Monthly Archives: January 2014

Somebody Stole my Website Content

I was discussing one of my websites with an SEO expert and he discovered that another magician had “borrowed” several text paragraphs from my website to use on his own website.

When I told others magicians about it they thought that I would be upset over it. But, I didn’t really care. You know what they say “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.” Honestly I think its kind of cool that somebody thought my website was good enough to steal from in the first place.

Only one thing bothered me about it. I don’t want MY website to get punished in the SEO results just because somebody else took my content. From my SEO studies I’ve always read that Google will punish a website for having duplicate content. Since this incident though I’ve learned that Google will only punish the website that didn’t post it originally. If you want to learn more about duplicate content you can visit the Google Blog.

Nevertheless, I still wanted him to remove the content from his website just in case. I want my website to rank well organically as much as possible. I sent him and email requesting that he take down the areas of his site where he had taken my content. He got back to me in a couple hours and took down some of the content, and said that his web designer would remove the rest of the content within the next few days. I ended up getting an email a couple days later letting me know that everything had been removed. Problem solved.

At this point you might be wondering “I wonder if somebody has borrowed my website content too?”

How to Find Stolen Website Content

I’ve had a couple people ask me “How did you find out he was using your content?” There are online “duplicate content finders” or “plagiarism finders” that you can use. Copyscape.com and PlagSpotter.com are two websites that I have used in the past. All you have to do is put in your website URL and it will search the entire internet looking for copies or similarities of your page.

If you have unique photo’s on your website that you think have been stolen, you can use Google’s “Search by Image” website. Just upload or link to an image and it will show you every page on the internet that uses that photo.

If you found these tools helpful, please let me know in the comments below. As always, don’t forget to like, comment, and share this article with your magic friends!

How to build a no-fuss appearing pole gimmick for $1.80

When you purchase an Appearing Pole the instructions tell you to wrap it up in an elastic and then remove the elastic during performance to produce the pole. But as you know if you’ve ever tried it yourself, it just doesn’t work. I wanted to include the appearing Candy Cane (the same as an appearing pole) into my act so I needed to come up with a different solution.

AppearingCandycane

I came up with very simple solution made out home made materials. I’m sure that I’m not the first one to think of it because its so simple but I’ve never seen or read about it anywhere else so I thought I’d share it here. The finished gimmick looks like this. It can be used to produce the appearing pole, appearing candy cane, or even the appearing crayon.

crayon box

I constructed a box out of cardboard and duct tape. Then on each side I poked a hole where I stuck a pencil through.

Box with pencil - top view

Recently I tried switching out the pencil for a nut and bolt instead and that way the entire unit is now “locked” so its impossible for it to slip out. That brings the total cost of the gimmick to a whopping $1.80. 😀 The box with the bolt going through the center of the rolled up appearing pole keeps everything in place as you produce the item. It smoothly unrolls each and every time.

Bolt 3d View

I use a small gift bag to produce the pole. When the gimmicked box is inside the bag I can squeeze the sides to hold the box in place as I produce the item. After it begins to unroll its even possible to place the bag on the floor as you continue to produce the item.

Bag Squeeze

Another advantage of this setup is that you can setup the production item before the show. Once you’ve placed the appearing pole inside the gimmick, you can roll the flap to the bottom of the box. Then just before showtime, you can spin it around so the free flap is on top once again.

Box Flap

If you use an appearing pole in your show, give this gimmick a try and you’ll see that it works perfectly every single time. Let me know if it work for you too.

Update: I want to point out that this gimmick is not the same design or construction as Barry Mitchell’s “Pole Control”. His is designed out of materials that will last a lifetime and its only $25. Plus it can be used with the appearing shovel, and can be mounted into other production devices.

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