Richard Kaufman wrote:I think it's pretty simple: avoid the compulsion to publish it. Not everything has to be published for everyone. If the item is that good, just keep it for yourself and use it.
I still don't understand why that argument applies to me and not the good people at Real Secrets. They published their variation of an old trick. Why can't I publish my variation of the same old trick? Am I supposed to refrain from publishing a variation of any trick that Real Secrets has published a variation of?
Also, I am not a professional. I create more tricks than I can personally use regularly. I publish these tricks so other people can use them or be inspired by them. It does me little good to keep my ideas for myself, and I get no small satisfaction from finding out that other magicians use or are inspired by things I come up with.
I have lots and lots of tricks that I haven't published, by the way. I have no compulsion to publish. I have a compulsion to create. And when I create something that seems worthy, I enjoy publishing it.
One of my main outlets for these tricks is Genii
. If everyone stopped publishing their tricks you might have a much thinner magazine.