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Re: The Works

Postby PickaCard » July 3rd, 2018, 9:30 pm

I've inquired but have had no reply...

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Re: The Works

Postby Richard Kaufman » July 4th, 2018, 11:43 am

I hope to receive some news shortly.
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Re: The Works

Postby Bibliophage » July 4th, 2018, 1:31 pm

I spoke with both of the publishers this last weekend in New Jersey and they said that we should see the next Works by the following week.

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Re: The Works

Postby Bibliophage » July 10th, 2018, 12:01 pm

New issue arrived!

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Re: The Works

Postby PickaCard » July 10th, 2018, 4:37 pm

I am now begin to believe the issues are released upon a critical mass of member emails sent to enquire about the "monthly" releases... and one by the Genii to tip the balance.

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Re: The Works

Postby Mac Stone » September 27th, 2018, 7:46 pm

Another one.

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Re: The Works

Postby Richard Kaufman » September 28th, 2018, 11:46 am

I didn't nudge them on the new one. It just appeared!
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Re: The Works

Postby PickaCard » September 28th, 2018, 1:00 pm

Another brilliant release. I am always happy when they show up in my email.

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Re: The Works

Postby AaronSmith » January 4th, 2019, 7:36 am

Issue 12 appeared earlier and from first read through I think it might be one of my favourites.

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Re: The Works

Postby erdnasephile » January 4th, 2019, 9:41 am

I noticed there was no ad for the next effect included this time. Does this mean it's the final issue? (I seem to recall somewhere the number '18' issues promised?)

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Re: The Works

Postby Arcato » January 4th, 2019, 11:34 am

... and the bonus effect "The Unseen" has not been released either...

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Re: The Works

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 4th, 2019, 1:34 pm

Original text from the advertisement which I posted on page 1 of this thread (so, yes, items were promised every month for a year and a half, and Unseen was also promised).

When you join you will be sent your complete The Works custom collection delivered via First-Class Mail to anywhere in the world. Every month thereafter you will receive digital instructions for one of the routines, effects or devices in your collection. As you receive instructions for the standup mentalism act, you will also learn the details of how to put the act together, how to make the routines fit your style and persona, updated tips, professional insights and more.

You'll receive at least a year and a half of instructions and routines and perhaps even a little bit more for no additional cost to you. Every month you will learn a piece of strong, practical mentalism you can start performing immediately. In addition you'll receive a “catalog style” description of the effect that will be taught the following month giving you a month of performance and anticipation. At the outset you will receive a box filled with the dozens of special items you will need to perform the routines.

The Works is $350 plus a one-time shipping fee ($15 in USA and Canada, $25 elsewhere). Special Offer: Act now and receive The Unseen.

Only those valued founding members who join in the next 10 days will receive The Unseen: a special routine from Michael Weber and the secret Unseen device all included as part of your collection. This special offer ends 7/14/2016.
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Re: The Works

Postby Richard Kaufman » January 4th, 2019, 1:38 pm

I would expect that "The Unseen" will only be sent after the final instructions have been sent out (there should be another six). My guess is that there's no teaser for the next one because they haven't decided on what it is yet.
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Re: The Works

Postby erdnasephile » January 5th, 2019, 9:50 am

Thanks!

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Re: The Works

Postby Mac Stone » March 4th, 2019, 11:50 am

An update from The Works.

The next release will be a triple issue, three separate effects woven together into a single routine much like the first three issues of The Works.

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Re: The Works

Postby Ted M » March 4th, 2019, 1:36 pm

3-in-1 seems to fail to deliver on this promised element:

"Every month you will learn a piece of strong, practical mentalism you can start performing immediately. In addition you'll receive a “catalog style” description of the effect that will be taught the following month giving you a month of performance and anticipation.

But hey, per its advertising, The Works promised to begin delivering every month starting Aug 2016. It should have completed its year and a half run in January 2017, more than two full years ago. But instead it's taken more than 3 1/2 years to deliver its first year of material, with another half year of material still to go, plus a so-called "bonus" effect.

When taking people's money: Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

I'm glad this thread exists. It's useful to document these broken promises for the purpose of evaluating future purchases.

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Re: The Works

Postby Richard Kaufman » March 4th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Ted, if you were to count the number of times a well-intentioned person in magic stated they would publish something on such and such date, and was late (sometimes a few years late), it would be a very long list. I would be on that list myself!

Generally, I give a pass to people who are late but actually deliver the material you've paid for.

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Re: The Works

Postby Ted M » March 5th, 2019, 7:02 pm

I chose to skip The Works, since I previously subscribed to Weber/Trono's Real Secrets and felt that project did not deliver what its advertising promised.

Like I said, it's useful to document these broken promises for the purpose of evaluating future purchases.

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Re: The Works

Postby Daniel Z » March 5th, 2019, 8:12 pm

I'm a happy customer of Real Secrets, Psience and The Works. It seems to me that participating in ventures such of these carries certain, I would have thought, well understood risks, including delays, and even the premature demise of the project. On the other hand I certainly understand and sympathize with the position of unhappy and disgruntled customers of projects that fall short of their inital promises. .

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Re: The Works

Postby PickaCard » March 6th, 2019, 6:45 am

One must remember that The Works is different from the other examples given because we have received all of the releases (gimmicks) upfront. All that is missing are written instructions, sent by email, for each routine associated with the gimmicks provided.

So it’s not like they are looking for creative content to send out the next issue and it’s not a lack of funds to mail out the next installement to subscribers since it’s done by email. The extensive delay is the greatest mystery in the box.

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Re: The Works

Postby Mac Stone » May 4th, 2019, 11:35 am

The Triple Issue has arrived.

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Re: The Works

Postby Richard Kaufman » May 4th, 2019, 2:21 pm

Unlike Ted, I like Real Secrets a lot. Getting fun tactile things interests me. I like the "play" factor. Ditto for The Works.
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Re: The Works

Postby Bibliophage » May 4th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Ted,

I bet if you asked they'd give your money back if you returned the box full of people and materials

I use the material and have had three friends try to get a set, so I know the demand is still there

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Re: The Works

Postby Bill Mullins » May 4th, 2019, 10:01 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:Unlike Ted, I like Real Secrets a lot. Getting fun tactile things interests me. I like the "play" factor. Ditto for The Works.
You see it 32 years ago when I published "Gaffed to the Hilt."


Haversat & Ewing auctioned a copy of "Gaffed" today, with the gaffed cards - I wonder what it went for.

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Re: The Works

Postby Joe Lyons » May 4th, 2019, 10:22 pm

Last bid I saw was around $430, much cheaper than the recent Potter sales.

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Re: The Works

Postby Bill Mullins » May 6th, 2019, 1:59 pm

Richard Kaufman wrote:You see it 32 years ago when I published "Gaffed to the Hilt."


. . . a copy of which just sold for $561.

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Re: The Works

Postby Arcato » August 16th, 2019, 7:27 am

Does anybody know, when we will receive the ‘bonus’ effect for those who signed up early? This is what actually sold me to the entire project and I’m quite disappointed that it hasn’t shown up yet...

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Re: The Works

Postby Richard Kaufman » August 16th, 2019, 8:22 pm

The bonus effect will be released as the final item, I believe.
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