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wizardofsorts
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So, I recognized the scam right up front from the initial contact via text message. All the tell tell markings, out of state phone number, bad grammar, etc. So, I figure I'll mess with the guy. Well, let me tell you he's good and it took him two days to get to the "I need to pay you and you pay the caterer" over charge pay back bit (If you not familiar with this scam, do a bit of research, it's fascinating).

So, he was good enough that half way through the first day (when he hadn't gotten to the scam part yet) I thought, "Maybe I'm wrong, maybe this is an actual gig." We talk some more and he says he only has $250. Well, now I'm thinking this isn't a scam because their usual MO is to just say, "Money not an issue." So, I tell him I can do a special $250 show.

He comes back with the scam part, "Oh, I need to pay you $2500 and you need to pay the caterer." So, I'm trying to keep him on the hook so I can describe my "special" show!

What should I tell him is in the special show?

Suggestions from magician in Chicago at jam session last night:
1. Offer to saw birthday child in half, charge extra for putting her back together.
2. Offer to bring live tiger that isn't as well trained as full price tiger.

Some thoughts from me:
My apprentice could do some tricks. He's not very good but he does an amazing smash and stab (send links to videos of magicians failing at smash and stab).
Offer some after show adult entertainment from assistant (very tasteful)

I plan on making screen shots of all of this and posting. Let's have some fun!
Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts is a corporate magician available for your next trade show, hospitality suite, client luncheon, or company event. http://www.wizardofsorts.com
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There must be some way you can abuse a "Magic Money Printer" trick for this.

Your punchline could be that you perform the entire "special" show completely invisible.
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I really like the "live tiger that isn't as well trained as full price tiger" bit.

Perhaps add that the tiger used to work with Siegfried & Roy until it and they had a parting of the ways after a rough patch in one show.

In actual fact, THAT tiger died last year but no scammer is likely to know that:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-......ies.html
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On Oct 13, 2015, balducci wrote:
I really like the "live tiger that isn't as well trained as full price tiger" bit.

Perhaps add that the tiger used to work with Siegfried & Roy until it and they had a parting of the ways after a rough patch in one show.

In actual fact, THAT tiger died last year but no scammer is likely to know that:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-......ies.html

If they actually want a white tiger, though, you'll have to charge them extra for the paint.
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Do you really think this ways much of his time? He just moves along till he finds a sucker. Sounds like it wastes your time more. Still a good time mind you.
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1. "Oh, I didn't know you wanted a caterer. I have a long-standing relationship with a caterer and I only work with him."

2. "I always get paid a week in advance."

3. "My special $250 show is really funny and always gets a great reaction: it's all about scams. Phone scams, internet scams, all kinds of scams. I do magic tricks as demonstrations and people really fall for them. I hope you'll be there."
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Describe to him something The Aristocrats would finish their show with.
We dance an invisible dance to music they cannot hear.
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On Oct 13, 2015, Dannydoyle wrote:
Do you really think this ways much of his time? He just moves along till he finds a sucker. Sounds like it wastes your time more. Still a good time mind you.


You're mostly right. When describing my little adventure to a friend he said, "You must have a lot of free time." In fact it was all by text so I would do it when I would be mindlessly surfing facebook (in bathroom, in line at the store, etc.)

But today, I stopped enjoying it. So, I told him, I knew it was a scam. I'll take the screen shots and post them. He, of course, denied it.

Unfortunately because of all the logistics of the hoops I had to pretend to jump through about depositing the money and getting cash etc. I never did get to describe the special show.

Edd
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I don’t play with desperate criminals who have some of my personal information...
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wizardofsorts
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Meh, what's he going to do? Get on a plane come to Chicago? Show up at my house? Trust me, he wouldn't like the welcome.
Edd Fairman, Wizard of Sorts is a corporate magician available for your next trade show, hospitality suite, client luncheon, or company event. http://www.wizardofsorts.com
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