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Bill Thompson
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This from Ever So Sleightly where the idea of pitching the papers came up and here is a question along with my response and question:
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On Nov 24, 2014, MagiCol wrote:
When it comes to selling the Buddha Papers to kids, what is, or has been, your selling approach?

A. it's done as a con, as something the kid/adult buys and then can't figure out how to work it

B. It is sold with instructions how to work it.


I'm no pitchman and I have never sold buddha papers, but I would imagine that you would have a routine worked up with the papers that will draw in the buyer without giving away the secret and the papers come with a small printed card with a basic handling and perhaps a short routine, kind of like the Royal papers do.

I would be more interested in knowing the pitchman's routine with the papers.


So how does one pitch the buddha papers?
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Those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven." - Chuang Tse
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I don't think you need a pitch for Buddha Papers.Just demo it and go for the sale.I sent you an P.M.

Don
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At one time, I added the Buddha Papers to my pitch joint. I sold a few but they really didn't move.

In my experience, there are much better pitch items. That's because the Buddha Papers require lots of folding and unfolding, which of course has to be done right on the table. So you don't get the good visibility you normally get with the Svengali Deck and the Magic Worms, and it's not that great for pulling or building a tip (unless you have Don Driver's charm and personality!). Also, in my humble opinion, it's not much of an attention-getting trick in the first place. After a lot of folding and unfolding, you can make a half dollar disappear or change into a Chinese coin -- not really a big deal, folks! Also remember that unless you are very creative, the Buddha Papers will probably require a reset to pitch, which is a time-waster that you don't need when pitching.

I should have taken Don's advice to stick with just the Magic Worm and Svengali pitches; instead, I learned the hard (read: expensive) way! But if you really want to pitch the Buddha Papers, get 'em from Robbins rather than Royal -- they are less than half the price, still good quality (will last at least until the kid reaches the parking lot) and are basically the same thing, minus a fancy cardboard sleeve. SETH
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On Nov 25, 2014, sethb wrote:
At one time, I added the Buddha Papers to my pitch joint. I sold a few but they really didn't move.

In my experience, there are much better pitch items. That's because the Buddha Papers require lots of folding and unfolding, which of course has to be done right on the table. So you don't get the good visibility you normally get with the Svengali Deck and the Magic Worms, and it's not that great for pulling or building a tip (unless you have Don Driver's charm and personality!). Also, in my humble opinion, it's not much of an attention-getting trick in the first place. After a lot of folding and unfolding, you can make a half dollar disappear or change into a Chinese coin -- not really a big deal, folks! Also remember that unless you are very creative, the Buddha Papers will probably require a reset to pitch, which is a time-waster that you don't need when pitching.

I should have taken Don's advice to stick with just the Magic Worm and Svengali pitches; instead, I learned the hard (read: expensive) way! But if you really want to pitch the Buddha Papers, get 'em from Robbins rather than Royal -- they are less than half the price, still good quality (will last at least until the kid reaches the parking lot) and are basically the same thing, minus a fancy cardboard sleeve. SETH
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Aw, come on Don, don't be so bashful!

We all know that if anyone can sell iceboxes to Eskimos, it's you! SETH
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