Thursday, September 27, 2007

Too Good To Be True?

You know my father was fond of saying, “If it sounds too good to be true…invest every penny you have, boy! Get in on the ground floor. This could be it!”

I should probably mention that dad wasn’t a very bright man. And had a fondness for recreational pharmaceuticals. That probably had something to do with his investing the family’s dwindling fortunes in the untried sport of hamster racing. That venture didn’t quite pan out, and we ended up living in a big cardboard box with a lot of really quick hamsters. Well played, dad. Well played.

Sorry, I digress. Actually most of us learn early on that if something sounds too good to be true there’s a catch somewhere – like a hamster’s inability to run more than a hundred yards without wheezing uncontrollably. Intensely Magic has a post where he mentions a trick I hadn’t heard of called Linked. He wonders if there might be a problem. I wonder the same thing.

What raises red flags early on is the video performance. There’s an unnecessary pause at what would be a crucial point. The creator says he’s going to post a continuous shot video, but as of yet that hasn’t materialized.

The video itself is fair enough, I suppose. But on the first page of the Magic Cafe thread, in response to someone saying the spectators will want to examine the card removed from the glass, he says:

Once the card is pulled off the glass, you simply place the glass down or give it to them. Ask for the center that was signed, give them the card with the hole in the center. The ripped out signed piece fits and they can examine Both the card, the center and the glass.

Things don’t quite add up. I have a lot of trouble believing that the effect would play as seen on the video. I could be wrong, and if I am I apologize in advance, but I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this will be one of those cases where the video is supposed to represent how the spectators would see the effect. If that’s how it is, the creator’s comments are disingenuous at best.

What’s worse is the continuous litany of excuses as to why the people who pre ordered have gotten the trick yet. Assurances are made and aren’t met. At the very least it’s an awful way to do business and is sure to negatively impact the creator’s future releases.

It’ll be interesting to see how this thing goes, and I can’t wait to see the first reviews. See you next time.

3 comments:

Intensely Magic said...

I'll be interested to see how this plays out. At this point, I'm guessing he delivers something, but what?

When you get to the point you have NO defenders left on the Cafe', you're really in the soup.

You're observation on the demo are dead on - crap city.

Take care.....
i/m

Jim Coles said...

I agree, I tend to think they’ll get something, but if it’s what’s promised in the video I’d be very surprised. What bothers me is that he made the statement I posted immediately after someone commented on the fact that spectators would want to see the card when it came off the glass; coupling that with the video, the clear inference is that the card is immediately examinable.

He never comes right out and says the card is immediately examinable, though. His words and the video just suggest that’s what he means, and he does nothing to correct the misapprehension. That’s more than a little duplicitous in my book.

Juan said...

I did´t knew you humorous side, nice addition :)