Charlotte Pendragon in Illusion Dispute

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This week, we learned of some unfortunate Pendragon trouble.  They have been through so much in the last year and it does not sound like things are getting better.

What follows is a note from John R. Browne III (the IBM’s lawyer) detailing problems with purchasing illusions from Charlotte Pendragon. 

Editor’s note: we have no idea why he capitalizes some words in the text.  We do not interpret it to mean he is yelling those words.  Maybe he does intend the reader to think he is yelling the words but that would also make the reader think he is unstable because there does not seem to be a pattern to the all-caps style.

Well, actually, we do have an idea why he would capitalize some of the words.  Lawyers often put key words in ALL CAPITALS when writing legal documents.  In the biz, we call those words “Defined Terms.”  You see the practice in pleadings and contracts.  Perhaps Mr. Browne is contemplating a pleading or contract (such as a settlement agreement) and his letter includes some of the text verbatim.

We make it a point to never bear hug a dove worker before they go on stage or question another lawyer’s writing style.  We intend to live by these simple rules until it is somehow convenient or makes us look good. 

Inside Magic has no independent knowledge about the information in Mr. Browne’s letter but we were able to find a similar post on Alan Watson’s Magic New Zealand weekly newsletter.  That does not make it any truer – they are the same post from Mr. Browne – but it does increase the chances that Charlotte Pendragon would respond to the allegations.

We will update this story if such a refutation is published anywhere. 


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