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Mr. Amazing’s Magic Rocks

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by WizGizmo, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    A man sets up a booth at a fair. He then places an ordinary rock upon his table and hangs a banner behind him that reads:


    Mr. Amazing's Wealth Attracting Rocks - $20
    Money Back Guarantee

    Onlookers gather around the mysterious salesman and soon one approaches him.

    "How do I know these rocks really attract wealth?"

    "They work based on universal laws and are proven effective by quantum physics. You don't have to do anything except think about wealth. The rock does the rest."

    "And you'll return my money if it doesn't work?"

    "Absolutely."

    The onlooker pauses, then slaps a $20 bill on the table and leaves with his magic rock.

    Mr. Amazing pulls another rock from a box and gently places it upon the table.

    Another onlooker steps forward.

    "How do I know these rocks work?" he asks.

    "Well, I could tell you all about universal laws and quantum physics, but instead I'll prove they work right here, right now."

    "Okay. Prove it."

    Mr. Amazing points to the $20 on the table and says, "See that? It wasn't there just a few moments ago. I manifested it using my magic rocks."

    The onlooker thinks for a moment, then realizes that Mr. Amazing is correct. The money wasn't there just a few moments ago. He immediately slaps a $20 bill down on the table and he, too, leaves with a magic rock.

    The remaining onlookers are now closing in on the table. They overhear Mr. Amazing and another customer talking.

    "How do I know these rocks work?" the customer asks.

    "You see that $40 on the table? It was only $20 a few moments ago."

    Hearing this, the crowd goes mad and everyone is now fighting to be the next lucky customer.

    But soon, reality sets in on some of his former customers. Most are too embarrassed to ask for a refund, but a few do just that.

    "I'd be happy to return your money, but are you sure you have been thinking about wealth?" Mr. Amazing asks them.

    "Constantly," one man assures him. "Why do you ask?"

    "Because I know my rocks attract wealth. Just look at this pile of money here. It's much, much larger than it was when you were here earlier today and I owe it all to my magic rocks. Perhaps you aren't thinking correctly."

    The customers look confused. After all, Mr. Amazing is correct. His pile of money is much larger than it was before.

    "You know," says Mr. Amazing, "I really want to see you folks enjoy the same type of prosperity I enjoy so you might consider taking one of my wealth attraction seminars. They aren't cheap, but they really work for me."

    His customers lean in a bit, but seem uncommitted.

    "I'll tell you what," Mr. Amazing says, "I'll even take $20 off the price of the seminar. That way you're getting all your money back and get to learn my advanced success strategies."

    The customers fight to present him with their credit cards.

    And soon the day is done Mr. Amazing tallies his earnings. To celebrate, he goes out and buys a new wardrobe, a luxury car, a new home, and plans his dream vacation.

    The next week, he is spotted at another fair and overheard saying...

    "How can I prove these rocks work? Just look at all my success. I didn't have any of these things last week. And I owe it all to my magic rocks."

    With that, Mr. Amazing is mobbed and becomes a legend.

    And though many will try, none of his customers will be able to duplicate his success or discover the true secret behind it. But they won't give up for they'll still have hope. After all, they'll still have their magic rocks.


    The end.

    Of course, this is just a fable. Something like this could never work in real life. . . . could it? . . .
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    WizGizmo's Note: Sounds like some IM Guru's I've encountered ;)
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    Thanks Goes To Blair Warren for this enlightening story.
     
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  2. gifmore

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    As Jiddu Krishnamurti encouraged: "Be A Light Unto Yourself".

    Only you can sort out your own confusion and find YOUR way.

    Cheerio :)
     
  3. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    The real secret that I derive through that story can be summed up in two sentences:

    Don't be a gold digger . . . Instead, sell shovels to gold diggers. :) :) :)

    "Wiz"
     
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  4. carsonrathi

    carsonrathi Senior Member

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    Wow..WizGizmo, i am really impressed...ill have this story in my mind for rest of my life..
     
  5. The Scarlet Pimp

    The Scarlet Pimp Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    heh! heh! that story describes how over 90% of the internet marketing "experts" got wealthy in the first place. if you wanna get rich fast, sell treasure maps to the public.
     
  6. blackhatttt

    blackhatttt Regular Member

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    Nice story WizGizmo.

    I've learned a few things from it.

    Anyway chiao I am on my way to sell rocks.
     
  7. oscarslater

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    I was waiting for the 'between a rock and a hard place' line but never realised it was just another wizgizmo profound story

    os...
     
  8. ..Q..

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    Definitely an IM guru's motto :p
     
  9. The Scarlet Pimp

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    well, levi strauss sold overalls to the miners. they panned for gold and died poor, he sold clothes and died rich.

    live & learn... :D

    tsp
     
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  10. blackhatcatz

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    true... but it depends... sometimes you can just put the rocks together and build something else to sell or of use...but there is a truth to this story. I've seen a ton of my friends make a lot of money in make money and IM niche...

    I on the other hand am on the "real internet marketing" according to affiliate marketers and sell other stuff outside that area...lol

    to each his own. :)
     
  11. Guddamit

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    I got one of those magic rocks :). It works too. There was a dog hanging around my garden. It scratched around my vegetables and uprooted them when they were just starting to grow. One day I saw the dog out in the garden scratching around a row of radishes that had just popped up through the soil. I grabbed the magic rock, cos it was the handiest, and threw it at the dog. The magic rock hit the dog fair and square on the head. The dog gave a yelp and ran off. It has never returned. Since then my garden has been bountiful year after year... the reason? The magic rock!

    The magic rock will cost you just a measly $20.00. That's right 20 bucks and you can have all the luck you want.
    But there is more!
    I have exclusive rights to the magic rock formula. For a mere $1999.00 you could have your own magic rock niche. Limited to the first 3000 customers.. After that the formula will be taken off the market for good.

    Click Here with your credit card ready.

    (P.S. first 100 customers also get access to my secret rock quarrey, but be quick there are only 20 places left.

    :D
     
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  12. CapMorgan

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    So true. It works every day.Sell those rocks.
     
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    Remeber when "the secret" came out, and they talked about the gratitude rocks. This story is very similar. I actually bought the 3 gratitude rocks from their website.

    I have used many tools in my life on Earth. Some of them have been a total joke. But many have helped me because I actually believed in them. And eventually I have found better tools and then let go of some.

    I ended up selling the secret gratitude rocks on Ebay to a very happy person who needed them more then me and got back my money.
     
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  14. enrikole

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    Haha , sweet story and such a clear methaphor of our industry.

    Did you write it yourself WIZ?
     
  15. WizGizmo

    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    To enrikole:

    No . . . As I stated in my initial post, it was a blog post written by Blair Warren. He used to have his own blog, but has since discontinued it. He was also the author or "The Forbidden Keys To Persuasion" which is posted somewhere here on the forum. I think it might be on my "Copywriting and Sales Persuasion" thread. He's a very smart and profound individual. I wish he would write more.

    Cheers! - "Wiz"
     
  16. tony-raymondo

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    this is the same principle that made The Secret a multi-million dollar farce
     
  17. enrikole

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    ahh, I didnt read that part, thinking it was a signature.(our minds automatically skip stuff like that, so thats why I sometimes dont read signatures, not because I hate you or something :p)

    Yeah I've read some of his stuff. Day I read about "hidden addictions" changed my life.
     
  18. tacopalypse

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    this reminds me of the Mass Control 2.0 launch a few months ago. the product pretty much just taught people how he did the launch for the product itself and got people to buy it for $2000 a pop. pyramid-style. there's still value there though if you read between the lines.
     
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    nice story. The people buying the rocks though...."a fool and his money are soon parted"

    or the Gordon Gekko version: "a fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place"

    overall this does describe the ideology behind many people trying to get rich. they want the money thats all they think about but dont care about the path.
     
  20. virus_1720

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    wise like wiz....