Yes I know the thread well.
Yes I have read the exchanges between Flip, and Tommy Wonder. It does seem like a clouded situation.
But I am very much of the opinion that Flip had very little to do with the creation of this routine. He may have had the idea first but I'm not convinced.
The thing that is very clear is Geno does have more rights then anyone on this effect since he did get it from Peter Pit. Peter is the one that did all the work on the effect. No one else did.
Flip "may have" had the idea but Peter was the clear originator of the effect as he did it. Peter is the only one that came up with anything for the routine. He had more than an idea of what the effect was to be.