FISM Starts off with a Narcissistic Bang

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 07/08/12 04:29 PM

Ive never met Derek Lever. Now I hope I never do. FISM is not about its organizer, but sadly this man has been able to make it so.

In the second paragraph of his Welcome address to FISM attendees in the conferences program, Mr. Lever attacks Craig Mitchell and Richard Kaufman (the latter being based on his own complete ignorance of facts: Mr. Lever was NEVER referred to as Hitler).

When I heard (after the event in China) that FISM was going to be in England, I was going to make it my first one ever. But then I heard that it was going to be in Blackpool, so I decided not to go. Over the last several months I was feeling some regret about having made that decision. But after reading this foulnessgarbage that has absolutely no place in a FISM programIm happy Im not there.

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Postby IrishMagicNews » 07/08/12 04:34 PM

Dustin,

Any chance you could link to a photo or web version of the offending piece.

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Postby Dustin Stinett » 07/08/12 04:40 PM

It's on Craig and Tim Ellis's Facebook pages. Here's Craig's:

https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/astonishment
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Postby IrishMagicNews » 07/08/12 04:46 PM

Thanks
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Postby Tim Ellis » 07/08/12 04:54 PM

Here is the 'Welcome Page' in the FISM 2012 Programme

http://img502.imageshack.us/img502/3853/photojuv.jpg

It's not even 7am here in Australia and I've already been inundated with emails from magicians who cannot believe that FISM is kicking off in such a bitter and offensive way.

Why Mr Lever has chosen to highlight the negatives is beyond human understanding, but it seems clear that his attack on Craig Mitchell is simply political. (Mr Lever is also nominated as FISM Vice President, so this seems to be his attempt to blatantly sway the voting members of FISM against Mr Mitchell).

Others have suggested it could be racially motivated as Craig is referred to as "the South African delegate". I truly hope that isn't the case, but I am sure the other South African delegates would not be happy.

Why he attacked Richard, and is so wildly inaccurate in doing so, is also a mystery.

This is not the sort of behaviour I would expect from someone hoping to be elected Vice President of FISM...
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Postby Tim Ellis » 07/08/12 04:59 PM

Oh, I should mention, here in Melbourne we are currently halfway through the Melbourne Magic Festival and a lot of our press has been about our Australian entrant in FISM. I know the media are eagerly following his progress. It is very sad, but likely, that this sort of behaviour will steal the spotlight from the actual Championship and make FISM look like a petty political circus.
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Postby IrishMagicNews » 07/08/12 05:05 PM

Tim Ellis wrote:Why he attacked Richard, and is so wildly inaccurate in doing so, is also a mystery.


Isn't Richard attending? That should be interesting.
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Postby AJRichards » 07/08/12 05:06 PM

I sincerely hope that Mr Kaufman will be contacting his attorneys. Mr Lever's actions are clearly libellous and defame not only his reputation but that of Genii, too.

Such actions open FISM to enormous liability by having such a clearly vicious man as Mr Lever in charge. The prospect of Mr Lever becoming a permanent part of the FISM 'hierarchy' in the upcming AGM elections is a scary thought indeed.

Let's hope that Eric Eswin as FISM President formally apologies on behalf of the organisation and that this is in no way what FISM stands for or how it operates.

Nothing short of shameful.
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Postby Dustin Stinett » 07/08/12 05:12 PM

Brendan,

Yes, Richard is there.
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Postby mrgoat » 07/08/12 05:51 PM

It astounds me how that horrible little man is still running anything...
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/08/12 06:09 PM

Oh, yes, I'm here. :)
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/08/12 06:29 PM

The following appears on the very first page of the FISM program, written by Derek Lever:

"A Welcome from the President of the Blackpool Magicians Club

... There have been many detractors who have vented their spleen on the choice of Blackpool ... The editor of Genii magazine openly supported vicious Hitler films shown in the internet which purported to be me as Hitler."

Not only is this false, and possibly libelous, but it's obvious that Derek Lever has never watched the YouTube videos he is writing about. If the idiot had watched them, he would have seen that Hitler is portrayed as trying to get FISM held in Berlin and is enraged that it is being held in Blackpool AND that Hitler has been banned from attending the convention Watch it yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKEU8ZOHvoM

There is never any indication that Hitler is anyone but Hitler, and that Hitler is angry at Derek Lever. He refers to Derek Lever in the third person several times, so ONLY SOMEONE WHO HAS NEVER WATCHED THIS VIDEO could make the claim that I supported a film that portrayed Lever as Hitler.

This is parody, plain and simple, and protected by law, but I had nothing to do with producing the videos (there are several) and I find them very funny. Just because I find them funny does not mean I "support them"?

And to think that this baboon is running for the position of Vice President of the FISM organization is unimaginable. What an utter catastrophe it would be for FISM if Derek Lever, a person who makes libelous claims based on videos he has obviously never watched, should be elected Vice President.
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Postby Smurf » 07/08/12 07:46 PM

That clip has been used to parody so many things. Check them out. They are funny. When the Democrats lost Ted Kennedy's seat that made the list. Harry Potter is parodied. Who knows how many more?
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Postby Ian Kendall » 07/08/12 08:22 PM

I made one, but YouTube blocked it on copyright grounds (along with many others) after the makers of Downfall complained.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/08/12 10:26 PM

When Craig was reporting from FISM China for the Magic Newswire, and expressed his opinions on the choice of Black Pool as the host city for this one, I contacted Mr. Lever asking for him to come on the podcast to comment and defend the selection. Instead, I spent approximately 30 minutes responding to a tirade and telling him why I was not going to remove those posts from my site and why they weren't "Lies," but instead an opinion. Needless to say, he continues to show his true colors again and again. As I said in my post on this issue (http://bit.ly/LeverInsults) : I'll share my personal opinion by paraphrasing a running joke about Churches. "Magic would be great if it weren't for the magicians." A tip of the hat to you Mr. Lever for exemplifying what I see to the be worst side of the magic community.
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Postby Magic Newswire » 07/08/12 10:55 PM

BTW... Am I remembering this incorrectly or wasn't Craig the web developer for FISM since the last competition? Also, if anyone is interested in a flash back, here is the chat that I had with Eric Eswin in 2009 in which we discussed the selection of Blackpool: http://bit.ly/cldj7h
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Postby Jonathan Pendragon » 07/09/12 01:19 AM

Perhaps it will end with a whimper.
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Postby Bob Farmer » 07/09/12 09:20 AM

I've checked and Derek Lever can't possibly be Hitler:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Stars ... _Dead2.jpg
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Postby Jonathan Pendragon » 07/09/12 11:02 AM

Hell, I understood the parody and i'm an illusionist... and a blond!
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Postby El Mystico » 07/09/12 01:44 PM

mrgoat wrote:It astounds me how that horrible little man is still running anything...


Who? Lever? Or Hitler?
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Postby mrgoat » 07/09/12 01:58 PM

El Mystico wrote:
mrgoat wrote:It astounds me how that horrible little man is still running anything...


Who? Lever? Or Hitler?


Have you ever seen them in the same room at the same time?
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Postby Jon Racherbaumer » 07/09/12 02:20 PM

Does anyone have a copy of the essay "SCHISM AT FISM?" that I heard was making the rounds? This paper apparently really drills down, strips away, and dramatically exposes the tangential, distracting, disrupting, and silly shenanigans of one person who should not even be mentioned alongside the name of a respected organization and convention. Or it is just another rumor?
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Postby Brad Henderson » 07/09/12 04:46 PM

Voldemort?
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Postby 007 and a half » 07/10/12 09:29 PM

Ah, Blackpool....

For the hilarious UNOFFICIAL FISM page check here... BRILLIANT!

www.blackpoomagic.com
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Postby MagicBilly » 07/10/12 11:10 PM

Just read the welcome note from the FISM program. What a whiney insecure little man Derek Lever is. I'm appauled that FISM leaders allowed that defamous article to be printed in the program.
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Postby Matthew Field » 07/11/12 02:45 AM

with all that, and lots more that could be said, I've seen some great magic in the competitions, and spent wonderful hours with friends old and new, includin, of course, the head Genii, Richard K. Last night was dinner with Richard, Paul Wilson and his family, and Christian Engblom. Keep your eyes peeled for Pierric Tenthory (Pierric) from Switzerland who knocked me for a loop in close-up.

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Postby mrgoat » 07/11/12 02:53 AM

007 and a half wrote:Ah, Blackpool....

For the hilarious UNOFFICIAL FISM page check here... BRILLIANT!

www.blackpoomagic.com


I really liked One Tamariz, Cyril Takamakaknacker and Ah! Paul Wilson
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Postby Don Hendrix » 07/11/12 11:01 AM

Someone has way too much free time, but it is pretty funny.
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Postby El Harvey Oswald » 07/11/12 03:26 PM

"Hell, I understood the parody and i'm an illusionist... and a blond!"

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Postby RobertAllen » 07/13/12 03:52 PM

I swear this thread needs video accompaniment. Perhaps Hitler running around the dealers room, or the Fawlty Towers Hitler scene, to the accompaniment of the Benny Hill theme.
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Postby P.T. Murphy » 07/13/12 04:30 PM

Is this the same Derek Lever that has a No.1 # UK hit written in his favor?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KjnkzoDYKs
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Postby P.T. Murphy » 07/13/12 04:33 PM

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Postby Floater » 07/15/12 05:41 AM

He would look more at home in hi de hi
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Postby Paul Critelli » 07/17/12 12:02 AM

I'm so far out of EVERY loop that I have my own gravitational pull, but I thought that parody was HITLARIOUS!! I am blissfully ignorant and apathetic of the FISM suits and politics and falderol (don't know - care less). I do have a few issues though about the Heads I win / Tails you lose issue of what country is "represented" by a person who wins in a continent that he / she does not live in. If you go to a dance with someone, you leave with her - so, if FISM is a 'group of organizations,' why are nationalities the metric with regard to the award winners? Again, not overly bothered because of my motto - here abbreviated" ITE, IJAFCT! Catch me at S.A.M. for clarity. And Richard, recall the savvy words of that great man who name escapes me: I never wrestle with swine - we both get dirty and the swine likes it. No, I am NOT calling anyone a swine - it's a saying. Paul C.
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Postby Richard Kaufman » 07/17/12 04:54 AM

"I never wrestle with swine - we both get dirty and the swine likes it."

Brilliant, Paul. Just brilliant.
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Postby Paul Critelli » 07/17/12 07:22 PM

I just watched this - well, I watched it 14 minutes ago, and I just stopped having a laughing fit that prevented me from writing. I just cannot - WILL NOT believe that I let this once in an eternity event pass me by . . . Hmmm, I wonder if they will still take my $750 "retroactively" so that I can have the swag . . .well, watch this at your own risk. And if you DID go to the event, DO NOT watch it as life insurance policies do NOT pay for some forms of . . . passing on. . . Paul C.
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Postby Paul Critelli » 07/17/12 07:23 PM

That was the Unofficial FISM Blackpoo parody I was watching . . . it's given in this thread somewhere. Enjoy. Paul C.
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