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Re: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu

Mark, including inflation and time value of money you probably paid $400 by now. I wonder how many who have pre-paid have already died. Perhaps a new strategy in the making ...
by the Larry
01/29/13 03:02 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Save $50 on Martin Gardner's Impromptu
Replies: 20
Views: 2564

Re: Announcement of a Secret Project

Terry LaGerould
by the Larry
01/12/13 08:53 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement of a Secret Project
Replies: 198
Views: 13228

Re: Announcement of a Secret Project

Derek Dingle
by the Larry
01/12/13 12:28 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Announcement of a Secret Project
Replies: 198
Views: 13228

Re: Free-Public Domain

John Midgley wrote:Every since the learnedpig project sold, ...

What is the learnedpig project?
by the Larry
10/28/12 07:36 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: Free-Public Domain
Replies: 40
Views: 2252

Re: Hank Lee

Do I understand this correctly that Hank Lee, besides having to return what he stole, only has to pay a $6000 fine and sits in jail for a couple of months? If that is the case then I am not surprised that so many try this kind of theft. The downside isn't that big for potentially walking away with m...
by the Larry
09/14/12 10:00 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: L&L Publishing eBooks

Name names.
by the Larry
05/08/12 04:56 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L Publishing eBooks
Replies: 274
Views: 22160

Re: L&L Publishing eBooks

I find marking a product with a customers name, email or other identifier is completely counter productive. When that original customer sells his products on the second hand market somebody else will now have a product with his name. That person is now free to upload it to pirate sites and will not ...
by the Larry
05/08/12 04:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: L&L Publishing eBooks
Replies: 274
Views: 22160

Re: Hank Lee

He's selling as much stock as possible to raise money to pay off RG--that's my guess. You are kidding, right?! So let me get this straight. Hank Lee, having already damaged magic as a whole, is now further damaging all other magic retailers by dumping his inventory at wholesale prices on the market...
by the Larry
04/07/12 09:22 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

I am not sure what Mr. Riser's point is. I think everybody knows that other criminals have stolen much more than half a million. Does that make Hank Lee's theft any better? I don't think so. At least for the magic industry I would say Hank Lee holds the not particularly flattering record of the 'big...
by the Larry
04/04/12 03:51 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

I personally think ordering from Hank Lee would be unfair to all decent magic dealers. Why should he get the business over all the other dealers? I can't come up with any halfway good reason to justify that, unless you are related to Hank or are such a close friend that his criminal actions have lit...
by the Larry
04/03/12 04:44 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

I thought this was the beginning of a Hank Lee support fund to help him pay back half a million dollar. At least that would show true friendship for those who still like him.
by the Larry
04/03/12 04:32 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

... and if guilty he will pay... By his own admission he IS guilty of $560k credit card fraud and obstruction of justice (lying to federal investigators). He is a criminal and deserves to be treated as such. To me the 'Mr. nice guy' criminal, as Hank Lee is portrayed by some, is even more dangerous...
by the Larry
04/02/12 09:43 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

Or Paypal which shields your credit card information. For me that is the real lesson in the Hank Lee story. I will from now on try to use Paypal for all my online purchases. It makes a lot of sense if you look at it through this story. Once RG switched to Amex the theft began. I guess an Amex card a...
by the Larry
04/02/12 07:17 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

Wow, so stealing is now fine to keep ones business running. Like it really matters why he stole. Mr. Kaufman how is your business going? Can I really trust you with my credit card for the Genii renewal? If you have a shortfall perhaps you are tempted to double charge it, too? I am almost as shocked ...
by the Larry
04/01/12 06:43 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

Terry, I could agree with you if Hank Lee would have made two or three fraudulent credit card transactions of a few hundred dollars and if he would have admitted to them when asked by R.G. or at the latest when the investigators showed up on his doorstep. However, Hank Lee has made hundreds of fraud...
by the Larry
04/01/12 10:59 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

Ok, we will call him by his full first name Harry L. Better? :-)
by the Larry
04/01/12 12:15 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

HL didn't screw up 'once'. He screwed up hundreds of times over the course of years. Can people change and get their act together? Yes, but it happens very seldom after such a behavior has been established over that amount of time and magnitude. In business when you loose your integrity it is gone. ...
by the Larry
03/31/12 11:45 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

What is surprising is that Paypal and credit card companies have not revoked his privilege to charge credit cards after $560,000 in fraudulent credit card transactions. How he can continue his business is quite surprising. Somebody who steals half a million (and potentially more if the accounts of o...
by the Larry
03/31/12 07:53 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Hank Lee

And by another take on human behavior and risk assessment: once a crook always a crook.
by the Larry
03/31/12 03:01 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Hank Lee
Replies: 425
Views: 69106

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Mr. Kaufman if the Real Secret promises are as 'watertight' as all the other 'limited edition' promises we have seen in magic I will soon be buying these 'not so real' secrets at a discount. At $12/month removing the cost for s&h what can you really get than maybe a gaffed card or some plastic t...
by the Larry
02/29/12 02:38 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 64148

Re: jonracherbaumer.com membership status?

Ok, will have to find out somewhere else what's the issue there. I assume nothing generally bad otherwise you could state in public.
by the Larry
02/29/12 02:02 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: jonracherbaumer.com membership status?
Replies: 28
Views: 1829

Re: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...

Robert, that is an excellent tip. If an effect is really good I am sure it will become available in other forms as well. Why would the creator limit his profit? But there will certainly be enough who for some reason or another will want to get rid of items. You just saved me a lot of headaches with ...
by the Larry
02/29/12 01:37 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Real Secrets Trick of the Month Club...
Replies: 429
Views: 64148

Re: jonracherbaumer.com membership status?

I see, certain websites are off limit. That is fine. Do you have a blacklist we could consult? I assume a certain Jeff and Mark are among them. Is this L.brar. Website a bad apple? I don't want to support such businesses. Do they sell illegal stuff? Violate copyrights? Just curios why they are on yo...
by the Larry
02/29/12 01:27 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: jonracherbaumer.com membership status?
Replies: 28
Views: 1829

Re: jonracherbaumer.com membership status?

Jon, I am thinking about reading what you have to offer. I am more interested in buying individual e-books rather than the 'all you can eat buffet'. I am looking forward to your store.
by the Larry
02/29/12 12:05 PM
 
Forum: General
Topic: jonracherbaumer.com membership status?
Replies: 28
Views: 1829

Re: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Copying

I am shocked that a lawyer like Bob Farmer doesn't understand the Creative Commons license. Brings some lawyer jokes back to mind ...
by the Larry
05/27/11 07:52 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Copying
Replies: 143
Views: 11471

Re: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Copying

Come on guys, it's not like MagicPedia is this unique resource where all that unique contents has been created. Most of what I see there is copied from other places (books, websites) and my guess would be that permission has not been sought for every piece used.
by the Larry
05/27/11 05:33 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Copying
Replies: 143
Views: 11471

Re: February 2011 Issue of Genii Goes Live on TUESDAY

For many it is not purely about price or compatibility. I subscribe to magazines primarily for the type of content I am looking for regardless of the price. This is not to say that Genii is not a good magazine but the type of content is not necessarily exactly what every magician really wants to read.
by the Larry
01/14/11 07:38 PM
 
Forum: iGenii
Topic: February 2011 Issue of Genii Goes Live on TUESDAY
Replies: 12
Views: 1672

Re: Gluing Cards Together-A Miracle Product

Bob, did you try to glue split cards together? Replacing the DMT method? Or is this primarily for gluing two regular cards together?
by the Larry
01/10/11 06:06 PM
 
Forum: Close-Up Magic
Topic: Gluing Cards Together-A Miracle Product
Replies: 13
Views: 1545

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

What I don't understand is why the estate immediately pulled out the 'seize and desist' attitude. Obviously such a video does not harm Vernon's legacy but furthers it. What do you expect to see? Vernon naked? It is a shame that such attitudes will cause many unique historical records to be lost and ...
by the Larry
12/23/10 10:37 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10383

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

What Kaufman and many others here seem to not understand is that there is a huge difference between private letters sent from the author to a specific recipient and a video that was shot with full consent obviously meant to be shared with others - why else would it be video taped? Vernon agreed to t...
by the Larry
12/22/10 10:11 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10383

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

And what if Vernon said: "Sure you can tape me and sell the video! You invited me here and paid for the trip. Go ahead I don't mind. Actually it is an honor for me if you think a tape would sell."
by the Larry
12/22/10 06:49 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10383

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

David, oh sure, this is just my opinion. I neither know what happened in Australia nor do I have any stake on either side of the fence. I am simply observing and offering an opinion. And as such I can offer a somewhat unbiased opinion which you obviously can't. To be fair from what one can read Vern...
by the Larry
12/22/10 04:38 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10383

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

Sure Bob you can make a big legal battle out of it. But if Vernon agreed to it, gave his word, and there are witnesses that attest to it then I see nothing wrong with it even 25 years later. In the US everything is being made into a lawsuit because there are too many damn lawyers who have nothing be...
by the Larry
12/22/10 11:33 AM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10383

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

It depends on what was agreed. My point is that that agreement could have been verbally. It is not unreasonable to assume Vernon agreed to the taping as well as to its later use in a product for sale.
by the Larry
12/21/10 05:19 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10383

Re: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI

Where I come from a verbal agreement is just as binding as a written contract. If Vernon agreed verbally to the shooting and later use then they have any right to do that. Perhaps there are witnesses who would attest to the verbal agreement.
by the Larry
12/21/10 04:14 PM
 
Forum: Collector's Marketplace
Topic: New Dai Vernon DVD ReleasedI
Replies: 89
Views: 10383

Re: Mark Setteducati's Amazing New Magic Jigsaw Puzzle "Ji Ga Zo"

I typically like Setteducati's creations but this is lame. It is painting by colors but instead of painting you place colored pieces. I don't know about you but I have better things to do than to place 300 pieces where the computer tells me to place them to see a fuzzy portrait of some barely recogn...
by the Larry
12/19/10 07:04 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Mark Setteducati's Amazing New Magic Jigsaw Puzzle "Ji Ga Zo"
Replies: 2
Views: 1042

Re: Ask Alexander question

Perhaps somebody could actually list what is available in the various levels. It is not at all clear what is accessible via the various levels.
by the Larry
11/28/10 08:22 PM
 
Forum: Reference Room
Topic: Ask Alexander question
Replies: 8
Views: 2365

Re: Online Piracy Solution?

Or one uses an Anonymizer service then the IP address logging doesn't work.
by the Larry
11/16/10 07:21 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Online Piracy Solution?
Replies: 10
Views: 993

Re: Essential Magic Conference

Richard Kaufman wrote:The purchase of ANYTHING related to magic is a non-essential expenditure.


I wonder then why it is called the "Essential" Magic Conference.
by the Larry
07/17/10 08:04 AM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Essential Magic Conference
Replies: 110
Views: 12924

Re: Essential Magic Conference

The last time I checked 'a family' and 'my family' are two different things. As an editor Mr. Kaufman should have acquired a bit more sophisticated command of his mother tongue. But then again I see nothing wrong with a simple low cost diet.
by the Larry
07/16/10 09:03 PM
 
Forum: Buzz
Topic: Essential Magic Conference
Replies: 110
Views: 12924
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