Originally posted by John Smetana:
Too bad that Angelics ([censored]') posts have been deleted. I, for one, would really like to know more about the nuts and bolts of the Svengali biz.
I know I did not delete any of his posts, and rest assured if Richard or Jon deleted any, you didn't miss anything of importance or interest.
I too would love to have read more on pitching the Svengali. I recently purchased a copy of The Long and the Short of It
by [censored] for my son (by the way, thank you very much Mr. Lewis: I tried emailing you, but the message bounced back as undeliverable). As he mentions, it does not cover the pitch, but it is a fairly comprehensive and well-written manuscript on using a Svengali Deck (yes, I read it before handing it over to its rightful owner). I have little doubt that Mr. Lewis has a lot to share on the subject if he was of a mind to really do it here. In fact we'd be lucky if he did tip his hand here (under any number of assumed names, which is limited only by his unlimited imagination). But the issue is that Mr. Lewis tends to rub in areas that irritate and we feel compelled to step in. This is always a conflicted decision for me because there is no denying that he has a lot of good information to share when he's willing to share it.
The last couple of times Mr. Lewis has joined us, his stays lasted much longer than his previous visits simply because he behaved. But invariably the degeneration begins: he bates those who he knows usually cannot resist the temptation and, well, topics head in directions they never should. Does this mean that the tempted are mutually culpable? Only to a degree: remember, those who fall prey to his baiting feel as if they are on the defensive and have an obligation to answer him. It's the baiting that causes the problems. To some, just his presence here is bait enough, usually as a result of past confrontations here or on other sites. He purposely mixes the good with the bad, with a gradually escalating ratio in favor of the bad. Soon shoveling through it becomes tiresome and just not worth the trouble.
Again, it's too bad because I really believe he has a lot to share and I would like to read it. I would also like to see Mr. Lewis work in person because, frankly, I have a feeling he's as good as he thinks he is.