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Topic: Magic Mouse CD-ROM (review)
Message: Posted by: sethb (Oct 23, 2007 12:51PM)
I presently pitch Magic Worms and Svengali Decks, and was hoping to learn something from Stan Kramien’s “Mouse Pitch” CD-ROM, to improve my handling and patter, perhaps even add the Magic Mouse to my pitch.

For $18, I was expecting some video footage demonstrating the Magic Mouse moves and providing a record of the pitch. What I got instead was an 6-page Adobe text file and two more pages of advertisements for other products, including a “pitch tent” that looked suspiciously like a standard “E-Z Up” vendor’s tent that could be bought at any Wal-Mart or Sam’s Club.

Although the item is sold as a CD-ROM, I had frankly not expected to get a tiny manuscript. Of course, if the manuscript had contained some priceless patter or specialized Mouse moves, it would have been well worth it, but it was a very cursory affair. I know that, like other thread work, the worm and the mouse are not simple to handle convincingly; it takes time and technique to do it well. So for $18, I expected more than the simple admonition that “you need to move your hands forward to make the mouse move.”

In my opinion, anyone trying to learn how to handle a Magic Mouse from this short manuscript would be sorely disappointed. Ditto on the mouse pitch, which contained one cute line but was otherwise pretty flat, and had no information about when and how to turn the tip. I also note the manuscript is sadly out of date on prices to boot (in 2007, the mice are $65/gross for the American-made ones and $45/gross for their Indian cousins), about double or triple the prices quoted. That’s excusable for a printed book, but not for an Adobe file, which can be changed quickly and cheaply.

Anyone wanting background information and handling tips on the Magic Mouse would probably do far better to purchase the $20 booklet “Marmaduke the Wonder Mouse” by Mark Lewis. I have not seen the book, but if it is anything like Mark’s “The Long and Short of It” (which covers the Svengali Pitch), it will be worth the money and will discuss the real work in detail. Click [url=http://www.marklewisentertainment.com/html/mousebook.html]HERE[/url] for more information. Also, by comparison, there is an excellent instructional 30-minute videotape for the Magic Worm available, click [url=http://www.magicfuzzle.com]HERE[/url] and then click on the FAQ for more information. The tape sells for just $5, teaches you all the worm moves and the complete pitch, plus how to turn the tip, and it puts this mousy 6-page “Mouse Pitch” CD-ROM pamphlet to shame.

So if you’re really interested in the Magic Mouse, you can safely pass this CD-ROM by. Save your money and get Lewis’ booklet or the Magic Worm pitch tape. OK, now who wants one, just raise your hand and we’ll get to you as soon as we can . . . . SETH
Message: Posted by: WillRoya (Mar 19, 2009 10:07PM)
Seth,
I got the magic worm tape too and they have some good info. You can really make a lot of money selling these. I've only gone thru a few cases but they sell like crazy.
Will