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Matthew St. Cyr
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Holy heck, I just read through this entire topic, and I'm suitable impressed. I've never considered doing a book test before, but this sounds absolutely incredible.....
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Bill- yes the aging is painful, I think I'll limit to sandpaper and polish, and once again ARGUHHH (suffering for art).

Matthew- it is impressive I've never wanted a booktest either, it's just that cool!

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I'm having my mom sign and write a message to me in the front cover so it looks like a college graduation gift ......
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I just hope that there are still some copies available when I've got the money after the holidays!
The Wonder Lies In The Dark Between The Stars. . .
Todd Karr
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Announcing a FREE Shakespeare Experiment contest for Magic Café readers!

All you have to do is find and decode the SECRET MESSAGES in the book included with The Shakespeare Experiment. If you don't have The Shakespeare Experiment already, you can look at someone else's copy and if you win, you'll have your own. If you already have one and win, you have a choice of a second Shakespeare Experiment (one for your library, one for your shows) OR $300 Miracle Factory credit to use on any items you wish.

Just look for the hidden messages I've embedded in the text. They're all in one particular place and not difficult to decode.

To enter, you have to 1. Go to our site and join our Miracle Factory V.I.P. List (this is a promotion, after all, but it also helps prevent multiple entries). 2. Send me an email decoding the secret messages. On January 31, I will pick an entry out of a hat at random to choose a winner. Only entries with emails matching our V.I.P. List will be eligible.

(Incidentally, this is the second time I've inserted hidden messages into a Miracle Factory book. The first was in Mystery School, where Jeff McBride and I encoded messages throughout the pages.)
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Never mind.

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How many messages are there? I've found a few, but you could shoehorn any info into a 'message' if you wanted, so it might help to know when to stop Smile
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On 2008-06-27 15:18, SpellbinderEntertainment wrote:

When it comes in I’ll write up a review,
but it may be sold out by then too,
darn those limited editions.

My two-cents,
Walt
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I have this and am very impressed. Works more for me as another book in my study that I might bring out when we're having friends over than the center of a performance piece during a show (toting the book around would be out of character for me, as I suspect for most other mentalists).

But everything the adverts say is true. As someone who loves Shakespeare and as someone who collects booktests, this is a fine example of a quality item worth every penny it sells for
"Few have the courage of their convictions; fewer still, the courage for an attack on their convictions." — Nietzsche
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On 2008-12-27 20:45, Todd Karr wrote:
Announcing a FREE Shakespeare Experiment contest for Magic Café readers!

All you have to do is find and decode the SECRET MESSAGES in the book included with The Shakespeare Experiment. If you don't have The Shakespeare Experiment already, you can look at someone else's copy and if you win, you'll have your own. If you already have one and win, you have a choice of a second Shakespeare Experiment (one for your library, one for your shows) OR $300 Miracle Factory credit to use on any items you wish.

Just look for the hidden messages I've embedded in the text. They're all in one particular place and not difficult to decode.

To enter, you have to 1. Go to our site and join our Miracle Factory V.I.P. List (this is a promotion, after all, but it also helps prevent multiple entries). 2. Send me an email decoding the secret messages. On January 31, I will pick an entry out of a hat at random to choose a winner. Only entries with emails matching our V.I.P. List will be eligible.

(Incidentally, this is the second time I've inserted hidden messages into a Miracle Factory book. The first was in Mystery School, where Jeff McBride and I encoded messages throughout the pages.)


Perfect, Todd! You just happen to run this context while I am in Mexico for a month -- I certainly havent traveled with the tome! Good luck to everyone on the contest..
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The messages are very distinct and in one particular spot. Many readers have found them already, so they're not that obscurely hidden. Mentalskeptic, sorry about the timing but I'm glad you like The Shakespeare Experiment!
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It's still $195 at Hocus Pocus...
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I'm going to try this on my Dad and his girlfriend when they come to visit in April. He was a publisher for 35 years, and absolutely loves antique and well-made books, as well as anything Shakespeare; she works as an acquisition librarian at the University of Washington. We'll do it in my library, and they'll have a choice of four books seemingly pulled at random from the shelves, including three that came with a magic slate book test from Viking. I'm about 90% sure they'll pick Shakespeare, based on their interests and the obvious quality of the book (if not, maybe we'll do the slate trick and then try to come back to it). Hopefully the "free choice" will make it even more convincing. Now, 2 1/2 months to practice...
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Maxfield: You'll be able to do your routine confidently by the time they visit, I'm sure. If they don't choose Shakespeare, just pretend you're simply having them leaf through one of the books to show they're all different. Then use a simple equivoque to leave them with the Shakespeare Experiment book. A good procedure is explained in the manual, and if you have any trouble, write me or call and I'll walk you through.
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I don't understand how Hocus Pocus sells this for $195 while the Miracle Factory sells it for $300. Am I missing something? How can the distributor sell it for less than the manufacurer? With a unique product such as this, one would hope for more consistent pricing without discounts.

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This subject was discussed at length on another forum. It seems that someone violated an agreement with Todd Karr of Miracle Factory that he would not sell it for less than the MSRP. As a result, Miracle Factory will no longer be wholesaling any of their products and you will only be able to purchase directly from Miracle Factory. Todd reads and posts to this the Café so I'm sure he will correct me if I have mispoken.
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People just violate agreements and that's that? That's not how I run my business. Customers should never suffer due to mistakes or violation of agreements. I won't say more because it truly isn't my call.

Either way, I have seen one of these books, but couldn't make heads or tails of it which is a very good thing. I keep forgetting to order one, my question is what reason do I have to pay one hundred dollars more for the book when I do order?
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On 2009-02-03 10:28, David White wrote:
People just violate agreements and that's that? That's not how I run my business. Customers should never suffer due to mistakes or violation of agreements. I won't say more because it truly isn't my call.

Either way, I have seen one of these books, but couldn't make heads or tails of it which is a very good thing. I keep forgetting to order one, my question is what reason do I have to pay one hundred dollars more for the book when I do order?


The purpose of my post was not to take sides in this matter, but simply to respond to the question of why Hocus Pocus is selling The Shakespeare Experiment at a substantially reduced price. Any retailer is free to set the price for the goods they sell and purchasers are free to buy from anyone who sells it. It is also the right of the producer of an item to decide whether or not they will wholesale it. If my understanding is correct and that the deep discounts being offered by some retailers results in the Miracle Factory will no longer wholesaling their products to dealers, it simply means that the option to acquire their future releases at bargain prices will not be available in the future. In the long run the market will determine whether it is the seller or the buyer who benefits from that decision. As the saying goes, "you pays your money and you makes your choice."
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Dick, you are correct; we thought the basic retail price was secure but apparently not. Hopefully the discounted copies will run out soon. I will say that ordering directly from the manufacturer generally gets you better customer service and exchange policies. We won't make the same mistake again.
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It's not always about the cheapest price.
Customer service from The Magic Factory is superb and I for one get a certain satisfaction from supporting the creators of fine work.
If my clients were only interested in the cheapest price, I'd not work a day in my life.

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Thanks, Sebastian!
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