T'was The Last Blog Post Before Christmas
Are you thinking about your New Year's Resolutions?
As Christmas is nearly here, New Year's resolutions spring to mind, but the older you get, the more you realise it's easier to keep your resolutions more straightforward ...
My New Year's resolutions are going to be magically simple.
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For example, I have plenty of things I'm going to do next year, and it would be tempting to put them into the mix as a resolution, but I'm going to do them anyway, so that would be cheating.
I'm currently an eBay Premium Seller. This means that eBay push you as a seller with a 100% record and I sell a lot of magic through the site. The way to become a premium seller is just to do everything you say you will and to sell excellent merchandise, which I do.
If I get a complaint, I deal with it. If someone isn't happy with a product, I refund or replace it. 99% of my customers are sincere and the problematic 1% aren't hugely important.
Very occasionally, I get a customer that's is trying to pull a fast one and if I think that then - and some people are surprised at this - I refund them so that I get positive feedback, then block them from ever buying from me again.
I'm probably quite lucky as my customers tend to be magicians or at least hobby magicians, and what I sell is top notch and tried and tested by me, so I know exactly what I'm selling.
What I'm trying to do next year is to get customers as trusting with my own website, but it's more difficult as there is no eBay to go back to if there is a complaint. As people haven't got that guarantee, I'm working hard on ways to get customers signed up for it, and it's not that easy.
"Which is why I've put it on my new year resolution list because it would be easy just to keep pushing it aside."
But in January, I shall be re-filming all my tricks and photographing all my goods and pushing it through social media, and well, let's see how it goes.
So if you want to amaze your friends and work colleagues, do keep an eye on my website which you can find at www.magicandmore.co.uk.
Happy Christmas to you all and see you again in 2018.
Until next time ...
David is the owner of David Pibworth Productions (DPP) which provide corporate entertainment and also actors for corporate training and development.
Having worked in the Light Entertainment field for many years and produced shows for Al Murray & Joe Pasquale amongst others, David is in a position to advise on well-known comedy and musical acts. DPP also represent Ray Galton and Alan Simpson's scripts which include Hancock's Half Hour and Steptoe and Son.
He is the director of MK Theatre of Comedy who are very well known locally for their stage adaptations of classic comedy scripts such as Fawlty Towers, The Vicar of Dibley, Allo Allo and many others.
He is a long-standing member of Equity and the Directors Guild of Great Britain and has acted in, and directed, many productions over the years, mainly in Light Entertainment, but with occasional forays into Shakespeare etc. Every Christmas he is contracted as an Ugly Sister in Cinderella, currently with 'That's Entertainment' who also use him as a director.
He teaches eccentric magic for The Pauline Quirke Academy and MKTOC also run a youth drama school in Olney from the DPP offices.
David maintains his busy lifestyle is a surefire way to avoid being on any committees. He is married to Julie, and they have one daughter, Esther and live in Clifton Reynes, surrounded by dogs, cats and horses. They live so close to the church that David has instructed his daughter - when he dies and not before - to fire him over the wall from a circus cannon.