Insight with Mark Farrell An engaging forum to examine and discuss a vast array of everyday obstacles and challenges facing adults and children today.

April 7, 2017  

Dr. LOREN A. OLSON lived for decades the best way he knew how until he realized that yes, he was gay.  Mark speaks with Dr. Olson about his new book FINALLY OUT: Letting Go of Living Straight and asks about his first marriage, how his children dealt learning that their father was gay to society’s ever slow developing acceptance of same sex marriage, being gay and more.  And the simple, sensational, irreplaceable farm and country experience.  Oh and naked yoga – really...feel sorry for the mats!   

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

 

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March 30, 2017  

Talaura Cothran is not a typical high school senior.  Her astuteness and compassion for others is boundless and that’s only a small part of who she is and why she created The Special Beauties Pageant http://www.specialbeautiespageant.com/ for children with special needs and disabilities in California.  Hear how this extraordinary 17 year old became the caregiver of her mother, Jennifer MacMonagle at the young age of 3 after her mother was paralyzed.  Jennifer, Talaura’s mother also speaks with Mark about her daughters successes including their ironclad relationship.  Jennifer also talks about the night her life forever changed when riding with an intoxicated driver and how she turned a nightmare into a cathartic experience as well as twice earning the title of Miss. Wheelchair California.  Mental illness is not on any level indicative of being weak rather it’s realizing that one needs professional help.  Mark muses on  the significance of professional help and how it saved him.

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

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“Mark did a great job with both our group of Life Skills students and our large group of freshmen. Mark’s warm and exuberant personality helps them to feel comfortable with him. Mark’s compassion for the students and his passion for his message are evident throughout his presentation. Mark has a gift for connecting with students quickly and then keeping their attention.”

 

Kim Knabb, M.A.

School Counselor

Sparta High School

 

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March 23, 2017  

Gong Show creator, songwriter and novelist – Chuck Barris gave the nation unique shows that forever changed the landscape of television.  Mark recalls a hilarious episode of Barris’s The Newlywed Game where a most embarrassing revelation occurred for a couple.  Shannon Ryan will undoubtedly write and direct highly informative and entertaining films in the future though now as a shinning graduate student at Brooklyn College’s Barry R. Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema and recipient of Woman of Her Word Disabilities scholarship (awarded by Michele Spitz), Shannon explains how she is furthering her vast skill set that includes incorporating her keen perspective and resiliency as an indomitable woman with multiple disabilities including hearing and visual impairments.  Plus, why it’s healthy to step out of ones comfort zone even if it risks embarrassment – or in Mark’s case, the inability to see bowling pins for the sake of a good time. And meet Julia – Sesame Street’s new muppet who is on the Autism spectrum.             

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark truly energized the crowd and engaged the youth in a truly effective way, we were very happy to see the very important anti-bullying message delivered in such a kid-friendly, yet meaningful way. Way to go! Thank you for the experience Mark!”

Daakeia Clarke, Madison Square Garden Company,
Marketing Manager, NY Liberty

  

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March 17, 2017  

Kyle Mendelson is taking the temperature of our nation by traveling to over a dozen US cities to meet with politicians, educators and more in an effort to better understand perspectives and motives in regions that voted number forty-five.  From the cockpit to ticket handlers and everyone between – the significance of the women of Air India who circumnavigated the world.   

 

Why do so many parents foot the bill so their college kid can fly off to warmer climates along with other spring breakers for a week of debauchery?  And how the oh so modern Catholic church amended lent guidelines permitting corned beef consumption on St. Patrick’s “Friday”.          

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

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March 3, 2017  

Mark recalls priceless time spent in–studio with greats Al Jarreau and Larry Coryell.  Modern jazz aficionado Russ Davis, also pays tribute to these phenomenal musicians http://russdavismoja.com/

Heather Watkins blog, “Slow Walkers See More” https://slowwalkersseemore.wordpress.com/ has readers laughing, talking and musing as well as taking action!  Heather depicts “My difference makes me stronger”, Mark’s mantra that so many persons with and without disabilities embody.  Heather says “it’s about encompassing not about overcoming” - hear more sage advice from Heather and how she was seemingly unfazed while her fire alarm blared during our live interview (disaster averted).  Isaac Zablocki, Co-Director of The 9thAnnual NYC Reelabilities Film Festival joins Mark to discuss how this exceptional fest promotes awareness and appreciation of the lives, stories and artistic expressions of people with disabilities through extraordinary award winning local and international films – plus popcorn!  Reelabilities, NOW – March 8th with movies for everyone: http://newyork.reelabilities.org/. Join William H Macy, Lauren Potter, Danny Woodburn, RJ Mitte and other brilliant actors in post screening discussions, panels and more. 

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids 2nd - 12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at:www.markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark Farrell presented at our school during The Week of Respect. The students were captivated by his motivating message on perseverance, diversity, and anti-bullying. Our students remained engaged throughout his presentation as he has perfected speaking to students at their developmental level. Mark was flexible to work with and was able to engage with students on a large array of topics. My students greatly benefited from hearing the message that with hard work, diligence, and never giving up on yourself, your dreams can become your reality. I would highly recommend Mark Farrell to any school looking for a highly motivating speaker”

Janice Dawer School Counselor/SAC
Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School

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March 2, 2017  

What helps you get over someone…endless Ben & Jerry’s, wine, yoga, wine, frolicking with puppies???  Renew, an upstate N.Y. retreat for those in need of an escape and help mending their shattered heart can help.  Plus, there’s nothing like getting over someone with another someone! When I gave a talk on mental illness to N.J. State health professionals recently, I was approached by a man who was captivated by my candid experience and now is organizing a support group for men since he had wished one existed when he was experiencing depression. Dancin weekdays are here…Daybreaker’s (www.daybreaker.com) “beatz up” mornings with pre-work yoga and wildly fun dance parties (minus the booze) in coveted venues in U.S. cities and around the world. No need for pumps or the gym – dance, sweat, apply deodorant liberally and off to work you go with a smile.    

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids 2nd-12th grade and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at:www.markfarrellmotivation.com

 

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

“Mark’s motivation and passion comes from personal stories on overcoming adversity, abuse of drugs and alcohol and a target of bullying when he was in high school.  Students were on the edge of their seats and parents commented on how important it was for them to hear Mark’s message before sending their kids off to high school. Powerful, personal, and funny motivational speaker with a unique and inspirational story for parents and students.”

Dario Sforza Principal Henry P. Becton Regional High School East Rutherford NJ

 

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February 21, 2017  

The hilarious Stacey Prussman talks about the life of a comedian, her struggles including eating disorder, her movies and much more.  Mechanical doping is the new black – kind of.  Professional riders – yes think Tour De France have turned to small hidden motors that help propel the bike so they can recover.  Maybe pro cyclists have had enough of needling each other.  Nonetheless, this new method of gaining an edge has the attention of officials.  Lance Armstrong…busted completely.  Usain Bolt…busted and crushed hearts.  When will the human capacity alone be enough?  “The Dog Who Saved Pleasantville” could save your child from having to go to sugar rehab.  Authors, Corrine and Jack Wlody (Team Wlody) have created a tale that speaks volumes to parents and provides great insight for kids who think sugar is just like all food…good for you and yummy (cue obnoxious buzzer sfx).  WRONG!  This warm tale is about smart food choices, family and the importance of community.  https://store.bookbaby.com/book/The-Dog-Who-Saved-Pleasantville 

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

“Mark’s motivation and passion comes from personal stories on overcoming adversity, abuse of drugs and alcohol and a target of bullying when he was in high school.  Students were on the edge of their seats and parents commented on how important it was for them to hear Mark’s message before sending their kids off to high school. Powerful, personal, and funny motivational speaker with a unique and inspirational story for parents and students.”

Dario Sforza Principal Henry P. Becton Regional High School East Rutherford NJ

 

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January 27, 2017  

The POTUS refuses to acknowledge Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election though my guest, T.L. Williams, a former CIA operative shares how cyber warfare will continue to escalate and the ramifications on the U.S. and the world.  Learn why Tim Fitzgerald is taking his social worker practice to Thailand where elephant rides, meditation and calming the mind will redefine conventional therapy and maybe impact your life’s trajectory..  

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

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“Mark did a great job with both our group of Life Skills students and our large group of freshmen. Mark’s warm and exuberant personality helps them to feel comfortable with him. Mark’s compassion for the students and his passion for his message are evident throughout his presentation. Mark has a gift for connecting with students quickly and then keeping their attention.”

 

Kim Knabb, M.A.

School Counselor

Sparta High School

 

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January 13, 2017  

Laura Meddens is a supremely talented and creative artist who began painting less then three years ago when her remaining vision failed lost though her work appears to be the result of decades of experimentation and practice.  Laura’s story of resiliency and determination to succeed on several fronts is astounding like co-creating Abled.com and developing The Laura and Wagner Foundation.  Many criticize Meryl Streep for denouncing Trumps mocking of NY Times reporter Serge Kovaleski at the Golden Globe Awards though I applaud her for sharing with audiences how incomprehensible it is for anyone, let alone an incoming United States President to belittle a person for doing their job.

Check out Laura Medden’s work:

Laura’s artwork: http://laurameddens.com/

Laura’s site on disability: http://abled.com/

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

"Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation."

 

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Pinceton University

 

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December 29, 2016  

It was a privilege to have Mike Le Donne, renowned Jazz Pianist and Founder/Pres/CEO Disability Pride NYC (501C3 non-profit organization), on the show to discuss the impetus on forming Disability Pride NYC and how vital theirNYC Disability Pride Parade is in eradicating serotypes, bridging communities and creating a platform for performers and attendees with disabilities to experience inclusion and big time fun! 

 

The JAZZ LEGENDS FOR DISABILITY PRIDE - DISABILITY PRIDE PARADE FUNDRAISER, hear how over 21 jazz legends will descend on Thurs January 5th6:30-9:30 at the Quaker Friends Meeting Hall in NYC for a phenomenal night of jazz starring: Ron Carter, Benny Golson, Buster Williams, Jimmie Cobb, Harold Mabern, Eddie Henderson, Louis Hayes, Carl Allen, George Coleman, Peter Bernstein, Eric Alexander, Joe Farnsworth, Buster Williams, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes, Kenny Washington, Peter Washington, John Webber, Donald Vega, Vincent Herring, Russell Malone and more.

 Tickets and info: www.winterjazzfest.com/jazzlegends

 

 

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Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience of living with a disability and much more.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

"Mark invigorated our conference! His genuine enthusiasm and professionalism, combined with an amazing topic, made for a marvelous presentation."

 

Catharine Leahy - Speakers Chair Pinceton University

 

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December 22, 2016  

Michael Dermer, entrepreneur, speaker, lawyer and author of “The Lonely Entrepreneur” joined me to discuss why he left a coveted job as a corporate lawyer to pursue the dream of being his own boss.  His concept — reward Americans for healthy behavior and in the process, saving the healthcare system a bundle.  Hear how he created IncentOne – an empire he tirelessly devoted over a decade too that crumbled in mere days during the 2008 financial debacle and how his varied entrepreneur skills, business acumen and much more got him back in the game.  My mother continues to inspire and teach me through her uncanny ability to adapt to life circumstances within and beyond her control.  Recently, she had to utilize her strength and courage once again, this time in the form of relocating to a new home late in life.  Change in life happens in many forms and my mothers ability to not only survive but flourish, made me take pause of the significance of this vital  characteristic that makes many wildly uncomfortable.                  

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

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December 9, 2016  

Tracey Jackson, tv and film writer and co-author of NY Times best seller, GRATITUDE AND TRUST: 6 Affirmations That Will Change Your Life joins me for an in-depth conversation about loss, denial and numerous invaluable life lessons.   Hear many riveting stories including Tracey’s first meeting with Oscar and Grammy winning song writer Paul Williams that took place in Robert Mitchum's bedroom. Really!  A veteran of traditional therapy — though never an alcohol or drug abuser like her friend Paul…Tracey has struggled with other negative behaviors to numb her pain such as men, cigarettes, and over-spending.  Tracey shares stories of debauchery that Paul lived and wrote about in their book like how Paul was rarely able to recollect his dozens of appearances on the Tonight Show since he was so high. Tracey blogs on traceyjacksononline.com, and she runs GratitudeandTrust.com with her dear friend Paul Williams.

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

             

“Mark Farrell served our firm with a perfect mix of motivation, humor and uplifting personal experience during a corporate event to touch each employee personally while inspiring success and determination. Mark’s professionalism, contagious charisma and flexibility made working with him something we look forward to again in the future”

Robin Greene, Vice President
Prestigious Hedge Fund Greenwich, CT

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December 2, 2016  

Brian Fischler – comedian, writer and so much more talks with me about the 11th Laugh For Sight NYC on Monday December 5th at Gotham Comedy Club starring Robert Klein, Joy Behar, Stacey Prussman, Daryl Wright and the comedian who founded LFS – Brian and his dog Nash. We learn about Brian’s 24 job in LA, how Charlize Theron walked all over Brian and how he lives with Retinitis Pigmentosa.  Big kudos to Brian for his steadfast work in spreading awareness and raising critical funds for degenerative retinal diseases!  Every year I have a blast hosting this event that unites uniquely talented comedians that donate their time for laughter and cures.  Please join us: www.gothamcomedyclub.com for tickets.

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark Farrell presented at our school during The Week of Respect. The students were captivated by his motivating message on perseverance, diversity, and anti-bullying. Our students remained engaged throughout his presentation as he has perfected speaking to students at their developmental level. Mark was flexible to work with and was able to engage with students on a large array of topics. My students greatly benefited from hearing the message that with hard work, diligence, and never giving up on yourself, your dreams can become your reality. I would highly recommend Mark Farrell to any school looking for a highly motivating speaker”

Janice Dawer School Counselor/SAC
Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School

 

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November 18, 2016  

Schizophrenia is manageable and now fashionable!  Founder of Schizophrenic NYC, Michelle Hammer shares how her diagnosis after college sparked the idea to spread awareness of mental illness – in particular schizophrenia through her most creative and clever t-shirt line.  Check out www.schizophrenic.nyc.com and wear out mental illness!

 

The shallowness and phoniness and lack of compelling conversation drove Jasmine Lobe to pen what she dreadfully experienced in LA.  The rest is all history for this native New Yorker who returned to write for the NY Observer as a sex and relationship columnist.  Hear how this affable and witty actress, model, producer and former figure skater has readers pausing from Tinder to read about her life of ecstasy.  http://observer.com/author/jasmine-lobe/

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

“Mark truly energized the crowd and engaged the youth in a truly effective way, we were very happy to see the very important anti-bullying message delivered in such a kid-friendly, yet meaningful way. Way to go! Thank you for the experience Mark!”

Daakeia Clarke, Madison Square Garden Company,
Marketing Manager, NY Liberty

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November 1, 2016  

Another professional athlete is charged with domestic violence – something that is become all too common for victims and leagues.  Are sports that require a certain degree of violence for professional athletes more dangerous for the health and well being of their spouses?  In October - most schools celebrate diversity, inclusion and the importance of acceptance regardless of how a student identifies as well as the dangers of drug and alcohol use.  During this vital month I share my vast experience with students at schools everywhere on overcoming adversity – my struggles of living with a visual impairment, coping with mental illness, my awakening of years of drug/alcohol use and so much more.  I’m beyond gratified when I meet students months or years after they heard one of my talks and they recite my mantra, “My Difference Makes Me Stronger” and how my talk had such a positive impact on them.  I wish schools didn’t let the calendar dictate or limit how much impact significant messaging can have on students.      

 

Have Mark speak at your company or organization to increase moral, productivity, confidence and more.  Mark also has riveting talks for kids k-12 and college on overcoming adversity, anti-bullying/anti-teasing, mental health, drugs/alcohol, celebrating differences, self-entitlement and more.  All of Mark’s talks are from his vast life experience.  Reviews, videos, booking info and more at: www.markfarrellmotivation.com

 

“Mark Farrell presented at our school during The Week of Respect. The students were captivated by his motivating message on perseverance, diversity, and anti-bullying. Our students remained engaged throughout his presentation as he has perfected speaking to students at their developmental level. Mark was flexible to work with and was able to engage with students on a large array of topics. My students greatly benefited from hearing the message that with hard work, diligence, and never giving up on yourself, your dreams can become your reality. I would highly recommend Mark Farrell to any school looking for a highly motivating speaker”

Janice Dawer School Counselor/SAC
Westwood Regional Jr./Sr. High School

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