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ceeswing
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I Received this mail

I just wanted to let you know that if you haven't yet read the Station Manager Document, now is the time.

In response to numerous requests from professional mentalists, I will be raising the price to $100 to keep it out of the hands of the curious.

THE PRICE OF THE MANUSCRIPT WILL BE RAISED TO $100 ON OCTOBER 31st, 2004 AT MIDNIGHT.

Regards
Cornelius
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You have got to be joking me, from other threads on this site my impression is that professional mentalists are laughing at the stationmaster.

Yours in Magic
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Will you take monopoly money? It's just like real money, only smaller. I'll even give you an extra $10,000 and a deed for Park Place.
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Bwahahaha!!

Please don't let this marketing ploy work, I will lose all faith in humanity!
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The train has already left the station on this ! And I doubt there are happy passengers
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I don't speak English well but perhaps I have perceive by intuition,of course also with my psychic powers, that there is someone that isn't very credible....
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On 2004-10-15 12:27, salsa_dancer wrote:
Bwahahaha!!

Please don't let this marketing ploy work, I will lose all faith in humanity!






Youl be the first inline Salsa...you can't resist them Smile
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On 2004-10-15 16:48, shrink wrote:

Youl be the first inline Salsa...you can't resist them Smile


I bought it again this afternoon Smile
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I know everyone seems to hate this, but I gotta admit, I actually like it.

I used the effect a few days ago, to great success.

Am I alone here?
-- Alan
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Alan,

The effect isn't a bad one, it is what surrounded it that was the problem.

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Richard
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I love the idea. I going to raise the price so the meir(SP??) curious wont see it but before I do ... I will spam it to 5,000,000 email addresses. People really paid for this?
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On 2004-10-15 11:41, ceeswing wrote:
I Received this mail

I just wanted to let you know that if you haven't yet read the Station Manager Document, now is the time.

In response to numerous requests from professional mentalists, I will be raising the price to $100 to keep it out of the hands of the curious.

THE PRICE OF THE MANUSCRIPT WILL BE RAISED TO $100 ON OCTOBER 31st, 2004 AT MIDNIGHT.

Regards
Cornelius




If people would not pay the old price, what makes you think they would pay a more expensive price? Smile
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On 2004-10-15 16:53, Alan Wright wrote:
I used the effect a few days ago, to great success.
Am I alone here?


No, but presumably you were alone when you performed it.
(Just kidding! ;-) )
"A good mentalist ... will teach you a miracle because he understands the subtleties ..." -- Banachek

"If this works it'll be BEAUTIFUL!" - The Amazing Kreskin on a stunning effect he performed on his 1970s television series (PS: it worked)
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On 2004-10-15 19:12, dpe666 wrote

If people would not pay the old price, what makes you think they would pay a more expensive price? Smile


The old jedi mind trick of marketing, i.e. the more expensive it is , the better it has to be than anything else

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So a guy walks into a store, says how much for that tie. The owner says $750,000. The guy says "That's ridiculous, what kind of way is that to run a business?" "Well," replies the owner, "I only have to sell one to be set for life."

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On 2004-10-15 16:53, Alan Wright wrote:
I know everyone seems to hate this, but I gotta admit, I actually like it.

I used the effect a few days ago, to great success.

Am I alone here?

You're not alone. I love it.

I think those slamming it either haven't performed it, or more likely have a problem with some of the atheist slamming Steve Fearson does in the manuscript because the effect is awesome. There are no bows taken.. no TAH DAH! But I suspect any serious mentalist will tell you the routine is the real work.

Could it be done by a kid, or anyone wearing a clown suit? NO WAY. This is for serious performers. I suspect many of the people making negative comments on this board are in fact kids and I can see several are wearing clown suits.

It is definitely not your typical magic trick. I also enjoyed the series of emails pitching the trick. By far the most entertaining promotional concept I've seen in magic.

Dr Magic

PS.. I have nothing against clowns. Kids on the other hand spread germs and are loud.

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Good stuff.... but great marketing.
enough said.

I marketed free will sometimes ago, its a good stuff I believe, and some pro use it now as their pet effect.
is it better than station? yes! since I made it my self ...hahaha...
but... is it better marketing? No......
I READ MINDS.... YOURS TOO.
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I thought the email campaign was a lousy marketing gimmick. It was certainly a world-class turn-off for me. I have no opinion on the trick itself, having never performed it or seen it performed.

Whatever the merits or otherwise of the effect, Fearson's price-hike (which may, of course, be just another hoax) could do wonders for a certain UK eBay seller, currently offering 99 copies of Station Manager at a "Buy It Now" price of £1.99!

Not wishing to jump to any conclusions, but I don't remember anyone saying that Fearson was offering re-sale rights on this. Perhaps a quick email to eBay might be in order...

Cy.
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On 2004-10-16 12:31, landmark wrote:
So a guy walks into a store, says how much for that tie. The owner says $750,000. The guy says "That's ridiculous, what kind of way is that to run a business?" "Well," replies the owner, "I only have to sell one to be set for life."

Jack Shalom

Many years ago when living in L.A. I worked for a man named Jim Ward. Jim had a high end Piercing Clinic in West Hollywood, right on the Beverly Hills junction e.g. it was prime retail real estate!

One year he went to a major gem & mineral show and found some interesting amathist figurines (I'll not go into specifics, let's just say they represented a portion of the human anatomy.) The man selling them said he'd made over 100 of them back in the early 70s but could never sell them for more than $5.00 each. He had roughly 60 of them left over so Jim offered him $3.00 each for the lot.

A week later they were set on display in Jim's store with a price tag of over $100.00 each... within a month, he'd sold out!

The moral of this story is that YES people will willingly cough up the cash if you know who and how to cater to them. Location and class has a great deal to do with it. And there are in fact neck ties that have sold for over a million dollars here in the states... granted, they were handpainted by Pecaso, but the market is there!

As to the Station Manager... well, to put it kindly, it's a rip-off! The same basic method can be found in Corinda... you know, that silly "beginners" book for those interested in Mentalism. There are also superior methods to doing more or less the same thing, that are far more clean. (HINT: Get Busch's "Peek Performances" and go from there!)

For the NOVICE this is a great bit of improv and I'll leave it at that. As has been said however, the paranoia and general horse pucky woven into the manuscript is the primary reason why it has come to know a great deal of fertilizer from within the craft. Therefore, if your a MAGICIAN looking for a neat trick... this is perfect! If you're a serious student of MENTALISM, stay away from it! It's just that simple!
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I'm looking for this bit in Corinda's steps to mentalism for days now and see nothing like it.

Any chance I could get a page number?

Anyone have any info?

Thanks!

Dr Magic

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