Richard Kaufman wrote:Lupe Nielsen wrote this on Facebook in response:
"Mr. Simard contacted Norm about a year ago to ask for permission. In reality Norm was indifferent about this because there is nothing one can do about it, as people will do what they want. He was not comfortable with it, but it is not a floating violin, it is a ukelele instead. The video shows the final result. You can see it at the 3 minute point.
Neither Norm or I will make any comments. I'll let his work speak for itself."
Ok, fair enough. Thanks for clarifying that for me. I didn't know that Mr. Simard actually took the step of formally asking permission from Norm Nielsen, so I withdraw my comment that this is a "rip-off" of Norm Nielsen, though I note that Norm's permission was given "indifferently" ... by which I take it to mean he didn't definitely say "NO, please don't do that"
, but probably didn't give an enthusiastic "YES , go ahead, you have my blessing"
. I suppose because he is not performing it anymore he took the pragmatic point of view that there's nothing he could do about it anyway, so why create a fuss. His (Nielsen's) legacy is intact via filmed performances and contemporary reviews of his act. As Lupe said , the work speaks for itself (in both cases, Mr. Nielsen's work and Mr. Simard's).