Sometimes it happens that I don’t know what I’m going to write about for the blog. I never worry about it as I learnt from experience that I don’t have to. Often a post walks right into the shop and all I have to do is write about it.
Last week-end there was an order from a customer on our site and one of the items was Losander, the Art of Levitation Vols. 1, 2, & 3. Phil asked me if we had it in the shop and I said I didn’t think so. He said, “But our inventory says we have one.” I said, ” So the inventory is wrong.”
When we got to the shop on Monday Phil went to the DVD’s and physically checked all of them. I try to keep them in alphabetical order. He couldn’t find it. I went to double check. I couldn’t find it. I went to our page that had it to see what it looked like. The heading said vols. 1,2 & 3 but the photo on the DVD said Vols. 1 & 2. I looked it up at Murphy’s and they had 1, 2 and 3. We put it on our list to order it and fixed up the site to match.
Soon after a customer walked into the shop and wanted a gaffed deck, Double Backed, Red/Blue. We had it. Then he took Heinstein’ Dream (a great and easy torn and restored card routine, by the way). I took the 2 articles and placed them beside Phil so he could make the invoice and he said, “I can’t get out of this program now so you will have to do it on your computer.” The problem being that my computer wasn’t set up to do invoices and it takes me a while to get to the program because I have to get the right password etc, and I knew it would take time.
” It’s going to take a few minutes, ” I said. The customer said, “That’s okay.” I said, Why don’t you look around or something?” He said, “Fine.” My back was to him as I worked on my computer, getting the program up when I heard him say something like, ” What can you tell me about this DVD, Losander, The Art of Levitation 1, 2 and 3. Both Phil and I dropped what we were doing, and dropped our jaws as well. I turned around and he was holding Losander, The Art of Levitation DVD 1, 2 and 3.
“Exactly where did you find it?” I asked in disbelief.
“Right here, just before The Art of Manipulation.”
This is the thing. The customer said he had no plans to come here, but was not far so he thought he would drop by. If he hadn’t we would not have found the DVD. The second thing is that if things were normal, like they ever are, and if Phil had access to his computer, the customer would have bought what he wanted and we wouldn’t have found the DVD. If I were computer savvy and could get where I wanted right away, I wouldn’t have told him to look around while he waited. And we wouldn’t have found the DVD. But for some reason, must be magic, he went straight to that DVD and pulled it out. I even asked him if he heard us talking about it, and he said no, which must be true as we had stopped talking about it 5 minutes before he came in.
Everything just fell into place, like magic! Go know!