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Patenting a Magic Trick Is Tricky Business

Performers who want to protect their tricks with the law have an uphill battle.<p>In 1921, a slick, savvy, and territorial Russian-American magician named Horace Goldin filed for a US patent on the now legendary sawing-a-lady-in-half trick. Goldin wasn't the first magician to perform the illusion, but …