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Did you ever speak to Michael Marlin?
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On 2007-04-17 18:40, silverking wrote:
As a citizen of a free country, Doug did what we all get to do, and that's to lead his life as he saw fit to live it.

Why does an explanation need to be found in excess of the fact that what happened was Doug's personal decision regarding how wanted to live his life?


There is a difference between freedom and license. Doug's actions in firing his help may have been perfectly legal, but it was thoughtless and unkind. Not only that, it was rude and unmanly.

Doug did think that he was going to learn to levitate. If levitation is hopping along the floor by clenching the glutei maximi, then he learned how to do it. That's as far as any one of them ever gets.

The same freedom that Doug had was what gave the Maharishi and every other spiritual fraud artist, including Deepak Chokra, Benny Hinn and Prem Rawat, AKA the Guru Maharaji (the pudgy prophet) and the Reverend Ike, the power to prey upon the emotionally bankrupt.
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I worked with Glen Priest for a solid year right after this happened. He rarely spoke of Doug unless prompted, but when he did it was with obvious fondness.

Everybody has their own perspectives of what happens in any given situation. Often they don't jive with each other, and just as often they're wildly inaccurate.
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Bill,

I actually knew Mike Marlin's brother Matt. I never heard anything negative about Doug.

Plus, Mike Marlin toured with Doug in the late 70's as his intermission act - not in the late 80's, when Doug retired. So he should have no reason to have any bad feelings for how Doug released his staff - considering he was not "on staff" at that point.
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