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Bill Cushman
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Many modern day magi believe that the pendulum is the most underutilized tool in the world of mentalism. Via our combined efforts, Rich Hennessey and I hope to correct this sorry situation!

Based on a sudden inspiration I shared with Rich, he has taken a very old idea and crafted a new, elegant and rarely seen “multi-bob” pendulum. “Multi-Bob” is the working title we have been using to describe a style of pendulum most of you have surely heard of but few have actually seen or had the opportunity to experience its magic!

It consists of three pendulums suspended from a single rod. What makes the multi-bob so amazing and powerful in action is that the mentalist can influence the movements of any single pendulum, of his own choice or that of a member of the audience, with all the accuracy and options available with a standard pendulum.

Front to back, left to right, clockwise circles and counterclockwise circles, every movement and direction familiar to you from ordinary pendulum work is easily manifested with the multi-bob! And all the while, the other two pendulums remain eerily still.

To the performer this feels like real magic. And like with the pendulums you are familiar with, you can guide audience participants to achieve the same results in their own hands! This is a most magical experience that they will never forget!

To the audience it looks like the result of hi-tech engineering but nothing could be further from the truth. Completely gimmick free, the multi-bob pendulum uses classic ideomotor movement combined with the awesome power of suggestion as with typical pendulum work. Multiply times three and add the paradox of the other two pendulums staying still and you’ll begin to have an idea of how powerful the multi-bob pendulum is in performance.

Also, I’ve written a new ebook that teaches you how to most effectively operate and get the most out of the multi-bob pendulum. Instructions on how to make one of your own are included for the DIY crowd though once you see Rich’s beautifully crafted model, I predict you’ll be contacting Mentalcraft!

Along with learning my innovative methods and effects, you will be taught by some of the finest performers and creators in mentalism, including John Riggs, Enrique Enriquez, Rich Hennessey, Tony Razzano, Brad Henderson, Dr. Todd Landman, and Jerome Finley. We also share some of our most creative thoughts and effects with the standard pendulum.

As of this time, the ebook has yet to be named. So a contest is afoot! Or at hand, whichever you prefer!

Purchase my latest ebook at the pre-sale price of $30 and submit a name (or names) for a chance to be immortalized in the ever growing literature on pendulums. Rich and I will choose the winner who will receive the prize of a multi-bob pendulum hand crafted by Rich, normally priced at $59.95!

This is a most versatile work of art, with each pendulum easily removed for individual use, via Rich’s pioneering application of neodymium magnets. So you can work with three participants independently before or after blowing their minds with the multi-bob pendulum! Just think of the applications this makes possible!

And not only is it like getting an additional three finely crafted standard pendulums, it will allow you to customize your multi-bob down the road if you so choose. When the contest is over, Rich will be adding the multi-bob pendulum to Mentalcraft’s fine line of artistic and original mentalism! Two sizes, close-up and parlor, will be available.

Use my PayPal address, wcushman@bellsouth.net, to enter the contest, submitting your choice(s) for naming the ebook in the information box (no more than five submissions per customer, please) on the payment page, and reserving your copy of my ebook for the pre-sale price of $30. Once the contest is over and the book named, the price will be raised to $40 so take the opportunity to win a wonderful prize, have your name forever associated with an exciting new project and save ten dollars in the process!

Here is a picture of one of Rich's creations to whet your appetite! It is a full size multi-bob pendulum. The rod is made from antiqued bamboo and is 13" long. As nice as it is, the photo does not do the real thing justice!

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Here is a close-up of the above multi-bob pendulum!

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This looks great Bill!
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Bill - your display case reminds me of a PK effect that has a noise problem as it unscrews a nut from a bolt.

But this is not the place to discuss that and I will pose that in the closed section below.

I am not able to raise the pro-order price -- and have had to cut buying substantially --- however -- may I enter the contest WITHOUT a purchase -- or will that create too crazy a volume of mail for you?
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Magical Dimensions
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Yes, this looks to be a great investment!

I love pendulums!




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This looks like an upscale version of a Collector's Workshop prop called The Burmese Bells.

I don't really need this lovely effect, Bill but I have a great name for it. Shall I submit it to you by pm?

- entity
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Folks, I can only accept names for the contest from the pre-orders or this is going to get hinky!

Yes, Entity, Vikiing does (or did) sell a multi-bob pendulum called Burmese Bells. This is in a whole different class. Anyone who's seen or handled the Burmese Bells has the same response: "This looks like a clown prop!"

I promise no one will say such a thing about Rich Hennessey's superb work. Plus you've only seen photos of prototypes of two models. I had trouble sizing some other photos of different multi-bobs but hopefuly Rich will have time later. I really want to get the "mini-bob" up here.

And the material in the ebook is awesome. From close up to a stage sized version and so much more!

And Entity, that is a killer name! Arghh.
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Bill (& Rich),

It looks like another winner!

That is a beauty!

Nathan
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Have you ever wondered about those "No purchase necessary" disclaimers on all of those contests you see big companies run?

I hate to be a spoilsport Bob but by requiring a purchase to enter the contest you may be conducting an illegal lottery. Here's a quote from Promo Magazine's expert in reply to a reader's question:

Your promotion is actually a lottery, as it has prize, chance and consideration. It is illegal for you to run a lottery. To turn it into a legal sweeps you must, among other things, allow for a non-consideration method of entry.

(http://expert.promomagazine.com/contests/page/5/)

I'm not a lawyer and I certainly could be wrong but I thought I'd give you a heads up.


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Yep, this is pretty low.

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Folks, I can only accept names for the contest from the pre-orders or this is going to get hinky!


Why would it get 'hinky'? I'm not even really sure what 'hinky' means, but urban dictionary has just informed me a little and I still don't understand why accepting suggestions from non-purchasers would make it 'hinky'.

Unless of course by 'hinky' you mean "I don't make as much money."

Running contests to decide the name of forthcoming products seems to be a mandatory addition to the sly Café marketers handbook. It's lame. Every time I see it I cringe a little. It's such a shame that people don't have enough confidence in their product and instead need to get every ounce of exposure before they launch. Weak.

So really it's "Buy my book, enter contest and win expensive prize".
Send me the truth: davitsicseek@gmail.com
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Seriously, while I really, really do not appreciate aspersions cast upon my charachter or work, my only motivation for setting up a contest was to do something cool and fun for a group of cool and fun people that I consider my community. I never would have run the contest if I thought it would upset anyone.

But if anyone is unhappy, let the contest be open to all! Just post your suggestions right here and all will be considered. Both products are great and I have absolute confidence in them.
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On 2010-02-03 18:24, Rocketeer wrote:
Have you ever wondered about those "No purchase necessary" disclaimers on all of those contests you see big companies run?

I hate to be a spoilsport Bob but by requiring a purchase to enter the contest you may be conducting an illegal lottery. Here's a quote from Promo Magazine's expert in reply to a reader's question:

Your promotion is actually a lottery, as it has prize, chance and consideration. It is illegal for you to run a lottery. To turn it into a legal sweeps you must, among other things, allow for a non-consideration method of entry.

(http://expert.promomagazine.com/contests/page/5/)

I'm not a lawyer and I certainly could be wrong but I thought I'd give you a heads up.


Rocky


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We are not allowed to have fun anymore...looks like Bill got needled!

Nathan
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I don't think it's low at all. If you want to buy the ebook, then you also get a chance to win a great handmade pendulum. If you don't want to buy the ebook, you don't get a chance to win a pendulum. Pretty simple really. I don't see how it is hurting anyone.

In regards to the lottery comment, how the heck does that work? So every time I buy a Coke, sms a codeword and enter a competition for a prize Coca Cola are holding a nationwide lottery?

Anyways I don't want to derail this thread. My suggestion:

Multi Bob Smile
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Bill, thanks for opening up the competition to all. I think you did the right thing.

I don't wish to cast a shadow over your work. I've found good value in some of your past contributions. You are certainly not the first person who has tried to hype their work with a naming competition nor will you be the last. What really got me here was the requirement to buy the book.

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We are not allowed to have fun anymore..

No Nathan... as I believe I said to you before, describing anything somoene objects to 'as a bit of fun' does not make everything ok.

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In regards to the lottery comment, how the heck does that work? So every time I buy a Coke, sms a codeword and enter a competition for a prize Coca Cola are holding a nationwide lottery?

This is certainly the case in many juristictions. Often companies discourage free entries by providing a less convenient 'free' application process, for example having to write off via snail mail for your 'chance' to win.

My entry: "Bill's Knockers"
Send me the truth: davitsicseek@gmail.com
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Hmmmm that's rather interesting, I didn't know that. Davit you inspired me, my last suggestion for the name:

Bill's Big Brass Bells
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First -- al place tongue firmly in your cheek --

The think about naming this "The Middle Finger of Fate" indicator. (LOL)

But since I cannot come up with the bucks -- this is not a real entry.

But I think the prop is a gas -- with some real thought behind it. With proper presentation it is a ghasper for a sitter to observe -- more so even than the pendulum in a bottle.

And any exec who has those crazy click-clack balls (pendulum energy transfer toy) will have to be befuddled when only pendulum one moves.......
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