– Ugh. I really didn’t feel like
making this video today. I’m very reluctant in doing so but I just wanted to sort
of set the record straight with what’s going on with this whole Memento Mori story. First and foremost I’ll give you the back story. This is what we’re talking about today. These cards here. So, to take you back. I was hired by Murphy’s
Magic a few years ago because they saw me on social media. They saw I was doing well and they sort of believed that I would be able to help the company out with their social media
and product development. It was my first time
working for a magic company and so I’m still to this day super thankful I got to work with them and some of the great people that work at Murphy’s, or worked. Now after a year of working there put out Red Pill which was a big hit which was a nice success
and a really, you know a meaningful project to myself. I started asking myself what would be the next step for me as an individual, as a brand? That came naturally that I
would create a deck of cards. And so I talked to the people at Murphy’s and I said I would love
to create a deck of cards for the company with my
brand attached to it. They agreed and paid my salary and basically the contracts
are with magic companies no matter what you create,
this is for the most part no matter what you create they keep 100%. It’s all theirs, their idea. They own the rights to it right? Which is super cool with me. I understand that, I mean super cool. I mean, I wouldn’t do it again but for where I was at the time I completely understood it and I agreed with it. So that’s cool, no issue there. So I approached them and
said I want to design a deck of cards around my
brand, around my vision and sort of my artistic direction and have something that represented me that I could be really proud of that I would work really hard on creating. And they gave me the leverage. They gave me the open door. So I met a designer by the
name of Adrian Vansuella. Adrian, who’s designed
a few decks in the past. Adrian came to me with an idea for a design, a very small idea that he had for, all he had shown me was like this fractal
sort of low poly design. I immediately loved it because that was sort of the direction I wanted to go towards. So I said, “Yes, let’s
please work together.” So over the course of, I
would say three to six months Adrian and myself went back and forth excluding everybody at Murphy’s. This is just Adrian and myself. I’m no good with Illustrator or any of those programs really. So I needed somebody
who could take my vision and put it in digital form. So I told him I wanted to have a deck that was called Memento Mori because I really loved the concept of the idea behind Memento Mori. So I said I wanted a skull. The skull is actually my skull. It’s actually my face. So he took my face, took a picture of it broke it down into low poly and made a skull out of
it alright first of all. Which I was super impressed with. We went back and forth
on how many polygons were in this thing and we got it to the perfect amount where it didn’t look too cluttered and it wasn’t too simple. Next came the colors. Started playing around with colors. Probably went back and forth
about on 12 different designs where the colors would finally be where we wanted them to be. Which is a perfect gradient
of that like, yellow to blue to green to pink to purple. We went back and forth on each quadrant. So you know, this one
needs to be this color. This one needs to be. And the size of it, and the
shape of it and everything. Once we were happy with that we knew that we had some
back bone for the design. I told him I wanted it to wrap around the tuck case and be embossed and nothing else on that tuck case. This is just really
beautiful picture in my mind and he ended up creating that which I was super happy with. So now we had the tuck design. We didn’t even have the back design yet or the faces or the pips or the anything. We then started looking at back design. This is probably the hardest thing to do because we went back, ugh. So many times to the drawing board like, we had the whole
back design in fractals with two skulls. We had a big skull, one big skull that could be flipped upside down. So many different designs until I told him, well
it would be interesting if we just had them kind
of, because I wanted. Inspiration came from that tuck case. I really liked the tuck case and I said, how can we
make the cards look as good as the tuck case? That was my biggest problem. And I didn’t want people,
because I loved the tuck case. I didn’t want people
to open it and be like oh, well you know. Finding that perfect balance,
was believe it or not really difficult and tedious. And I ended up putting on a drawing the two skulls there and I said, “Can you do this?” And he did it and we went
back and forth on the sizes and the orientation. And then I said, you know could we fade out the borders? So the borders went like,
they faded into nothing which has never been done before which gave it a really nice look. After that, we hit the face
cards, the court cards. We went back and forth on each court card. I must have sent back to Illustrator you know, at least two or three
times for each court card. I’d be like no, there’s too many or it’s too busy, his face looks weird. Then we went on the colors. Then we did the ace, which was dope. And then we did the jokers which are actually my logo in a low poly design. And then after that, we did… I did an ad card which I wrote and it basically explains my inspiration for this desk on that ad card. And at the end, it goes into “This deck is my Memento
Mori, Chris Ramsay.” I put a lot into this deck and I don’t care what Murphy’s says. If they deny that, they
can do whatever they want. I don’t give a crap at this point. I know how much, how many
nights I stayed up with Adrian working on this and I’m a perfectionist. You can’t tell by a lot
of the content I put out or anything I do, I really want it to be at the peak of my vision. I want it to be perfect and so I’m a bit of a perfectionist. And sometimes that makes me
a bit annoying to work with because I really want
something to come out. So that being said, I
was really proud of that am still am today actually. Still very proud of this deck. And I fully support anything
with my name attached to it or brand attached to it. I fully support it. However, now the Blue
Memento Mori came out. And here’s the thing. Some people asked me,
well it’s their right. They can make it like blue monarchs and red monarchs and blue rounders and red rounders. The deck that I created
for Murphy’s and myself was not a deck, was not
like the purple edition. It was a multitude of different colors put together to create
this beautiful design. So if I had made a red Memento Mori deck by all means, make a
blue one or a green one. But you guys completely
missed the ball on that one. And that’s kinda what pisses me off. Is that all you’re really thinking about is well, let’s sell some more decks and just change the color. Everybody else does
it, why can’t we do it? You guys know, do you guys
remember Daniel Madison when he put out The
Players with Theory 11? Really cool deck. And then he left Theory 11
and went to Ellusionist. How weird would it be if Theory 11 two years later put out The Blue Players? That’s kind of a weird situation to put someone in. And it kinda feels like you’re riding off their success. Now, I’m not here to inflate my ego but let’s be honest, I bought The Players because they were associated
with Daniel Madison. Much like many people bought Memento Mori because they were associated with my brand and my vision. Not gonna say all of them did but a big part of it did. I teased that deck for one full year before releasing it. And then, I created a trailer and I’m not gonna play
the trailer right now. If you want to see it,
I’ll leave the link below. But basically they copied the trailer. Tried to copy the trailer shot for shot which also bugs me because I wrote that trailer. I story-boarded every single shot. I rented the studio, everything. Obviously Murphy’s paid
for all of this okay. Which is super cool but the idea and the vision of it and the script and every single shot I knew going into that, exact. I had it all written
down on a piece of paper. This is what we’re gonna shoot today. Here’s how we’re gonna shoot it. Bam, bam, bam, bam, got all the shots. It was perfect. Editing, the sound, the music. Everything we used was exactly
what I wanted it to be. Including the teasers and everything. And then they go and make a mock trailer. A trailer that sort of looks like mine but not really and didn’t put any thought into it. It’s literally, let’s copy what Chris did because he did a good thing. And let’s just take his name off it and do the same thing. And again, you’re legally
entitled to do that. And that’s not my problem,
I don’t care about that. I’m not sour about money alright? I’m not sour about taking
my name off the cards or any of that, I don’t care. There are people who
support me in this community and they buy the things
that I put out to support me thinking it supports me. And I’m gonna tell you right now. All the decks that I’ve
created with these companies I don’t get paid for. I got paid while I
worked there as a salary but that was sort of my contribution to sort of justify the salary that they were paying me. Which is super cool. Creating this other version and first of all, this
version, this blue version is complete. Here’s what really, what
really grinds my gears. This version was not thought of. It wasn’t even like,
they didn’t even think. There’s no originality
or creativity in this. Complete lack of anything intellectual. Anything artistic. My friend Fabian put up
this quick little video to show you how easy it would have been to change the Memento Mori design into this design. So check this out. (Fabian humming and whistling) – [Fabian] Colorized. Oh hey. Oh! – So that basically is what they did. Probably exactly what they did because not only did they
do that to the back design they did it to every face card. So every card in the
deck is the same blue. There’s no, at least the Memento Mori there was like a pink and
purple hue difference. Everything is the same now. Like it or not, this deck
is associated with my brand and Murphy’s knows that very well. And they can try to deny it and be like, “Chris this isn’t about you. “Not everything’s about you.” You know, they even went on social media. Titanus, who works for the company and called me a whiny magician. Well funny time we live
in when a whiny magician has more reach than a magic company. I will constantly push that deck. Even though it brings me
absolutely no financial gain or anything else I worked hard on that and so I’m really proud of it. So I’m happy to share it and always have. It pops up in my videos in my pictures. And by putting this new deck
out, people are confused. Before they were even released like when they were talking
about releasing them I got 30 messages. And then when they were released,
I got hundreds of messages by people saying, “Chris
I love your new deck. “I’m gonna buy it to support you.” You see the problem here? You’re taking advantage of people and you’re lying to them. Alright so again I’m not, you can sell two million Memento Mori decks and I’ll be super happy for the company and I’ll be happy. I’m really sort of grateful
that you gave me the opportunity to do that. But this is a different thing. This is like taking someone’s vision bastardizing it, banalizing it and putting it into something super ugly and unattractive. And completely negating all
the work I put into that. All the work I put in while
I was working for you. So they’re trying to sell and I get that. It’s a business, you
gotta keep the lights on. I understand. All that I would have wanted is like, “Hey Chris. “We’re thinking of putting
out a V2 Memento Mori. “We know that the first
one has your name on it. “We’re gonna take your name off it. “We’re gonna change the
design around a little bit. “I hope you’re okay with that.” Right? Because we were
always on good terms. Why wouldn’t they do that? And I’m sure the conversation came up when they were like, should we ask Chris? And then they ignored it and that’s kind of a shit head move. Because I, knowing me
and I’ve worked with them I would have 100% been like “Yeah, totally. Not a problem at all.” You know, let me let people know and if you would, I would love to help it because it does kind of,
it is attached to my brand. So I would love to maybe steer
it in the right direction to where it doesn’t make my brand look like a piece of shit. But I didn’t get that courtesy call. Again legally, they’re allowed to do anything they want. But ethically and morally and there’s just no business acumen there. There’s no strategy. There’s no nothing. All they did was womp, drag it to blue. Let’s sell a bunch because the other ones are selling really well. Chris won’t mind or if he does, who cares. We’re legally allowed to. You know what I mean? I’m disappointed in the company that I worked for. That I feel I gave a lot to and just the courtesy of “Hey Chris, do you want
to work on this with us?” You know, I would have
done it all for free. I would have helped you
guys out for free, 100%. I don’t even care about the money. I don’t care about the money. I think you guys get it. I mean, I’m not here just to diss Murphy’s Magic. They’re a fine company, whatever. They’re doing their thing. I don’t care. I don’t care about other magic companies. I don’t care. I got my own things to worry about. My own life to worry about. My own projects to worry about. But what I do care is when you involve something that I’ve worked on, my brand if you take that and change it to something terrible. You put this trailer out and you’re seeing a lot
of the negative reactions. You’re seeing a lot of the people who are like, “What the hell is this?” And I’m getting messages from people saying, “Chris really? Did you do this? “These are ugly.” So I don’t care. Buy Memento Mori first edition. Buy The Knights. But the Blue Memento Mori. You guys can buy whatever you like and please do. If you like the deck, buy it by all means. But don’t buy it thinking it supports me. I don’t want to lie to you. Like, don’t buy that. If you want to support
me, watch this video. You know, watch the videos I put up. That’s supporting me, that’s good enough. Thank you so much for that. Obviously you guys are riding off of the success of the first
deck to print the second one. Obviously. And obviously the first
desk is attached to my name. I’m over it. Like after this video this is the last I’ll speak of it. I don’t want to send out bad vibes into the magic community. I don’t want people to think
I’m super angry at this because I’m, after this video is uploaded I’ll be over it. I just wanted to kinda put in my two cents and let you guys know what the full story was. How much I worked on the first edition. How much I still support it today and I still support everything
in the magic community that has my name on it. If you’re gonna take something
that has my name on it change it around, and pretend
I had nothing to do with it I’m gonna call you,
I’m gonna call you out. And I’m gonna call you a dick. Alright. So dick move Murphy’s. But other than that, life is good. So guys, that’s all I’m gonna say today. Thanks so much for watching. Sorry for sounding so complainy. Oh and one last thing. My first desk of playing cards. My very first proper
deck of playing cards. The deck that I have full control over that I have the rights to that I’ve cultivated into what it is will be available shortly. I’m very, very proud of this. I’m proud of all my decks honestly but this one because sort of I’ve left everything
to do this Youtube thing. And to be a full time
magician and all that. Kind of like, you know symbolically it is my emancipation and the proof of hey I did it, I made it, this is me. This is all me. I’m very happy about that. When that drops, if you
guys want to buy that to support me, that will
definitely support me. But most importantly buy
it if you think it’s nice. So the design is basically finalized. It’s all finished. I’m sending it off to get a prototype. Once I get a prototype I’m gonna rent a studio, film the trailer. And do all that. I’m not gonna go to kick starter with it. Don’t want to deal with kick starter. I kinda want to keep them out of the loop and just do it myself
with the Youtube fam. So anyways, these are all
things that are up in the air but the deck design is
pretty much finished and I can’t wait to show that to you. I can’t show it to you now because I like photography so I’m gonna take a really
sick picture of the deck and put it out there for you guys to see. And work really hard on the trailer and yeah. Stay tuned for the next video and we’ll see you soon. Alright, peace out. (mellow music)

  1. Honestly, I love the idea of there being a blue red and green deck. That is just me. But… The first edition will always be special in witch it includes more colors and personality. It holds more value which makes it the king of all of the other colors. Its basically like, the phase 1 has to be included for the memento mori collection to be complete. If not, its a useless memento mori collection lol. I agree but I still like the idea of a multi stage color series based off of the best one. Phase 1 holds value of being your personal unique design but the color ones holds more value in terms of personal preference to the consumer. Not all the time but mostly. I would love to see either a black and green, black and red, or white and black and gray version of phase 1. But that is just me. I love your first design the most honestly.

  2. To be honest, I would buy the blue deck not for itself but just so I could do some color changes with the original deck, which is one of my favorites

  3. I literally just bought these from my local magic shop today and then saw this video. Love the cards though. This version too

  4. I seen the deck on amazon and there’s an “original” color which is $10 free shipping and then a “limited edition” color which is $9 plus a shipping cost of $16 bucks is there anyway you could lmk what the difference is cause amazon has no answers

  5. I support you I also hate the blue ones they didn’t put any work in it and the memento Moria I love but the blue so ugly and they did not ask you

  6. 👍13K 👎188 👈THIS says a lot!!
    Love ya Chris, you are appreciated & very well respected for WHO YOU ARE & YOUR WORK

  7. I know you dont really care but they took your style and u need to do something even if it means going to court

  8. there are few good genuine youtubers left and i havent been watching you for long but i believe you are one of them

  9. The color change is really weird because the whole meaning changed. The colorful design symbolizes happiness while still saying momento mori. It’s like a „you’re going to die, so have fun“, while the blue tint is just saying „You’re going to die.“ and conveys a „feeling blue“ vibe

  10. business is an unnatural thing. it has very unstable stages in its life span. this is why every company lies, cheats , steals and manipulates in order to remain in the bloom stage. its why there is a new i-phone every time you turn around. its also why they have endeavored so greatly to condition consumers. ie. your data sold by facebook etc.etc.etc….i dont support any online business. they are all schemers

  11. As my cardistry and magic guru I will never buy something that perverts your vision. Let us know when we can buy a new brick of legit Chris Ramsay's!

  12. Respect to you Chris. Just from this video I can 110% understand what your saying. I’d be disappointed too. I actually have both decks of cards and I have the deck you designed, and the other memento cards. I actually questioned if those other cards were yours… lol. This clears it up now. Keep it real.

    -Kayson S.

  13. I am going to buy a pack of the originals, simply because it’s your work. I know you won’t get any royalties. But you worked on something beautiful, and I’d like to own a pack.

  14. Chris your fero shuffle tutorial was not clear. Ended with my head stuck in a watermelon. 😝 You Rock Chris.

  15. Reminds me of my first feature film as a young scenic artist, sucks to have a company take advantage of you :c

  16. Complete dick move. Murphy’s knee exactly what they were doing. Still so fkn rad you have the same views and beliefs you go and share. People love you because your real and a badass magician that cares. I hope you grow and rise above your wildest dreams homie. God bless and keeps it rockin.

  17. The blue memento deck is the epitome of a kid copying your homework in school but changing a tiny something so it doesn't look like it was copied.

  18. Watched a few videos and this is not my thing, but you definitely have what it takes to make quality content.
    I know this is doing quite well, but it would be good if you did some other topics/channels. I think you would see even more success. Good luck.

  19. Just bought the blue deck card yesterday didn't know about this since I'm a new follower of yours.Knowing that somehow comes from your ideas is still cool.You are right to be upset but sometimes you gotta just let go.Now that I saw your video i still feel these are your cards even if they have been colorized in illustrator 🙂 I'm going back to the shop down the week and see if they have your original creation and buy them for sure to make things square :).respect

  20. Pretty ugly cards in my opinion, they dont look that bad but just something cheap you buy at walmart

  21. It's a company. There was money involved. The answer was already made for them. "Legally, they're allowed to do anything they want, but ethically and morally…" I'm sorry, but ethics and morals when talking about a company? In the US our country is run by corporations who will just pay someone to change the laws. They're not even vaguely familiar with the concept of ethics or morals. That sucks about the cards, but live and learn, I guess. 🙁

  22. What I would have loved to see for the Memento Mori was instead of a blue deck, an inverted colours deck

  23. Is anyone checking the translations to these videos? I'm fluent in French and English and I can guarantee you the French translation is shit, with a lot of mistakes. There are even links missing!! Seriously this is uncool for the content creator, who doesn't deserve to have his description and title fucked up like that.

  24. My wife bought me two packs for fathers day. One I can play with and one for my shelf to look pretty! Haha…I love this deck and would never buy the boring blue deck..nope!

  25. It’s like a slightly less dramatic version of something you would see in a movie, there is an obvious lack of justice

  26. Don't let that bother you Chris, they just copied you because they're not smart enough to come up with their own cards and designs

  27. Chris. I'm sorry to say, but they were working on removing your logo and branding from mori V1, and i think they did.
    I support you with all i got. Learning magic from u every day and mastering skills off of ur vids. Keep it up.

  28. As an artist I completely understand why this situation was so frustrating! I know this is an old video so I’m glad to see the continued success you’ve had since this debacle. Thanks for the content!!

  29. That sucks. What they did was legal but disrespectful to you as an artist. People who say "it's legal" don't understand changing the work of an artist is disrespectful. If it has your name, the work does not properly represent the artist. If it doesn't have your name, it ignores your contribution to the work.

  30. Chris is wholesome. Every word he says every vibe he sends out is meaningful fun and loveable… Can't stop watching his videos and learning… Inspiration. Keep smiling!

  31. Personally, I think the blue looks kinda cool. I have a big thing for sapphires and the low-poly blue makes them look like Sapphire gemstones. Knowing how you feel about this, though, I will now never buy one and only get an original if I get one at all.

  32. Heey Chris i don't know if you know this. its maybe a little bit late too hahah. But i mentioned that the biggest Dutch Online Card Website changed the Blue Memento Mori description, To this and this actually the literal translation of the description :
    With this beautiful card game from magician and Youtuber Chris Ramsay, (you can make a statement!) These Chris Ramsay playing cards are a wonderful magic gift for young and old. The Memento Mori Playing Cards Blue can be purchased directly from stock in our online playing card store. i hope your bit happier now. hahaha. for the real proof :

  33. The only way i would buy a deck is if you bought it first then i would pay double just to get it from you. Otherwise i wouldnt let that company take YOUR money or YOUR brand.

  34. I think you are right man
    Be happy, stay happy

    I wish if i could just get a heart from CHRIS RAMSAY it will make my day

  35. I know this is an old vid, but reminds me a ton of the documentary “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. If you have ever been annoyed by someone with no vision cashing in on your work check it out.

  36. Chris how can I buy one of your decks and have u sign it. I'd really love to own a signed deck from u. I'm a super huge fan. I've learned so much from u.

  37. I’m trying to get into card tricks and collecting decks. I’m definitely getting your deck it’s gorgeous and it has an amazing story behind it. And I will be watching ALL your videos, thanks for everything you do.

  38. 😳😳😳 Yooo, this is Craaaaazy!! I almost bought these thinking they were from YOU. Mainly because I APPRECIATE YOUR attention to detail, class and maybe even a little secret in there. But a blue bastard deck would’ve bummed me out!! I searched Chris Ramsey deck on eBay n these things are everywhere!! Sad this happened to you and even more disheartening that it came out of a long respected n revered magic shop. I’ll say this though, sometimes companies hire shitty people and the person does things the co doesn’t know about then morals of a company or entity get overlooked in hopes of profit. That being said its normally like quicksilver or some big huuuge brand and a graphic designer is stealing images n getting paid to make “milli vanilli” art. And other times it’s just a sneaky ass board meeting n a dying company tries to stay relevant by exploiting a passionate artist.,
    ~Greco • Los Angeles Ca
    4:54 am

  39. 🤔Oh one other thing:
    People who call others names in a discussion or disagreement ex: whiny magician, racist, fascist. Can’t talk about actual issues because they’re IN THE WRONG.,.

  40. Yeah, thats bullshit. Even if the are legally allowed to… it totally shows how shameless they are. They must not have any dignity.
    I dont think it is as ugly as some people are saying but thats totally not the point.

  41. Most people actually didn’t even buy nor like the blue cards so I guess that’s what they deserved lol btw love your cards I have 4 bricks so clean

  42. I I know I'm 2yrs late to this video. Sucks that there are companies out there with no regard to the creative effort or process. Hours, Days, Weeks, Months go into getting everything just right. And in a blink of an eye Trash all the work that went into what it was that you brought into this world. About a month ago something similar happened to myself and it was like a gut punch that took the wind out of me. Thank you for posting this.

  43. I feel your pain all too much! Unfortunately, with corporate contracts being what they are, MM may have a claim they own all the intellectual property you had even THOUGHT OF while on salary there. Had very similar problem with my prior employer, and in America I call it unconstitutional to claim rights to somebody’s would-be idea or shell of an idea in the case of the blue cards. Problem is that courts are ok with such practices if you signed something. I’m still bitter as hell for the crap I encountered corporately, and you are spot-on. They suck for doing that to you, and someone made a d:kk move, probably realized it and went with it after discussion w a company retained lawyer. Forgiveness and acceptance will bring peace to you, but I know its tempting go for revenge, and you made a wise choice in the words you have chosen, which well demonstrates your intelligence. Bravo for informing your fans, and I’m in the position of never needing a 2nd deck of blue cards like the first, because you are right. The color palette is rather boring, unbalanced, and a total spin off the originals. I’m surprised they didn’t just put your name on the deck and hope you didn’t have the resources to sue and stop any implied association you have with this deck without any royalties or say in the change in face of the deck. Live well, man. I assume you and Daniel are on good terms, but Dunno the politics. Hi to Madison if you happen upon him in upcoming days. Love both your work! Give em hell!

  44. Man I'm just getting into the card game but had no idea this was going on. If I bought the cards it's cuz I supported you Chris. And I know ur being politically correct but I believe most ppl who bought them did too. So I'll be buying ur new ones

  45. So.. is your brand involved in this? :p
    Douchy move by Murphy's no doubt, but the blues ones still look good.
    But yeah, that business for ya.

  46. yo Chris that was a real shiite move they did. the disrespect to you was turned up to 10. they made a bunch of shiite pies and threw them in your face as a thanks for being their special dope! you do you and tell them to KYA!!!!!!!!

  47. Chris, it's obvious they're riding your coat tails…and who can blame them. Great video explaining the situation. I have a blue deck and the first thing I noticed was the lack of CR branding. Thanks for letting us know what's what.

  48. I got the weirdest add before this video. Dude was selling pigeons and had this one in a box and was very adamant about telling everyone it came from a brother and sister mating…(I have personalized adds turned off, might turn it back on just to not see that again)

  49. Hey Chris… As I'm sure you've found out by now, many companies are fuelled by nothing more than the Dollar, and they will do anything and run-over anyone in pursuit of more. It really is cut-throat. The best thing you can do is to observe that, and observe their non-existent moral code, and make sure you NEVER treat people or objects like that yourself. To NEVER become the enemy is a great success, as it's all too easy for people to think: "Fuck it, if they're doing that then why shouldn't I?!?" Let them do whatever it is they are going to do. The tipping point will come when they have fucked over one too many people and it starts to affect their brand and their profit column. There's not much we can do to stop that, but there's a lot we can do to stop ourselves from ever becoming a part of the same cancer. Call them out; rail against them; tell the world about them… But NEVER become them.

  50. I am going to by both decks I will have the first edition for if I want to go and show my friends what I can do and the blue deck I will burn slowly one by one

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