2_Brian_Tudor__57439_zoomSHOW OFF 1 & 2 DVD by Brian Tudor

Brian’s DVDs are HUGE! This combo may be among magic’s largest selling DVD of all time! And if you have downloaded this project from the internet, it was probably stolen. This title has never been offered as a download. This includes the original volume #1 or #2.

The title combined his flourishes from Show Off #1 and Show Off #2 all in one place.  Want to learn Brian’s awesome flourishes and Show Off like a pro? Pick-up legit copies today! Stock Show Off 1&2 on DVD by Brian Tudor.

 

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Talk Back Questions: What tricks do you see knocked off the most? Have you ever bought a knock off product? Share your experience in the comments below.

Authorized Copies of Commonly Ripped-Off Magic Tricks

Unlike my previous article, not all infringement is accidental. Some of it is outright theft!

While it is not always easy to tell the difference between an authorized copy and a bootleg, you can tell the difference between an accident and malicious intent.

Accidental infringement is a product that contains a basic element from a previously released trick without credit to the original author. A bootleg is the whole enchilada—the idea, method, presentation, and routine. Rip-offs are outright copyright infringement—exact copies of the cover, instructions, and/or DVD. The sellers and re-sellers of bootlegs even use the original product’s demo video when available.

Here are four items we distribute that have been stolen more than any others in our inventory. I have included links so that you can be sure to stock authorized copies for your customers.

bigbang__30114_zoomBig Bang by Magic Smith

Chris Smith, owner of Magic Smith, revolutionized the exploding light bulb concept with Big Bang. Magicians who wanted to do this amazing demonstration of mind over matter could now perform it anywhere—the broken glass was no longer a problem and the gimmick set up as you did the trick. It wasn’t long before illegal copies hit the market. You can get genuine Big Bang by Magic Smith here.

behold_the_scarabaeusBehold the Scarabaeus

Cellphone in bottle—among other things such as car keys, credit cards, smaller bottles—was the hottest magic trick around when Behold the Scarabaeus hit the market. Demand was so strong, supply couldn’t keep up. This opened the floodgates to knock off versions of the trick. You can still get the original Behold the Scarabaeus right here!

11-0176T__42213_zoomCard on Tie by Gerald Kirchner

With all the unauthorized copies of Card on Tie, it is hard to believe the idea ever had an inventor in the first place. The genuine trick and prop was a signature of so many magicians—some of whom are big names in the industry—that Card on Tie became associated with each of them in its own way, providing a mythical license to thieves. Here is the original Card on Tie by Gerald Kirchner.

Magic_as_a_Weapon_Hidden_Spaces__21766_zoomMagic As A Weapon DVD: Hidden Spaces

As you might have guessed, this fascinating DVD has a HUGE market outside the magic industry. And since that market is people who are breaking the law already, what is a little copyright theft at the end of the day? Learn how to hide stuff the legal way (well, sort of!), and stock the original Magic as a Weapon DVD.

 

Talk Back Questions: What tricks do you see knocked off the most? Have you ever bought a knock off product? Share your experience in the comments below.

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