IN THE UNITED STATES
DISTRICT COURT FOR
THE MIDDLE DISTRICT
Case no.: 6:00-cv-1662-Orl-31JGG
HARRY PALMER and STAR'S EDGE,
Orlando, Florida INC.,
October 9, 2002
United States Courthouse
23 80 North Hughey Avenue, #300
Orlando, Florida 32801
Now, the interesting thing to me that occurred during the course of the trial is that an ultimate fact, not in a legal sense, but in a conceptual sense about the whole notion of libeling Mr. Palmer and Star's Edge, came out during the Plaintiffs' case in chief. One of the things that they complain about is that Mr. Palmer was referred to as a con man and that Avatar was referred to as a scam.
Well, what we established about what Avatar is and claims to be is this: That it is a way of thinking which presumes that what we perceive as reality is a manifestation of the mind, that the distinction between thought and reality is illusory, that what we believe exists is what exists, and that Avatar teaches the devotee to so control his own mind that he is able to create or to discreate physical reality.
That's what Avatar sells
: you can create your own reality. You can discreate reality.
Mr. Bauer testified that that's what people are led to understand when they come to take the course. You will be able to dictate physicalreality. But you know what, Judge. Mr. Palmer still has that black spot on his thumbnail, and Mr. Braun wasn't discreated through this entire period. Now, I can't ask Mr. Palmer to make a $100 bill appearon the table. I didn't ask him to turn me into a newt. I just asked him if he could do it, and he can't.
Avatar is selling a product that thewizard himself cannot create, that the wizard himselfcannot do. That is established from Harry Palmer's own testimony. If that is the product that Avatar is selling, then clearly Avatar is a scam.
Going back again to the issue of whether Avatar is a scam, Mr. Palmer in his journal published Mr. Braun's writings at a time when they were of one mind in these matters, saying that there was -- that article, I believe he said, was published in about 1990, that there was nothing after Avatar. However, Mr. Palmer --
Objection. He's arguing facts not in evidence, Your Honor. That was not an exhibit that was received.
Well, there was testimony about it. I'm reluctant to limit closing argument, but I'll take your objection -- I'll note your objection. Go ahead, Mr. Merrett.
What Mr. Braun wrote in the article that Mr. Palmer published in his official Avatar Journal was that there's nothing after Avatar, yet he admitted that in 1988 in a trip to South America he was organizing the Avatar materials and putting the finishing touching on the wizard's course.
So all along, all along there was this plan to bring in the third degree, the knighthood, the imperial wizardry, whatever it was going to be, that people would come in, these former Scientologists who had been bloodied with the never-ending bridge to total freedom of L. Ron Hubbard and say, "No. This is it. Do this. This is what we have to offer. There's not anything else." But the entire time, the next thing was already created, was already incubating, was already waiting to be sprung and sold on these people.
So is Avatar a scam? It sounds like it to me.