Here's the problem I have with your fantasy scenario: I believe in evidence and you've provided absolutely none.
When I try to find some, I'm amazed to see that, apparently, you have no presence as a magician/trade show performer on the Internet. Given your claim that you've been at this for 19 years, this seems, "odd." It does smack of "[censored]" Bob...a big steaming pile.
Now I can understand you not wanting a lot of magicians visiting your website, what with all your secret stuff there, the "signature pieces" you want to protect, but what bothers me about your claims is that none of your clients seem to be talking about you either.
For example, if I Google "Harrison J. Carroll," to use one tradeshow magician's name, and gosh, he's all over the place. True, a lot of the listings are for a book he's written, but a bunch are about him working this tradeshow or that. Although I've never met him, the evidence suggests that he's a real guy with a real career.
Hey, let's try "Bill Herz," easily one of the most successful corporate guys working today. I've never met him, but I know people who know him, so I'm pretty sure he's real.
You've been working a few years less than Bill has, but what do we find? Well, there are over 20,000 hits for Bill on Google. A lot of them....a WHOLE lot of them, are agencies who represent Bill. Everyone seems to want to represent Bill. I can't seem to find any that represent you.
That must have saved you A LOT in commissions over that 19 years you've been working all those trade shows.
Let me try "Gil Eagles," another fantastically successful speaker/corporate guy. Well, Gil has been at this a LONG time...he's slowing down, but there are almost 1,000 hits for him.
Where are you in all this?
Are you SO exclusive that no one, including agents, newspaper reporters, companies who endlessly talk about their trade show activities, Richard Kaufmam and the members of the Genii Forum fail to know who you are? You would think in 19 years of working tradeshows, someone on the net, some fellow magician, somebody would have said something about you, but, apparently I can't find the references.
Then there's your dismissive attitude towards the experience of my friend. Without knowing anything about the situation, how the company was bought out by some of the officers who decided they could work off the momentum my friend helped generate, you say that had he proven his value to the company, he wouldn't have lost his job.
That suggests to me that you're really some smart ass kid who is simply playing a game, pretending to be something you'd like to be, but aren't. The story of the guy you aced out of a job calling you and "learning" from you is simply unbelievable.
Of course, upon the presentation of evidence, I'm happy to change my mind, but, so far, you haven't presented anything that makes you even mildly believeable.