Friday, February 22, 2013

I'm endorsing this product!

Christina Lettau  / pixelio.de
Damn, I'm not being cynical or anything. I really believe that Justin Miller is onto something here. Wait, wait, wait... What? Justin Miller? The guy who is known for shitty customer support and see through magic? Yeah! That guy!

Oh, just in case you have not heard. Justin Miller just released BOLD, an open ended project that will teach you some Justin Miller magic. Basically you pay once and get access to downloads of videos that teach you magic. No, not just videos. Also essays, theory and some other stuff. More stuff will be added over time but you only have to pay once. The later you get into the project, the more you have to pay.

Now, ignore the red flags.

The question is, why am I endorsing this? Well because I like the structure. Paying once, continuous support! Not a life time support mind you. The project can end at anytime that Justin Miller decides. But the overall structure of not getting a final product and then having to pay for the next one really is an intriguing one.

By the way, here is what I don't like: That the price will go up. I have been running a similar project for few years now. It's called my Super Secret Magic Blog. Basically it's a blog that you can only read if I invited you. So far there are about 150 entries. But so far I have not made money doing so. I just let my magic friends read it and share my magic that way. Maybe I should ask for money. A one time payment sounds good. Being able to join in anytime, not being pressured into a an early bird discount sounds even better. But maybe I'm not BOLD enough.

Understand this Justin Miller, I like the subscription based idea of giving out magic. The fact that it will be a download makes it even more of a joy, as you won't have any trouble with costumer support and shit. I do not share your believes of "what it takes to truly call yourself magician", but the idea has a few other points that are good from both sides of the issue.

Yes the costumer gets it early and doesn't have to wait until it is fully produced. Gets the needed improvements later on. Gets more than the initial value.

The dealer has no actual product that needs being advertised, aside from the project itself. No actual cost of shipping and handling. 100% of the earned money goes directly into the pocket of the dealer.

How can this go wrong? Well if the actual items that will be released suck. So far it looks pretty weak.

In closing let me sum it up like this: The model is cool, the execution seems flawed. In the teaser video Justin says he's been working on the idea of many years now. Really? This can be thought up in one afternoon.

Suck it up! If you wanna buy the cat in the bag do so. I'm not endorsing the products or Justin Miller. I'm endorsing the concept if the price wouldn't go up.

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18 comments:

Uli Weigel said...

Well, I think this whole "project" (every shitty trick or DVD today is called a project. Still waiting for the "totally awesome organic project"...)is pure comedy gold. The poor guy is so full of himself, it's really distressing. Just read the pretentious drivel on his project site and watch a few minutes of his 16 minute teaser(!). I laughed really hard, when I saw him in his hoodie as an el cheapo impersonation of Jesus. What a load of crap.

Marco Lippolis said...

Well, Roberto Giobbi and Lybrary.com had a simila project called "Ask Roberto Giobbi". Started at 15$ and then every now and then the price rose as the ebook (that's what it was) got thicker. So not a new idea ...

mlippo

Justin Miller said...

uli, you know me well enough to say those words wow...you must be a stalker. My own personal stalker, yay! Jesus impersonation? you are silly, more like a starving artist feel. Jesus was never my intention.
JM

Justin Miller said...

Marco? Polo? Man I miss that game..any ways. Actually my inspiration for this project (mmm lets call it a artist diary) was playing far cry 3.
Figure it out. Video game developers where the first to have the idea of a "open ended" project. Sooo yea nothing new with me or those wonderful people over at that book place.
JM

Justin Miller said...

Also, once again I want to thank all of you for taking time to think about me and writing about me, man you guys think about me waay more than I have ever thought about you.
JM

Justin Miller said...

And roland, thank you (a little)!

Marco Lippolis said...

I did not say Giobbi invented it.
And sorry, but I don't get the joke about Marco Polo. I could ask you whether you have a windmill or a watermill. Same idiocy. So I will not.

The Smiling Mule said...

"Now come to my world and let me show you what it means to called a magician."

Nobody can stop you writing ridiculous hairy-fairy stuff like this, but jesus christ man at least proof read your stuff (or have somebody else do it), PRETEND you care...

Marco Lippolis said...

Totally agree, especially after his comments on my name. I had some doubts about him. There ain't no more, now...

Michael Jay said...

Justin, I don't know you or anything about you. Based on what I'm reading on this thread, though, I know that I wouldn't give you a single, red penny. You come across as a condescending jerk and generally just not "good people." You do more to ruin your reputation right here, with your own writing, than WMF ever could.

Take that to heart.

Justin Miller said...

I also, beat baby seals.
Soo make sure to spread that around.
JM

Justin Miller said...

thank you...made the changes. And the correct way to say it is "nobody can stop you FROM writing..blah blah blah"
JM

Justin Miller said...

Michael, instead of hiding behind a computer screen and making horrible and ridiculous judgements on people, since you are from ohio, why don't we meet up sometime and share a few moments and you would realize I am not like that at all. My treat, since I would not want you to spend a red penny on me.
enduremiller@gmail.com email me sometime
JM

Justin Miller said...

You implied it when you mention their idea and then said "so not a new idea" when it came to my project. Marco Polo is a popular kids game, it's like hide and seek,but with a blind person.
JM

Justin Miller said...

So because I used your name as reference to a popular kids, hide and seek game..you have made your final judgement on me? Lol holy shit you can't dream this material up.
JM

Michael Jay said...

Seriously? That's how you talk to someone in an attempt to meet up with them?

Seriously?

Marco Lippolis said...

You must be very lonely ...

I'm definately done with you. Bye Bye.

The Smiling Mule said...

Thanks, now where should we send the money?

How about changing the rest, too?