i am looking for some feedback related to the folowing issues :
Magic shops and magic education.
The whole issue with Penguin made me think.
Of course it isn't right at all to sell/copy products if you don't own the rights. there is no discussion about it.
What disturbs me is the fact that a magicshop is supposed to be the place where magicians are "educated". Penguin for instance is a very commercial marketing minded company. The whole concept of "secrecy" is lost when you promote your goods the way penguin is doing.
I always thought that a magicshop is the place where you are educated regarding the magicworld. This is a contradiction, because a shop is supposed to make money...
In Vegas for instance any tourist who goes to a magicshop can buy anything... is that supposed to be? or should there be a barrier? I know very few shops where they don't let you in if you are not a magician...
The other issue i have is how to educate young magicians? How do you make them understand regarding ethics? that buying everything is a waste of money? I know, we've all been beginners and we've probably all bought lots of stuff that are now in a dusty drawer...
I just wanted to have some feedback on these two issues :
1. Should a magicshop be a commercial place ?
2. How to educate young magician in general?