Today I received this e-mail, I think many people may find it interesting.
From: "Magicians Against Exposure" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To all Magicians,
>Last Saturday (2/8) night's show 'Secrets of Magic' has caused great
>concern amongst many Magicians, both amateur and professional. In our
>opinion, the show does nothing more than glorify the exposure of magic,
>which ultimately undermines the livelihood of thousands of Magicians who
>are now, or in future could be, using the very same basic principles shown
>on this show.
>If you are a working professional Magician then no doubt you have been
>asked on many occasions how a trick is done. Ironically, it is normally one
>of the fellow audience members who points out that Magicians are not
>allowed to tell because this is against the rules of the Magic Circle.
>Could it be the layperson has a higher opinion of our ethics than our own
>Magic Circle Council? As a result of 'Secrets of Magic', and shows like it,
>is the layperson now to believe that there are no longer any rules
>regarding the exposure of Magic and that anything is 'fair game'. It is now
>up to the Magic Circle Council to act and prove this wrong.
>Apart from the fact that Magic should always be an amazing mystery, not a
>puzzle to be pulled apart and figured out, our main objection to 'Secrets
>of Magic' is that, along with the effect, basic principles of Magic are
>explained. With enough knowledge of Magic's principles the general public
>then has the necessary building blocks to come up with a feasible
>explanation. Whether they are correct or not is irrelevant as they will
>still spend more time trying to explain an effect than appreciating and
>enjoying it. Would you rather entertain people who gasp and applaud your
>amazing effect because they can't even imagine how it could be done, or
>people who sit back and say, "That was very good but I think you used
>either a folding coin, a trick bottom or a secret mechanism"???
>Also, just because an effect on 'Secrets of Magic' can be topped moments
>later, it does not mean that it is acceptable to expose a Magic principle
>that is used in other illusions. For example, do they have the right to
>explain Selbit's original sawing to the layperson just because they could
>then show a film of Copperfield performing the illusion without a box? I
>think not. If more 'Secrets of Magic' shows are in the pipeline, how long
>will it be before Black Art, Base principles, Mirror principles and other
>fundamental tools of the Magician are explained? Put simply, 'Secrets of
>Magic' and shows like it must be stopped.
>Sadly,' Secrets of Magic' was made with the knowledge and assistance of
>numerous members of the Magic Circle and Inner Magic Circle. At the very
>least, the Magic Circle Council must send out a clear message that they and
>their members will not tolerate the exposure of Magic, that the Magic
>Circle supports the preservation and protection of the secrecy of magic and
>its principles at all times and, to reflect this, I put it to you that all
>Magic Circle members involved with this show should be expelled without
>exception regardless of what they have achieved in the past.
>The issue now is the present and the future of Magic.
>What can you do?
>Reply to this email at email@example.com and send us
>your name and Magic Circle Degree and/or details of the Magic Club of which
>you are a member with the subject heading: "I am a Magician against
>This will effectively provide us with a petition of names that will be
>presented to select Magic Circle Council members who have not been directly
>linked to Objective Productions in the past.
>With enough support, the Magic Circle Council will have to act on our
>If you would like to add any comments of your own in favour of our cause
>please feel free to do so and we will ensure that these are also passed on
>to the Magic Circle Council before their next meeting.
>Please also forward this email on to every Magician (worldwide) in your
>address book and give them the choice to reply and voice their concerns.
>Thank you for taking the time to read this email and I hope we can count on
>your support as a Magician against Exposure.