Monday, March 26, 2012
WMF Dekui Fan
Any magic store not having a name on it's website I automatically label as untrustworthy fucker. Approachchina is such a website. And if you take a look at the website you know why. Rip offs of magic stuff. Real good copies. I know that some Chinese companies have specialized in doing that. Magic items are no different.
Stuff you can buy. The Joe Porper Card Clip, including the signature on the back of course. Using the standard whois-method the almighty Internet spit out the name of "Dekui Fan". I'm not sure if this is a Chinese name. I'm not even sure if they guy you see on the left actually is Dekui Fan. So if I'm wrong here please correct me.
Approachingchina does several things which are unholy in the magic community. They put no thought in creating magic. They just sell it. But not creations for which they have bought the rights to do so. (The Joe Porper Card Clip is a big give away here.) They use the likeness of famous magicians like Cyril. They sell rip offs and not the original prop. Thereby no money goes to the creator. (John Sheets Quantum Bender for 50 bucks, yeah right!)
The products probably are of really bad quality. Check out this interesting photo of a coin. Subtle. I see no gimmickery.
This is usually the case with most China knock offs. Simple reason. Production cost. In order to make money by selling it a lot cheaper they have to cut the cost. And that usually means they save by choosing cheaper material and/or having no quality control.
The legal situation about this is often very blurry. China is far away, yet their copy cat behavior does have real impact here. Any money spent on the knock off is not going to the creator who has come up with the idea in the first place. And to quote a magic buddy: "If the people buying it KNOW they're knock offs then obviously any moral debate is out the window."
So in addition to blaming Dekui Fan, I also award this weeks failure trophy to all the costumers.