1 may. 2011

El Derecho y sus mancias

Christine A. Corcos (ed.)
Law and Magic: A Collection of Essays
Carolina Academic Press, Durham, North Carolina, 2010, 444 pp,
ISBN: 978-1-59460-355-6

The nearly two dozen studies in this collection explore the very rich ways in which the rule of law and the practice of magic enrich and inform each other. The authors bring both a U.S. and a comparative law perspective while examining areas such as law and religion, criminal law, intellectual property law, the law of evidence, and animal rights. Topics include alchemy in fifteenth-century England, a discussion of how a courtroom is like a magic show, stage hypnotism and the law, Scottish witchcraft trials in the eighteenth century, the question of whether stage magicians can look to intellectual property to protect their rights, tarot card readings and the First Amendment, and an analysis of whether a magician can be qualified as an expert witness under the Federal Rules of Evidence.

List of Illustrations
Editor’s Foreword (disponible en: http://www.cap-press.com/pdf/1778.pdf )
1 • Law and Magic: An Introduction Out of a Hat
Loren A. Smith
Speaking of Law and Magic
2 • It’s in the Cards: The Law of Tarot (and Other Fortunes Told)
Julie D. Cromer
3 • Rogues, Vagabonds, and Lunatics: How the Right to Listen Cleared the
Future for Fortunetellers

Craig Freeman and Stephen Banning
4 • Non-Mainstream Religions and the Law
Pamela Edwards
5 • The Effects of Freedom of Information Laws on Corruption and the
Quality of Decision-Making under U.S., E.U., and German Freedom of
Information Laws
Indra Spiecker genannt Döhmann
6 • “Ghostwriters”: Spiritualists, Copyright Infringement, and Rights
of Publicity

Christine A. Corcos
Protecting Magical Property
7 • Now You Own It, Now You Don’t: Copyright and Related Rights in
Magic Productions and Performances

F. Jay Dougherty
8 • Secrets Revealed: Protecting Magicians’ Intellectual Property without Law
Jacob Loshin
9 • Selling Secrets: Legal Problems of the Magic Market
Florian Faust
Procedurally Speaking
10 • The Magic of Civil Procedure
Frederick A. Brodie
11 • The Case of the Magician’s Assistant: McAfoos v. Canadian Pacific
Steamships, Ltd.

Robert M. Jarvis
Historical Considerations
12 • Magical Realism
Jessie Allen
13 • The Legal Regulation and Licensing of Alchemy in Late Medieval England
Wendy J. Turner
Adverse Possessions
14 • On Death and Magic: Law, Necromancy, and the Great Beyond
Eric J. Gouvin
15 • The Type of Possession Is Nine-Tenths of the Law: Criminal Responsibility
for Acts Performed under the Influence of Hypnosis or Bewitchmen
Susan D. Rozelle
16 • “When You Awake YouWill Feel No Remorse”: Stage Hypnotism and
the Law

Garrett Epps
17 • Unsympathetic Magic: Charitable Status and Magical Practice in the
United Kingdom

PeterW. Edge
What’s a Law and Magic BookWithout a Rabbit?
18 • Principled Conjuring Tails: A Twenty-First Century Lawyer’s View of the
History of Animals in Magic

Rebekah Heiser Hanley
19 • Taking the Rabbit out of the Hat: Let the Animals Disappear
from Magic Acts

Lisa Johnson
Courtroom Magic
20 • Hocus Ipsa Loquitur: The Affinity between Law and Magic
Noel Marcovecchio
21 • Conjuring and the Courtroom: All I Needed to Know about Trying
Cases I Learned by Doing Magic Shows

Kenneth M. Trombly
22 • Smoke and Mirrors: The Escamoteur as an ExpertWitness
Sydney Beckman
23 • Perspectives, Mainly Scottish, on Evidence and Procedure in
Witchcraft Trials

Richard Ramsey
Academic Interactions
24 • “Low Connections”: SomeWisdom for the Academic Lawyer
in a History of English Magic

Some Suggestions for Further Reading
About the Contributors

Christine A. Corcos is a professor of law at Louisiana State University Law Center.

“[E]rudite discussions of historical aspects all presented in a readable style. This text is greatly recommended.” — Joel Moskowitz, M.D., MagiCurrents
“This fascinating collection explores the unexpected intersections and overlaps of the worlds of law and magic. From the rights of fortune tellers to the wrongs of pulling rabiits out of hats, from the use of magic in courtrooms to the use of intellectual property laws to protect magic secrets, from the illusion of burning your assistant alive to the reality of burning magicians as witches, these essays run the gamut. Eminently readable, thought-provoking, and highly informative, these essays should appeal to magicians, lawyers, or any other practitioner of the art of deception.” — Simon Aronson, Author of Try the Impossible and six other books presenting Aronson's original card magic creations; retired partner, Lord Bissell & Brook
“This book contextualizes concepts from intellectual property and copyright law to animal rights and labor laws using the world of magic as backdrop. Discussions of the historical relationship between magic and law show how magic helped shape law's treatment of religion, science, and freedom of information. The chapters on modern law and magic serve as a handbook for magicians and entertainers as well as providing a unique way for students of law to study the concepts of the stage of magic entertainment.” — David Hira, David Hira Productions, Co-Producer of “Shows In A Box”
“[F]or those whose lives sit squarely in both legal and conjuring circles, Law and Magic will be worth a look.” — Gabe Fajuri, MAGIC Magazine
“[T]he 24 essays in this book are wonderful and full of wonder. They should be required reading…” — GENII Magazine
“[A] fascinating array of commentary that could be related to many shades or avenues of the concept of magic… I do hope Law and Magic will be read by many.” — The Amazing Kreskin

Fuente: http://www.cap-press.com/isbn/9781594603556

Christine A. Corcos es asimismo respondable de LAW AND MAGIC Blog (2010) http://faculty.law.lsu.edu/ccorcos/lawhum/lawandmagicpage.htm

J.C. G.

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