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One other thing about some dealers has me sitting on the fence, I'm not sure which way to feel about it, because there are pros and cons to this:

I've noticed some online dealers practically give away secrets by publishing a photo of the gimmick, and/or a very detailed explanation of it's workings.
On one hand, that's appreciated, because you know what you're getting, which is only fair, from a customer service standpoint. You surely wouldn't appreciate being kept in the dark regarding any other purchase from a different kind of store. Imagine buying your car or water heater practically sight unseen and being told "It'll just work". Smile
OTOH, (On The Other Hand) while I'm not a big fan of the "Security through Obscurity*" mindset that prevails in this profession regarding our secrets, the one place I think layman *are* likely to stumble across, even by accident, by say, a google search gone awry, is a magic shop site. Lo and behold, there is what a Raven looks like, and how it works, and how much it costs. "Hey bro, you know that wild trick your bud showed us last week ? I just found out how he did it !!"
Actually, it's the eBay dealers that are at fault for this more than the traditional dealers I think, and that's possibly an even worse scenario for "stumble-upons".
So, dealers, do try and tell us as much as you can, but don't give away the farm.

Perhaps the industry would benefit from some standardized acronyms - magicians would understand what's being described, but non-magicians wouldn't. Just look at the Information Technology or Medical professions to see how quickly you can get that glazed over look in your eye from trying to read through all those esoteric TLAs !(Three Letter Acronyms)

*The reason I say this is that despite all our paranoid attempts to safeguard our secrets, and the hassles that such efforts induce, anybody can waltz into their local library and quickly learn how most magic is done in an afternoon. So much for security and the closely guarded secrets drama.
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