*sigh* I have gone over this many, many times before. Exposure is bad, as it tears down the image of magic, as it reduces it to mere trickery, is disrespectful to the creativity and wishes of the creator and overall seems only to serve the purpose to makes person exposing seem great. The last one is not true, as the praise and social feedback that the guy gets usually comes from a group of people, that treat magic disrespectful and have not at all understood what it is all about. Also it's an age thing. Young people tend to rebel against everything. Naturally they rebel against the claimed standard of magicians not to expose secrets.
So I am willing to give teenagers a bit of a slack when it comes to exposure. But not in this case, as the guy in question is clear an adult with the responsibility and all that bullshit!
Enter 52Kards a man from High Point, North Carolina. He studies electrical engineering and is far from being a irresponsible human being. Also he is a magician with a social life so it seems. A magician with fairly good card skills. (His Zarrow is way better than mine)
So he is exposing magic. One of the items in question: The Anniversary Waltz by Doc Eason. He explains it in detail. (The version also using a double backer). I know that Doc Eason knows about it. I know that Doc Eason wants it taken down.
So we have a dilemma here. I do a trick (not exposing it) and Jerry Sadowitz manages to get it removed. 52Kards does full on exposure and Doc Eason can do nothing. I think we need some sort of denouement for this type of situtation.
52Kards's comment after being called out for the exposure on that trick:
"Sure seems like the magic industry did a good job on brainwashing you! I can't blame them, its more money in their pocket! I don't think there is anything unethical or immoral about teaching a card trick. In no other field do you see people attempt to restrict the passing of knowledge the way that some magicians do. It truly fascinates me."
It's not about the money, its about respect to the creator. If he wishes his material not to be exposed, you should really think hard about respecting the creator. If you don't I guess there is not moral arguing as there is not moral obstacle preventing you from exposing the magic that you like to people that will praise your disrespect.
Usually exposure is done by saying that it is teaching. Why should you teach people a trick? Sleights I get. Seriously. If someone has trouble with a French Drop, a tutorial might be a good way to get rid of the trouble. But if you teach a whole One Coin routine you do too much. Disconnected from the effect I have no problem with magic stuff being taught. But if you go into the realm of whole routines, you are no longer teaching what people have trouble with. You are willfully exposing magic. And I cannot bear that by being silent about it. That's one of the reasons I have this blog.
This weeks magic failure is 52Kards.