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Topic: Anyone seen this?
Message: Posted by: jclark (Sep 26, 2006 11:30PM)

I was looking at it today and wanted to see if anyone knows anything about it?

Black's Magic
Message: Posted by: kerpa (Sep 27, 2006 02:08PM)
What I wonder is isn't this in the public domain? This is in the same category as the give away's in trade shows of "3 card monte." It is a rather nice but very simple "optical illusion" governed by simple geometry.
a/k/a Michael Miller
Message: Posted by: Kipp Sherry (Sep 27, 2006 03:33PM)

Thanks for noticing it so fast.


You nailed it. But you may have missed the point.
Kings Fool is not an effect to fool magicians. It fools the lay people! I have personally used this as a business card for many years now and from my personal experience only about 2% of the people get it on the first try. The fact that it is a simple "optical illusion" is it's strength. They laugh, they think, and quickly they understand. But they still think it's so cool that they want to run off and show their friends.

Kings Fool is a MARKETING TOOL. Because Kings Fool is a business card, the people you give it to become advertisers for you. Marketing is all about numbers. Kings Fool allows those numbers to grow exponentually. You give out 20 cards, each person shows 10 of their friends, that's like you giving out 200 cards for the price of 20 and you reach more people than you could on your own. That's one reason why it works so great as a trade show give away.

So Kings Fool is not going to be a reputation making effect or win first place at FISM, but it will be one of the most unforgetable and affordable advertising tools you'll find and I'm sure it will get you some call backs.

I'm not sure if I answered your question, or if I just gave you a lot of sales hype. I have no secrets to hide here so feel free to ask more questions.

Thanks for looking,
Kipp Sherry
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Sep 28, 2006 11:47PM)
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Sep 29, 2006 09:30AM)
What size is the product? Business card size?
Message: Posted by: honus (Sep 29, 2006 10:49AM)
From the website:

[i]Finished Card size: 115 x 80 mm
(about 4.5 x 3.125 inches)[/i]

Although, it is also going to be available as a "print yourself" .jpg, which presumably could be scaled to any size you want.
Message: Posted by: Logan (Sep 29, 2006 10:58AM)
This is a fantastic idea!

If I were giving away business cards, I would DEFINITELY use this, without question.

I doubt any regular business card could generate the reactions this one does.

Good job Kipp!

Take care,

Message: Posted by: CasualSoul (Sep 29, 2006 11:44AM)
Not my style, but very cool nonetheless. Definitely an ingenious way to distribute your business card and possibly even create some new magicians. Marketing experts would be impressed with the ingenuity of this one.

Great job Kipp!
Message: Posted by: Kipp Sherry (Oct 3, 2006 10:39AM)
I just received a call from the company who is replicating the disks for me. They told me that they will be shipping the Do-It-Yourself Kit on Friday. I should have them sometime next week. I'm offering free shipping on the Do-It-Yourself kit for everyone who orders before I actually receive the product. The Professional Print version is available now.

I showed you this at Stan's Jamboree earlier this year. Thanks for your input.

The whole card is bigger than a standard business card, and the business card window is smaller than a standard business card. The finished product won't fit in a business card rollodex, but that's okay, you don't want it there anyways. You want it out being shown around. The finished product does fit nicely into a shirt pocket, ready to go.

Logan & CasualSoul,
Thanks for your kind statements. I hope it's more than just marketing experts who understand ingenuity of this one.

I have a couple of questions:
1) Some people have told me that when they went to my site they were not able to find the pricing information. I think this has to do with individual security settings that don't allow images or hyperlinks to be shown. I would be interested in hearing from you if you have had the same experience.

2) What do you think of the price?

Until we appear again,
Kipp Sherry

Posted: Oct 11, 2006 12:21pm
I just received word that the Do-It-Yourself kit is on it's way.

The official release date will be Friday, October 13.

All pre-orders made before then will receive free shipping.

Until we appear again,
Kipp Sherry

Posted: Oct 11, 2006 1:28pm
Here is a special offer to Café members only.

Since Friday the 13 is generally considered to be unlucky, I will make it your lucky day.

For the first 10 Café members who order the Kings Fool Do-It-Yourself Kit on Friday October 13, I will send you a $20 bill along with your order. Plus, you will still get the free shipping!

That's 50% off plus free shipping!

Contest rules:
1) You must use PayPal.
2) You must be a Café member.
3) Include your Café user id in the special comments area when you order through PayPal (This will be verified).
4) The order must be placed on Friday, October 13 only (Mountain Standard Time, not your time). Orders placed outside of this 24 hour time zone period will not qualify.

I will post the winners on this thread.

Good luck, and have fun!

Posted: Oct 14, 2006 10:14am
Okay! So, maybe Friday the 13th is a bad luck day. Two major problems.

1) Them Magic Café was down for quite a while on Friday.
2) My domain was sending out corrupted HTML so people could not find the link to the purchase page.

I had no sales on Friday so there were no winners. Sorry for all the bad luck. The Café has solved their problems, now I need to figure out mine.

I would appreciate any help in tracking down my problem. Apparently some people can find the links okay and others cannot. In trouble shooting this problem I am trying to find the similarities between those who can get to the "buy" page and the who cannot.

Here is where you can help. Please send me a PM telling me if you are successful or not, and what systems you are using ie: 1) Browser and version, 2) Firewall and version, 3) The name of your Internet provider.

When you visit this page: http://www.kippsherrymagic.info/sales/store.htm you should see 4 of my effects for sale. The top one should be Kings Fool and you should see a picture of the product. Actually all four products should each have a picture. If you do not see the picture for the product then you don't have a link to the "buy" page.

Whether you see it or not I would appreciate anyone willing to take the time to PM me and tell me whether you see the image or not and your system information I stated above.

With your help I can hopefully find similarities between those who see the image and those who do not. This one has tech support and I pulling our hair out.

Thanks in advance for your help.
Until we appear again,
Kipp Sherry
Message: Posted by: daffydoug (Oct 18, 2006 07:36PM)
On 2006-09-27 00:30, jclark wrote:

I was looking at it today and wanted to see if anyone knows anything about it?

Black's Magic

Now THAT'S a great idea! What a fabulous way to get your name spread around in multiplicity!
Message: Posted by: Daegs (Oct 29, 2006 06:31AM)
Let's not forget the classic "1-4-3-6" Domino trick can easily be put onto business cards, in fact even after they are printed(via a small stamp)

Also an easy way to "put a trick" on your business card, and also magical in addition to optical as they will be learning a magic trick(learning to cover to show different numbers).

ps please change the design on that page, much too large font, and I have to scroll *LITERALLY* 9 pages(and I use smaller than average default font sizes) to see the whole page, and it doesn't even contain enough information to warrant more than 2. The first image takes up more than an entire page without really providing an extra info that it would have from even an eighth of its size. The design makes my eyes hurt.
Message: Posted by: tpax (Oct 29, 2006 10:30AM)
Great idea. You should template it to a playing card size and a business card size as well. My real job is a salesman and I do a 3 card monte type effect and produce my business card that's printed on a bicycle backed card (actually on a label that fits the card but blends in nicely!). It would be hard to carry the original size during the day, the smaller sizes fit in a shirt pocket or card holder.
Kipp, some feedback you requested. Although I think the effect is great $40 is a little high, unless there is more then the CD. I think a lot more magicians would pay you $20 for your idea.
Message: Posted by: Markymark (Dec 6, 2006 05:56PM)
I believe this is $30.00 not $40.00 and...worth every cent.It is a quick and simple giveaway.Quick to explain and say...''Do you like it? ''You can keep it''
Previous to this I was using a give away with a simple [I thought!] binary number trick.But explaining the math to people who were not the sharpest tools in
the shed was starting to get to me so this great dvd came along just in time.
Highly recomended!
Message: Posted by: Mitch Schneiter (Dec 6, 2006 07:04PM)
Very clever idea and I'm sure sound thinking on the multiple viewing of your business card.
Message: Posted by: cameroncando (Jan 6, 2007 07:01PM)
This is a great idea. has any one picked it up yet I was thinking about trying the do it yourself version but I want to make sure I will really be able to do it!

Message: Posted by: Nick-V. (Jan 6, 2007 07:09PM)
Pretty sweet looking. Nice Job!
Message: Posted by: bradymc (Jan 9, 2007 04:15PM)

I got on your website and tried looking at some things. First of all, I can't view or download either of the video demos for King's Fool. I can't view the following pages:

I'm running McAfee 2007 on Windows XP and I tried using IE7, IE6, and FF2. Nothing worked. I started to have internet issues after being on your site, so I rebooted. McAfee blocked the WMV and when I clicked on the MPG, everything locked up again. If you need help, I do website design too.
Message: Posted by: Kipp Sherry (Jan 10, 2007 05:58PM)
Cam and a few others have asked if someone actually has used this. Seth Kramer has and he has posted a review. [url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=192950&forum=111#1]Click here for link to the review[/url].

Thank you to everyone elese who likes the concept.

Bradymc, sorry for the technical difficulities your having. PM me.

Until we appear again,
Kipp Sherry
Message: Posted by: ldl1017 (Mar 4, 2007 09:44AM)
This is a great item. I think $30.00 is more than a fair price when you factor in return from investment. I sent you a couple of emails regarding some technical details, but will be placing an order this week.
Message: Posted by: Kipp Sherry (Mar 7, 2007 05:38PM)
There have been a couple of published reviews so far.

Peter Duffie did a review for Magic Magazine in the February 2007 issue. You can read it by [url=http://www.kippsherrymagic.info/reviews/MagicMagazineReview.jpg]clicking here[/url].

Bill Palmer did a review for MUM Magazine (Society of American Magicians) in the March 2007 issue. You can read it by [url=http://www.kippsherrymagic.info/reviews/MumMagazineReview.jpg]clicking here[/url].

Thank you for the great reviews.

Until we appear again,
Kipp Sherry
Message: Posted by: Kipp Sherry (May 18, 2007 02:55PM)
A couple of new reviews are in.

Mike Gorman did a review for The Linking Ring in the April 2007 issue. You can read it by [url=http://www.kippsherrymagic.info/reviews/TLRMagazineReview.jpg]clicking here[/url].

Andy Charlton did a review for GoMagicGo.com for the May 2007 Episode 084. This is a podcast and you can listen to it by downloading the .mp3 file by [url=http://www.kippsherrymagic.info/reviews/GMGKingFoolReview.mp3]clicking here[/url].

Thanks again for the great reviews.

Until we appear again,
Kipp Sherry
Message: Posted by: jon_maronge (May 21, 2007 04:48AM)
I probably will be ordering this next week. Great Idea!