Remember the Teller v. Dogge lawsuit? Magician Teller filed a lawsuit against Gerard Dogge (real name Bakardy) for infringing the copyright of Teller's famous illusion, Shadows. A number of attorneys and magicians have commented on the suit on blogs. Last year, Chris Jones published an discussion of the lawsuit for Esquire.
Now Jennifer J. Hagan and William Samuels are publishing "Teller v. Dogge": When Two Magicians Duel Over the Secret to an Iconic Illusion, They Conjure a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit," in the Spring 2013 issue of "New Matter Magazine," the magazine of the IP Section of the California State Bar Association. It's an interesting piece. Stay tuned.
Steve Carell's new comedy, Burt Wonderstone, which features him as Las Vegas magician Wonderstone will open this year's South by Southwest Film Conference. More here from the Hollywood Reporter. Here's more about the movie, which also stars Steve Buscemi as Mr. Carell's partner, Anton Marvelton, and Jim Carrey as a ambitious up and coming magician, Steve Gray. Wonderstone and Marvelton split up their act after an accident on stage, and Gray becomes a threat to Wonderstone's solo act.
Others in the movie are Alan Arkin, playing Wonderstone's mentor Rance Holloway, and James Galdofini, a billionaire casino owner. David Copperfield appears as himself. Jonathan Levit is the magic consultant. The film is due to be released March 15.
CNN's Jeannie Moos reports on the clever criminal justice student who designed an outfit (out of cardboard, apparently) and now proceeds to freak out fast food personnel when he orders tacos, burgers, etc. He's also a magician. Literally. Check out his work at Magic of Rahat (Youtube). He notes that the get-up limits his field of vision somewhat, so maybe it's not the safest thing to be wearing when one is driving. And border patrol probably isn't enamoured of the idea. Still, pretty good.
The Washington Symposium on Magic History, set for April 25-27, 2013 is now accepting on-line registrations, at www.magicposters.com Styled very much after the famed LA Conference on Magic History, this three day east coast event will feature an exclusive exhibit for its attendees only at the Library of Congress, consisting of highlights from the Houdini and McManus-Young Collections. In addition, the Symposium will host a huge dealers room offering vintage magic collectibles, an auction of vetted material, the screening of a new documentary film about magic, and a number of speakers on arcane topics of interest to magic history enthusiasts and collectors. Except for the Library of Congress exhibit, all events will take place at the award-winning Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, in Bethesda, MD, where a greatly discounted room rate is available for Symposium attendees. For more information, or to register on-line, go to at www.magicposters.com. This unusual and special event is likely to be a sell-out.
From the Hollywood Reporter: Ted Field and Radar Pictures (The Last Samurai, Revenge of the Nerds, Cocktail) are planning a movie centered on the legendary Magic Castle, which reopened in February, after it was damaged by fire last year.
I knew that some of these articles had been published in the Texas Wesleyan Law Review, but I didn't know that they (and others) had come out in hard cover, courtesy of Carolina Academic Press (the same publishing house that published Law and Magic: A Collection of Essays). However, here is The Law and Harry Potter (Jeffrey E. Thomas and Franklin G. Snyder, eds.; 2010). It contains a number of interesting essays on HP and the law, including John Gava and Jeanie Marie Paterson, "What Role Need Law Play in a Society WIth Magic?," Geoffrey Christopher Rapp, "Sirius Black: A Case Study in Actual Innocence," Eric J. Gouvin, "The Magic of Money and Banking," Lenowa Ledwon, "Harry Potter Goes To Law School," and Mark Edwin Burge, "Who Wants To Be a Muggle? The Diminished Legitimacy of Law as Magic."
Here's the publisher's description:
This volume considers the depiction of law and legal institutions in J.K.
Rowling's Harry Potter novels. It contains more than twenty chapters by legal
academics from the U.S. and abroad. The chapters are organized in five sections:
Legal Traditions and Institutions, Crimes and Punishments, Harry Potter and
Identity, the Wizard Economy, and Harry Potter as an Archetype. Some chapters
analyze the way law and legal institutions are portrayed, and what these
portrayals teach us about concepts such as morality, justice, and difference.
Other chapters use examples from the narratives to illustrate or analyze legal
issues, such as human rights, actual innocence, and legal pedagogy. The volume
is suitable for undergraduate or law school courses, and will be of interest to
those Harry Potter fans who also have an interest in law and the legal