Title

Effects of Exposure on the Ecology of the Magic Industry: Preserving Magic's secrets in the Absence of Law

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

2011

Advisor

Rick Saucier, Management

Abstract

The magic secret is a distinctive kind of intangible resource that defies established economic theory of intellectual property law. Exposure reveals the secret, and thereby destroys its value. The goal of this study is to explore and frame significant problems within the enterprise of conjuring, and to illustrate how the magic industry has developed a particular set of informal norms and rules for violators, which go some distance toward protecting intellectual property in the absence of law.

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