John Carlton's
Pint of Beer Challenge
Lesson #4

Here's an insider secret the expensive big ad agencies and high-priced copywriters don’t want you to discover…

"How To Create Your First Pretty Darn Good Ad...
In Just 9 Minutes."

John Carlton, here. “The Most Ripped-Off Copywriter Online.”

For many years now, I’ve been teaching people with absolutely zero advertising experience (not to mention a fear of trying to write anything) how to create their very first ad that actually works.

I do this by getting them to stop thinking about doing something most find difficult – write a good ad…

… and instead focus on small parts of real-world, face-to-face conversations they would have with their perfect prospect…

… if it were possible to sit down with every ideal prospect in the world.

Thanks to the internet and the relatively low costs of sending old school “snail mail,” you can get your story… your ad… in front of millions of prospects without ever leaving home.

What you’ve done in your three SWS Express Course / Pint of Beer Challenge lessons can form the backbone of your next sales page, social media post, or YouTube script.

Let me show you how it’s done.

It’s going to take us just about 9 minutes.

You can time this if you want.

Let’s get started, shall we?

Start your timer:

Here’s what you do:

Gather your three exercises.

You’re going to take those words, add just a few sentences to bring it all together, and you’re done.

Lesson #1: "What Do They Say?" is for inspiration and guidance. Keep that in front of you, so you never lose focus that your ad needs to address helping that person solve that problem.

And nothing else.

Do not burden or confuse them with other things you can do.

Do not try to sell other stuff – the best way to get a good ad working is to have ONE thing to sell.

You can sell your prospect other stuff after you’ve made that critical first sale.

Lesson #2: “What Do You Say?” is the opening of your ad. While you’re still learning how to write copy, keep it just that simple.

Lesson #3: “Closing the Deal” will do exactly that. Make the offer. Tell them the one thing they need to do next (right now!), so you can solve that problem they talked about in Lesson #1.

Between your Lesson #2 and Lesson #3 exercises, you’re going to throw in just a bit of salesmanship.

Maybe a success story or testimonial from a happy customer?

Maybe a few lines describing their lives once their problem is no more?

Below is a sample ad I wrote in a workshop years ago.

As you read through it, notice what a compelling little sales story it is and how I never deviate (even one sentence) from the model.

Along with your Pint of Beer Challenge exercises, use my ad as a model, and write yours.

The first draft, which should mostly be copy/pasting from your exercises, shouldn’t take you much longer than 9 minutes.

Are you getting lots of hits… but not converting them into sales?

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You Make Online.

Hello,

My name is Joe Green. 

And if you would like to discover an easy, fast way to at least DOUBLE the number of sales you’re getting right now with your Web site… I can show you exactly how to do it.

This is something I do extremely well. And I have been doing it for two years now, online. I started out with horrible results, just like you. Then, I discovered how to double the number of hits to my site who became customers.

Then, I doubled it again.

This took just a few days, once I put the right elements in place. The result: My sales shot up. I went from earning less than a grand a month, to earning over five grand a week.

I’ve also helped 3,187 other people to do the same thing with their online businesses. This includes ABC, Inc, and XYZ company -- both are respected corporations who sell both online and from their stores in New York. And both companies DOUBLED their online sales within a month of following my simple advice.

“Thanks again for helping me with my Website --
sales are now over five times what they were last month.” -- Suzy Smith, Chicago


Here’s what I do: I uncover the ‘leaks’ in your Money Funnel, and show you how to plug them instantly. That means more people stay around to hear what you have to say and absorb your sales message. And that means more sales.

I also quickly uncover the mistakes you’re now making that – like most struggling businesses – are interfering with completing the sales process. Just removing these roadblocks will increase sales by another 50%, overnight.

Even more important… I can show you how to increase the “magnetic power” of your sales message to the point that – overnight – you can see double, triple, and even quadruple the results you used to get.

I’ve put all this information into a simple e-book that you can check out right now, if you like. The cost is just $49.

You don’t risk a penny by doing this. Take six months to decide. If you’re not happy, you can get a fast refund, with no questions asked.

To order, click here, fill out the order page and follow the three simple directions. You are seconds away from having this amazing e-book in your hands.

And you can see for yourself what all the fuss is about.

Thanks.

Joe Green

P.S. If you order right now, I will also send you a free audio report on how to instantly increase the amount of traffic you drive to your site. So the numbers of raw hits you receive gets a dramatic boost… just as you’ve discovered the simple secrets of converting those hits into sales.

Result: Even more profit than you ever dreamed possible.

Check this out now, while you’re thinking about it.

And that’s pretty much all there is to writing a darn good ad.

We added this bonus 4th lesson to make sure you see an example of how to “tie it all together” and create an ad.

Too many people do over-complicate this step when they are first learning.  You don't have to do that.

We know you’re a better marketer now that you’ve seen how an experienced copywriter creates a full ad from only these few pieces.

And you’ll be even better if you take just these few minutes, do this step, and create that ad.

When you're ready to expand on your sales pitch, you will take these basic elements as your foundation. Even 30-minute videos and long web pages can be broken down into these sections.

Rookies get hung up on the idea that someone is reading what they're writing.

It's a trap that will destroy response rates. Because your reader will quickly become a NON-reader as soon as you bore him… or insult his intelligence… or lose him with tangents or irrelevant stories.

Just like in real life, when you're talking to someone.

The closer you can make your copy read like an actual conversation, the higher your readership will be.

And that means more results.

Stay frosty.

John Carlton

P.S.  As I’m sure you’ve figured out, this “express course” is a mini-version of my complete Simple Writing System Program.

My hope for you is that these few lessons demonstrated that if you follow a proven process…

… you can write ads that will bring a lot more money into your business and your life.

There is a way you can learn my entire copywriting system.

Head over to this page to learn about, and get lifetime access to, my Simple Writing System copywriting program.

John LaneJohn LaneTaxSaleLists.com

30% Boost In Conversions

"I have been using some of the things John teaches in our email campaigns for our free workshop and our attendance each week has gone up by about 40%. I also used some of his suggestions in the power point for the free workshop and our conversion rate to the paid workshop has increased by about 30%. We were converting about 5% to a $1,297 workshop, now we are just under 7% conversion.

Harlan KilsteinHarlan KilsteinTheDogingtonPost.com

Million-Dollar Advice

"John's first critique of my copy was a shock -- I thought I was pretty darned good, but he told me to rip it up and start over from scratch, using his specific advice.

I'm glad I had the sense to listen -- my first year, with John's advice stinging in my ears, I earned over $350,000. And this year, I'm bringing in a cool million."

Disclosure: Harlan's arguably John Carlton's most tenacious and successful student. He's one of the Simple Writing System's top coaches.

Stacey MorgensternStacey MorgensternHolisticMBA.com

"John promises a lot in the SWS. You get 200%. I don't even know how to calculate the ROI on this one. I am only half way through the course and one specific tactic I've used this week has generated at least $2,000 in passive revenue - and that was the FIRST time I tried it!"

Chris MilkieMilwaukee, WI

In the middle of the SWS I reinvented an ad for a weight loss biz and the phones went from lukewarm to SIZZLIN’.

Thank you John!!

Michael JansMichael JansPresident, Insurance Profit Systems, Inc.

"I study Carlton's copy like a 14 year-old boy reads Playboy. Completely dazzled, entranced and full of desire. I've read hundreds of books on marketing and copywriting and make my living with it... so I know how to separate the wheat from the chaff in this business. Every time I think I've hit the nail on the head with my copy, I read one of John's letters and realize how much farther I could go. Ouch... it hurts to say that... but it's true."

William McCreedyWilliam McCreedyFutures Trading Secrets

Tripled Sales In One Month

"Your course is fantastic. I have tripled my sales in a month and I am only now getting started fine-tuning and testing."

Antony RuffinAntony RuffinMatthews, NC

Write More Effective Copy, In Less Time

"Everything was great. Being able to do it on my own time was a plus. The videos were high quality and the workbook has information that I have used to get good results…The Simple Writing System gave me a blue print where I can focus my efforts on each step of the puzzle. Now I can write more effective copy in less time. It gives me the ability to write my own sales letters without using someone else's work as a template for the whole thing"

Alex MandossianAlex MandossianMarketingOnline.com

John Carlton is a world-class copywriter, teacher, and trainer.

He doesn't just tell you how to do it. He doesn't just show you how to do it. He involves you so you learn and you burn those ideas into your mind so that you pick up his strategies and techniques... and the way to apply the psychology of world-class copy.

Most copywriters just write about writing copy. John shows you how to get deep... How to bury your mind into the mind of your prospect.

I want to thank John Carlton from the bottom of my heart. I give John my highest endorsement.

Adam CloetAdam Cloetbodysystems.ca

"Over 6 figures/year into my pocket."

"For me... Copywriting was my lacking skill...

I never knew how to write effective copy, and John you've done a GREAT job... the SWS blows away any "system" I've seen in a long time. It's pretty much idiot proof.

To top it off, my motivation after this course has never been so high... Since starting it I've sold 2 new franchisees (which adds over 6 figures/year into my pocket). I'm starting to blast off writing follow up sequences....I've also finalized my entire franchise manual for all of my stores, and my web guy is starting to build a new website for my retail stores and will use your copywriting to make it smash the competition as well as build an avenue through the site to franchise even more...

I can't thank you enough... this is a program geared for REAL business minded people... it's the real deal... not some fancy, full of fluff, way of repackaging old basic marketing. Thanks John!"

Michael NormanAustralia

Free Money!

"Amazing! My web site conversion rate has nearly DOUBLED, just from what you've taught me. And guess what? Also following your advice, I tested a much higher price... and the conversion rate was not affected at all. That's FREE MONEY without any extra work! You were right, John."

Joe PolishJoe PolishPiranha Marketing, co-host of iLoveMarketing podcast

"Phenomenal content. Of all the marketing, advertising and copywriting experts I pay attention to, John Carlton is by far the most articulate and passionate and knowledgeable (and funny). I get more value just from your hilarious, ballsy stories alone than from the serious efforts of most other gurus. Man, you've helped my advertising get wicked-good."

[Full Disclosure: Joe has been a trusted colleague for many years.]

Michael RichesonMichael RichesonNewberg, OR

"Brought in more than a dozen high-ticket members ($4,000+ each)."

"I read "Kick-Ass Copywriting Secrets" a few months ago. It was so good I bought the Simple Writing System course. A couple weeks ago I had a chance to put it all together for a client of mine. Using what learned, I wrote a Facebook ad, a 3,000-word sales letter, and an email sequence.

The ad finished with a 6 percent CTR, the sales letter had a nearly 30 percent completion rate, and the email sequence (so far) has brought in more than a dozen high-ticket members ($4,000+ each). All from a $150 ad spend.

No way I could've pulled that off without John’s book and course. Thanks for all the valuable info!"

Yanik SilverYanik SilverSureFireMarketing.com

I Use This Every Time I Write For The Web

My highlighter ran out 6 pages into Section 7! This course is going on my A+ shelf of resources I use every time I write a sales letter for my web sites."

Matt Marshallfreelance copywriter

Carlton Got Me FIRED

"I had a cush job at one of the world's largest ad agencies. Then I found John's materials, and discovered the how to SELL, not just win awards. The agency hated my new style and gave me the boot. Which was a good thing -- my first year on my own, I'm on pace to earn FOUR TIMES my yearly salary at the agency. Thanks, John."

Craig WoolvenCraig Woolven

"Your Simple Writing System has instantly turbo-charged my sales letters. $11,000 of new business in 48 hours using just a few of your wickedly effective sales strategies.

John, your Simple Writing System is my step-by-step blueprint for writing killer, kick-ass sales letters. At last, a simple step-by-step system that pulls together all the elements of writing sizzling, money-in-the-bank sales letters.

The videos explain exactly what to do and the workbook is chock-a-block-full of real world examples and my personal tutor made sure I nailed every exercise.

I now know what to say and exactly how to write it. Powerful, laser targeted sales copy at my fingertips using your step-by step process. Absolutely awesome -- thanks John."

Dean Hohn

Transformed My Website Copy

"As a newbie to copywriting, John and Mark taught me in the Simple Writing System how to target my thoughts and refine my writing in a way to tell a story that will hold a reader's attention, which I didn't do before. That has totally transformed my website script from what I had when I started to what it is now. I want to thank you John, all the team, for your guidance, help, and genuine support. You gave me the feeling that I really mattered as an individual and you personally wanted to help me in my copywriting journey."

Perry MarshallPerry MarshallBestselling author of Ultimate Guide to Google AdWords and Ultimate Guide to Facebook Advertising

"John's input on my website increased my flow of sales leads by 50%. Also, his advice to trash my sales letter and start fresh (with very specific instructions on how to do it) DOUBLED my sales conversion rate! He was right -- this gets exciting, fast."

Marc Boninthecarbutler.ca

"Before SWS I was hesitant about writing a sales letter because I had no one with marketing knowledge that could give me feedback. Now I have a system. Thanks SWS crew!"

Gary HalbertGary HalbertTheGaryHalbertLetter.com

"John is the first guy I call when I have a marketing problem."

"His insights and marketing prowess are unparalleled among the working advertising experts I know... and I know them all. The money available, when you learn what insiders like John has to share, is just insane. In my book, there is John... and no one else is even close."

Andrew RondeauAndrew RondeauWeBuildYourBlog.com

Best Investment I've Ever Made

"Best value course I have ever purchased... overall - great course, great value for money, expert feedback - I liked the structure. I have spent thousands of dollars on "internet related" products and in the past I have been personally mentored by not one but 2 'world famous' Internet Marketers (who charge even more thousands of dollars)...and this SWS course beats everything...it is the BEST EVER investment I made. I tell you what really pisses me off - I have spent thousands of dollars being mentored by so-called 'famous household' Internet Marketers and not one of them has suggested what you have John, not one!"

John ReeseJohn Reese

"John Carlton is one of the best marketers in marketing HISTORY. I have learned a ton from him... and you should soak up everything from him that you can. It will only help you make more money from your Internet marketing efforts."

[Full Disclosure: We did not know or work with John Reese when he sent in this quote. We are now affiliates and colleagues.]

Peter IppolitoPeter IppolitoSan Salvador - CuponClub.net

We have a top "Daily Deal" site in El Salvador and Guatemala that sells big discount coupons for restaurants, hair salons, mechanics, hotels, etc.

Inspired by what Carlton teaches about "One-Two Punch Bullets" in the SWS, last week we split-test the bullets we've been using on three of our offers.

The results were wild. All 3 resulted in a statistically significant increase in sales.

Argentinian Sausage Sandwiches: 12% increase over the control

Hotel and Spa Day: 28% increase over the control

Weight Loss Treatment: 85% increase over the control

We didn't change anything else. Just the 4-5 bullets near the top of the page.

Goes to show that copy REALLY matters.

Kevin RogersKevin RogersCopyChief.com

I was a former dead-broke comedian with a few sales letters under my belt when I discovered Carlton's teaching. John's coaching and the SWS are responsible for millions of dollars in revenue to my business. Even more crucial is the CONFIDENCE I gained as a salesman in print. SWS is like injecting persuasion into your brain and feeling it shoot from your fingertips.

Craig ClemensCraig ClemensNew York, NY


Thanks For Giving Me A Better Life

"Since 2005, your simple writing strategies have earned me and my clients millions. It all began when Eben Pagan shoved a copy of your course into my hands and said "Study every word and then write me some copy!" I was hooked, and got my hands on everything you produced.

My career as a copywriter has flourished since then, because you helped me understand the psychology behind a great sales message. In fact, just last month I booked a project that brought me a fat $15,000 (plus 5% of the gross sales in royalties)... and it took me just one week of work.

The beauty of writing sales copy is that it's not the writing that brings in the money... it's the knowledge of what to write about to get people to buy. And there is no one on earth who knows this -- and can teach it so you "get it" quickly -- better than John Carlton. Thanks, John, for giving me a better life."

Bernadette DoyleBernadette DoyleClientMagnets.com

"THANKS! I got a quick ROI on this and my bullet writing is transformed forever. Very happy student here. Apart from the excellent content, you structured it so I actually worked through and applied the content. It's so easy to let books and programs gather dust - you made this really usable and I've benefited as a result."

Caleb O’DowdCaleb O’DowdFlorida

Pure Gold

"I've written pieces that have pulled in millions of dollars. Yet, when I sit down to write copy, I pull out my swipe file of John Carlton's stuff, and study it like my life depended on it. He is one of the few true experts in advertising. Pure gold."

Ben CummingsBen CummingsPark Place Publishing, NY

"I Stalk Your Ads"

"Dear John: Your strategies have made me hundreds of thousands of dollars. I consider your copywriting to be so influential on my success, that I've literally stalked your ads and sales letters, purchased countless products and services to get on lists... solely so I could collect (and study) the sales letters that you write. This practice has been like a real-world 'Harvard Business School' education for me. And I know dozens of millionaire business people and successful "guru's" that quietly keep an eye on you, follow all that you do, and consider you a major influence on their success."

Chris HaddadChris Haddad"Mr. Moneyfingers"

"Hi. As I write this I'm richer than I ever thought I'd be, happier than I have any right to be . . . and have somehow become one of those "famous" copywriters who gets talked about on message boards, who's building a information business of my own that should hit 7-figures next year, and who's every letter and sales video gets mercilessly ripped off.

And it’s all John Carlton's fault."

[Disclosure: Chris's business did hit 7-figures. He's been a trusted associate for many years as well as a Simple Writing System instructor.]

Al OelschlaegerEncryptaGifts.com

100% Right With Just A Glance

"It's scary how exactly on target you were with your advice based on reading just a few pages of our sales letter. You were 100% right. We've now made over 1,000 sales, captured wonderful customer feedback (as you advised), and are establishing national distribution."

April MorelockIndiana

"Two months ago I had little hope of making it in this business. Now, after taking John's specific advice, I'm quitting my day job and doing this full time."

Dan KennedyDan KennedyAuthor, No B.S. Marketing Series

"John Carlton is a copywriter I would hire, and there are damn few of those. Further, I would pay to be in a room to learn from him, and there are even fewer people on that list."

Ernie SvensonErnie SvensonSmallFirmBootcamp.com

"To be honest, even though I have massive respect for John Carlton and everything he does, I was hesitant about signing up because I was afraid I'd be somehow disappointed.

But, after having run the gauntlet I can say... The SWS course was everything I secretly hoped it would be: practical, hands-on, inspiring, challenging, enlightening, thoroughly enjoyable, and definitely profitable.

Thank you SO much for offering this exceptional course, and for making it so convenient to learn copywriting from the best in the biz."

Rich SchefrenRich SchefrenStrategicProfits.com


$287,000 The First Week!

"After listening to John for less than an hour, my mind caught fire and everything fell into place. I immediately produced my first sales letter ever... and it brought in $287,000 the first week! You can bet I seek out his advice every time I make a major business decision."

Jorge Garcia

"The SWS is an unbelievable, bullet-proof plan for composing the hands-down best copy I've ever written."

"I've been in the freelancing game for 7 years now and always had trouble putting things together. I've got it all: ADHD OCD BP ETC, so perfectionism and a short attention span blasted my workflow to pieces with my previous clients. SWS forces me to sit down, focus on making the cogs, and helps me put together a selling machine.

In ONE DAY I tweaked my Upwork.com profile and I started getting inundated with work requests. It was like no other copywriter had a page quite as sharp as mine. My request inbox was so loaded up I had to turn down several jobs a week. Upwork gave me top-rated status the following week based on how much work and 5-star ratings I was getting. I had to start sending people to my website to get in line for a chance to work with me.

Now I'm charging three times my previous hourly rate and clients are paying my per-project fee. I can't thank you enough for this system. As a fiction writer turned copywriter, it is the one writing tutorial that's actually worked for someone with my thinking patterns.

You should change the acronym from SWS to ROI. I'm making three times as much on freelance projects as I used to and now I HAVE TO TURN DOWN JOBS ON A WEEKLY BASIS. My new copy is bursting at the seams with an irresistible voice and pinpoint salesmanship and people are seeking ME out to work with them (and paying me much more than the other guys). No other book or course comes close. This is the end-all, be-all for copywriting courses.

Thanks a ton for everything."

Kevin Hill

$340,000 in 7 Days

"I started working for internet marketer Russell Brunson as a full-time copywriter and had only written a handful of letters up until that point. He asked me to write a sales letter for our 12-Month Internet Millionaire launch -- my first major launch. I was a little nerved up and repeatedly referred to John's course for guidance while writing the letter. Thanks to implementing the quick-start copywriting secrets John revealed in his course, the letter ended up pulling in $340,000 in 7 days.

If you remotely care about becoming a better copywriter and marketer, you need to get your hands on John's materials before your competition does."

Markus KurodaJapan

"Studying John Carlton's writing, and adapting it to Japanese culture, has allowed me to dominate an entire Asian market. It's just unbelievable what you can do when you learn what's in John's amazing bag of tricks."

Terry DeanTerry Dean

Boosted sales by 70%

"Your headline suggestion for one of my web sites boosted sales by 70%! This equals an extra $3,000 every month...from ONE simple change. Thanks."

Jeff GardnerJeff GardnerTX


Massive Breakthrough Generates $70,000

"I had a massive breakthrough reading your stuff, John. Over the last 14 days, what you taught me generated an extra 20,979 in sales! Thanks again."

(Update: "After a full month, my take is now $70,000! Note to self: Follow John's advice!")

Sam ClitheroeSam ClitheroeDirect Response Copywriting

Before The Simple Writing System, I would mentally panic before ANY and EVERY copy project. Why? Because I didn't know HOW to start or what to actually do. It overwhelmed me... because there were a million different things I could do. I wasted TONS of time and mental energy just trying to "figure it out".

I was always nervous talking to clients because, while I had a general idea of what to do, I didn't TRULY know.

When I heard John say the SWS was his PERSONAL approach to writing copy and the ONLY system you'll ever need for the rest of your life, I was 100% sold.

I committed to using the SWS approach... to selectively IGNORE any other blog post, copywriting course, or "guru" and focus SOLELY on what SWS taught – I'm proud to say this was definitely the best decision I made.

After just 3 weeks of SWS, I started approaching EVERY copy project the same exact way... and it completely eliminated that pre-project resistance that kept me procrastinating.

My clients noticed the quality of my copy JUMP to new levels. I even had a call with one of the BIGGEST names I had ever talked to about potentially working together. The confidence the SWS approach gave me on that call allowed me to land the client. He went on to say out of what seemed like +100 writers he's worked with, I was the best.

After just 6 months of starting my freelance career, I'm now traveling parts of the world while serving a small handful of satisfied clients... and I give all the credit to John Carlton and the SWS.

Otto TrommOtto Tromm

3 Times ROI With New Skills

"I just sold my most expensive screen ever. And, it was due to HOW I sold it with copy skills. Why am I so sure: - it was to a new customer - in a country where people are known for their fondness of bargain hunting - I am sure we had the most expensive offer (competitors offer a similar size screen at a third of the price) - it was the first time that such a screen was sold from a web inquiry. Wanna know how expensive the screen was? 25,000 euro (or about 35K in US$) without shipping or installation.

So thanks guys (David and John), I just made my investment in the Simple Writing System back 3 times on this order alone."

Kamron KaringtonKamron KaringtonRepeatReturns.com

$25 Per Minute!

"John, I made over $25 per minute using JUST your "power words" list. Increased click-throughs by 107%, and stuffed $10,500 in my pocket while sipping my morning coffee, using your tactics to rewrite some lame headlines for a client."

Ken GlickmanKen GlickmanFormer Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Boardroom, Inc.

"Great copywriters are proven because consumers vote with their money. That's why guys like John Carlton are so expensive, and so valuable. This is seriously important information for your business. There are only a handful of writers in John's league. I read his book as soon as I got my hands on it."

Andreea GradAndreea GradPortland, Oregon

30% more business in the last few months!

"What I learned in the Simple Writing System will help me build multiple streams of profits for years to come. I now feel I can truly make more money, create products that sell and attract more clients for my growing business. In fact, I can write my own ads which have brought in 30% more business locally in the last few months. I am so grateful for it. Thank you from my heart."

Ken CalhounKen CalhounStockTradingSuccess.com

Sold Out The Show

"You inspired me to write a new pitch to my house list, using your tactics... and it generated a near-DOUBLE response rate (over 203 requests in under 24 hours, at $495 a pop). Sold out the show."

Lorrie MorganLorrie MorganRedHotCopy.com

"When my copywriting business was operating in the red, I bit the bullet and invested in John's stuff. Know what? I started making money. Lots of it. The subtle tweaks and step-by-step system I learned from John shot conversion rates through the roof. And I confidently raised my fees by 60% because of everything I learned from him... and my fees continue to rise."

[Disclosure: Lorrie has turned into such a successful copywriter and consultant that she's become a frequent Simple Writing System's Coach.]


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