Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Credulity of the Audience

Here's our favorite example of magic in a court case:

"An executing officer can hardly claim good-faith reliance on a warrant issued by a judge who was mis-directed by the officer himself: the same principle explains why, at a magic show, the credulity of the audience does not cause the magician to fear that the lady has been sawn in half."
--United States v. Falso
544 F.3d 110 (2d Cir. 2008)

(From the book Sleight of (Learned) Hand.)

1 comment:

Jeff said...

The language of court documents is so often entertaining for its deadpan humor, especially when delivered by the presiding judge in the case. A frequently overlooked fertile feeding ground for sure.