Well, what do you know? Just when you thought your super creative act that nobody else can touch was safe, think again!
Apparently a Netherlands magician, 22 year old Andrew Chekanyuk, completely, blatantly and unceremoniously ripped off the super funny and creative act of Piff the Magic Dragon (AKA John Van Der Put). Apparently he thought nobody would notice since he performed it on TV in another country. What he failed to take into account was the fact that the internet makes the world so much smaller than it used to be and people recognized the verbatim ripoff and called him out. It may have been different if Van Der Put’s appearance on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” hadn’t gone viral on the internet gaining 1.7 million views, but it still wouldn’t have been right.
So, do yourself a favor. The next time you feel like it’s a good idea to steal some awesome, super-original act…DON’T! You shouldn’t even have to think about it for a second before you realize it’s a bad idea. Look at this guy. Everything about his carbon copy is second rate right down to his chintzy costume. Be yourself because if you copy, you’ll never be as good as the original. What works for someone else works for them, not you. On the other side of the coin, what works for you won’t work for them. So find yourself and own it!
Mr. Piff, we’re sorry you have to deal with this.
Source article: You’re Taking the Piff!
Take a look at the videos yourself. First, the ripoff:
Now, watch the master in action: