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ERIC Number: EJ894455
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Invite the Magic of Siegfried and Roy into Your Torts Discussion
Ludlum, M. P.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v25 n1 p107-126 Win-Spr 2008
Magic is exciting, but dangerous. David Copperfield explained "of all the performers on stage, no one courts disaster, no one flirts with danger as much as the magician." On October 3, 2003, Siegfried and Roy experienced that danger firsthand when Roy was attacked by one of his tigers while performing before a live audience. This tragic event can initiate an informative class discussion. This article describes a classroom discussion exercise using the Siegfried and Roy incident. The author begins with some brief background information, including the history of Siegfried and Roy and the details of the tragic event of October 3. The author then describes a script of the basic discussion, detailing the many tort issues from this incident. The Siegfried and Roy incident encompasses a variety of issues that are perfect for the introductory law class or a more advanced torts class. With a minimal twist on the facts, the instructor can incorporate many diverse legal topics with this single example. The article concludes with a summary of the legal issues from this exercise. (Contains 118 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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