You Cannot Stop The Internet
When politicians have found there were leaked info/pictures etc online, they tried everything to “delete” it and make it “go away” and quickly found out that by doing so brought it even more attention and it spread even quicker. Such is the nature of the internet, once the information is out there it cannot be deleted. What The Old Guard, as some call them :P, now only needs to do is realize that the damage is done, a lot of things they don’t want out there is already out there and should only contribute to making things better. And of course not by complaining and not sharing anymore but by sharing and teaching it properly. Teach a new generation of magicians who are extremely eager to learn how to appreciate the art and protect it in a way that only makes it better. How can you deny a small child’s curiosity to learn something that has already grabbed their attention?
If those that resist the internet are so intent with keeping certain aspects of magic a secret then the only possible way to do that is to come up with new methods/effects and never show anyone. Even without the internet, movies or books you can still pass information by word of mouth. It may take longer and your precious method may not be “exposed” until long after you’re dead, but it will eventually become known to anyone that seeks that information.
I recently read a rant from an elderly magician where he openly states he has almost zero knowledge about operating a computer or anything about the internet, but then goes on to dictate what should be allowed online. Why would this person believe they’re an authority on something they know nothing about?
Thank you for including the quote from Nikola Tesla. You are my hero.