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The example I gave pertained to a sports prediction, and I think many people made the good argument that this may attract organized crime. Would your opinion change if only advice was sold by the mentalist, for entertainment purposes only? Again, you would let them know that the psychic advice is to be used for entertainment purposes only. Would you all be okay with selling information (advice) in this case?

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Mike
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On 2010-05-30 14:37, MichaelCGM wrote:
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On 2010-05-30 11:14, insight wrote:
So I think the general consensus here is that I should ignore him, but what I found interesting is that most think I should ignore him because of the potential risk rather than a belief that charging is morally wrong.


I think that about covers it. :o) Here's another thought, though maybe even more controversial. A magician friend once remarked that someone offered him $100 to teach him a trick that fascinated him (one that my friend performed in a restaurant). So, how might that fit the scenario? I’m glad you asked.

Tell your friend that you will teach him the effect that so amazed him for the $500.00. That way he will know beyond doubt that you were, indeed just performing a trick. Explain that, “ALL” he is getting for the $500 is a lesson in how that effect was performed and that you will “GIVE” him a wild guess about the score for free... emphasis on “wild guess.”

I’m quite sure this will not sit comfortably with other performers, but it’s offered as just another option, one in which you get the $500 from a guy who claims he knows it’s only a trick anyway. For those opposed, ask the question that Eshla posited… what about $1000 or $5000. Just thinking out loud. :o)



I think MichaelCGM has a good idea. If he agrees to pay you for a lesson in how the trick works then go ahead. It's $500.
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On 2010-05-29 16:00, Philemon Vanderbeck wrote:
Leave it to Rod Serling to have foreseen a similar situation: http://www.imdb.com/video/cbs/vi2375550745/ "What You Need" from "The Twilight Zone."


Thanks Philemon for the link. Any better half-hour morality plays than those found in the Twilight Zone?

The "What You Need" episode's moral might suggest that an answer to this thread is to produce the game score prediction only if you've a pair of "slippery shoes" in reserve.
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The problem with selling him the method right now is that I am going to be selling this to the public in an extremely limited release in the near future, so he would have to wait like everyone else. But the bigger implication of this is that he seems like a shady character, so I would hope he does not misuse this for his personal profit.
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Why would you be selling a mental effect such as this "to the public?"
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Hi Bob,

By public, I mean those serious about the art of mentalism. I also mean that the process will be public---I will not hold a private sale to cater only to those that are within my sphere of influence.

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Mike
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I would personally never purchase it unless I read something by Greg Arce. If so, and it was positive, I would more than go for it (provided that it didn't tote a $3,400 price tag like jeremy's stuff Smile ).
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That book wouldn't include a list of ways to believable would it? Smile
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On 2010-06-25 15:48, bdekolta wrote:
That book wouldn't include a list of ways to believable would it? Smile


Lol.
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No list, just a powerful and innovative way to create the impossible!
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