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Topic: Magic Nook Closing
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Jun 1, 2020 11:25AM)
Owing to sickness of the two old geezers, the Magic Nook will be closing soon. The plan is to gradually release the individual effects back to the original authors so they can keep selling their tricks on other sites (which will probably result in increased prices). I will try to keep you informed as the process continues.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jun 1, 2020 06:26PM)
Sorry to hear that you and Prof. Spellbinder are ill. But can't you just leave the Magic Nook site as it is now to allow people to purchase your material via PayPal?

I don't think it requires you to do anything other than continue to accept the PayPal payments to your bank accounts. So why closing down ?
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Jun 1, 2020 08:28PM)
It's called death. When one dies, control over the business is either lost or transferred before death to whomever will continue the business. We would rather have the original authors be in control of their own material and make those decisions whether to continue selling their material or not, and whether to increase the prices, etc.
Message: Posted by: Tim Snyder (Jun 1, 2020 11:40PM)
I wish you well, Jim. The Magic Nook was a great project. I admire your work with the kids in the community and never understood the hassles you got for mentioning your ebooks that contained tricks people were interested in. Especially knowing how cheap your ebooks were. I truly believe that you have many more admirers than detractors.

Take care,
Message: Posted by: Harry Murphy (Jun 3, 2020 10:19AM)
This is a resource that I will sorely miss. I think many of our fellow magicians will sorely miss the Nook. Cudos for the labor of love you put into it all these years. I've bought a number of articles/tricks from you and benefited greatly from the novel handlings and the valuable history lessons. I totally understand that time marches on for all of us. Knowing that little fact doesn't make this any less sad.

Perhaps the content could be processed through Lybary.com. They are good about paying the author's royalties for works sold.
Message: Posted by: jimgerrish (Jun 3, 2020 11:10AM)
I'd prefer that each of my authors make the decision about whether they will sell their own works or settle for Lybrary's royalties. It's a Wiz Kid thing.

Meanwhile, I have decided to finish up Wizards' Journal #42 with my variation on Del Ray's mechanical mouse trick.
Message: Posted by: David Todd (Jun 3, 2020 01:12PM)
Jim, I want to say thanks again for all the creative work that you and Prof. Spellbinder have published on the Magic Nook website over the years. I do hope the individual authors will continue to sell their own works , either on their own site or through Lybrary.com .

Best wishes to the both of you.
Message: Posted by: docguitarman (Jul 26, 2020 02:14PM)

I too want to thank you for all of your contributions on the Café and your wonderful creations.

Best wishes to all

Message: Posted by: David Todd (Aug 24, 2020 11:55AM)
I noticed an announcement on the Magic Nook site as of Monday, August 24, 2020 -

[quote][b]"Under New Management[/b]: Yusif Tremil, a former Wiz Kid member and trustee (1985 - 1995) who went on to college and medical school to become a health care professional, is currently taking medical care of Jim Gerrish and me and using his experience and knowledge of magic to take over the day to day operation of the Magic Nook for us. The increase in prices of our e-Books is helping to cover his services for The Magic Nook, just as our health insurance covers his health care services to his two bedridden patients and former magic teachers."

-Phineas Spellbinder[/quote]