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Ken Northridge
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Mindpro, there is only one way to find out if its different. JOIN! If you join at level one you will not be including in the "silly nonsense" forum which includes the political and religious talk. I wish you would join because your advice is always fantastic, but you will have to use your real name, which I don't have a clue what it is.
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Mindpro
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Thanks Ken. There is a "silly nonsense" forum? Hmmm. And my real name is Mindpro!
MJE
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Having been to the site a few times, I assure everyone that it's not hard to get to. It sounds like several people want lots of questions answered before they reach all the way over to the keyboard or mouse. Mr. Mindpro actually posed 10 questions in the space of about two inches.

I fully understand the difficulty in doing one's own work. I see that in my kids every day. I promise that if you simply go to the new site, it won't take you long to determine if you like it or not. If you do, stay. If you don't, leave. Pretty simple.
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Not quite so simple. There's really no point of it is just going to be the same as it was. Also other important questions come into play such as is this forum Googlable? This is extremely important for any forum that is requiring users to use their own name. No professional I know would want to be inclined to openly share their thoughts when anyone could just have access to it. Why do you think many of the pros here have used screen names (Maven, Derren Brown, Kreskin, Burton, Blain, Angel, etc.)?

There is much more to it than many kids performers or those serving consumer markets may have to consider. Again, if it's just for kids and family performers that may be different.

Also I was under the impression you couldn't "simply go to the site", that you had to first register, be accepted, and so on.

No one has still addressed the question several have asked as to why it was brought back? Many things to consider before I would consider being part of any community.
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With all due respect, I'm not sure it matters WHY it was brought back. Maybe the guy enjoys it. In this era, web sites start and end daily. No one really has to justify the decision to start one. All it takes is time and usually some money. I know a woman who started a site for her dog. I can't imagine that anyone would say that she needs to justify doing it, as dumb as it may be.

On another matter, I noticed the mention of James Wand. I, too, was thinking of the hypnotist and had a hard time believing that he was doing kidshows. I'm not sure, but I think the lesser known James Wand is the guy who has the Bistro going. Why he would choose a name that is so well-known for something else, I have no clue. Although, I am considering changing my pro name to Clint Eastwood. I'm sure it won't confuse anyone.
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On Jun 17, 2014, MJE wrote:
On another matter, I noticed the mention of James Wand. I, too, was thinking of the hypnotist and had a hard time believing that he was doing kidshows. I'm not sure, but I think the lesser known James Wand is the guy who has the Bistro going. Why he would choose a name that is so well-known for something else, I have no clue. Although, I am considering changing my pro name to Clint Eastwood. I'm sure it won't confuse anyone.


In the area he serves where he targets moms and scout leaders, my guess is the number of people who confuse him with Jim Wand is less than 0%.
A google search of " James Wand" will tell you he has nothing to worry about.
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I suppose that's probably true, but he sure does get around. The moms and scout leaders may have seen his hyp act in a grand theater or at a flea market. Or just about anything in between.

Of course, most will remember that they saw "a hypnotist." Same as us. As much as we try to nail that name recognition thing, about half the time we were "a magician."
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There is an excellent discussion over there at the moment about Reincarnation as it relates to those in the entertainment profession. Go check it out!!! Smile JR
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Not sure why Mindpro is so troubled by the Bistro! It is very odd to have so many questions and concerns about a place he has no intention of visiting! Very odd! I thought I had covered pretty much all his questions when I said it is just a place to hang and chat with friends.

Mindpro, old bean, if you are truly concerned about it, just call me and I can answer all your questions so you don't have to stress about it all any more. No need to keep making snide remarks, especially about people I like and care about. I am sorry the existence of the place causes you to spend all this time typing out so many words.

As for the James Wand / Dr. Jim Wand... It is funny - when I first came up with the idea over ten years ago, I did a search and the only thing I could find was a porn star named James Wand! I always felt a bit bad that I snapped up the domain name and possibly hurt his marketing efforts. I don't know if he is still working any more! Perhaps someone interested in that kind of thing could do some research. I wondered at the time whether I might get some mistaken calls to do some porn, but I never did.

As for the a Google issue, Mindpro does raise a good point. Neither the old nor new Bistro can be indexed by search engines. If you do a search, the only thing you'll find is a restaurant in El Paso and this thread! Plus, you have to be a member and logged in to read the forum.

But really, people, why does my little site generate so much speculation? It really isn't that interesting or mysterious! And I am a very accessible fellow. You can email or call me for a chat any time.
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Quite right James!!! I find people can be very odd sometimes..............especially magicians!!! Smile JR
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I don't remember even filling in a registration form. One day, I simply arrived as if by magic. Then I lost my password but James was most accommodating in supplying me with a new one!!! Smile JR
James Munton
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I thought he had already closed his group. It doesn't show up on my FaceBook any more.

Thank you for your good wishes marjochan.
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There's still a handful of us there talking about the weather - despite everyone's best intentions we were just never able to stay on topic.

Mark is harbouring an ambition to lure Mindpro to Busker's, but let's keep that to ourselves or Mark will kill me for repeating it.
Ken Northridge
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You know you've made it the magic world when you have people pleading with you to jion their various forums. Well done Mindpro!
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I am actually a member of the Buskers Café and can certainly confirm that it is an excellent place to be. It has all the things that Mindpro wants and even Danny Doyle is there too. Most of the members are full time performers and we even have a funeral undertaker to advise on dying a death as many performers do on stage as well as off. Do not be put off by the name. In actual fact although there are certainly a few buskers there the emphasis in recent years is on mentalism, trade show magic, hypnotism and of course Mark Lewis who has been there for years and never been banned. There is indeed an active kid show section but since this type of entertainment is the main money earner for the vast majority of performers naturally there has to be a section for that too.

Bob Cassidy is a member as is Flip. We have a Harry Lorayne section too although Harry is never there because no doubt he has forgotten his password. We also have a Richard Osterlind section..

But virtually EVERYBODY goes out performing for money. I sense that is the sort of thing Mindpro is looking for. If he is interested he should shoot Danny Hustle an e-mail. He can be contacted at www.buskerscafe.com
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