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Rob Beschizza at 4:20 am Wed, Feb 27, 2013
Did the magic involve lemon juice?
And setting fire to invisible robbers makes them reappear which proves they have been bewitched and must be drowned.
That won’t work if he can float in water like “very small rocks.”
I’m sure he has an excellent case to sue the wizard for breach of contract.
Interesting the article has to distinctly describe “fake sorcerer”. I guess we should infer that we all consult reputable genuine sorcerers to not fall into the same trap.
He should have asked for Sorcerery Certifications. Any reputable sorcerer should have at least a handful of them.
A good rule of thumb would be to ask the wizard for a demonstration before the sale was final, I think.
He probably did.
“So did it work? Am I invisible?”
“Yes! I can’t see you at all.”
“But I can see myself in the mirror.”
“Well, of course you can see yourself. That’s how the spell works.”
“Oh…. Well…. That’s all right then.”
Man, if this guy had any sense he would have insisted on paying the wizard with money he’d stolen once invisible.
You just can’t find reliable wizards these days.
They’ve probably all turned themselves invisible.
”These days” meaning 2006 of course.
I would count 7 years ago as ‘these days’ in the context of wizardry, yes.
I think I’d be somewhat more cautious about paying someone to make me disappear.
I’m getting a sudden sense of deja vu. Is it just me, or was this story already posted to BoingBoing previously?
No, he’s a legit wizard.
No, that’s not it. I guess in the almost 7 years since it happened it may have been posted before, or else I saw it somewhere else.
$450??? Invisibility sure comes cheap these days! (Perhaps it is a scam, and you have to pay an obscene amount to be turned visible again.)
Maybe he’ll also pay to make the story go away.
$450 only pays for about a half hour of invisibility. It’s not the wizard’s fault if the robber wasn’t prompt.
surprisingly that’s quite accurate.
the standard formula is Spell level x caster level x 10$ + XP cost x 5.
so that’s 2 x 4 x 10 x 5 which is 400 bucks.
He must have given him a discount seeing that he’s level 5.
A guard of a higher level may have cast dispel, or they could have a permanent anti-magic field up.
You should always RTFM for any magic spells you buy.
Everyone freaked out when money started floating around the room. That was the flaw in the plan.
Did you make an attack action? Well there’s your problem!
He obviously shouldn’t have worn clothing which stayed visible. Has he never seen Claude Rains movies?
I bet that wizard disappeared with the money pretty quick.
I’m afraid this might not be very funny in Tehran.
You rush a miracle worker, you get lousy miracles.
He wasn’t told that the invisibility spell only works when nobody is looking at you.
Why is there no video of this???
Sheesh… Obviously this was a *good* wizard. This guy was trying to use his power for *evil*.
So while the wizard might have been slightly naïve (next time, please ask *why* he wants to be invisible… Hint: women’s locker rooms and banks are not good reasons!) but at least he cancelled the spell as soon as he found out.