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Penn & Teller

Rogue Magician Is EXPOSING

Our Secrets!!!

4/12/2012 12:58 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's the greatest crime in the magic community -- revealing the secret behind another magician's illusion -- and now, Teller (from Penn & Teller) is suing ... claiming he's a victim of the malfeasance.

Teller -- who legally changed his name to just "Teller" -- filed the lawsuit in Nevada federal court,  claiming a foreign magician by the name of Gerard Bakardy posted a YouTube video, in which he performs a trick called "The Rose & Her Shadow."

In the trick, Bakardy uses a spotlight to cast a shadow of a rose onto a screen -- and then proceeds to "cut" the shadow's petals ... causing the real flower's petals to fall to the ground. Ta-da!

But Teller insists -- "The Rose & Her Shadow" is a blatant rip-off of his most famous illusion called "Shadows" ... which he copyrighted all the way back in 1983. Teller says he's been performing the trick with his partner Penn Jillette since 1976.



But even worse than displaying the copyrighted trick on the Internet, Teller claims Bakardy is also trying to peddle the secret behind the illusion ... for $3,050 a pop.

Now, Teller's suing for copyright infringement ... demanding a court order to block Bakardy from selling the trick, and ever performing it again.

Teller is also suing for unspecified damages.

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jackmama311    

i love penn & teller but they are known for showing how other magic tricks have been done, but now complaining that someone is telling their secret, pot meet the kettle.

873 days ago
2.

Sin D    

Good for them! Penn and Teller rock !!!

873 days ago
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Superman    

I think it's ridiculously stupid to copyright magician tricks. That's like a tv network copyrighting comedy shows, drama shows, game shows, talk shows, reality shows, news reporting, etc. so no other network can "copycat" them with their own type of show.


Everybody has competition. People looking for a job know all to well. These people use copyrights to stifle competition, not protect a trademark.

873 days ago
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MB    

It's funny how Penn and Teller are "known for showing how other magic tricks have been done", because the don't really. Mostly, they've given away secrets to tricks they designed themselves specifically for the purpose of exposing. I don't know of an instance of them exposing somebody else's illusion.

Not sure you can really copyright a magic trick, though.

873 days ago
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BarrysConspiracyWorld    

Will he speak in court? Penn seems like a nice guy on the apprentice, but I never cared for their smug act. Penn has also seemingly closed his mind to reality truth for the sake of his shtick.

873 days ago
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Actor-Tom-Truong    

I wonder if I reveal Merlin's Excalibur secret. How will people react to it?

873 days ago
7.

birdman    

penn and teller are awesome

873 days ago
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tommyr    

Penn & Teller freaking RULE. That trick is awesome and that copy cat is an A-hole.

873 days ago
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quezcotl    

... copyright on magic tricks is like when Valve bought up DOTA - namely LAME.

873 days ago
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Tesla_Consulting    

MAGIC WAR!!!

873 days ago
11.

Jack    

You absolutely can copyright a magic trick, particularly if it requires specific equipment or methodology. Do you realize how many YEARS of work Teller puts into making these illusions, just to get them perfect? Heck, if you can patent a software algorithm (or something like the "slide to unlock" bar on an iPhone), you can copyright a magic trick.

873 days ago
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InformationTrafficker    

I support Teller (and Penn) in this endeavour.

873 days ago
13.

Jenna    

Penn & Teller sux. And they need to keep their stupid political beliefs to themselves. Can't stand them.

873 days ago
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Zena Farrington    

In the trick, Bakardy uses a spotlight to cast a shadow of a rose onto a screen

http://www.schwimmbad-schwimmbadueberdachungen.de/

873 days ago
15.

Cardoso    

He´s not the first Teller!

873 days ago
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