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motown
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On 2013-11-28 12:11, Bill Hegbli wrote:
TheFeds, you hit it on the head, here in America, we cannot deal with foreign currency. No exchange places/stores. Some people that go to Canada bring back their change and get rid of it by purchasing with change. Thing is, no back will accept the Canadian money. So the last person to get the foreign money is stuck. If an American wants to get some foreign money to go on a trip abroad, they now have to order the money through banks and weight weeks to it. Bank Travel agencies and regular Travel Agencies use to have small "sample" foreign currency bags that travelers could get, just to have some cash on them. Not any more.

All banks refuse any foreign currency, they do not know what to do with it. The only cities I know of that has currency exchange stores is Chicago and New York.

On this side of the boarder, people do not know the value of Canadian money is different. Do you know some of your coins just jam up our vending machines because it is magnetic.
Bill, I have to disagree with you.

Living in Detroit I can tell you we knew the difference in currency value between the US and Canada, especially when it was far greater in our favor. We also knew about the GST tax.

As someone who travels abroad frequently, there's not a lot of need to get foreign currency ahead of time. With ATM's you can get money the minute you arrive at you destination or use an exchange service. I'm pretty sure any US airport that deals with international flights is going to have a currency exchange service. And in Europe it's far easier now with so many countries using the Euro.
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Bill,
For a start, I travel a great deal in my work, throughout Europe and also to other continents...

I still disagree with your explanation. Whenever I see a price in USD I instantly convert it into pounds, and then decide whether I can afford it. I don't say "Oh 300 dollars sounds like 300 pounds, so that must be the same value". And so, going back to the original poster, when they said that they couldn't afford the book at $300, I'm sure (at least I would hope) that they had already made the relevant calculation.

Your calculations seem to be assuming that something that costs $1 in the US would cost £1 in the UK... for instance a drink in a bar costs 3 units of money regardless of what the currency is. Only under this (wrong) assumption is your calculation that somebody in Europe saves $77 correct.

In general I would guess that Europeans are more aware of currency conversion because we buy more from the US than Americans buy from Europe/elsewhere, and in addition we use many different currencies in a small space, so have plenty of practice of understanding its conversions!
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Genii november 2005 features the life and magic of Hofzinser, written by Magic Christian and Richard Kaufman.
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I would assume you members very near the borders may have easier availability, but not here in "middle earth". I tried to get a check in British Pounds, it took me going to the local branch, they called their home office in Pennsylvania while I sat there watching the customer service talk to someone on the other end. She took over an hour, and then they said we will mail you your money order. This then cost $40 for the bank services.

I use to sell some magic here on the Café to members in Canada. I ask for a money order. The local bank would not cash it, as they knew nothing about Canadian money orders. Thus the only way they would cash it was to send it for collection, which would take 2 weeks or longer.
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Non Plus Ultra (latin) means "nothing further beyond", one of Hofzinser's most popular sayings during his act.
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"It looks like there will be a small delay in shipping the Hofzinser books. We were able, at the last minute, to upgrade the quality of the paper, and this change cost us a couple of days in production. Delivery of the books to us has also suffered a small delay, because of the holiday season. We’re now estimating that shipments will be made around December 13. We’re doing everything we can to make it sooner. I’ll send out a general announcement to newsletter subscribers tomorrow, letting everyone know about the delay.

Best Wishes,
Stephen Minch"
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That's great, I cannot wait to see how good the set will it be. Hopefully, I will receive it before 31st. Smile

-Arthur
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On 2013-12-08 10:49, poonchingyip wrote:
That's great, I cannot wait to see how good the set will it be. Hopefully, I will receive it before 31st. Smile

-Arthur


I sincerly hope that too Arthur.
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I ordered mine on the payment plan back in December.... Now I have to wait until March to study these surely amazing tomes...
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Email today from Hermetic Press:

Hofzinser Is Being Shipped!

We have just received these books from the bindery, and they are bigger, heavier and more attractive than even we expected. We think you will be pleased.

We are now packing, labeling and shipping all orders as quickly as is humanly possible. We have hundreds of sets to ship out, but we have been preparing for this, and we think all orders should be in the mail by December 17, 2013, or earlier. If you live in the USA, you should receive your set before December 25. Most international orders should be delivered before the end of the year, depending on the efficiency of each country's postal service.

And if you have been waiting to order your set of what will assuredly be a modern classic, you can still do so and be among the first to read them.
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I CAN'T WAIT!
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Mine arrived -- but I didn't get a chance to open the shipping box. Big, heavy. Looking forward to this!
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Received my set today as well. No one should be disappointed. I still think Caveney's set is ahead of them for book of the year. But not by much.
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I know this is undoubtedly a lot of material to get through, but does anyone have some thoughts on what they have read so far? I am excited to get mine, but like several others I have a few more months to go as I did the payment plan. I'm now wondering if there is an option for early payoff Smile

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Allen
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On 2013-12-29 02:23, Allen Michael wrote:
I know this is undoubtedly a lot of material to get through, but does anyone have some thoughts on what they have read so far? I am excited to get mine, but like several others I have a few more months to go as I did the payment plan. I'm now wondering if there is an option for early payoff Smile

Best,

Allen


Hi Allen,
Sure, just write to orders@conjuringarts.org and tell us what you want to do and we will send you a paypal invoice and when you pay it we will send your book right out (unfortunately no more can go out before Thursday but all orders ship then)!!

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Peo Olsson
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Got my copy TODAY! Much to read now ...
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Some reviews would be appreciated.
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One of the most anticipated magic books ever and nothing? Really?
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They are too busy reading them. There is a lot of material to absorb and, at least the first volume, is not an easy read. My review of the first volume is in this months MUM
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Could you briefly give your opinion?
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