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Postby JohnCox » 11/28/10 08:17 PM

I'm thinking about subscribing to Ask Alexander on the Conjuring Arts Research Center site, but I wanted to know if anyone here could tell me what level will get me access to the bulk of Houdini material? I'd particularly like to get into the scrapbooks. Do I have to go all the way to the top level (damn expensive), or will the basic subscription get me into these?

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Postby the Larry » 11/28/10 08:22 PM

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.
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Postby JohnCox » 11/29/10 12:01 PM

That would be great. It is way too much money to plunk down blindly.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 11/29/10 12:07 PM

I suggest you simply call the Conjuring Arts Research Center and speak to the librarian or Ricky Smith.
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Postby Bill Mullins » 11/29/10 01:10 PM

The basic level won't get you into the Houdini scrapbooks.

While the top levels are expensive, bear in mind that a substantial portion is tax-dectible.
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Postby JohnCox » 12/21/10 04:15 PM

Thanks Richard and Bill. I did ask and, yes, learned the scrapbooks are only available at the top level.

Tax-deductable I didn't know. Thanks for that.

It was renew my Magic Castle membership or get Ask Alexander, and I'm afraid the Castle won out this year. But maybe I'll get a windfall in 2011. :)
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Postby JohnCox » 02/05/11 02:12 PM

Well, now that I'm into the Ask Alexander Genii files via my Genii subscription, I'm hooked. The Genii access is a total gateway drug. Think I'm going for a Charlier level subscription for $95. This is just such an amazing resource.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 02/05/11 03:27 PM

I can't even begin to tell you how many hours I've spent digging around in Ask Alexander.
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Postby JohnCox » 02/05/11 05:01 PM

I've been on it all day. And that's just with my Genii access. I'll go wild when my Charlier kicks in. However, I do need to learn some of the search tricks.

Hey, I even searched my own name and found two little blurbs in Genii about me when I was a kid. I'd forgotten all about those. :)
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