Spain’s magicians are up in arms over a television show hosted by a rebel prestidigitator who reveals many of the secrets behind their tricks.

The magicians have asked Spanish lawyers to come up with ways of challenging the Masked Magician and his programme Magic Without Secrets in court, claiming that their favourite tricks should be protected by intellectual property laws. “The secrets that magicians have been holding on to forever with the sole intention of entertaining their audiences are being exposed with the only aim of gaining a few points of audience rating,” complained one, Magicus.

Another angry magic fan has used his Facebook page to call on someone to kill the Masked Magician “for spoiling the illusion behind the tricks.” Attempts to stop the show have failed and lawyers say Spain’s magicians are unlikely to win their battle against the Masked Magician, who is an American. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2009

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