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Press Display - your papers online

Ever miss that important newspaper article and spend weeks trying to track someone down has has a copy?

I just came across this amazing site that has archive copies, online, of newspapers around the world - and it's a searchable database too.


If you missed the piece about 'The Melbourne Magic Festival' in Australia's 'Herald Sun', just go to page 31 on Sep 8 and you can read it online or print it out! It will cost you $2.75 per newspaper, but it's a lot easier than any other way of trying to track it down!

Or you can now read it online, errors and all, at the AIM site here.

New Magic Unlimited website on it's way!

Sorry for the less frequent posting over the last week or two.

With the amazing assistance of Brendan Croft I've been creating a new Magic Unlimited website in Joomla and it's unbelievably time consuming. So far it has over 300 pages of content (including over 100 pages for the Magic Unlimited artists we represent), and I'm still typing for anything from 4 to 14 hours a day.

The aim is to get the site up and running in about two weeks.

Ambitious, but doable...and it should be a marked improvement on our current FrontPage site (which, in turn, was a marked improvement of our previous Word website).

Anyway, I'll let you know when it's ready to be browsed and hopefully it will be much more functional, more attractive and less "home-made" than our current site.

One down, fifty thousand and nine to go...

Good news today that one exposure website has been forced to close it's doors, thanks to legal action by James Clark of Black's magic. The exposers were also "sharing" magic videos they purchased with all the members of their site. James was able to track them down and hit them with legal action. Strangely enough, they still don't think they were doing anything wrong.

I purchased a DVD called "Holy Grail" from Black's Magic Group. Once I purchased this DVD I made a post on the forum in the VIP saying "I got this today, will upload when arrives". Well, it appeared that the owner of Black's Magic Group (James L. Clark) was registered here and was VIP. He saw my post and cross-examined his orders. I then received a call from James Clark 1 week later. He contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation and threatened to contact my college.

I tried to play buddy-buddy with him, however his downloads kept showing up, and his demands soon became irrational. I didn't want him to continuously to have the upper hand. After being visited by an FBI agent at my home, I really sat down and thought about the situation. After some thinking I realized I did nothing wrong and I was protected by laws. I contacted two lawyers, (one in Chicago IL and one in Miami FL). Both lawyers guaranteed me getting off without anything on my record and the site could remain ONLINE. Now comes the hard part, I asked the lawyer how much it would cost me. They both ranged from 500-900 USD per hour. I myself do not have this kind of money, and am already backed up in server payments. On the other hand James Clark has plenty of it.

So as many of you can see, this is my situation. I will keep the FORUM and the WEBSITE open, but the downloads will be removed from the server. It may take time to convert a few things, but hopefully within the first week of removing the downloads the site will be running smoothly again.

What will I do for you?
- I will be more then happy to archive and compile all links for you and post it for download. Therefor anything previously posted in the past can be obtained.
- Refund any donations of users who feel that I "stole" their money.
-Leave the majority of the site open for users to converse about magic related material.
-Convert the site to a "Learn Magic Tricks" style, so users are still able to expose methods and learn, just no copyrighted material.
-Try to get all members a place over at Art of Misdirection.

They also mentioned they were upset by the comments of another magic exposure website, and because of that, they're going to dob the owners of the other website into the FBI (it's great, like dominos knocking each other over!)

Someone has brought to my attention that NeoMagician has posted about this, thats cool, however after reading the posts by NeoMagicians users I was extremely displeased! Just about every member of NeoMagician was happy! They where cheering and praising ExoMagic for being shut down!

I am baffled at this, I know that if NeoMagician was shut down NONE of our members would do anything of that sort, or at least I would hope not.

I noticed one of their users posted, "must have been karma". Well, here is where karma comes in and bites WagetheWar in the ass. I never did anything to NeoMagician nor WagetheWar, therefor no karma for me. However WagetheWar did take my money from my donation and ban me from the site, want to know what karma is a bitch? I have all of WagetheWar's personal information.

I have been in close contact with the same Federal Agent that contacted me, James L. Clark, and his college in Tennessee (Middle Tennessee State University). Wage, or shall I say Nic, you will be hearing from me in the near future.

Readinging the post gives some insight to the warped perspective these guys have. Their world is a very different place.

I had a dream!

ClipchatI had a weird dream the other night.

You know those little 'Wizards' that come with certain computer programs? Little animated characters that help you to do certain things like search or format a page?

I dreamt that you could choose from a vast range of animated characters and have it downloaded directly into your brain. It would then give you direct access to the internet, so you just had to think of what you wanted to know and this character, like a cyber-Jiminy Cricket on your shoulder, would tell you the answer.

The more I thought about it, I realised it's inevitable. I think, one day, we will all be wired up directly to the internet... with all of the world's accumulated knowledge literally in our heads, without the need to ever learn a single thing.

Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.” - Henry Ward Beecher


I forgot to give you my review of my new HTC TOUCH phone!

Basically, it's the best phone I've ever had! The organiser features are just as good as my old XDA, and the phone itself is very good with great volume, inbuilt speaker phone that actually works and all the gimmicks and accessories you could ever want. The actual "touch" features (where you operate the phone with your finger or thumb) work very well, but only on the HTC parts of the phone... the Microsoft Outlook features (calendar, contacts, notes etc) really need you to use the stylus to work them accurately.

Another positive is the outer coating of the phone itself. It's almost rubberised, so you feel very confident when gripping it.

The only drawback, which is also a great selling point, is the size. It's so small I keep it in the top outer pocket of my jackets, but keep forgetting it's there when I hang my coats up in the wardrobe.

Phoney Phollow Up

02Last night, on the way to two shows, my O2 XdaII carked it. It wouldn't let me make any calls, it froze up, then turned itself off. I rebooted it a few times with no success.. which was annoying because 1: I was running late and I wanted to call the booker to let him know, 2: The addresses of both shows were on the phone.

Luckily, it turned itself on and off a few more times during the journey and I was able to get the addresses. I was also able to check that it wasn't just drained. Nope. 23% battery left and 100% of reserve battery.

About two weeks ago it started doing weird things, like freezing up during phone calls so none of the buttons worked. It did that during one call. It disconnected me, but when I checked it later that night, it was still logging the phone call... over 5 hours! Thankfully it had disconnected from Optus and was just amusing itself (and scaring the heck out of me... that would have been a $200 call!)

I've read other reports about the new O2 phones doing similar things straight out of the box, people say they make a great PDA but a lousy phone. Add to this my experience two years ago when I lost the charger (I've only had the phone 2-3 years). The shop where I bought it from couldn't help me, they said they can't get parts from O2 and the local service centre had closed down and all repairs were down through Queensland.

Dopod Imate_jasjam_3g850_2 My brother recommended the Dopod 8380 phone or the IMate JasJam. Both are pretty much the same phone, and Telstra sources tell me the return rate on faulty JasJam's is very high, and my local Optus dealer confided that he sold 17 Dopod's recently and they all came back faulty! Popular phones, but not very reliable.

Other than that, the only other PDA phone I can find that will sync to Outlook are the Blackberries,Treo but I hate the tiny pretend keyboards which take up half the surface of the phone and leave you with a smaller screen. Even the new O2s have a much smaller screen than my XdaII.

Even the HTC Touch has a smaller screen.. but from what I can see it looks like being the best out of a very small selection... and we won't get the iPhone here in Australia for another 12 months at least...

Good news though! My Optus dealer has ordered some Touches in and they arrive Tuesday morning. Give me a few days roadtesting the thing and I'll give you a report. You have to admit though, if you visit the website, it definitely looks like a pretty cool toy for gadget freaks. (Gadget freaks who can't have iPhones...)

A Phoney Adventure

My 02 XDAII has been playing up (it's almost THREE YEARS OLD!!) and I need to get a new phone. So when I saw this press release I decided I should take a look at the new HTC Touch. The release was issued on July 5 and said:

The HTC Touch will be available around Australia next week through Optus and OfficeWorks, along with selected PC and mobile phone stores, with an outright cost of $699.

However, this week has proven fruitless in my search for the phone.

Htc_touchA call to Officeworks Preston on Monday revealed that they didn't have it in and didn't know when it was coming in. (I popped in again Wednesday and they had a demo model sitting on the cash register counter, but the staff member working in the Tech area said he had no idea when it was coming in). A visit to Telechoice at Northcote Plaza, they hadn't heard of it but they were interested and called Optus only to be told Optus had no idea when it was coming in. (I popped in again on Wednesday and they still had no word about it).

Today I visited Telechoice in Greensborough and the lady behind the counter hadn't heard of it, but pretended she had, and she asked her manager who was busy serving someone else. He said, "We don't have any in stock, we have to order it in for customers. It's a speciality phone and we don't get many people asking for it." Then he went back to his customer and the lady didn't ask "Would you like us to order it in for you." She just stood there. It was an extremely poor lie. I think she realised I would not be returning to their store.

I popped in to Telstra at Greensborough, and I know they won't be handling HTC Touch, but I thought I'd ask. A man came out of the back towards me, smiling, and asked if he could help me. I said "I know you probably don't have it, but I'm looking for the HTC Touch." He said they didn't have it, then walked away. I was the only customer in the shop, he didn't offer to show me anything else. I guess the phones must sell themselves at Telstra...

Finally, I stopped in at OptusWorld in Preston today, and they looked it up on their files. They found it listed, told me the pricing, and said that, as the pricing came out on July 13, the phone should be in store on July 27.

So... I guess I'll go back next week.