Everyone's heard of the Las Vegas magician duo known as Penn and Teller. However, many have never even heard Teller speak as it is generally Penn who does the majority of the talking for the group.
Yet, the often silent illusionist Teller has decided to speak out against an alleged thief whom he feels stole one of his magic tricks, according to Yahoo News.
64-year-old Raymond Joseph Teller filed a federal complaint against a Dutch entertainer, Gerard Dogge, because Teller alleged that Dogge has misappropriated his "Shadows" routine.
The Dutch entertainer has offered to sell the trick behind Teller's "Shadows" performance to the highest bidder.
Further, the complaint, filed under the name "Teller, an individual," alleges that Dogge has been performing the trick without permission, one in which Teller first copyrighted in 1983.
Performances such as Teller's "Shadows" can be copyrighted as "pantomime" routines, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dogge, who performs under the stage name "Gerard Bakardy," posted a video of the routine on YouTube, which he called "Rose & Her Shadow." Dogge has since removed the video since Teller filed a formal complaint.
Before he filed the complaint in federal court, Teller called Dodge an offered him an undisclosed monetary amount if Dodge would keep Teller's "Shadows" secret.
However, negotiations fell apart as the 2 were unable to reach a settlement.
Dogge was charging $3,050 to anyone who wanted to know the secret behind Teller's magic trick.
Luckily for Teller he included a detailed description of his routine when he registered for a copyright back in 1983, where it looks as if he clipping rose petals from a distance while interacting with the rose's shadow.
It is almost for certain that Teller filed a complaint in this case as a negotiation tactic in hopes that Dogge will realize the gravity of his alleged theft and eventually cave in to Teller's offer.
Yet, because Dogge was offering a mere $3,050 to each person who wanted to purchase the secret and he nonetheless decided not to accept Teller's settlement offer it makes me wonder how low the offer really was.
The ball is now in Dogge's court, as he must file an answer in federal court, although he may continue to negotiate a potential settlement agreement with Teller thereafter.
What do you think?
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