Yesterday, I caught this show called 'Breaking the Magician's Code: Magic's Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed in Astro AXN. I've seen some episodes of this show before while it was shown in local free channel but didn't follow it.
My question is, do you think the Mask Magician revealing the trade secrets of magic performers ethical?
I'm curious to know how this magic tricks work, but, at the same time, I always feel the Mask Magician is unethical to do such a thing to his fellow magicians. Breaking their rice bowl. (That's why I didn't follow the show).
According to this article, http://www.worldlingo.com/ma/enwiki/en/Val_Valentino, the reason the Mask Magician is willing to reveal the secret is the following.
Personally, I think the motive is solely $$$$$.Valentino said his motive behind the shows was to force magicians to invent new tricks and illusions rather than constantly relying on the old ones. When he finally revealed himself at the end of the fourth show, he emphasized that he felt revealing the secrets would encourage kids into trying magic instead of discouraging them, and that the entertainment of magic shows was more in the magician's showmanship instead of the wonder of how the trick was pulled off.