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What's the WORST marketing technique anyone's ever seen?
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Not doing anything and expecting the phone to ring.
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Homer Simpson standing outside of a bowling alley shooting a shotgun into the air shouting "BOWLING...GET YOUR BOWLING HERE!!!!"
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NOT TAKING ACTION! If you want to be successful but your idea of success is to let it come to you, then you are sadly mistaken. If you want to be successful in magic, then you simply must go out there and make it happen. You must be willing to put out the effort and the struggle to learn, to read, to adapt the information and to take action and test your results.

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Dropping live turkeys from an airplane on Thanksgiving ("WKRP in Cincinatti")

As for real, live magicians, it's already been said: anything is better than doing nothing. What may seem to be a stupid idea may well turn out to be brilliant and bring in lots of work.
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To quote Les Nessman "I swear to God I thought they could fly!!" Thanks Mark for reminding us of that old episode from WKRP.
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Sure ... except people in Ohio are sure to point out my spelling error!
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Mark:

Remember magicians do not only get old.. we just forget how to spell. hehe

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I live in Cincinnati (Milford is a suburb) and missed the spelling error.

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Sorry to be picky guys, but that priceless line was spoken by Arthur Carlson, and the actual line was, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!"

You know, I think that might be one instance where doing nothing would be preferable!

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On 2005-01-07 17:35, Nicholas J. Johnson wrote:
Homer Simpson standing outside of a bowling alley shooting a shotgun into the air shouting "BOWLING...GET YOUR BOWLING HERE!!!!"


Actually, that works quite well here in Texas.
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Hehehe I can only imagine it does. =)

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Now Now, we Texans aren't that Simple. No, wait, your right. I forget I'm originally from California and I live in a town where everybody is from somewhere else. In my show travels I have been to some of those towns in Texas and Arkansas too. You know Arkansas, that's the state where they move you to the right hand lane on the interstate and then shortly move you to the left hand lane because they forget they were really working construction on the right hand lane to begin with.

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Gosh darn it! yo' kin't git much mo'e southern then th' great southern lan' of Aestralia. If yer hankerin' t'viset somewhar BIG, then come on down unner!

Fry mah hide!

ok that was bad attempt at Texan accent...
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... I'm not sure, but I don't think a Texan would take kindly to being called a "Southerner". Texas is a land all it's own ...

As for bad marketing: How about advertising kids' shows on condom packages?

Actually, I remember one not too long ago (sorry, can't remember who it was.) This guy offered the local video store a trade-off ... he did some magic for them, and in return they let him place advertisement stickers on the video cases. He, of course, selected the family shows.

Unfortunately for him, this store didn't always use the same cases; when movies were returned, they placed them in whatever case was handy. Eventually, his advertisements ended up going out on "adult" films!

Anyone know/remember who this was?
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Using anything that claims it "Works for everyone" or says "By using my simple, proven techniques you can be rich and financially free"

Marketing and advertising are far from simple cut and paste ideas. While there are some techniques that exhibit better responses, NOTHING is 100%.
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DVA - so true my brother. Where can I get one of those big coins?
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I don't know if it works for magicians or just sideshow guys like myself, but getting 86ed from clubs because of your act is a bit of a double edged sword. The croud went nuts, the management hated it.

But I gotta agree with the "waiting for the phone to call" thing it definatly is horrible to have it happen, and kind of annoying when the promoter at the venue says "I'll call you back" so you paitently wait.

Or having a website that isn't that friendly, too many animations, not enough information ect.
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On 2005-01-11 22:01, Starrpower wrote:
... I'm not sure, but I don't think a Texan would take kindly to being called a "Southerner". Texas is a land all it's own ...


Dang straight!
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[quote]On 2005-01-17 16:20, Wolfgang wrote:
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On 2005-01-11 22:01, Starrpower wrote:
... I'm not sure, but I don't think a Texan would take kindly to being called a "Southerner". Texas is a land all it's own ...


Dang straight!

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