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Topic: Hi from the Caribbean
Message: Posted by: theoldfort (Jun 19, 2002 08:05AM)
Hi Everyone,

I have been a long term lurker for awhile now but thought I should register before I get caught.

I too have the habit... hours and hours of my life lost to making small coins disappear... Yet my wife has the natural ability to make large sums disappear on a regular basis with seemingly no effort at all. Maybe I just need to practice more.

I am based in Bequia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, West Indies, where I have a hotel and restaurant business.
(Please visit the website for details)
http://www.theoldfort.com

I thoroughly enjoy this forum and have acquired much valuable information from those who post here. Now that I am out of the lurker closet, I humbly hope to take a more active role...

Very Best Regards

Ian Bland
:)
Message: Posted by: Cornelius (Jun 19, 2002 08:37AM)
Dear sir,

Let me be the first to welcome you to The Cafe. I hope you enjoy it here. :)

From,
Cornelius. :bluebikes:
Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Jun 19, 2002 08:43AM)
Welcome Friend Ian!

Nice to have you take time from your tropical paradise to join us here.

I just took the tour of the Island via your web site and I am already ready to start in your direction. It is incredibly beautiful there. 5 Internet Cafe's? What speeds and costs for the net access there?

Hey, thanks for that picture of an Island paradise. Glad you decided to make yourself known.

BroDavid
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jun 19, 2002 08:51AM)
Welcome. As a prior lurker myself, I must admit that joining makes a huge difference. Now the information flow can travel both directions. Looking forward to your posts.
Message: Posted by: gio (Jun 19, 2002 09:17AM)
Welcome Ian :wavey:

Enjoy the Cafe' :)

Gio
Message: Posted by: Tony Chapparo (Jun 19, 2002 01:59PM)
Welcome Ian,

Glad you are now out of the closet... er, should I say a non-lurker now! :bg:

Seriously, enjoy The Cafe!
Message: Posted by: Lee Marelli (Jun 19, 2002 03:23PM)
Welcome Ian! You already know you have come to the right place. Something for everyone. Enjoy!
:wavey:
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Lee (Jun 19, 2002 05:05PM)
Welcome to the club my friend.
You will like it here!
Message: Posted by: martinkaplan (Jun 19, 2002 06:04PM)
Hello, Ian:

I bid you a warm welcome to the Cafe. Enjoy your time here.

-Marty
Message: Posted by: Joe Marotta (Jun 20, 2002 12:14AM)
Hi Ian!

Welcome and glad to see you exposing yourself in The Magic Cafe. :wow:


It's a wonderful magic site, as you have found out. And you can enjoy it in the comfort of your very own paradise! :coolest: But you have to bring your own tanning butter.

Glad to meet you and I look forward to reading your posts on coin magic.

Joe Marotta
Message: Posted by: Dr. TORA (Jun 20, 2002 12:59AM)
Hi Ian :wavey: :wavey: :wavey:
Nice to see you at The Cafe. Please enjoy a cup of strong Turkish coffee on my bill while surfing through the menu. :coffee: :coffee: :coffee:
Message: Posted by: Steve Brooks (Jun 20, 2002 01:16AM)
Welcome to our little magic community Ian, I'm sure you will enjoy yourself here. :)
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Jun 20, 2002 04:36AM)
Welcome aboard, Ian.
Just went to your site; you live in a place like that and you spend your time fiddling with coins?
Wow! Now THAT'S committed!
Seriously, I hope you enjoy your time here and looking forward to your posts.
cheers,
Peter Marucci
showtimecol@aol.com
Message: Posted by: theoldfort (Jun 21, 2002 09:26AM)
Thanks everyone.

Rum punches for everyone on me.

:cheers:
Message: Posted by: GlenD (Jun 21, 2002 12:15PM)
Welcome to the Cafe, Ian.
I also look forward to your posts. Do you have any other magical interests besides coin vanishes? :magicrabbit:

GlenD
Message: Posted by: Manipulix (Jun 21, 2002 12:45PM)
Welcome to The Cafe, Ian from Germany.
It`s a nice place where you are living.
I wish to be able to visit you.
Maybe one day.
Since Tora sent a round of strong Turkish coffee I will send the next round on my bill.

Magically yours

Manipulix :bubbly:
Message: Posted by: BillParky (Jun 22, 2002 03:31PM)
Welcome to the Cafe Ian. I agree with Peter-how do you drag yourself away from the views to practice magic?
One advantage of a magician owning a hotel - your audience keeps changing on a regular basis!!

Bill :bigdance:
Message: Posted by: dchung (Jun 22, 2002 04:26PM)
Welcome, Ian. You'll most certainly enjoy your time here.
Message: Posted by: Michael Peterson (Jun 25, 2002 12:28AM)
Welcome Ian, great to have you here. :dancing:


Might I inquire who the 2 ladies in the picture are? :baby:
Message: Posted by: Dave Scribner (Jun 25, 2002 05:43AM)
Welcome to the Cafe Ian. I hope you always bring the two ladies with you when you visit. There's always something happening at the Cafe. Looking forward to your posts. Have a bite on me. Enjoy. :hamburger: :hamburger: :pepsi: :pepsi:

Dave
Message: Posted by: magicmanr (Jun 25, 2002 09:58PM)
Welcome to the Cafe! I know you'll love it here! :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: thinkofacard (Jun 27, 2002 03:32AM)
Hello & welcome Ian!!!!!

This is the place to be.

I hope you enjoy it here!!!!!!

Cheers!

Mark
:devilish:
Message: Posted by: Garrett Nelson (Jun 27, 2002 12:31PM)
"Yet my wife has the natural ability to make large sums disappear on a regular basis with seemingly no effort at all. Maybe I just need to practice more."

Yes, but I bet she has been practicing this feat her whole life :)

Welcome out of the shadows and into the main room here at the Cafe. Hope you feel at home.
Message: Posted by: Jay (Jun 28, 2002 01:00AM)
Ian, welcome to the best magic site on the entire internet. I look forward to reading your posts. See you around the Cafe!

Take care, Jay
Message: Posted by: theoldfort (Jun 29, 2002 07:21AM)
Thanks everyone.

In answer to some of the questions posted:

What kind of magic do I like? I am interested in close up magic for a bar restaurant setting and magic for kids (as they truly believe).

Who are the girls in the photograph? I am sure you all sympathise that with so many girls it gets difficult to remember names... :smoke: *

(* not true just trying to sound cool)

If anyone hasn't checked out the website for The Old Fort
http://www.theoldfort.com
please feel free. I would be very happy to offer discounts should any of you wish to visit. Bequia is a very beautiful friendly island and being just seven square miles, ideal for the strolling performer!!

Regards

Ian
ian@theoldfort.com
Message: Posted by: swamigimmick (Jul 3, 2002 10:57AM)
Ian,

Welcome to the Cafe and I must say I envy your place in Bequia.

I've only visited Antigua and the British Virgin Islands for a hotel booking and they were breathtaking.

I'll look out for your posts

Regards,
Eric Russell-Brown
Message: Posted by: kou (Jul 4, 2002 05:33PM)
Welcome, Ian. Good to have you here. (And I may take you up on that offer to visit your island...)

Take care,
kou
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jul 5, 2002 10:07AM)
Welcome aboard, sir! Enjoy your time, and if you have any questions, concerns or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me or any of our staff.

Best,
Scott
Message: Posted by: THOR (Jul 6, 2002 01:45AM)
Wow, Ian, you live in a very beautiful place!
Welcome to the Cafe!

thor