Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Magic Circle Jerks Us Off

Looks like the ol' MCJ has called it quits, at least temporarily. Too bad; he was the reason I started blogging during his "treasure seeking" days.

RIP, MCJ! Hope it's temporary...

MM

Keith BarryTV Special to Air on CBS

MAGICIAN AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ILLUSIONIST KEITH BARRY TO STAR IN HIS OWN UPCOMING ENTERTAINMENT SPECIAL ON CBS

Magician and psychological illusionist Keith Barry will star in his own upcoming entertainment special on the CBS Television Network. The special will feature Barry displaying his vast range of magic skills on celebrities as he demonstrates his intuitive capabilities and amazing talents.

Barry, already a popular talent in his native Ireland, has become a Hollywood force to be reckoned with over the past two years. Fueled by the success of his 2004 MTV Spring Break special, his live stage show, "Brainwashed," debuted with 19 sold-out shows in January 2005, and was later showcased at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. In May, Barry performed his live show at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas for their 10th Anniversary celebration as part of an all-star lineup that included Coldplay, Bon Jovi and Nine Inch Nails. His television shows have been broadcast in over 26 countries.

Barry's talents range from card tricks and sleight of hand to psychological manipulation and instant induction hypnosis. In addition, his repertoire includes death-defying acts such as catching a bullet in his teeth and driving while blindfolded. He has performed these illusions and on a wide range of celebrities in his stage shows and specials.

Keith Barry's special will be executive produced by Michael Davies and Eamonn Maguire and produced by Michael Bloom.

MM

New Ten Word Vocabulary for Women

Samantha Bonar of the LA Times -- writing about Maureen Dowd's new book, Are Men Necessary -- says she's learned that she needs only 10 monosyllabic words to effectively communicate with men.

You
Big
Strong
Yes
Chips
Game
Beer
Man
Want
Great

For example: "Big strong man want beer?" "You want chips?" "You great!"

I will avoid these words like New Orleans:

Me
I
Why
What
Can
Will
No
Never
Stop
Yuck

As in: "Why do you insist on my wearing these sheer red stockings?" "Can I have one of your beers?" "Will you let me know if you are married?"

Link!

TOTH to Mark Frauenfelder!

"Me Like."

MM

Monday, November 28, 2005

R.I.P., Bob Read



From Todd Karr:

Very sad to be the bearer of bad news. Bob Read died today of a heart attack while vacationing in California with his wife Pauline.

Last Tuesday, I had the pleasure of driving he and Pauline around LA, visiting John Gaughan, Max Maven, and Carl Ballantine. He had a marvelous time and was looking forward to continuing his visit in the US.

Bob was a superb performer, a master of misdirection, an achingly funny humorist, a great writer, and the world's top authority on the history of the Cups and Balls as depicted in prints and artworks.

I had the honor of collaborating with Bob on The Annals of Conjuring in 2001. His humorous essays on the mysterious magic historian Arthur Watson and magic items in The Spectator were brilliant scholarship and fine humor mixed together.

Bob had just lectured at the LA Conference on Magic History and all attendees are, I'm sure, grateful to have had a few last moments with this extraordinary man.

Love and best wishes to Pauline, his partner of three decades.

MM

Copperfield Plays God?



When you're young and see a magician at a birthday party, you think it's the coolest thing. But as you get older, you begin to question some things. Some of the tricks just don't seem as impressive anymore. Some people believe in magic and some don't. Magic is meant to entertain, whether it's real or not. But when is magic taken too far?

David Copperfield is the world's best-known magician. He's cut himself in half on numerous occasions, buried himself several feet underground and even made the Statue of Liberty disappear.

However, he doesn't seem content with those accomplishments. Now he's going to kick it up a notch and essentially be playing God.

In an interview with the German magazine "Galore," he said, "there is a great deal of new territory to conquer. In my next show I'm going to make a girl pregnant on stage." Then because of the obvious responses, he added, "Naturally it will be without sex. Everyone will be happy about it, but I'm not telling you any more."

Wait a second. He's going to make a girl pregnant right on stage? I don't think so.

It is physically impossible for this to be pulled off successfully. He can go up there, wave his wand and say abracadabra but then what? How can he prove that he did it?

Is she going to go through all nine months of gestation and give birth within an hour? Have her take a pregnancy test right there at the show? How will we know she wasn't pregnant when she walked through the door?

I don't find magic believable. Entertaining yes, but the believing aspect went out the window about the same time as my belief in the Easter Bunny.

Magicians now have those shows every once in a while where they let you in on all of the secrets that you would only see if you went to a show. According to these shows, the magician goes right ahead and tells the audience the behind-the-scenes "tricks" the magician (and the stage crew) is going to do.

For instance, one of the tricks was to make a tank disappear right on stage. Well the magician showed the tank and then these girls (dressed a little like Playboy bunnies - probably to lessen the crowd's disappointment by flashing beautiful women at it) moved this wall in front of the tank so it had 'disappeared.'

And through the magic (pun intended, of course) of editing, to viewers sitting at home it looked real. You've seen movies, they can make anything happen.

But this is stupid. There aren't any tests that can be done to prove this woman got pregnant right there on stage. I suppose she could take a pregnancy test right there in front of a crowd to prove that she's really not pregnant when this whole thing starts. But then what? Implantation of an embryo to the walls of the uterus can take days. It just won't work.

And one final question is how he is going to find a woman to participate? Is he just going to put up flyers asking who wants to be the present day Mother of God?

The only moral way I see this working out so it is acceptable to his viewers would be to use a nun. Then he'd really be playing God. Impregnating a virgin through Immaculate Conception and all.

Link!

MM

Magicians To Re-enact Miracles of Christ

Two magicians are set to re-enact biblical miracles such as turning water into wine and the feeding of the five thousand on Christmas Day.

The 'Magic of Jesus' to be shown on Channel 4 involves Barry and Stuart, two magicians from the show Dirty Tricks, carrying out a range of illusions inspired by the life of Jesus.

Channel 4 says the show, currently being filmed, is not intended to offend.

"One illusion might examine whether faith can apparently move mountains, for example," a network spokesman said.

The Scottish pair aim to prove that faith could move mountains with a trick filmed in a quarry.

Their version of the feeding of the five thousand will be staged in a football stadium.

Andrew Newman, head of entertainment at Channel 4, said: “It’s not the point of Channel 4 to make programmes that are bland and stuffy.”

The show will be followed by Tsunami: Where Was God?, in which a former Dominican friar will interview Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu survivors of last year’s disaster in Asia for their views on the tragedy.

This year’s Alternative Christmas Message will be delivered by Jamie Oliver, the celebrity chef.

Link!

MM

Friday, November 25, 2005

DUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!



I can't tell whether this guy's having a stroke or taking a massive, green, filthy, shit!

Link!

"Kindest regards,"

MM

Friday, November 18, 2005

Hilarious!



Girl who didn't do homework is put on the street with a "WILL WORK FOR FOOD" sign.

TOTH to Cory Doctorow:

An Oklahoma mom whose daughter wouldn't do her homework set her daughter on the street with a WILL WORK FOR FOOD sign to give her a taste of her future career if she didn't buckle down and study.

Link!

Way to go, Mom!

MM

Out of Breath



Shawn Lortie of Keizer set a new record in balloon inflation and tying over the weekend. His accomplishment will appear in the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records. ABOVE: What're you lookin' at? Shawn Lortie shows off his spouting-whale hat.

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes
Published: November 18, 2005

Belly to the bar, Shawn Lortie whips out two long balloons, pink and blue, inflates them and goes to work.

A few seconds later, he’s finishing up and calls out, “Hey Setiva.”

Setiva, dressed only in lingerie, moves over to Lortie. He presents her with a flower made of balloons.

“Awwwww,” she fawns.

Setiva says thanks and returns to the other side of the bar with two other dancers. Before she even gets there, the other dancers say, nearly in unison, “Awwww.”

“It spreads like that. That’s what I love about it. Within five minutes of meeting someone I can make someone laugh, give them something special and change their entire day,” said Lortie.

Lortie, 35, of Keizer has been making balloon sculptures for 20 years, but on Sunday, Nov. 13, he added a new notch to his belt.

He set a new world record for inflating and tying the most balloons in a single hour. The previous record, held by Great Britain’s Andy Simpson, was 370, 60 cm balloons. Lortie inflated and tied 520 slightly shorter balloons, still more than enough to shatter the record.

The feat was performed at Mo’s Seafood Restaurant in Lincoln City, where he moonlights as “Sir Chocolate Milk” from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

“While I was blowing up balloons another guy sat down at one of their tables and ate 200 crackers. He kept yelling out, ‘You’re inspiring me, man,’” said Lortie.

Monday morning, Lortie couldn’t tie his own shoes.

“My fingers were swollen from tying balloons,” he said.

Unfortunately, Lortie never got the chance to see what 520 balloons look like all piled up.

“We were letting the kids take them as I blew them up. The pile never seemed to get any bigger,” he said.

“I make about 1,000 sculptures in an eight-hour shift on good days,” he said.

It can net him up to $300 in tips on a very good day.

While the record is intended as a gift to his daughter, he used the opportunity to help even more people. The money he collected while making the attempt was donated to the Court Appointed Special Advocate program, which appoints volunteers to speak for children or their parents in court proceedings.

World record aside, Lortie was happy to have had the opportunity to fund-raise for CASA.

“If even one person picked up a flier and helps a kid somewhere down he line it will have all been worth it,” he said.

Lortie is an entertainer. As much as he blends in with the other performers in the din of the adult club where he is a day manager/deejay/bouncer in North Salem, he also stands out. And not just because of his 6-foot-2 stature.

His charisma flows so easily that once he gets rolling, the ladies dancing behind him are all but forgotten.

Lortie is part clown and part magician. He can make balloon sculptures, but given time, most people could learn the skills to do it.

He knows the secret to impressing even the most dour audience is misdirection. His magic lies in his ability to keep you talking, laughing or crying because your laughing so hard. By the time you come up for air, he’s handing you a balloon shaped like a poodle, a cactus, a spouting-whale hat, or even Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing – like magic.

Lortie was juggling by the age of 15, but soon discovered it was a spectator sport.

“People might slip you a buck or two, but there definitely wasn’t anywhere to go with it. So my friend and I started making balloon figures,” he said.

Over time he’s used the skill to work for the likes of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus organization.

While he’s able to make a living at it during tourist season, he pays the bill the rest of the year by working at the club. He’s there six days a week.

“Sunday is my church day,” he said.

Still, his skills come in handy at the club. When couples come in he keeps the females happy with balloon flowers and other creations. The only problem is when someone starts trouble. If it escalates, he risks hurting his hands.

“I don’t want to do that. I’m like a straight Liberace,” he jokes.

When he’s not busy working he can be found volunteering his time as either an entertainer or, when the season is right, as one of Santa’s helpers.

For years, Lortie has given his time to others. But breaking the world record, was a gift to the special girl in his life – his daughter, Chelsi, 9.

“I wasn’t there for her during the early years. I am now and this is my way of leaving her a legacy. Years from now she’ll be able to open the 2007 Guinness book and say, ‘That was my Dad,’” he said.

Aside from staples of the art form, such as dogs and fish, most of Lortie’s creations are of his own design. His Schwatzenegger is a Lortie original.

“People who come up with their own designs are secretive. One guy wouldn’t tell me how he made a sculpture until he found out that I live in Oregon and he lived in New York,” he said.

Lortie also finds new twists on old standbys. His fish often come attached to a rod and reel.

“I make money from it, but it’s also a way to express myself as an artist,” he said.

Of course, that doesn’t stop people from attempting to confound him. “The worst are the combinations. Someone will ask for a heart with a monkey in a palm tree,” Lortie said.

Another person might roll his eyes at such a challenge, but that’s when Lortie tuns on the charm and turns them into a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle with a couple of twists and pulls of rubber.

Over the years, Lortie has found compensation most often comes in forms other than money.

“The positive energy I spend doing this always seems to come back to me in some way. I’m thankful God has given me the ability to do this and I want to share it,” he said.

MM

Superman Returns



Looks like DC is rehashing its franchise beginning with Batman and now with ol' Supes...

Nuff said?

Link to trailer!

MM

Happy Thanksgiving!



MM

Rugby Fan Castrates Himself

TOTH to David Pescovitz:

Geoffrey Huish, 31, cut off his own testicles in February to celebrate Wales beating England at Rugby. He had promised a friend he would do it if his favorite team won, so he made good on the vow. From the Australian Associated Press:

"It took about 10 minutes and there was quite a bit of pain but I just kept going.

"The cutters were blunt so I had to keep snipping."

After picking his testicles from the toilet bowl, he went to the social club.

"I went in and shouted out 'I've done it!'" Mr Huish said.

"I took my balls out and passed them in the bag to a friend.

"Some people then laid me on the floor."

Mr Huish continues to see a psychiatrist.


And so will I. Whadda bloodfart!

MM

Thursday, November 17, 2005

How To Dip Fingers in Molten Lead



Hey, kids! Check this out:

From a 1999 issue of Skeptical Inquirer magazine: Physics instructor David G. Wiley shows how to walk on broken glass, dip your fingers into molten lead, and pick up as "orange-hot piece of space shuttle tile."

Before dipping one's fingers in molten lead, the hand is dipped in a bowl of water. Then the drops are shaken off and the hand dipped quickly in and out of the lead. I usually dip the first seven or eight centimeters of my fingers. Heat from the lead goes into evaporating the water and hence not into burning the hand, and the resulting steam layer insulates the hand.

TOTH to Mark Frauenfelder!

Link!

MM

Monday, November 14, 2005

Of Course, You Know, This Means War!

Yeah, it's old news, but I have places to see and people to do:

Recently, I received the following in my inbox from Jay Sankey regarding the previous partnership with Penguin Magic. Looks as if the relationship has fallen on some bad times. Here is the email in its unedited entirety:

To all of you who, over the past two years, have warned me about doing business with Penguin Magic...

...YOU WERE RIGHT!!

Actually, I've had growing suspicions over the past 16 months, but I was still really hoping I would never have to write this e-mail. I was really hoping that Acar Altinsel and Maxwell Murphy at Penguin Magic would be willing to be team players. But no matter how hard I've tried to make things work with them (and believe me, I've busted my butt!)in the end it
seems they are only interested in one team: THEIRS.

I remember once reading, "How relationships begin is often how they continue." I also remember how, when I first began doing business with Penguin Magic a few years ago I received literally dozens of e-mails from concerned magicians and mentalists around the world warning me about "the Penguin Magic business tactics." Even seasoned magic dealers warned me about "those Penguin guys" and how they have a tendency to sell knocked-off versions of other people's magic products.

At one of my earliest meetings with Acar and Maxwell, I remember telling Acar about the warnings and asking him, "How do I know you will never steal from me?" He replied, "Because we don't steal from our friends."

I now can't help but wonder if I was ever really "their friend" or just someone else they planned to rip-off from the very beginning.

Silly as it may sound, at first I believed Acar and Maxwell. I believed they would be honorable business people. I guess because I wanted to believe. That's just the kind of person I am. I want to think the best of people and it takes a lot before I finally come to distrust them. But as the months went by...

They replied to fewer and fewer of my e-mails and phone calls.

Advertisements they promised to place in magazines never materialized.

The agreed upon hotlink from the Penguin website to my site suddenly disappeared.

Checks began arriving later and later.

And all the while, I would receive at least a few e-mails every week from magicians complaining about the disrespectful service they got from Penguin Magic.

Then another strange thing started to happen. Penguin Magic started to order much smaller quantities of some of my most popular products and in some cases completely STOPPED ordering them...and yet they still advertised them on the home page of their website! For example, over a year (!) went by without them ordering a single "IN A FLASH," yet month-after-month it was listed as one of their best-sellers. Hmmmm...

I started to have some very dark suspicions. After all, what could be easier than having a printer punch holes in packs of cards and toss them in baggies? And keep in mind that at this point they were the world's only seller of Sankey Magic!

Then a few months ago, when I asked them if they were interested in joining my newly formed world-wide network of authorized dealers, they jumped at the chance. But AGAIN, almost from the very start there were clear signs that they had no intention of playing by the rules...

For the first few weeks of September they posted many of my products at lower-than-agreed upon prices and undercut all the other authorized dealers they had just agreed to work together with!! (In fact, up until the time of this e-mail, if you go to the very first page of the "Jay Sankey Store" on their US website, you'll see that they CONTINUE to advertise "Three Ring Circus" for $30 -instead of the agreed upon price of $40 that all my other dealers are selling it at!)

And then in late September of this year, after they agreed to remove a collection of "Free Jay Sankey Downloads" (which I had produced as a way to thank my wonderful customers) I received news that they had put them back up "behind the scenes" on the Penguin website! (For all I know they are STILL UP!)

And in even just the last few days, the Penguin boys have pulled yet another "fast one" and posted a parade of slashed prices on their UK website for several of my newly upgraded products with the instructional dvds. Again without my consent and in outright violation of the agreement they entered into as an authorized dealer earlier this fall!

The list of Penguin Magic's transgressions and violations goes on and on and on...

As I said at the beginning of this e-mail, I was realy hoping I would never have to "go public" with this information. After all, a business relationship is like any other relationship: there are private sides to it and it can sometimes take everyone a while to work out the kinks and overcome misunderstandings and miscommunications.

But recently, when I received yet more e-mails from some of you complaining that you had in good faith ordered from Penguin Magic some of my newly upgraded products and then received in the mail some of the OLD and OUT-OF-DATE products (!!!)...well, I knew the time had come to expose the boys at Penguin Weasel for who they are. I just wouldn't feel right if I didn't warn you, especially after all you have done over the past few years for me, my wife Lisa and my son Mason.

I'm also extremely serious about honoring the trust given to me by all the other dealers in my recently formed world-wide network of authorized dealers. Unlike the unethical cowboys at Penguin Magic, many of these dealers have families to feed and long-term ties to the magic community.

I hate talking badly about other people, but there was simply no way I could remain silent while Penguin Magic continues to pull the crap they have have been pulling for way, way too long. If I did that, I would feel like I was letting down far too many honest people.

With that in mind, I would like to ask you to consider boycotting Penguin Magic. Despite their clever web-marketing, they are still nothing more than cold-hearted, flightless birds who have only got as far as they have by riding on the coat-tails of other far more honest and creative people.

As a creator and manufacturer of magic products I have the final say in who markets my products. But as the all-powerful CUSTOMER you in fact have the final say in who will sell any products at all.

By finally going public with all this information, I'm trying to do my part. No I hope you do yours. Vote with your wallet and let's all work together to make Penguin Magic extinct today.

Thanks very much for your help!

Yours sincerely,

Jay Sankey

PS. The fast-talking boys at Penguin Magic have only purchased a mere 25 of each of my newly upgraded products with the instructional dvds. If they continue to advertise these products for sale for even just another week or so...I'll leave you to draw your own conclusions.


Maxwell Murphy addressed the theft accusation on the Magic Cafe:

Hi Everyone,

All of us at Penguin Magic are deeply saddened and confused by the public accusations that Jay Sankey has made this morning.

Penguin Magic has not infringed upon the copyrights of Mr. Jay Sankey, Sankey Magic, or any other individual or company. We have never manufactured any Sankey Magic items ourselves (or any other item that is owned by another manufacturer). Every single unit of Sankey Magic we've ever sold was purchased directly from Sankey Magic (or from one of their authorized distributors). We'll be happy to prove that we have not in any way violated the trust or copyrights of Sankey Magic.

Thanks to everyone who has contacted us in support. We work very hard to be the best magic shop we can be, and we're proud of what we've achieved so far. We'll continue to work night and day to serve you better.

Sincerely,

Maxwell Murphy

Penguin Magic

Do I have to say it? "I'm surprised this hadn't happened sooner..."

MM

Monday, November 07, 2005

Underwater Magic

TOTH to Zap2it.com:

David Copperfield has made the Statue of Liberty disappear, and David Blaine has spent inordinate amounts of time encased in things. But neither of them have ever performed a televised magic special underwater.

To that, we must turn to the prestidigitating team of Penn & Teller, who will take to the seas for an NBC special that the network says is the first of its kind ever to be performed entirely underwater. "Penn & Teller: Off the Deep End" is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 13.

"We've been living in the Las Vegas desert for years. Nothing but cactus, sand, scorpions and Wayne Newton," says Penn Jillette, the vocal half of the duo. "And we realized it was time to do a show underwater. Magic needs a good head-soaking."

The pair, who also host the Showtime series "Penn & Teller: Bulls***!," filmed the special in the Caribbean, off the coast of Grand Cayman and the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. As part of the two-hour special, they'll make a submarine disappear and do tricks with sharks and "psychic" dolphins. They also have a new "super illusion" planned in which they'll walk on water.
As with their Vegas stage act, Penn will provide running commentary on each trick and reveal how he and Teller pull off their illusions.

Penn & Teller are executive producing the special with Mark Wolper ("Salem's Lot," "Bullshit!"). Star Price ("Bullshit!," "The Tonight Show") will direct and also receive an exec producer credit.

MM

Friday, November 04, 2005

Kong! Fuck Yeah!



Check out the newest trailer for the Peter Jackson remake of King Kong here, in theaters December 14th! High definition trailers available for those with high speed Interenet connections.

http://www.apple.com/trailers/universal/king_kong/

UPDATE: Apparently, Apple thinks it's funny to direct people to their sales site using the above link, so copy the link's shortcut, past it in your browser's address bar, and go for it!

MM

Metamorphosis



Apparently, Jack Osbourne has shaped up. Pretty impressive... He's also doing Kick Boxing overseas in Asia Semi-Pro.

Now if only his pig sister would follow suit.

MM

Angel Levitation VS. Icarus Effect



Interesting. I received the following in my inbox from an anonymous source, so I cannot vouch for its validity. However, it does shed some light on what has been going on insofar as the disappearance of Icarus on various dealers' websites:

November 2, 2005
VIA FACSIMILE & COURIER

Dear XXXXXXXX:

Re: “Aaron Paterson’s Icarus Effect” – Alleged Intellectual Property Infringement

We have now reviewed with our client, Aaron Paterson, the recent letters that you wrote, on behalf of Criss Angel, to Mr. Paterson and to several distributors of Mr. Paterson’s products.

You have not indicated, and nor is it clear to us, in what capacity you represent Mr. Angel.

We do not consider there to be any merit whatsoever to the vague allegations of intellectual property infringement that appear in your letters. However, we do consider Mr. Angel’s continuing efforts, and your own efforts on his behalf, to threaten and deceive our client’s distributors into discontinuing his products, to constitute a serious and actionable violation of our client’s rights.

You allege that Mr. Angel owns unspecified intellectual property rights in the “Effect” that our client markets and sells under the name “Aaron Paterson’s Icarus Effect”. It is unclear what aspect of our client’s “Effect” (which is, in essence, a particular method for creating the illusion of self-levitation) that you allege Mr. Angel owns rights in.

Having regard to the fact that illusionists have been performing this illusion for centuries, the only exclusive rights that could reasonably be asserted in respect of this illusion would be rights in a particular performance of the illusion that has been recorded in a fixed form (e.g. a DVD) or rights in a particular method for performing the illusion. Exclusive rights in the latter could reasonably be asserted only to the extent that a method is subject to legal protection as a trade secret and disclosed to others under the terms of a contract.

If Mr. Angel is asserting exclusive rights in our client’s method, then this assertion is completely unfounded. Our client has been honing and perfecting his method since 1994 when he first performed an early version of it. As such, to the extent that any intellectual property rights subsist in this method for performing the illusion, these rights belong to our client.

We are aware that Mr. Angel has employed a method for creating the illusion of self-levitation that is similar to our client’s but different in significant respects. Our client respects fair competition and does not consider that the method employed by Mr. Angel infringes our client’s rights in his own method.

However, Mr. Angel’s efforts, and your efforts on his behalf, to unlawfully induce our client’s distributors to discontinue his products have caused significant harm to our client’s business and personal reputation and continue to do so. As you note in your letters, a number magic distributors have already been deceived by Mr. Angel’s false assertions into discontinuing our client’s product.

In light of the foregoing, on behalf of our client, we hereby demand that you and Criss Angel immediately cease and desist from pursuing this unlawful and defamatory conduct. In addition, should Mr. Angel continue to pursue this conduct, or should Mr. Angel attempt to incorporate any original aspect of our client’s method, as demonstrated in “Aaron Paterson’s Icarus Effect”, into his own DVD or otherwise, without our client’s consent, our client has instructed us to commence proceedings against Mr. Angel for all remedies, including, without limitation, injunctive relief and damages for unlawful interference with contractual relations, defamation and harassment.

Please confirm to us in writing by no later than Friday, November 11, 2005 that you will be complying with this request. If we have not received such written notification by that date, we will take all appropriate steps in law and equity to protect our client’s business, good will and reputation.

Yours very truly,

XXXXXXXXXXXX


It will be interesting to see if this gets resolved.

MM

Thursday, November 03, 2005

Criss Angel Levitation



See what happens when people who think they're magicians and laymen get together and try to figure out defying the laws of nature. Scroll past the video and grab some aspirin:

Link!

Welcome to ToolsRUs!

MM

Magic Spam?



It's not magic, but definitely magic-related. How many people do you think are really falling for this shit?

Witchcraft Secrets Revealed

Romance, Finance - Have it All

I just got off the phone with Giancarlo and he was telling meabout his new book about getting what (and who) you want withthe power of Witchcraft.

Yes, I said Witchcraft.

But not the bad kind that brings violent and negative effectsin your life. It's the helpful, spiritual way of the matter.

It teaches you how to use easy spells and 5 minute ritualsto bring more abundance, love, health and joy to your life.

He has students writing him testimonials and words of praise every day...

I am SURE you will love it :-)

Check out his website

Or don't.

MM