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Norman magician protective of code
It’s known as the "magician’s code” — the secrecy that surrounds the methods magicians use to perform illusions. It’s the way magicians such as Rob Lake preserve their ability to make a living doing magic.To keep the code, Lake, a Norman magician performing Saturday at Firelake Grand Casino in Shawnee, requires each staff member of his show to sign a strict secrecy agreement. "Even then, they’re not taught secrets to illusions,” Lake said. "They’re only taught the cues and specific steps of the show that they need to know,” the magician said. For instance, he said, no single builder will build the entire project for an illusion. "We outsource it so nobody knows what’s going on,” he said. The parts that set up the illusion are assembled by only a few of the show’s insiders. Sure, some rogue magicians reveal some of methods. But, Lake said, the best way to battle such breeches of the code is to keep coming up with new tricks. "We’ve survived, luckily, because our illusions are unique enough,” he said. "Something new and exciting is always on the burners,” Lake said.