Magician’s act theft dispute settled with Impossible producer
A magician who accused West End show Impossible of stealing one of his acts has settled his dispute with producer Jamie Hendry.
In a statement issued to The Stage, Jamie Allan, who was in the 2015 production of Impossible, said he and Hendry had “overcome our differences”. Last month, he claimed a laser levitation act he staged in the 2015 show was being copied in the current production of Impossible.
He labelled the move “cheap and unethical”.
However, in a new statement to The Stage, he said that he now appreciated the producers of Impossible “were just trying to create the best possible version of the show”.
“I am confident that their intention was never to undermine my own show, iMagician,” he added.
He also said he regretted the comments he made about Hendry, claiming he had said them “under stressful circumstances”.
Hendry has also issued a response, and said he had not “appreciated the extent to which Jamie relied upon his version of the laser levitation trick in his act”.
He added that he would have “alerted him to our intention to include our own laser levitation trick” if he had known.
Read the full statements below:
“Some weeks ago I criticised the West End show Impossible of copying the set up for my laser act previously featured in the 2015 production of the same name. The laser act is also a staple of my own production iMagician.
I am very pleased to report that since this time I have entered into extremely constructive dialogue with its producer Jamie Hendry and we are pleased that we have overcome our differences.
We both agree that complexities surrounding the ownership of intellectual property and originality in the world of magic can be very difficult to navigate and I appreciate that the producers of Impossible were just trying to create the best possible version of their show. I am confident that their intention was never to undermine my own show iMagician.
I made some personal comments about Jamie Hendry during this time. Since then Jamie Hendry and myself have had much meaningful conversation and I regret the comments I made under stressful circumstances. I would like to apologise to Jamie. I have great respect for him as a producer and would like to wish both Jamie Hendry and Impossible every success. I’m pleased to report that both parties are open to working together again to use mine and my team’s expertise to further enhance and develop this routine.”
“Following the publication of Jamie’s accusations in the press, we entered into a constructive dialogue with him. As much of the press coverage had discussed, there are many complexities surrounding the ownership of intellectual property and originality in the world of magic, and the dispute that had arisen with Jamie, as so often in the business, was far from an open-and-shut case.
What did become clear is that we had not appreciated the extent to which Jamie relied upon his version of the laser levitation trick in his act and for his promotion. If we had known, given our previously very good relationship with Jamie, we would have alerted him of our intention to include our own laser levitation trick in Impossible.
Jamie is at the vanguard of technological innovation in magic and the industry is fortunate to have him pushing the boundaries of live magic. While our laser levitation trick will remain a feature of Impossible, we are open to working with Jamie in the future and using his expertise to improve and develop the trick.”