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Jay Are
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Too funny Sperris...

I asked mike if he wanted me to perform a simmilar favour and he said no...

Then he winked, and tapped his nose...


not sure what that means...

I C Y
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Jay Are
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The new site should be up soon...

http://www.michaelberends.com/

I almost like the new tag line better...

I C Y
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Hey Everybody,

Thanks to all of you that have sent the overwhelming amount of Pm's and emails showing your continued support.

We are moving ahead and have the first Podast back up and running. We've taken clips from the Tv pilot that we're filming and decided to make a video Podcast series with them. The new website should be up and running again shortly also.

There are still a few changes to be made I have contacted Steve about changing my Café username, which should happen soon.

Even though this has hit me pretty hard, and we have a lot of things to figure out again....I'm a hard guy to keep down. I wouldn't have been able to overcome everything else that life has put in front of me if I wasn't. I try to be a "cup is half full" type of person.

As I write this I look at the wall in my office and see a quote on my calendar:

"Without a struggle there can be no progress" - Frederick Douglas

I believe he's right.

Now that those of you reading this thread know what the premise of the show is, and my reasons for doing it. Anyone have any ideas as to what we should call it???

Michael
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It's just an opinion (no pun intended) but the new tag line is 100% better than the "old" one regardless of how it all came about.

I think your TV show title is hidden somewhere within your new tagline, and I think this new tagline is solidly yours, and yours alone.
Jay Are
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"Surreality"

gets my vote...

Or why not just "Impossible"

or an exclamation point " ! "
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Remember too that the name needs to serve as more than just a way to describe it. It needs to be something that identifies what it is. Take the first 2 Blaine specials for example: "Street Magic" and "Magic Man". Both titles told audience exactly what they were tuning into. Later, once he became a known figure, his name was enough to draw the ratings.

How about:

"Beyond Illusion" ?
Jay Are
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Beyond reality...
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Though it's nice everything has worked out, I can't help but be surprised that Raveen hadn't previously reserved the domain name

http://www.theimpossibilist.com/

This one isn't Raveen either, is it?

http://www.impossibilist.com/
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It seems Michael isn't the only Canadian impossiblist????

http://www.jkmcquik.com/
Jay Are
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Wow...

If mike had to lose his title...

Well, this guys site needs to be chnaged too...
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Good luck it seems that he has not only told me that he will not but he has invested a lot in his marketing and shirts and stuff! This is very interesting!!!!
Jay Are
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Well...

As a friend of Mike's I can say he invested a small fortune into the use of the name. Not only that but he and his team invested loads of time into this.

I applaud Mike for doing the classy thing and changing his title...

Not everyone's as ethical I guess...

Sad...
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How about "The Impossible-est." Smile

Just kidding, of course.

Rich
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Any news on this show???

Blair Marshall
'ShaZzam!"
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The Canadian Mystifier Michael Lee warned Michael against using the billing "impossiblist Over a year & a half ago.......still he ignored the advice...hmm

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Oh I know that, if you read some of his posts you will even see that they looked into legal ownership of the name, BEFORE they proceeded to use it. It would seem that the outcry here, and from other professional magicians may have made them (Mike in particular) pull back. Had there not be an outcry, you can be sure they would have proceeded with the use of the name. Why, because they would have had a LEGAL right, but what about moral? There is always a cost to working your business in this manner, even more so when you try to do an end run!

One difficulty today is newbies tend to ignore what has gone before, and they feel it is THEIR right to make use of whatever they come across, or has gone before, why be creative. As you can see from another post, because Peter R. did not have it (impossiblist) on the net, it was felt it was no longer being used. A short call would have resolved the issue (and saved someone $$$) A call to who? Perhaps Reveen himself, he CAN be reached.

When I purchased the "ShaZzam!" show I made sure that I had the rights from both John Daniel (the creator), and Lee Edwards. I immediately put up a site to detail the transfer. There is very little on John Daniel or Lee Edwards on the web, let alone the name of the show "ShaZzam!" which has been used by myself and themselves for close to 40 continuous years. I have others (Norm Nielson, Mike Cavenay, Abb Dickson, Rick Walker) all attesting to the fact that the name is now mine. John Daniel has even detailed what he has retained for his own use. Google "ShaZzam!" and see where you end up within a couple of hits. No it is not legally registered, because to stop everyone (internationally) it would cost me big $$$$. But anyone since the purchase, has no excuse for "lifting" the name. The same with Peter's signature "Impossiblist", even more so now that this thread has been put up here.


But, back to my question, what is happening with this show??? Still in the works? Has anyone seen it??

Blair Marshall
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