Mother of All Diamonds has been my number one selling story effect for over 10 years. At the 10 year anniversary, I decided to do a $1000 giveaway to get photos and stories of customers using the prop. I was very excited about the contest and gave a full year for people to get their picture to me. Sadly, I learned a truth about people . . . they don’t like entering contests. I’ve sold hundreds of these props over the years and in the end I had less than 200 responses. Many of those were me taking pictures of buyers at conventions. The winner of the contest was someone that I photographed at a convention. I had long time customers tell me they didn’t enter because they didn’t want to take my money. I know they meant well, however, someone was going to get the money, why not a loyal customer.
My reason for offering the contest was strictly selfish. I wanted hundreds of pictures that could be used to make a large poster. Jay Rumple was able to make a poster for me, but it wasn’t the hundreds of pictures I was hoping for. I was willing to pay $1000 for this one unique poster. This was my last attempt at a contest that had meaning to me.
On a positive note. Although the contest did not meet my goals, the story and impact it has had on thousands of audiences is still there. I still get emails from people around the world that use the story. I’m proud of the story and visual prop that relates it. It will always be my signature effect.