Can magic be patented?


Most people know that magic is just illusions performed so well that things appear to bend the very fabric of reality, whether it be a simple card trick or making a car disappear. Some people, however, are under the impression that it is all real, that what they are seeing is in fact real magic. Some people also just odd and think of the most unthinkable ideas.

In the case of Christopher Roller, it is unclear what his intentions were as he decided that he was going to sue David Blaine, David Copperfield and one other magnification. It sounds crazy, right? Wait until you hear the reasoning behind the court case because it only gets better and weirder from here. Roller accused them of using his godly powers.

You heard that right, not only did roller claim that he had godly powers but that they were stealing them to better their acts. This mean also apparently tried to patent his powers which makes the case even more amazing, he tried to patent godly powers. Roller filed the lawsuit wanting to claim $50 million USD for the trial in 2005.

The best part about this whole court case was David Copperfield’s response which was that the right to use godly powers was “Beyond the jurisdiction of any court”. Playing along with the idea and pretending as if he had powers himself rather than stating that what he did was not real magic like in fairy tales. This court case is probably one of the most interesting ones purely because of this statement but also just because of the odd reasons behind it in the first place.

Roller, to prove his godliness asked the court to look at his website as proof. The website included plans that Roller was going to father one million children and was married to both Katie Couric and Celine Dion. He was also going to run for the presidency in 2008 as none other than Bill Gates as his running mate.

The case was dismissed of course but turns out that this was not the only case Roller had played a part in. Roller also tried to take George W. Bush, Unity Church, St. Mark’s Catholics Church and other people along with organisations to court. Of course, he never won a single one of these cases, but to this day it is still not known whether Roller was trying to make quick cash or whether he believed what he was trying to accomplish.