UPDATED: Haiti auction items to be restored

January 29th, 2010 | Joe Hadsall | Filed Under Artist Interviews, General, Products


UPDATE, 9:21 a.m. Feb. 2: As a result of our working with eBay, the auctions will be relisted, but they will start over, meaning that all bids will be lost.

For those of you who had already bid, we realize that is a frustrating answer. Trust us, everyone behind the scenes at Ellusionist is frustrated about this situation. Without going into detail, we feel we were treated unprofessionally by the auction site. However, the auction is for an important reason, and we are going to see it through. Again, thanks for your patience, and we’ll let everyone know when the items are back up for auction.

UPDATE, 9 a.m. Feb. 2: We were informed this morning by eBay that the auctions have become too valuable for our account. The company pulled our auction items this morning. Our staff is working right now to get the items back up and running, with all bids restored. We will update this page with more information as we get it.

Thanks for your patience in this matter, guys. We are working hard to make sure your generosity doesn’t go to waste.

UPDATED: Haiti auction items to be restoredAn opportunity to snag some of Ellusionist’s rare items will benefit the American Red Cross and help the people of Haiti recover from a devastating earthquake.

We’ve placed some of our more rare items up for bids in a special eBay fundraising auction. 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund. The items up for auction include five 1st ed. Black Ghost decks, three uncut sheets of the 1st ed. Black Ghost deck and the ultra-new, ultra-rare Red Arcane Porper Clip.

You already know how rare the Black Ghost decks are. Our supply of the run of 5,000 has dwindled over the years, so opportunities to snag them will decrease. The same goes for the uncut sheets: As rare as the decks are, the sheets are even more rare.

As for the red clips: There are only 50 in existence. They are exactly like the silver and gun-metal clips, only they come in a dark red color. They are every bit as durable and functional as any Porper Clip — they will keep your cards flat, crisp and ready to go. Also, even though the hole is cut to match the Arcane ace perfectly, the aces on other deck boxes aren’t too far off the mark. This auction will be the first chance that ANYONE has had to get one of the red clips.

You can find auctions for each of the items below. Your participation will go a long way toward helping Haitians recover and get back to normal lives.

27 comments

  1. This benefit auction for Haiti is your first chance to snag a red Arcane Porper Clip. Black Ghosts are also up for grabs: http://ow.ly/11SUY

  2. RT @ellusionist: Rare items in auction will help Haitian recovery http://bit.ly/ayi4mu

  3. AlejandroPortela.com on:

    RT @ellusionist: Rare items in auction will help Haitian recovery http://bit.ly/ayi4mu

  4. Raymond Schlogel on:

    RT @Ellusionist: Benefit auction for Haiti is first chance to snag a red Arcane Porper Clip. Black Ghosts are also up : http://ow.ly/11SUY

  5. Charles Hiser on:

    RT @LeeAsherMagic: RT @ellusionist: Rare items in auction will help Haitian recovery http://bit.ly/ayi4mu

  6. RT @thecuso: RT @ellusionist: Rare items in auction will help Haitian recovery http://bit.ly/ayi4mu

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  8. RT @ellusionist: Rare items in auction will help Haitian recovery http://bit.ly/ayi4mu

  9. Was hoping to see the Gold Arcane deck’s up for auction.
    But I would love to get my hands on the Red Arcane Porper Clip

  10. UTTAM KUMAR BARAILY on:

    IT IS REALY SOMETHING OSAM TO LEARN MAGIC .I REALY THANKS TO YOU TO MAKE ME UNDERSTAND WHAT IS ALL ABOUT MAGIC .I AM FEELING GREAT TO LAERN FIVE TRICKS YOU HAVE SEND ME IN MY MAIL .NOW I WANT TO BUY YOR PRODUCT BUT I AM STAYING IN (ASIA) THAT IS IN (INDIA )NOW HOW CAN I BUY YOUR PRODUCT PLEASE NEED YOUR HELP SEND ME YOUR PLY.

  11. thats wicked dude… wicked

  12. I just bid 75$ on the Black Ghost #5, I hope that I win!

  13. Great response already on the items in the Haiti auction. Keep up the good work! Less than six days left! http://bit.ly/bWrTI5

  14. RT @Ellusionist: Great response already on the items in the Haiti auction. Keep up the good work! Less than six days left! http://bit.ly/bWrTI5

  15. I think this is a really great thing you guys are doing here to help all those in Haiti. I would bid and try to win an auction for one of the 1st edition Black Ghosts, but as of right now, all of those auctions are too rich for my blood. But I will still donate to the Red Cross so I can try to help the same way you guys are, just on a smaller scale.

  16. APOLLO SANTOS on:

    RT @ellusionist: Rare items in auction will help Haitian recovery http://bit.ly/ayi4mu

  17. Less than four days remain for our fundraising auction. The rare, red Arcane Porper Clip is still up for grabs. http://ow.ly/12H16

  18. AlejandroPortela.com on:

    RT @Ellusionist: Less than four days remain for our fundraising auction. The rare, red Arcane Porper Clip is still up for grabs. http://ow.ly/12H16

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    RT @Ellusionist: Less than four days remain for our fundraising auction. The rare, red Arcane Porper Clip is still up for grabs. http://ow.ly/12H16

  20. RT @Ellusionist: Less than four days remain for our fundraising auction. The rare, red Arcane Porper Clip is still up http://ow.ly/12H16

  21. Until recently, this all sounded like a very nice initiative from Ellusionist but after going up to 325$, the clip was removed today from Ebay. It would be nice from the team to explain why this happened. If they decided to go for a mass production of this item or any other profitable alternative – which is fine – it would be very fair play to give to the Red cross the equivalent of the highest bid.
    Not doing this would make this charitable initiative look like a marketing experiment to launch a new product and tarnish the reputation of a great shop and major player of the magical world.

  22. Steve,
    As a bidder on some of the Haiti auctions, I received an email from eBay’s Loss Prevention team when the items were removed. It seems like the “ellusioniststore” username was just recently created and had zero feedback and was already with auction in excess of $1,000. Not knowing that a legitimate company was behind the auctions, I could understand why eBay pulled the plug. That being said, hopefully when everyone wakes up things will get sorted out and the auctions put back up.

  23. Auction complications: eBay pulled the items. We're working to restore them. Thanks for your patience; more info here: http://ow.ly/12YXQ

  24. Our auction problems have been resolved, and items will be relisted, but bids will reset. More information on the blog: http://ow.ly/130Me

  25. So what is to prevent this from happening again?

  26. RT @ellusionist: UPDATED: Haiti auction items to be restored http://bit.ly/bmMsiy