A divorce in Secretville
Dear Ones, I must apologize once again for not properly tending to my blog, especially in light of some of the interesting Whirled events of the past several weeks. And while at the moment I still don't have the time (or the brain power) for a long post, I didn't want to let another week go by without commenting on one of these momentous events.
By now you may have already heard that the Bob and David show – as in Proctor and Schirmer, respectively – has been canceled for good. I'll grant that Schirmer, the lone Aussie star of the hit New-Wage infomercial The Secret, got as much mileage as he could out of his association with Scientist Bob and The Secret. It looked like a match made in heaven for a while. But there was trouble in their joint-venture paradise, trouble that probably began last year when the first hint of Schirmer's financial misdeeds became public.
Now Proctor has made it abundantly (great choice of words, don't you think?) clear that he wants nothing more to do with Schirmer, Schirmer's wife Lorna, or the Schirmers' various companies. Recently he took the Schirmers to Federal Court in Australia to make his point, accusing them of misleading and deceptive practices, and stating that he, Proctor, had suffered loss and damage as a result of their actions.
The case was recently resolved by a court order stating that, for all practical purposes, Schirmer can't even utter the name "Bob Proctor" in public again. Nor can he sell Proctor's products or in any way insinuate that he is associated with Proctor. Further, he has to pay Proctor's court costs – $60,000.00 at $5,000.00 per month, beginning on May 1, 2008. If you're interested, here's a link to the page that will take you to the court order; under the word "Document," click "Yes," and it will bring up another page with the actual court order on it.
I know, I know... you're probably as shocked and dismayed as I am that this seemingly happy marriage has come to an end, but that's just the way it goes sometimes.*
To make matters worse for Schirmer (or better, from the standpoint of his penchant for playing the martyr card), that pesky Ben Fordham of Australia's A Current Affair is still on his trail. The latest exposé aired last month, and on this episode, Schirmer really loses his cool. Here's the YouTube link. I've been informed that Schirmer's "security" in this segment – or at least the person running interference with Ben Fordham – is one of Schirmer's teenage sons. As they say, "The family that preys together..."
But all is not grim in Schirmerville. He's still looking to the US for new marks...er... new markets. And Schirmer is nothing if not persistent when it comes to repackaging himself and creating new businesses. Word has it that he has a new company called Perissos International Ltd. Apparently this name is Bible-based, which is completely appropriate, as Schirmer is reportedly a man of faith. I Googled the word "Perissos" and found this on a site called "Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words":
perissos: "more than sufficient, over and above, abundant" (a popular substitute for perissoteros), is translated "more," e.g., in Matt_5:37,47. In John_10:10 the neuter form is rendered "more abundantly," AV, RV, "abundantly" (marg., "abundance").Ah, yes, there's that magical word, "Abundance." And I have a feeling that this year will hold an abundance of surprises for our man Schirmer. So dry your tears, Dear Ones. Do not weep for the union that was torn asunder. David Schirmer's story isn't over yet. In fact, I suspect it has just begun.
* I'm not suggesting for a moment that Bob Proctor is a sterling character himself, but... well, I'd better wait till I have clearance to tell that story.