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ross welford
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Hi Cameron

Are you ever tempted to email them and say, "Stop doing that until you can do it properly!"?

There are several "Nothing But The Truth" demos out there. The best is, I think, by you. There's another one by a guy with a Texas accent that's fun and well-performed. The rest are toe-curling. One guy even reckons he asked you for permission to put up a tutorial (having worked out how to do it!) and seemed surprised when you declined!

(Great trick though!)
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Russ,

I'm flattered some people like doing my stuff. Even when they do it badly. I started posting videos there merely to link them to my site. I never expected any of the demos themselves to catch on. But some of them have proven quite popular.

As far as exposure goes, YouTube is very strange place. A lot of the younger magicians (and some of the older ones as well), treat magic like baseball cards. They don't really have any respect for secrecy nor do they have an understanding that magic is also a business and that if you want to perform an effect, you need to pay for the performance rights. I get emails all the time from kids asking me to do tutorials for my effects on YouTube. I try to politely tell them that I don't believe in exposure on YouTube and I also suggest that they not support it. When I tell them that I sell my effects, they are stunned. They can't believe that people pay for magic tricks.

I try to stop the exposure videos of my stuff. But there's only so much I can do. I honestly don't have time to surf YouTube for hours on end so I'm sure there are some that slip through the cracks. Most people take them down if I ask.

The Internet is a strange new world...
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