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On Oct 3, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
I enjoy your reviews, James. But I don't see why you have to call them "Teenager's Point of View." They stand on their own merit regardless of your age. I'd just call them "James Conti's Magic Reviews." (That way you can keep some continuity after you turn twenty-one and you won't be inadvertently limiting your audience to teenagers.)

IMO, one of the greatest magic books ever written is Henry Hay's "The Amateur Magicians Handbook." But I observed when I used to work in a magic shop, that many refused to buy it because of the word "amateur" in the title- and that wasn't even Hay's fault since the book was released as part of a series of "Amateur Handbooks" on ham radio, carpentry, photography, etc. If it was called "Hay's Handbook of Magic," I believe it would have had a lot more readers.

And if you drop "teenager" from the title, I think your reviews will have a lot more readers as well.

Not to derail this any further with the grammar thing, but I don't agree with Maxfield that "his or her" sounds clunky at all. It is simply correct when the subject is singular.

See: https://www.uwgb.edu/writingcenter/handbook/TheirHisHer.htm


Bob's right for academic work. But since your blog is not an academic work, you can use "they." The singular "they/their" was good enough for Shakespeare, the King James Bible, Oscar Wilde, and Lewis Carrol. It's good enough for you.

But I agree with Bob about the "teenager" thing. It's weird. And every time I read it I think of this.

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You're right, Joe. I am a bit pedantic sometimes. Next time I have a participant on stage I'll ask them what they think of it. Smile
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On Oct 3, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
I enjoy your reviews, James. But I don't see why you have to call them "Teenager's Point of View." They stand on their own merit regardless of your age. I'd just call them "James Conti's Magic Reviews." (That way you can keep some continuity after you turn twenty-one and you won't be inadvertently limiting your audience to teenagers.)

IMO, one of the greatest magic books ever written is Henry Hay's "The Amateur Magicians Handbook." But I observed when I used to work in a magic shop, that many refused to buy it because of the word "amateur" in the title- and that wasn't even Hay's fault since the book was released as part of a series of "Amateur Handbooks" on ham radio, carpentry, photography, etc. If it was called "Hay's Handbook of Magic," I believe it would have had a lot more readers.

And if you drop "teenager" from the title, I think your reviews will have a lot more readers as well.

Not to derail this any further with the grammar thing, but I don't agree with Maxfield that "his or her" sounds clunky at all. It is simply correct when the subject is singular.

See: https://www.uwgb.edu/writingcenter/handbook/TheirHisHer.htm



Thank you Bob, Joe, Steve Buscemi and everyone else for the suggestions and support.

Bob, I agree with everything you said. I originally posted that title 5 months ago because I knew I needed something that would attract attention. I wish I could change the name of the thread, but I will just have to learn from it in future. I agree "teenager POV" does sound a bit immature and I appreciate bringing that to my attention. I believe myself to be quite mature and the last thing I want is people believing I am the opposite. Also Bob, I really love your work and I have been dabbling in mentalism myself. I love your Artful mentalism books. It means a lot that you are interested in what I'm doing and giving me the support that you are.
James

As for everyone else, I am loving the support and suggestions. It is helping me grow as a writer and a thinker. My site is still a developing project. The aim with this site was to create the site (obviously) but also to gain knowledge from the products I review, meet new people and get advice and continue working towards my career in magic. Over the past 5 months, I have met some amazing people and friends. I love magic so much and I really appreciate all the support I am getting from the community. In the end, I want to make you all proud and achieve big things in my future career.

Thank you all and have an amazing weekend,
James Conti
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Actually, it doesn't make you sound immature at all. If anything, it makes you sound honest. The problem is simply that the title would limit your potential audiences.

Keep up the good work and remember that more people than you think are reading it.

Good thoughts,

Bob
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On Oct 4, 2014, mastermindreader wrote:
Actually, it doesn't make you sound immature at all. If anything, it makes you sound honest. The problem is simply that the title would limit your potential audiences.

Keep up the good work and remember that more people than you think are reading it.

Good thoughts,

Bob


I appreciate your honesty Bob. Do you think I should start a new thread with a better title?
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James - are you running that Kardsgeek website that the "store" button on your page links to? If so, you might want to check the market prices for some of the items. Ie, standard bikes shouldn't cost $5.25 per pack, and there's absolutely no reason to be selling Aviators at $8.25 per pack. At those prices, you might sell a couple of decks to people who don't know better, but once they find out they've gotten hosed they won't be back.
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James - are you running that Kardsgeek website that the "store" button on your page links to? If so, you might want to check the market prices for some of the items. Ie, standard bikes shouldn't cost $5.25 per pack, and there's absolutely no reason to be selling Aviators at $8.25 per pack. At those prices, you might sell a couple of decks to people who don't know better, but once they find out they've gotten hosed they won't be back.


Hey! It's not my store, no. They are friends of mine here in Australia. Bikes are a lot more expensive here and they sell on averagd $10 in stores. So $5 a deck is cheap down here as an alternative to buying overseas. Agaim, it isn't my company and if you have issues with them and their prices, you will need to contact them directly. They are friends of mine and I was just giving them a little publicity, is all. I hope you are well Smile James
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I'd only "contact them directly," as you say, if there was a chance I'd do business with them. The point was about your website, since you're asking for comments. Your website currently links to your friends' under a link simply called "store," which leaves the impression that their store is your store. And to North American browsers, who will not be privy to your explanation concerning card prices in Australia, it appears as if your store is charging a 200% markup on some brands of cards. If you're fine with that, OK, just as long as you're aware.
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Hey guys,

Long time, no see. Just a quick update, the school year is coming to a close giving me a lot of time to focus on my reviews.
I have published quite a few new reviews and have a huge stack of stuff for review to get through. Check out my new reviews
http://ireviewmagic.weebly.com/product-reviews.html

I hope you guys enjoy and I look forward to bringing you the future reviews! Also I just wanted to thank you all for the support you gave me in the beginning. It really pushed me and I am really proud of what I have accomplished. Thank you so much!

Stay well,
James
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