HOT BLAST: Nothing up my sleeve
Dec 16, 2013 | 929 views |  0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Slate today offers a must read - The Open-Sorcerers: Some magicians are embracing the open-source ethos—but that doesn’t mean spilling every secret.

Open-source magic is not about slapping magical secrets up on YouTube; there are more than enough eager teenagers and fun-ruiners willing to do that. Instead, it takes a lesson from the open-source technology activists who believe that better innovation comes through collaboration. The idea here is that magicians should be working with technologists, artists, programmers, scientists—everyone—both to create new illusions and to bring magical thinking to other disciplines. Furthermore, the technology behind those illusions should be, at least in part, freely available.

 
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