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I love Penguin and Vanishing inc as well. I do love getting the video of my order being packed. Also Vanishing Inc have the nicest owners in the business.

The way Hocus-Pocus and Magic warehouse stand out for me is phone communication. I can hardly ever get Penguin to pick up.

Hocus-Pocus and MagicWarehouse while they donít have real time inventory will answer the phone and tell you exactly how many they have of an item and will even look up at Murphyís or another supplier and tell you when they could get an item. They also have items in their shops that might not be available somewhere else. They both offer sales that sometimes are lower in price than their competitors. Not just the typical over stock either. Hocus-Pocus takes most of my money with sales and estate items you canít get anywhere else. They are so helpful on the phone.

MagicShop SanDiego is another that stand out, They get back to me so quickly and Iíve had them box an order for me while I was on the phone with them! Seriously and if you want free shipping they mail out quicker than Penguin. Still Penguinís video of your order being packed is such a nice touch. It thrills my son every time we get one.

I may take a chance on Nicholas and buy directly. I just wish heíd respond to my messages in a timely manner.

Still I will never spend over a hundred dollars again with any individual except David Regal or Peter Loughran.
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It is very unfortunate that a few bad actors have given supporting creators directly a bad rep. There are plenty who do put customer service first and foremost. I mean I get it, if I was burned before I would be cautious as well, but it is also unfair to assume that will be the case with everyone.
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On Dec 12, 2020, TuneHV wrote:
It is very unfortunate that a few bad actors have given supporting creators directly a bad rep. There are plenty who do put customer service first and foremost. I mean I get it, if I was burned before I would be cautious as well, but it is also unfair to assume that will be the case with everyone.

Very true. I have had great experiences with David Jonathan, David Regal, Harry Lorayne, Richard Young, Joel Dickinson, Cameron Francis, Michael Scanzello, Larry Barnowsky and others.
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This is very creative and magical...kudos to Nicholas for being so ingenious. However, I was disappointed with the gimmick being supplied in movie money because it won't stand-up to the rigors of preforming in strolling environments. If I had known this from the onset I wouldn't have bought it. In fact, I would have happily paid five dollars extra for one made in real US currency. Hopefully, the product will eventually get re-released being fully-assembled in US dollar bills. I do hope that the Penguin marketing team takes these details into consideration going forward because quality and durability matter.
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Penguin really dropped the ball on this one.

I would have given it five stars and consideration for trick of the year but for what you receive Iím struggling to give it 3 stars.

Mine arrived somewhat misaligned and part of the fake money is dull and part of it shiny so it draws more attention to it.

Itís not worth 40 in the form I received mine but it would be worth 50 to me if it was in real currency and aligned properly from the start.

Really too bad.
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On Dec 13, 2020, Marvelous wrote:
Penguin really dropped the ball on this one.

I would have given it five stars and consideration for trick of the year but for what you receive Iím struggling to give it 3 stars.

Mine arrived somewhat misaligned and part of the fake money is dull and part of it shiny so it draws more attention to it.

Itís not worth 40 in the form I received mine but it would be worth 50 to me if it was in real currency and aligned properly from the start.

Really too bad.


I agree on this completely. A buddy of mine bought one from Penguin and showed me the gimmick. Very clever and cool, but sooo happy I waited so I can get it from Nicolas direct. Not a fan of the fake bills whatsoever. Yes, the trick may still be performable, but I would feel a lot more comfortable not having to worry about bill shine being flashed. I know my buddy is salty because he wants to perform the effect, but is not going to pay to buy it twice on principle (and not one to do art and crafts to tear apart and rebuild). He screwed up by reading an email from Lawrence saying it was made with a real bill, and then actually buying it from Penguin for the convenience factor, without looking closely at ad copy he thought he had already read once before. Lesson learned.
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On Dec 12, 2020, Marvelous wrote:
I love Penguin and Vanishing inc as well. I do love getting the video of my order being packed. Also Vanishing Inc have the nicest owners in the business.

The way Hocus-Pocus and Magic warehouse stand out for me is phone communication. I can hardly ever get Penguin to pick up.

Hocus-Pocus and MagicWarehouse while they donít have real time inventory will answer the phone and tell you exactly how many they have of an item and will even look up at Murphyís or another supplier and tell you when they could get an item. They also have items in their shops that might not be available somewhere else. They both offer sales that sometimes are lower in price than their competitors. Not just the typical over stock either. Hocus-Pocus takes most of my money with sales and estate items you canít get anywhere else. They are so helpful on the phone.

MagicShop SanDiego is another that stand out, They get back to me so quickly and Iíve had them box an order for me while I was on the phone with them! Seriously and if you want free shipping they mail out quicker than Penguin. Still Penguinís video of your order being packed is such a nice touch. It thrills my son every time we get one.

I may take a chance on Nicholas and buy directly. I just wish heíd respond to my messages in a timely manner.

Still I will never spend over a hundred dollars again with any individual except David Regal or Peter Loughran.


Totally agree.

Also wish you good luck with Nicholas - I had a bad experience with him twice and for me it's over. Especially when I see how much time he spends answering on here but totally disregards customers who actually bought from him. Pity.
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I placed and order with Nicholas on a December 18th for a custom Revamp gimmick and routine. Havenít heard from him since I paid and Iíve sent two emails. It doesnít take much to respond and say ďhey, Hereís when you can expect itĒ or provide some sort of timeframe. I realize it is the holiday season, and that USPS is slow, but all Iíd like at this point is some communication.
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As good as a creator can be this kind of support can make for a short shelf life of support from customers.
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I mentioned I have been very disappointed with him in another thread and he said he would make it up to me (that was about a week ago) so waiting to see if that actually happens and will report back. It has been Christmas/New Year though and my guess is that he does a lot himself... but still...
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On Jan 4, 2021, goldeneye007 wrote:
IIt has been Christmas/New Year though and my guess is that he does a lot himself... but still...

It doesnít excuse not communicating though. An email response takes seconds. Iím really hoping he has time this week to let me know about my order.
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Has anyone ordered from nicholas with any success? I want to but don't want to lose money ty
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I ordered a set of magnets from him and received them.
goldeneye007
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And I haven't heard anything from him in nearly 3 weeks but he might have sent me something without telling me
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All this talk about me not answering emails.. let me say, my apologies for not being able to answer everyoneís questions as fast as youíd like me too but as for my reputation with my online store Via Shopify, I have a 97% success rate.

Iíve been operating my website completely by myself with hundreds of orders and still have great success, Iíd say Iím doing a fantastic job. I can assure you, if you order from my online store youíll be happy you did, youíre package will arrive safe and sound and youíll be learning some awesome magic in No time..

Iím New to running an online store solo, thereís a lot that goes into it and Iím learning something new everyday. Iíve only been operating my store for 5 months now.. So if some simple error happens like a missing tutorial ect.. just email me, if I donít respond within 1 day, try again. I will definitely get back to you. Thanks guys!

Ps. I wouldnít be surprised if some of the people defaming me here under their anonymous screenames, it might be somebody Ive upset by disagreeing with them or didnít give them a quote on their effect I didnít approve.. or even some salty ex business partners.. donít believe everything you read people, there are snakes in the grass.
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Also, anyone here who has had a ďbad experienceĒ with my services.. please do email me today! Letís resolve your issue, I want to make sure everyone has the best experience with my magic and my online store. I strive for excellence, truly.
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Ty nicholas for responding to this thread. I just want to tell everyone that the USPS sucks right now and I have faith nicholas will send out your stuff. I ordered something from a popular magic dealer and it was delivered dec 22 and I'm suppose to get today!!!! just gotta be patient I guess and let the usps do its magic!!!!! Thanks again nicholas for responding and stay safe and healthy!!!!
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Thank you for your answer Nicholas, looking forward to hearing from you!
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Well that was quick... Nicholas has resolved my issue very quickly, professionally and generously I must say! That's much appreciated, thank you Nicholas! Smile Looking forward to you next releases!
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Iíve ordered several items directly from Nicholas Lawrence Presents, I couldnít be happier with the awesome quality products that Iíve received and Iíve had no issues with the shipping and handling. The last Magic item that I ordered in 2020 was from Nicholas and it was the first Magic item that I received this year (2021) Hereís the time line on the order. I ordered VPM-4D on 12/28/20, the order was shipped the next day on 12/29/20, also on the 29th I received an email from Nicholas notifying me of the shipment, tracking # and the password for the tutorial. The product was delivered to me on 01/02/21. Man, thatís straight up good business right there.
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