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ianmcrawford

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First, I will try my best not to go political. This is simply an observation of political events affecting magicians in Canada.

Last week President Trump imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum. Stay with me, the magic part is coming. Not surprisingly, In retaliation, the Canadian govt imposed tariffs on a long list of US products. Buried deep in the list of items are a few curious magical things. Playing cards and felt tipped permanent markers (sharpies). But also handkerchiefs and bobbins. There goes half my act. Thank goodness they didn’t hit up thimbles, or I’d really be screwed.

So what happened? Was some bureaucrat charged with coming up with the list Insulted by bad magician and decide to get even? I think we’ll never know.

But now I have to run out to Costco and stock up on Bikes and Sharpies before the prices go up. Damn politics.

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-In 15 years time- “So what do you think was the trigger for the incredible growth of Canadian Mentalism in the last decade or so??”
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Time to switch to Phoenix cards [biggrin]


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So what happened? Was some bureaucrat charged with coming up with the list Insulted by bad magician and decide to get even? I think we’ll never know.


That might be a reasonable explanation, unless Canada imports an amount of magic goods comparable to that of aluminium and steel ... No, it does not seem to be the case.

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-In 15 years time- “So what do you think was the trigger for the incredible growth of Canadian Mentalism in the last decade or so??”


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The explanation may be something like this: the United States Playing Card Company is in Erlanger, Kentucky. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, two opponents of the tariffs, represent Kentucky. This directly affects their voters. Other than the steel and aluminum tariffs Canada imposed, I'll bet that every other item affected is ion the federal district of a powerful politician who has voiced opposition to the tariffs.
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The explanation may be something like this: the United States Playing Card Company is in Erlanger, Kentucky. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul, two opponents of the tariffs, represent Kentucky. This directly affects their voters. Other than the steel and aluminum tariffs Canada imposed, I'll bet that every other item affected is ion the federal district of a powerful politician who has voiced opposition to the tariffs.

Wait, why would Canada impose tariffs on products that come from districts where the Congressmen *oppose* the tariffs (that Trump imposed)?  (Sorry if I'm being slow.)
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They already oppose the tariffs but their voters may not until it hurts them in the pocket book. 
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