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Shanlip
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Hi Ted,

I have sent both an email and a PM to you.

Cheers
Phil
emyers99
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Got the latest release. As with most of the other releases, I haven't seen the gaff before. Essentially, it is a CSB routine using a key and two coins. You show a key, quarter and penny in your hand; close your fist and remove the quarter; close hand around the quarter; open hand and quarter has turned into a key and penny; other hand is opened and there is a quarter. The gimmick is clever and the use of a key certainly makes the change all the more visual.

As with all the routines thus far, this one is light on sleight of hand but there is a move that will take moderate practice to make it look smooth and to cover the necessary things that need to be hidden. Unlike many of the other routines in the series, this one lends itself to a bit more of a routine vs. a quick one off. That said, the gimmick is a bit thick for my taste. Not bad but somewhat limits the displays. So I likely won't use it but others may like it.
donny
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I canceled after 6 months. I was paying double for gaffs I wouldn't pay 1/4 for. Bad business management and they still owe me 1 gaff, ...I think. I didn't receive ANY card decks, canceled after 3 months.
Opportunity for "collectors" though. One day these coins will be like that upside-down red airplane stamp that goes for millions.
It's not their senses that mislead, it's their assumptions.
emyers99
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Didn't get a release in December or January. Anyone heard an update?
pkessler
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I cancelled many months back and my unfulfilled paypal charges were courteously reversed. I loved the concept and very much enjoyed the releases I received. However, I found myself simmering every new month when I would be charged but no coin was delivered. Accordingly, I thought it simply healthier to end my membership altogether-- and, as I say, I was courteously reimbursed through paypal.
emyers99
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I was hoping things would improve but they seem to be getting worse. Don't really want to cancel, but they are making it tough to stay signed up.
VMagical
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Agreed. I haven't heard anything and any updates on the Martinka page was done on Dec. 30th. I checked my account and it looks like I haven't been charged since December.
hayabusafan
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Hi Ted,

I have sent both a PM and an email to you.

Thanks,

James
osterloh69
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I have not been sent a release since "Quarkey" in November but have continued to be charged the monthly fee. I sent a communication a while ago, asking to be refunded for the months where I did not receive any item but have not heard back. I guess it's time to cancel to stop the bleeding and just buy the items when they become available. I too like the concept, but paying for items not received is foolish.

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--John Osterloh
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I loved the concept as well and would still be happily a member if Martinka had managed to stay even close to their goals. But alas, I cancelled a few months ago and to be fair received a refund for the entire amount I was owed very quickly and easily.

I think if Eric ever cancels that will sound the death toll for this project. Not really sure how (or why) they have managed to keep going this long. I would imagine it must be a nightmare for them constantly trying to catch up and keep up while dealing with what must be many cancelations.
Joshua Barrett
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Sounds like some of this stuff would have been cool if sold "al la carte". Seems to me the marketing gimmick.. the club aspect is doing the exact opposite of what you would want a marketing gimmick to do. Ruin the entire business and sully your rep.
Hondo88
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Ted is a good guy and will take care of any refunds promptly. At least that was my experience. Release #13 to be ready to ship within two weeks per latest email.
emyers99
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As much as I don't want to do it, I'm cancelling. Going on four months with no release. Signals to me that this one is about dead.
emyers99
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Release 13 finally arrived. Turn three quarters into three brass washers. First two changes pretty much happen one handed. Third change requires a basic sleight. Decent visual. Not examinable before or after, so that is probably the biggest downside.
StarManager
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My 2 cents here:

1. Ted is a good man.
2. Ted is reachable.
3. For me - let him charge the $28 and ship a bit late, or months late. Some of his creations are actually new concepts and they are brilliant. While I will never use some, they ALL get me thinking in a different direction and parts of these concepts are very useful for a worker.
4. What I get that is useful is WAYYYY under a retail price. He has a silver coin to chain and a coin to ring that are great workers. And fit a bigger coin routine. He has work with coins and keys that are very clever.

Part of this business and art is supporting creativity and great production. It's almost a tax that I feel, as a coin guy, I need to pay to get the brains and craftsmen their due and living. If we all just buy the best of the best a year after all the reviews come out the options and creativity will be stilted.

I say give Ted a break and support Martinka.

Martinka is not Todd Lassen quality or ingenuity but it has a place here for coin guys and unless we want to see nothing but card tricks next year we have to be a bit gracious to those trying to support our branch of the art.
"I'm a professional magician and once in a while I even work." Jonathan Todd Excelsior (StarManager)
gary2006
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I never thought about posting re my problems here re Martinka I joined coin club paid every month until march received nothing kept chasing and a=chasing got nothing then Ted apologised saying my money there but I wasnt listed he said in february hed ship out my 6 coin things owed ...ive still had nothing no magazine or coin gaff ...had another mail beginning april saying they go out that week now 6 weeks later still nothing . Id really like the mags and things but I'm not getting anything
StarManager
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Gary - Call Martinka and ask for Ted. Their phone is on the website. He should be able to track down your problem. He just sent me an order. Fantastic prop. Check out RINGMASTER. I'm blown away by the quality and value of this effect and gaffus.
"I'm a professional magician and once in a while I even work." Jonathan Todd Excelsior (StarManager)
gary2006
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Problem is I'm uk not usa I'm just wondering if its wasting more money phoning I want the goods but been waiting for 6 different ones had none maybe if he didn't do yours he could do mine lol
StarManager
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Skype is free or really inexpensive. I have sent your note to Brent.
"I'm a professional magician and once in a while I even work." Jonathan Todd Excelsior (StarManager)
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Smile where's my ringmaster.. LOL.. I am hoping I will get mine soon... I heard a few people have gotten theirs..
Eddy

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