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Jimso
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There is a plausible explanation for both the delay and the lack of communication. I suspect that Greg was surprised and overwhelmed by the size of the demand. Usually, such expensive tricks might sell a couple of hundred at most, but we can see from the order numbers posted here that more than 500 have been pre-ordered, even before there are any reviews. But that also increases the pressure on making sure that everything is perfect. If the instruction video was not up to his standards, it is perfectly logical that he would want to fix it before sending out many units. After all, a few more days of delay will soon be forgiven forgotten if the product is good, but any disappointment in the delivered product would haunt him forever. I am eager too, but let's cut Greg a little slack so that he can ensure that we love what we eventually get.
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On Oct 25, 2016, JackMagic wrote:
Not Good 4 months ago was almost about to send apart from the stickers now we find out the video instructions have not even been shot



That's not true. The video was shot and is available now. Greg is shooting an additional video to clarify some of the moves.
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Sorry guys these forums suck! cant edit my post cause someone replied to it(even thought they didn't...yet)....note to Steve....update your backend with a proper forum(phpBB?) we don't live in the early 90's Geocities era anymore. anyways....


not really sure where this goes? but I had already typed this out and replied to the person that asked for the review...

not really sure how to review this, given the nature of the effect but here goes:

Effect Name: Voodoo Puppet Puncture

Effect Type: Needle through hand

If anyone has seen Brian Brushwood's Penguin Live Lecture you might remember this little gem, if not check it out for sure. He doesn't go into an explanation for the method during his lecture so you really get a performance only however this lecture is good if you are into other 'shock' magic (I am not into the shock magic stuff very much but I knew I could find a place for this in my always evolving list of effects for a stage show set.

Michael creates a beautiful hand crafted item especially for you. The care and detail put into this is top notch. The construction is crafted by an expert with very good materials. This review is kind of hard for me as this doesn't come with any routine. You are just getting a puppet made by a MASTER puppeteer. Each puppet that Michael creates by hand is a one of a kind. He will walk through every step of the creation with you, to create a one of a kind puppet. This is not a cheap effect, but in my opinion you are definitely getting what you pay for. As there is no routine for this effect shipped with the puppet, this review isn't like most. I am really just really reviewing a custom made puppet and the process I kind of went through to get it.

The order process kind of goes like this, you send him an outline of your arm/hand and he will create a template based off that to create the puppet with. Michael uses excellent fabric choices and the accents for the hands and hair make the puppet stand out. The evil 'face' of the puppet is my favorite part, this thing looks pretty creepy but in a 'Tim Burton' way. Even the teeth and eyes are made from wooden materials and really make the puppet have depth instead of something being drawn/painted on. Allow him a few weeks to create your vision, then he mails it and provides tracking so it couldn't be any easier. I'm extremely happy with my purchase I would recommend anyone that likes offbeat type tricks to consider this! Michael really hits one out of the park (Go TRIBE!!!!) from start to finish he truly is a MASTER of puppets Smile Let me know if you guys have any other questions and I will try my best to answer them.
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The links of the full performances doesn't work anymore. Does anyone have a new link or new performance? Smile
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On Oct 25, 2016, Jimso wrote:
There is a plausible explanation for both the delay and the lack of communication. I suspect that Greg was surprised and overwhelmed by the size of the demand. Usually, such expensive tricks might sell a couple of hundred at most, but we can see from the order numbers posted here that more than 500 have been pre-ordered, even before there are any reviews. But that also increases the pressure on making sure that everything is perfect. If the instruction video was not up to his standards, it is perfectly logical that he would want to fix it before sending out many units. After all, a few more days of delay will soon be forgiven forgotten if the product is good, but any disappointment in the delivered product would haunt him forever. I am eager too, but let's cut Greg a little slack so that he can ensure that we love what we eventually get.


I'm all for cutting Greg some slack but there are so many inaccuracies in this post that I had to respond.

First, Greg has mentioned a couple reasons for the delay but being overwhelmed is not the major reason from what he has said.

Secondly, being overwhelmed is totally not a valid excuse for lack of communication. Not communicating is a choice, not something that is out of your control.

Third, we have no idea what the order numbers mean in relation to sales. We don't know that they are in sequential order or started with number 1. But even if they are it doesn't mean they that they are confined strictly to Rubicon and don't apply to ALL products purchased from the site. That could be total orders from when the site first went online. We simply don't know.

Fourth, Greg claimed orders were shipping or had shipped long before he was apparently aware that there was a section missing from the instructional video. Before the problem was discovered all orders had supposedly shipped.

But I do agree that when you state that the reason for the delay was in order to make sure things are absolutely perfect then that does put more pressure on you to deliver a product that is perfect, and I still don't mind waiting a bit longer. But if it stretches into a few more weeks then many folks are going to be upset. Not from having to wait but from feeling like they haven't been treated properly.
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On Oct 24, 2016, Stevethomas wrote:
I communicated with Greg and he's working to shoot some more video to include the missing moves.


Steve


Since the video is a download and not a DVD, adding a segment is no big deal besides the hassle of having to shoot and edit it, but I am curious how you were able to communicate with Greg so quickly.
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Since my company blocks the supplied tutorial website (probably because of the name), and my iphone won't play the videos...is there any other way to access the tutorials? Perhaps an alternate website address? Probably should ask Greg this question, I suppose
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On Oct 25, 2016, dooblehorn wrote:
Since my company blocks the supplied tutorial website (probably because of the name), and my iphone won't play the videos...is there any other way to access the tutorials? Perhaps an alternate website address? Probably should ask Greg this question, I suppose


Well, suddenly and mysteriously, the videos now automagically work on my iphone...very weird!
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Now that's magic! Smile
see, it is real after all Smile
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I emailed him.
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In fairness, it's called Rubicon, there were clues.
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Regards,
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Anybody else see this?

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=76



Wow, what the heck?!
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Just got mine, and it's beautiful. Just having a bit of trouble with setting up the initial cube for the one-handed solve, as I couldn't quite find the instructions for that, and I have a spatial cognition impairment that keeps me from understanding it easily enough.

Nonetheless, I like what I have so far, and will be using this in my shows once I figure out this little hitch.
- Kel Fabie
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Just bought the one that was offered for sale. quick thinking.

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On Oct 26, 2016, BMWGuy wrote:

Just bought the one that was offered for sale. quick thinking.


In spite of taking a late purchase decision, your quick thinking of grabbing the one on sale in MINT Condition puts you far ahead of the rest who pre/post ordered long back and are still waiting for the package to show up in post. You are a very lucky man. Smile

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On Oct 26, 2016, BMWGuy wrote:

Just bought the one that was offered for sale. quick thinking.


In spite of taking a late purchase decision, your quick thinking of grabbing the one on sale in MINT Condition puts you far ahead of the rest who pre/post ordered long back and are still waiting for the package to show up in post. You are a very lucky man. Smile

Smile


But it's basically the equivalent of him paying $50 extra for expedited shipping, and he may or may not receive it before the bulk of the pre-orders are received (although I would bet he will.) Smile
But all in all I'm sure he'll love it and be happy to have it so I think it was a good move by him.

Can't recall this happening before quite like this. When there is one for sale on the Café before most have even received theirs. But then this whole Rubicon experience has been pretty strange.
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Just got mine! Hope to get some time to check it out seriously today.

Now maybe this forum will be worth looking at again.
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Ustaad, whats the problem? why the lament?
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