Potter Carlos

Hello there,
I noticed my wife’s search history filled with your art piece information on my laptop, she is a lover of artworks and i see she has an interest in your designs. Well, after seeing your various works, i give you accolades too!!! Quite an insane level of creativity you got.

I would really love to receive further information and details from you. I am interested in purchasing a piece as  SURPRISE GIFT for her. Would you be kind enough to confirm the availability of the art_piece ready for immediate sales. Thank you and my best regards.

Potter Carlos

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Dear Potter,
I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I was recovering from surgery and not checking this email account. I am so thrilled to hear your wife has taken a liking to my artworks! I would love to sell you a piece to give to her. As you have seen, I make paintings and sculptures, as well as performance art. Is there a particular size or type of piece you are interested in?

Best,
Jim

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Hello:
Thanks for the message. However, I would greatly appreciate if you could possibly recommend a few completed original piece ready for immediate sale within my budget ( $450- $2000 ). Just need something within that price range. I can tell she likes your work and a painting from you would be the best Wedding Anniversary gift. I would appreciate if you can figure out a piece of work that would serve that purpose. Kindly email images and prices of any available works in that range.

Thanks you.
– Potter

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Hi Potter,

I must say your wife has great taste, at the risk of sounding sassy. I’d be more than happy to send a list of available works. Below are a few within your price range (the images are all on my web site which you have already seen):

“Digital Diaper”
2018
oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
$1200

“Salad Troll”
2017
oil on canvas
24 x 30 inches
$1600

“Daniel Radcliffe on a Horse”
2018
oil on canvas
18 x 24 inches
$1200

Please let me know which one you like the best and we can go from there. Have a great day!

Best,
Jim

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Thanks for the message,  I must tell you I intend to give my wife a surprise with the immediate purchase of the piece. Also If you’d like to know, I’m relocating to the Philippines soon and our wedding anniversary is fast approaching. So I’m trying to gather some good stuff to make this event a surprise one. I am buying “Daniel Radcliffe on a Horse” 2018 oil on canvas 18 x 24 inches of $1200 as a gifts to her.I’m okay with the price, I think it’s worth it anyway, so I’ll be sending a check.

As regarding shipping, you don’t have to worry about that in order not to leave any clue to my wife for the surprise. as soon as you receive and cash the check, my shipping agent (who is also moving my personal effect) will contact you to arrange pick-up.

I would have come to purchase the piece myself but, at the moment, am on training voyage to the North Atlantic Ocean (I’m an ocean engineer) with new hires who are fresh from graduate school and won’t be back for another couple of weeks.

Regards,
Potter

PS: In the meantime, kindly get back to me with your full name (you want the check payable to) cell phone no. and contact address (preferably for Usps ,fedEx not P.O box) where a check can be mailed to, so I can get the check prepared and have it mailed out to you right away.

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Sorry for my delay in getting back to you. I accidentally flushed my Pearl Gourami down the toilet and have been dealing with a specialty plumber for the past 18 hours trying to rescue him. Unfortunately, we were not successful.

I am so pleased you have chosen “Daniel Radcliffe on a Horse” 2018, oil on canvas as a surprise gift for your wife! That’s my favorite one in the group, and it’s actually based on a true story. I can tell you about it sometime if you’re interested. And I would be happy to accept a check.

How interesting that you are an ocean engineer! I once met someone who saw a TV program about ocean engineering. I think his name was Brian.

I just have one question for you. Do you need my home address or my studio address to send the check to?

Best regards,
Jim

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Any of it will work .but let me have the one you can pick it up during the day and name to address it too ..thanks

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Oh, I see. In that case I will give you my studio address. Even if I am not the one to collect the mail, my landlady, Mrs. Dursley, can set it aside for me. Sometimes I have had trouble at the house with my nosy neighbor, Mr. Snape, stealing my mail. He is so mean!

Please send the check to:
Jim Johnson
XXXXX
XXXXX

It’s so exciting you are moving to the Philippines! May I ask where you are moving from?

Best,
Jim

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Dear Jim
Hope you are good. Thanks for the details which I’ve noted down,  My wife handles the family credit card/bank issues, and in order not to leave any clue to her for the surprise,  I’ve contacted a client of mine to issue out a check which will include my shipping agent fees to you, But courtesy demand i must  first appeal to your self interest and ask for your help in remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check clears.

Jim, I would have handled this much differently if I’d been at home but am a bit pressed for time as our anniversary is fast approaching and do not have access to a lot of cash over here to expedite this transaction…. trying to kill two birds with a stone. kindly deduct any IRS tax incurred on the overage before giving the balance the shipping agent. they are not sending any bill or hold you responsible for the payment of my shipping contract with them.

I am really sorry for the mixup and will appreciate if you get back to me asap to know if i can entrust you with this transaction.

Many thanks and talk to you soon,
Potter

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Dear Potter,
Thanks for letting me know about your special circumstances. I must admit, I haven’t had a lot of experience with selling my paintings. In fact, this is only the second time anyone has wanted to buy one of them. You see, I am primarily a performance artist—I make performances. The paintings are more of an accessory to my real work, and I don’t even paint them. They are created in China by professional copyists using the methods of mass production. But they are still my work, so don’t worry about it.

In any case, I will be happy to help you out and keep the surprise from your wife. As my Pop-Pop always used to say, “The turtleneck only makes an advance when it is stuck outside.” Just let me know what I need to do, and have a great day!

Jim

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Hello :Jim
Thanks for your Quick response  I will instruct my Associate Financial to issue and mail the paycheck to your Information via Courier services and do let me know when you receive the check and also make sure you check your email the moment you receive it,so as to proceed with the Instructions on  remitting the overage (after deducting your fee for the piece) to the shipping agent as soon as the check get cleared thanks for your sincere co-op

Best Regards,
Potter

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That sounds just fine, Potter. I’ll keep an eye out for that check!

So, where you are moving to the Philippines from? I hope you don’t mind my asking.

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The reason I ask is because I thought maybe if you were in the New York area you might want to come visit the studio when you get back from your ocean voyage? I would love to meet you!

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Hello Potter,
Are you receiving my emails?

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Yes , the check payment will get to you during this coming week ..thanks

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That’s great, but did you see my question about visiting me at the studio? Do you live in New York City? I’d love to meet you if you have time so I can show you my other work.

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that will be after my anniversary then i can come for a visit.

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Oh, that would be wonderful. So you live in the New York area? Or where do you currently live?

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Potter, are you receiving my emails? I still have not received your check.

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Hello Jim,
Please kindly excuse my tardiness response we had issues with our logistic partner and we want you to know it just got sorted out and i’m sending an email to let you know  the payment will get across to you as discussed today with tracking number: 9405 5102 0088 3911 4496 72   via USPS . Cashiers check was made payable to :

Name : Jim Johnson
XXXXX
XXXXX

would be delivered to  today before 4pm kindly advice upon receipt and also a contact cell phone number you/he can be reached on….
Thanks and Have a great day,

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Hi Potter,
I understand. We all have “issues” from time to time. I guess that explains why you didn’t respond to my question. I asked you several times if you lived in the New York area and you never answered. But I don’t take it personally now that I know you were having these issues. So do you live in the New York area or not?

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Am sorry i have been battling with some health issues and also I guess i might have missed some of your emails or probably your messages might have hit my spam folder, we are already in process of moving to Philippines as i told you before showing my full interest in your work 🙂 We live down town California in Santa Rosa, Do you Visit California?… let me know when the check arrives and how you will like to proceed..  Thanks

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Hi Potter,
I’m so sorry to hear you have been dealing with these health issues. I’ve been having to go to the doctor quite regularly, as well, for surgeries. Some people might call them unnecessary surgeries because they don’t serve any medical purpose, but they are in fact very necessary for me because they are for my art. As I mentioned in my previous email, my main art practice is performance, so I’ve undergone several anatomical modifications for that.

I’m actually recovering today from the latest surgery, so I won’t be at the studio to receive your check, but I will be back there first thing tomorrow.

I’ve never been to Santa Rosa in downtown California before, but I spent several years in San Luis Obispo, where I lived above a tap dancing school that was a also a Thai restaurant in the daytime.

I hope you feel better soon, and I will let you know when I receive the check!

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Hi: Jim Johnson
Just a quick update. The check for $3,950  has been delivered to you today via  USPS Tracking num is 9405 5102 0088 3911 4496 72  which you can track on http://www.usps.com

Please it would be highly appreciated if you kindly forward the overage $2,750  to Vickie Jean Maestas  (the shipping agent), without much delay, as the funds will be needed to register and do all necessary paperwork for these goods prior to pick up.
Otherwise there would be a late delivery which would ruin the plans for my anniversary. As soon as they receive the funds from  you, they’ll give you a call to make arrangement and schedule a convenient pick up time with you.

All you have to do is visit any   MONEY GRAM  & WESTERN UNION TRANSFER outlet around you with the overage (in cash) and make the transfer “money in minute”  to the shipping agent information below;

Name: Vickie Jean Maestas
City: Albuquerque
State: New Mexico
Zip Code : 87121

Kindly send the balance payment of $ 1,375 Via MONEY GRAM TRANSFER and the remaining $ 1,375  should be sent via WESTERN UNION TRANSFER to the shipping info above. There will be a  MONEY GRAM  & WESTERN UNION TRANSFER charges and that should be deducted from the balance as going to the shipping agent as well. the reason why im asking you to split the transaction is that western union might want to delay any transaction above $1,500  and in-other not to delay my shipping agent  , proceed on as instructed above as soon as you have it done today, kindly email with the REF NUM FOR MONEY GRAM TRANSFER  & WESTERN UNION TRANSFER Mtcn Num ,  exact amount sent and sender’s  name.

Note : you can view the link bellow by putting your zip code to see the MONEY GRAM & WESTERN UNION outlet closer to you

Money Gram Outlet = http://locations.moneygram.com
Western Union Outlet = ( https://www.westernunion.com/us/en/agent-locator.html )

Thanks for your sincere co-op and I hope to hear from you soon,

Best Regards

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Hello Potter,
I’m glad to hear the check was delivered. As I mentioned in my last email, I am not at the studio today, so I cannot look to see if it is there. Perhaps my neighbor, Mr. Voldemort, accepted the delivery. I will let you know first thing in the morning.

Also, I wanted to let you know that the painting you are purchasing, “Daniel Radcliffe on a Horse,” 2018, oil on canvas, is part of a larger performance piece that is included with the total price you are paying. I can tell you more about it later, but basically I will need to come to your home once the painting is installed and activate the space around it with the performance. This is very important to the meaning of the artwork so I hope you won’t have any issues with that.

Best,
Jim

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Good-Morning Jim ,
Checking to know if you have confirmed the check payment and have you deposited it ? let me know and also hit me back with your cell #

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Hi Potter,

Yes, in fact I was able to get the check from my neighbor, Mr. Voldemort. He’s a real wizard at collecting the mail!

Before I cash the check, I wanted to make sure you read about the performance in my previous email, which is an important part of the artwork you are buying? I would like to know that you are ok with that before we proceed. Thanks.

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Yes i will like to proceed as agreed, i certainly believe we already sealed a deal! 🙂 However you have the payment already. I also just finished talking to my Associate who mailed the payment on my behalf he instructed you  can go ahead and deposit the check with you bank merchant as soon as you can before the end of business day meanwhile it could take 24-72hrs for check to be processed regarding to your merchant … Thank you very much i’m hoping to see the best of you from this… i will correspond via email as soon as i can …

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That’s great! I’ll deposit the check on my lunch break. Today I’m going to have one of Mrs. Weasley’s corned beef sandwiches. I just need to know a few details about where I’ll be doing the performance to make sure everything will go smoothly. What is the name of the town where you will be living so I can make sure the right resources are available? I know you said it was somewhere in the Philippines, but whereabouts?

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Hi Jim ..i will like to inform you that our anniversary is coming soon and if you really want to have my full details…..my address 226 Providence Pt, Anderson, NC 29626, cell num-(704) 533- 7134  & here is our relocation address in Manila Philippines (Highway Hills South Tower 3809 Parking near guard house Manila Philippines )

Regards

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Great, thank you so much. I’ll do some research around the area of your new home in Manila to locate the nearest horse stable. Also, can you tell me about the type of floor you will have in your new home, and if it happens to be made of concrete? I just need to know if it will be able to withstand the weight of 5,000 pounds. Thanks.

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Hi Potter,
I couldn’t figure out what was going wrong with my email, so just let me know if you receive this. Also, I deposited the check.

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Oh that’s great! please don’t hesitate to let me know when funds are available although my  associate already put a call through so to expedite the process without  any delay, i wait your correspondence if we have a positive news!

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Did you see my question about the type of floor you will have in your new house? Do you think it can withstand 5,000 pounds? I just want to make sure before we proceed. I apologize for not addressing this sooner. It’s for the performance I told you about. Do you have any questions about that?

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Yes, I do. We never had any conclusion or sign an agreement regarding that Jim. Am a bit way confused. I have to give you too much details, and i believe this was supposed to be a painting deal business lol? Excuse my curiosity if you don’t mind .

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Yes, I understand your confusion, and I am so sorry I forgot to bring this up earlier. As I mentioned, I’ve been recovering from my recent surgery and have had a lot to deal with afterwards (pus, etc.).

If you’ll remember, the painting and the performance are part of the same artwork. For the performance component of the piece, I’ll need to bring 5 adult horses into your home for about 2 hours. I’m already in touch with a local stable to make the arrangements. They just need to know what date would be best. Could you let me know what works for you?

Thanks, and again I’m so sorry for the last minute details…

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Am sorry we never made arrangement for this. Am sorry i might have to turn down the offer. Am sorry.

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I’ll admit I have a reputation for being an eccentric artist, which you are probably aware of if you’ve read the review of my latest show in “Art Hog Magazine.”

If you prefer I could probably use ponies instead of adult horses and I’m sure they won’t weigh as much. Trust me it will be worth it and your wife will be so surprised!

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Will think about it and get back to you mean while keep me posted  regarding the funds availability. We have the movers to sort out still remember, i have other things to attend to drop a message if any news…

Lovely day

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Ok, well can you let me know what date would work to do the performance? And can I stay with you please? I don’t know anyone in the Philippines.

I went ahead and sent the money to Vickie Jean Maestas in New Mexico. Who is that, anyway?

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Excuse me, I am confused. Do you mean you already made out payment to the shipper?

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Is Vickie Jean Maestas the shipper?  

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Yes I stated that in the email.

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Ok, then yes. Also, regarding the performance, I just wanted to let you know in advance that it’s going to involve a lot of nudity. Will that be an issue?

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Our guest are all over 18+

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Ok good. But don’t worry- it will be very tasteful. You and your wife will feel elevated! What’s the next step, Potter? Did Vickie Jean Maestas receive the funds?

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Good Morning. i don’t understand what you mean by Vickie receiving funds. i received an email from you asking whats next. is this more like a joke thing?
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No, I was asking what the next step would be in getting the painting to you. You never told me when the shipper would arrive to pick it up, and I need to have my assistant pack it beforehand.
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you also never mentioned that in any of your mail. sorry, do you should have a slip as proof so i can forward that to Vickie for confirmation? just like me sending to you the usps tracking number to confirm the check transit and delivery?
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No I sent the money through “The Cash Wizard” and he didn’t give me one of those. He said it was guaranteed.