Thanks to Brant Gardner for the valuable essay, “Behind the Mask, Behind the Curtain: Uncovering the Illusion” at FAIRLDS.org. It’s a rebuttal to Living Hope Ministries’ latest misinformation campaign about the Book of Mormon, the film The Bible vs. the Book of Mormon.
In spite of my respect for Brant, I do strenuously object to his comparison of the anti-Mormon video to a slick magic show. As an amateur magician, I think he gives too much credit to the producers of this latest video. A slick magic show leaves one entertained, even uplifted with its artistry, and leaves even highly educated people wondering how the effects could possibly be done. Should I believe that regurgitating old and long-exposed anti-Mormon deceptions will have that effect? While it will fool the gullible, it is easily exposed and offers none of the charm of a serious magic show.