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[quote] On 2003-07-01 19:35, Jack wrote: I've been in this business too long to be kidding myself. Over 20 years in magic shops, and far longer perfoming. I have thousands of props and books, which I keep. Most props are well made, though there are exceptions. The main reason for the prop is to get the point across, which is generally the illusion/effect. Spectators don't care how the prop looks. A plastic Tenyo item can be just as amazing as as one made out of oak, and we sell far more of the plastic props than any other. And not because of the price. It's because of what it does. Some people and magicians put the secrets to effects as secondary entities, when actually they're the main entity. If it wasn't for them, it would only be a piece of plastic or wood, which wouldn't cost any diferently than any other similar product. What matters is what it does, which is their main drive for purchasing. Like I said, they want the secret, the effect that's done, not the prop alone. We sold a pice of paper, at an auction, for over $100 dollars! It wasn't historical or even antique. It was because of what was written on it, which was the secret to an illusion. Those who make their own props or remake a better one, good for them. But if there wasn't a magical effect involved, who would be doing it then? Opus, if you knew the secret, then why did you go to buy the prop. To make the secret work? Look at it the other way around. If you had the prop, what could you do with it without having the secret? Look at card books, which are the mass majority genre. The prop is a deck of cards. That's all. So why do so many buy the massive books on the subject? It's because of the secrets of card tricks by greats like Dai Vernon, Larry Jennings, J.K. Hartman, etc. But wait, it's just a deck of cards. They're buying the secrets, not the prop. Magically, Jack :bunny2: [/quote]
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