Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

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Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Richard Hatch » March 17th, 2011, 3:49 pm

Apparently Milton Franklin Andrews is not the only one to enter a life of crime after getting hooked on card tricks:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/51020 ... e.html.csp

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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 17th, 2011, 4:00 pm

Creepy!
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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Dustin Stinett » March 17th, 2011, 4:21 pm

The way I read it is that, besides card tricks, you also need to be a numismatist.

Uh-oh! I do card tricks and have a modest coin collection!

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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Jonathan Townsend » March 17th, 2011, 6:44 pm

Not sure it's a good diagnostic/leading indicator for a predisposition toward criminal behavior but probably worth doing a study. Anyone in a position to review casefiles and collect the data for analysis?
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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Brad Henderson » March 17th, 2011, 7:04 pm

Buzz kill

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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Jonathan Townsend » March 17th, 2011, 10:50 pm

ha, you just want to know which trick it was that did it.
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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Richard Hatch » March 17th, 2011, 11:55 pm

When I was actively running H & R, some of our good customers were incarcerated (which had nothing to do with my running of H & R, just a coincidence, I'm sure!). It was frustrating sending them things, as each warden had his own set of rules. Sometimes books had to be sent with the hard covers removed. A set of the 4 volume reprint of Harry Lorayne's APOCALYPSE was returned because it was deemed to encourage gambling (we waged a letter campaign with the prison board on behalf of the client to get a reversal of the decision, but to no avail). I recall once we sent a copy of Jon LeClair's book on invisible thread to a prisoner and the warden let him keep the book but sent the thread back. What was he going to do, saw through the bars with it?

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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Jonathan Townsend » March 18th, 2011, 3:17 pm

Interesting - any idea which card tricks, books or authors are most popular with that market segment?
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Re: Apparently Card Tricks Can lead to Murder...

Postby Richard Hatch » March 18th, 2011, 4:59 pm

Jonathan Townsend wrote:Interesting - any idea which card tricks, books or authors are most popular with that market segment?

I was surprised that we didn't sell any books on escapes to that niche market, but probably they wouldn't have gotten past the warden. Card trick books were very popular, as I recall, I assume in prisons where possession of decks of playing cards was allowed.


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