Former South Africa Magic Champion, Stuart Lightbody, was asked by the Capetonian radio station CapeTalk to comment on the recent revelations that the world-famous magician David Copperfield has been forced to reveal one of his most dazzling illusions in a recent court case.

Copperfield was ordered to reveal the secret of his signature “Lucky #13” vanishing trick, after a negligence lawsuit was filed against him.

The trick traditionally sees him line up 13 audience members on stage. He makes them them disappear, and they re-appear later at the back of the room.

An audience member has sued the magician, claiming he was badly injured while participating in the illusion in 2013.
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[blockquote align=”none” author=”Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion”]At the College of Magic where I teach and I where I studied, youngsters are introduced to a magicians’ code.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion”]”It’s more of an unwritten rule.”[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion”]”The magicians’ code is really there to protect peoples’ wonder than to protect the secrets.”[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion”]”There’s always been people throughout history who have tried to make a quick buck by revealing magic”.[/blockquote]

[blockquote align=”none” author=”Stuart Lightbody, magician and former SA Magic Champion”]”Some mysteries are there to be solved, and others are there to be savoured and I think magic is one of the mysteries that’s there to be savoured as a performance art.”[/blockquote]

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