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Suspicious Testimonial on the John Alexander Real Estate Infomercial

There’s an infomercial being aired these days by a real estate guru named John Alexander selling his “Real Estate Riches in 14 Days” system, which promotes a real estate investment technique called “inverse purchase.”

For the most part this program is your standard get-rich-in-real-estate infomercial, featuring lots of testimonials from people who made tens of thousand or hundreds of thousands of dollars by using the John Alexander system.

One part that was a little unusual was the “14 Day Challenge” in which 3 people from different walks of life used John Alexander’s inverse purchase techniques for just 14 days and reveal how much money they made. One of the people involved in this “14 Day Challenge” is described as a fashion model who immigrated to Los Angeles from Russia 9 years ago. This woman claims she made $32,000 using the John Alexander methods.

One thing I noticed about this model was her name: Tatyana Caruso. While Tatyana sounds Russian, Caruso definitely does not, so I figured it must be a married name.

But then at the end of the infomercial I see this on the screen:

Hmmm. So the director and writer of the John Alexander infomercial is Randall Caruso, who just happens to have the same last name as the Russian model who gives a testimonial. Could there be a little nepotism going on here?

This reminds me of something that happened with another real estate guru, Tom Vu. One of Vu’s infomercials featured a testimonial from a Caucasian man who flirted with the bikini babes on Tom’s yacht while he bragged about how much money he made with the Tom Vu real estate methods. Later the TV program Inside Edition revealed that this “graduate” of the Tom Vu course was actually Tom Vu’s brother-in-law.

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  • 6 Responses to “Suspicious Testimonial on the John Alexander Real Estate Infomercial”

  • I, like you, find infomercials a haven of hilarity and absurdity. I recently bought and read your book, “Make That Call Now!” and found it to be as absurd and hilarious as the informercials I watch late at night. Kudos. I write the occasional review too, and here is my latest:

    There’s a brand new infomercial terrorizing the airwaves right now. It’s for the Micro Grill. Basically, it’s a piece of plastic that gets hot in the microwave and “grills” your food. The host is the incomparable Jan, whom I remember vividly from the FoodSaver show and the infomercial that has the faux “iron”. Could this man be any more flaming? Where does he get his shirts?

    His co-host is some annoying twit, who is shocked every time Jan removes the Micro Grill from the microwave and reveals his “perfectly grilled” foods. “Never in a million years would I think this came out of the microwave,” she says. She has the foodgasms down, and it’s hilarious, especially watching her and Jan share the same fork to test taste all the foods.

    What bothers me about this infomercial is the complete lack of making the food look good. It all looks horrible. He claims the grill is non-stick, but on 2 occasions, mushrooms stuck to the upper grill plate. The salmon looked repulsive and it looks as if the Hot Pocket has exploded on the grill. Who wants a grilled Hot Pocket anyway? Why do people go on and on about those black grill lines being on their food? One foreign Micro Grill “user”, with an accent that rivals Zsa Zsa Gabor said in that thick accent, “It has the lines.”

    At one point, Jan takes a bite of the co-host’s mother’s “famous” meatloaf, which was just cooked in the microwave, and after he eats it, he stands there with his eyes closed, looking like he has just reached orgasm and was basking in the afterglow. The way she shoved the fork in his mouth, and the look on his face, it was like he was giving a blowjob. He got his meat.

    The announcer comes on and says, “Never have tough steaks again!” Yes, just throw em in the microwave! When I think of juicy, tender, medium-rare steaks, I think of the microwave. “Now, you can use your microwave for cooking real foods instead of heating drinks and making popcorn!”

    This infomercial gets an 7 out of 10. It’s more hilarious that hypnotizing. (Now, the Magic Bullet must use subliminal messages, or some sort of mind control, because I, like several other people, have to watch that when it’s on.) The website gets a 9 out of 10 — if only for the hilarious FAQ page featuring notable information such as this:

    4. What material is the Micro Grill made of?

    The Micro Grill’s outer shell is plastic plastic and the grilling plates are non-stick.

    (The website author wrote plastic twice.) Yes, it’s a piece a plastic, and doesn’t even use electricity and it’s $60. However, that comes with a free cookbook (that’s available for free on the internet to schmoes like me!).

    NASTY!
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    Comment by Kirk McKenna on July 29, 2007 at 7:35 am

  • Tatyana Caruso also has a workout video called “Supermodel Abs in just 5 minutes a day”:

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000JYVX9E/ref=nosim/ridiculousinfome

    Wow, she’s a model, real estate wiz, and workout video queen. Is there anything this chick can’t do???

    Comment by Nicolletta on July 30, 2007 at 12:58 pm

  • Came across your posts and totally agree. In regards to John Alexander….check out universalprogram.com – He gets around with his offers!

    Comment by Greg W. on August 2, 2007 at 7:15 pm

  • Hey Paul, Check out the producer on Tatyana’s workout video, it’s Randall. Sounds like a family ‘affair’.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000JYVX9E/ref=nosim/ridiculousinfome

    Anyway, just want to thank you and the internet for the background info on the Scammers out there. What fun it is to check out these “get rich quick” schemers.

    Thanks
    Dave Hale

    Comment by David Hale on August 6, 2007 at 3:03 pm

  • Billy Mays and his Oxy-clean should be on here.

    Comment by Jake on August 9, 2007 at 7:45 am

  • John Alexander is a scam. His business model is essentially a pyramid scheme where the new recruiter
    paid to the old line above him and Alexander himself.
    His Inverse program is so difficult to apply that even many of his “students” refuse to explain or apply the scheme themself.
    It’s nothing more than a glorious “owner financing”
    plan where his “investors” would charge “14”%for the loan!

    Comment by Henry on November 11, 2008 at 2:27 am

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