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M.Paul
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Hi All
I'm looking into working on a spirit cabinet routine , can anyone point me in the right direction to sorce info on this subject methods etc ?
Thanks in advance
Mark
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It's selling time again!
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Look at Sefalaljia, the Stewart James classic routine. You can find the original manuscript (published in Jinx) online. Spellbinder at the Magic Nook website has a "Sefalaljia Revisited" ebook which has some very useful new ideas even if you don't like his basic premise (which is to use a plastic crate rather than a wooden cabinet). I developed my self-lighting candle idea from it. I'm also working on an automated Sefalaljia cabinet (well it's finished really, I just need to take some photos/video)
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To rjenkins;

Would love to see those photos! Anything else on Spirit Cabinet work as well.

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I'd probably suggest researching the Davenport Brothers? A visit to Amazon should yield some results book wise.

Derren Brown's classic take on the effect can be seen here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAt8HMadafs&feature=related
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Voodini, originally that was my favorite clip of the spirit cabinet until I saw Derren perform it on his Enigma special: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXSYAKIkYk0

I used a very simple, portable version I learned from John Calvert. I had the opportunity to be in the cabinet with him when he lectured for us several years ago. Hocus Pocus is now selling his version along with the equipment needed: http://www.hocus-pocus.com/static/halloween2.htmlI had made my own.
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Thanks for sharing that Chris! Unfortunately Channel 4 has blocked the clip in the UK on copyright grounds! Oh well! Smile
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I almost forgot Copperfield's Barclay House routine .. I believe it is on the Illusions DVD.
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Hi Mark,

You'll want to read this thread.
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......forum=14

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Neil
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On 2012-05-08 13:06, Chris Meece wrote:
I almost forgot Copperfield's Barclay House routine .. I believe it is on the Illusions DVD.


That wasn't a Spirit "Cabinet".

That was a Spirit "House"!

Well, if you have the money to pull it off... Smile
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Brown's cabinet,must have been really something!
In the video she starts out sitting on right,and ends up sitting on left! (her R&L)
The spirit must have thrown her all over the place! Smile
Maybe how loud Derren pulled the curtains shut...made him mad! Smile
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On 2012-05-08 12:51, Voodini wrote:
Thanks for sharing that Chris! Unfortunately Channel 4 has blocked the clip in the UK on copyright grounds! Oh well! Smile


The whole of the seance and enigma are available on 40D in the UK

http://www.channel4.com/programmes/derre......ials/4od
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Very nice find Joshua J! The Evening of Wonders special has an awesome table tipping followed by floating table routine. I love how these two were blended together.

Edit: Dang it .. we can't watch these clips here in the US.
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A top of the line spirit cabinet for a haunted doll or the vertically challenged seance performer
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Would like to know if El Tab book about the Sefalaljia ever saw the light...
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I don't think so.
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Had a short look at my collection...
Here are some books, that might give you some inspiration and information:

Mulholland, John Beware familiar spirits (1938)
Hamley, W.F. Katalog (1882)
Shaw, W.H.J. Magic up to date (1896)
Barnum, P.T. Humbugs of the world (1866)
Houdin, Robert Magie et physique amusante (1877)
Hoffman The secrets of stage conjuring (1881)
Vere, Aprey Ancient and modern magic (1879)
Anonymus Confessions of a medium (1882)
Truesdell, John W. Spiritualism: Bottom facts (1883)
Davenport, Reuben Biggs The death-blow to spiritualism (1888)
Mattinson, Reverend H. Spirit rapping unveiled! (1855)
Medium, A. Revelations of a spirit medium (1891)
Weatherly, Lionel A. + Maskelyne, John Nevil The supernatural? (1891)
Willmann, Carl Moderne Wunder (1892)
Evans, Henry Ridgely Hours with the ghosts (1897)
Evans, Henry Ridgely The spirit world unmasked (1902)
Robinson, William E. Spirit slate writing and kindered phenomena (1898)
Burlingame, H. J. Leaves from conjurers scrap books (1891)

If you need more, please let me know
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The next "Doccinar," just in case you hadn't heard, is the first of a series focusing on Seance, specifically cabinet seances.
Very exciting stuff. http://www.docchilfordproducts.com/velvet-seance-doccinar/

-Lamar Keene's book "Psychic Mafia" has some great stuff; it's out of print, but it's not too expensive and you can get it free at the library.
-Tarbell also has some good stuff if I remember correctly.
-"Table Rappers" by Ronald Pearsall is also a great description of the faked seances that were performed in the spiritualist heyday, really interesting stuff.

Off the top of my head there are three basic ways of doing it.
-serious/real, as or like a spiritualist seance
-dramatic, David Copperfields cabinet/house/whatever is very dramatic but no one is going to think it's real
-comedic, John Calvert's routine is hilarious and very simple
-mixed, I think the Falkenstein's routine is somewhere between the serious/real and the dramatic

Which style are you interested in doing?
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