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Don Dasher
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It really adds to my experience. But I'm a big fan of intrusive advertising.

It's like a blue fungus creeping in to the corners of my screen. As if there was someone behind the green monster, pulling it's strings. (and raising awareness of live magic)

Spooky!


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On 2012-11-16 16:23, Bill Hegbli wrote:
Some time back everyone received a PM from Steve, telling about this new feature. If you don't read your PM's it may still be their.

This was presented as a "Help" and "Expert" contact. They will answer all your questions by their experts in magic. I guess they have a large library to consult, as this is suppose to be not just for questions on a product, but expert answers to all magic questions.

I have not read a reference of anyone using it as yet, meaning no posts that Penguin gave them the answer they were looking for in their quest for additional knowledge.

This is mainly in the new tricks sections like this and The Good, Bad, and the Garbage sections of the Café. It seems to have expanded to this section more recently.

I am sure over time all the forum topics will have pop-up advertising, can't get away from constant advertising. Remember, you have money and they want it in their pocket and not yours.

So if you have magic questions you need answered, don't bother posting on the Café, just ask Penguin Magic's Live Product Help.


Oh, okay. Now it makes sense. Don't tell me people actually read Steve Brook's private messages? Just kidding. I'm sure I read it and then forgot about it.

I honestly thought there was something wrong with my computer, and I wanted to check and see if I was the only one with these Penguin pop-ups on the lower right corner of my Magic Café screen.

I see why they're in "Latest and Greatest" and "The Good, Bad, and the Garbage" areas. Maybe I'll try using it sometime. I've used it on the Penguin site before to ask a question about a product.

Thanks for clearing this up, Bill. I still think it's kind of annoying and you should be able to click on the "X" and get rid of it, but I can certainly live with it.

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On 2012-11-16 15:38, Robert M wrote:
Not for me.

I still have a "Live Product Help: ONLINE" pop-up. And, when I click it, it says:

"See Doug Conn LIVE

Have a question about a trick or product? We're here to help!

Chat courtesy of
http://www.PenguinMagic.com"

Robert


Robert the little live help bar was announced by Steve Brooks last October:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=38&0

From Steve:

As most of you know, I consider the Magic Café a work in progress. Always adding some new things while often removing some of the old.

Working with my buddy Acar Altinsel and the gang over at Penguin Magic (who are now official supporters of the Café ), during the next twelve months we will be engaging in a little experiment of sorts.

Penguin Magic will now be assisting Café members in helping them to better understand many of the new offerings which become available to the magic community on almost a daily basis.

Let me explain.

Begining today, any Café member who browses thru the topics of following forums: Latest & Greatest, Tricks & Effects, Books, Pamphlets & Lecture Notes, Dvd, Video tape, Audio tape & Compact discs, Ebooks, PDF's or Downloads, Stage Illusions or Magical Accessories will now notice a little message in the lower right-hand corner of their screen.

The message says; "LIVE PRODUCT HELP: 8-4PM M-F"

Basically, anytime during normal business hours (Monday thru Friday) you need only CLICK the little box and you will be chatting LIVE with a spokesperson from Penguin Magic!

So, say you are reading a discussion on the latest card trick but have a few questions in the back of your mind which have yet to be answered on the Café - give that box a CLICK and chances are you'll quickly have answers to those questions by a very knowledgeable Penguin Magic associate.

How cool is that?

Well hold-on to your seats folks because we have plenty more new features coming to the Café over the next few months and I want to thank all of you for your continued support of my little website which has helped to make features like this one possible.
Don Dasher
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Mine grows larger every time I leave an unfavorable comment about Penguin Magic.

At this point 75% of my screen is covered.

Also, when I try to close it, it darts around the screen like it's trying to escape.

I tried to get help through the box but right as I was finishing typing my question the girl from the Exorcist popped up screaming and scared the beejezus out of me.

Anyone else experiencing this?


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I'm all for the popups if they help support the Café. And -- honestly -- the Penguin lectures are fantastic. I'm not affiliated with Penguin, but I've bought a bunch of magic from them and I love the lectures.
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On 2012-11-16 16:36, Robert M wrote:

I still think it's kind of annoying and you should be able to click on the "X" and get rid of it, but I can certainly live with it.

Robert


You CAN get rid of it if you click on the "X".

It's just that the "X" is not visible unless you go searching for it. Look for it in the upper right corner area of the pop-up near Doug Conn's head and you should find it.
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On 2012-11-16 18:09, BatsMagic wrote:
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On 2012-11-16 16:36, Robert M wrote:

I still think it's kind of annoying and you should be able to click on the "X" and get rid of it, but I can certainly live with it.

Robert


You CAN get rid of it if you click on the "X".

It's just that the "X" is not visible unless you go searching for it. Look for it in the upper right corner area of the pop-up near Doug Conn's head and you should find it.

Yes but every time you acccess another forum it COMES BACK Smile
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When I click the x it disappears but it comes back when I leave the page. It's really annoying! The little yellow band is fine but the picture over it is a nuisance. That said, I'm a big fan of Penguin Magic.
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It hasn't popped back up for hours on my screen. Is everyone else getting it?
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It's very annoying and it's now growing in size , even more annoying. And most items are not sold by penquin, they have no clue about most products.
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It just popped up on my screen. I like Doug Conn, so it doesn't bother me. If it was my image that popped up, I'd be annoyed.

Dave, anytime I used the live help option they were able to answer my questions on products they carry. Did you ever use it?
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It totally messes with my tablet. Go away.
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I dislike it..
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It doesn't bother me. Penguin is supporting the Café. They are great to deal with and I can always trust them to get orders out fast and cheap. Thanks Penguin!
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Thanks everyone for so much helpful feedback!

As a test, I've made the image less than half the size. This may change, but I wanted to see if that made a difference. It covers much less discussion content, especially if you're on a smaller screen.

Thanks again!
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Does yours have an X to delete it? Mine does not. I HATE it.

NO other advertising site I know of still using floating reminders that do NOT allow you to remove them.
It actual makes readers DISlike the company. I am a total Penguin customer and fan. I purchase stuff from you guys all the time. But if you don't give me a way to remove that stupid advertisement, I will annoy you back by purchasing my stuff from one of the other advertisers that doesn't annoy me. It is as simple as that.

Why would I purchase product from an advertiser that annoys me on EVERY page I read??? Would you?
Let me read your ad once and then remove it, I'm not an idiot.
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Joe, if you hover over the Doug Conn image an X appears in the top right corner that allows you to close it. It might not work that way for all browsers though, I don't know. With my mobile browser it doesn't.
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Right but then it appears again the next page you go to...I want to go to the south pole and start clubbing penguins...
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Looks like they worked on the image. The actual box is there, but is transparent so it blocks less Café content. The image of Doug Conn of him displaying the ace of spades is his "Tic Tac Turnover" which is a cool card revelation he teaches on his Built To Last DVD.
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Thanks so much everyone.

We want to continue a) supporting the Café with advertising and b) raising awareness for the outstanding magicians coming to lecture while c) maintaining the high quality Café browsing experience.

Here's our current plan in response to your (great) feedback:

1. Make the pop-up barely visible Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.
2. Make it slightly more visible Thursday Friday Saturday in preparation for the live event
3. Sunday-only we'll spread our wings a little more to announce that evening's show.
4. Work with the software team to make the "close pop-up" semi-permanent. This makes sense!

If all of these work out, I think you'll be pleased, and it'll really minimize the trouble several of you have expressed (particularly the tablet guys)

Thanks for all your support and patience, guys.
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