HOWEVER sharing tricks on p2p is sharing tricks to the LAY which is destroying the art completely.
Actually it's not for one simple reason. The vast majority of people who take the time to download a trick of a p2p site are people who are already interested in magic. The reason behind this is because a normal lay person will not care about finding the secrets. They won't waste their time trying to find explanations if they aren't going make an effort to at least learn the effects. It's simply too much of a hassle, and too much time for lay people to do the research to find the explanations.
The vast majority of people who look for magic exposure are people who are interested in magic. The next group are people who have been shown magic in a way that it turns out to be more of a puzzle. And then yes, a lay person may go home and search for the explanation. But for the most part, they won't do much research, because they simply aren't interested enough in learning magic to do so.
Now, I'm not defending sharing magic on p2p sites. I find it to be horrible; because you are taking from people who have generally put a lot of time and effort into giving the magic community a quality product. And we, as magicians, should support them. This way they feel like they are appreciated, aren't being taken advantage of, and that they feel safe to release new effects. As well as it's the ethical thing to do.
I think a lot of magicians (typically younger ones/newer ones) are too worried about exposure. Yes, it can suck. However, for the most part, it should never really effect your performances. I've never had a problem with exposure. I am there to entertain my audiences. And that's what happens. I know some people at my shows probably know how I did different effects. I mean I do a simple silk vanish, the most exposed effect there is. Yet, people are still entertained with it.
As magicians, we should focus on entertaining our audiences, not tricking them.
Dustin Boyd White