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Topic: Blanket Statement by Higley
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 5, 2007 01:13PM)
There were many years where I was the unknown artist...and got the handle The Phantom Of The Midway by being for the most part invisible and 'unsigned'...I liked it that way (still do, since most of my work is seen by thousands who have no idea who I am or who did it. Cool.)

Lately that has changed somewhat and I have to get used to it. My retiring psuedo-Hermit, somewhat anti social self has a little light focused on the shadowed corner I like to hide in.

As far as the web site goes I toot that horn so I can pay the rent (on occassion) and marketing is a fun game to play.
However..

Most recently, I am finding it is getting personal as well...and am taken aback by all the praise that has come my way...primarily because a darn good writier took it upon himself to write a book about my stuff which as I understand it turned into a Tribute as well. I am getting lofty words from folks I don't even know...who are, it seems, fans of my dopey sculptures and ideas. And I say thanks when they do that.

But I really feel that I need to say it MORE. Those who know me (in the real world) know that I'm pretty humble when it comes to what I do and the percieved ego is really an online guy I made up. So it is easy for me to sluff off the praise and be embarassed by it even on occasion...

I just want every one to know how much your words have meant. Magus and Kotah and Tony Eye and Sea Dawg and hell I better not list 'cause I'll leave somebody out...the whole bunch...I feel like this is an acceptance speech....I'm honored and truly amazed at this book and the incredible words that have been gathered for it.

Thank you. I don't feel that I deserve them but am flattered none the less.

and...
No you can't stay the night and visit. I'm still me. :)
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Feb 5, 2007 02:59PM)
Doug, nobody's saying anything you don't deserve. And you're allowed to peek out from under your security blanket, once in a while.

You do great work!
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 5, 2007 04:05PM)
Thanks Harley...but no security blanket...I'm not a wimp...I just ain't wallowing in delusions of adequacy when it comes to dealing with people within arms reach.
:)
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Feb 5, 2007 04:42PM)
Yes, adequacy is a totally dangerous thing.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Feb 5, 2007 06:03PM)
"Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it."
Jean Rostand

Doug - you already know of my admiration. Wait until Hob and Rascar come home. We are going on a Higley Lives parade!
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Feb 5, 2007 08:32PM)
Doug:No need to explain your sincere humility..it is infused in all your post's and communication's.

When I think about folk's,I sometimes use the old beer question."Would I like to sit down and have a beer with that person".

Doug,I would definitely like to tip a brew with you...and since you are an admitted hermit..your porch would be just fine.

Thank's again for the magnificent Zibit.

Best.
Rich
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Feb 5, 2007 08:55PM)
Doug, we offer you appreciation for what you do.

Bill
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 5, 2007 09:19PM)
Doug

We like and respect you, then the work which is an extension of you. To be honest, I feel a better person for just having gotten to know you a little bit over the past year.

The Doug Higley that I know is a supportive friend, straight shooter, brilliant thinker, and one He.ll of an artist!

You are the kind of person I'm proud to meet, honored to call friend, and will support in any way I can.

Tony Iacoviello
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 5, 2007 09:32PM)
(In my best Gabby Hays) There you go again gol durn it...all I wanted to do was say thanks properly...no need to make me have to do it all over again...

Rich...if Chucky Cheeese has beer, I'll buy.
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Feb 5, 2007 09:50PM)
No good Doug,the dancing bears scare me. :)
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 6, 2007 01:08AM)
I'll bring the Smith and Wesson.
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Feb 6, 2007 01:18AM)
And don't forget to bring your traps!

All Cheers Doug!

My fearsome new chup claw is waving and cheering for you. Well...it's more of a shriek really but you get the idea!

I'll say it once again...We are all so lucky to have you on planet.
Message: Posted by: leapinglizards (Feb 6, 2007 04:29AM)
My Smile for the morning... Thank YOU Doug!
Message: Posted by: Harlequin (Feb 6, 2007 05:12AM)
Doug, you have to stop pretending to be modest, just to get everyone to praise you, I'm onto your game! :goof: (just kidding of course)

I emailed you towards the end of last year about an effect with some tubes and a creation I was hoping you'd make. Just want you to know that I'm still saving the pennies and can't wait to have another Higley creation to keep my Dark Museum pieces company. :)
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 6, 2007 09:08AM)
Good grief. Tubes? Tubes? Tubes From Oz. I am losing it.
Message: Posted by: airship (Feb 6, 2007 12:25PM)
Personally, I'm humbled as an amateur to be able to own and perform with a professional prop like the Dark Museum. It really makes me feel like a magician. And that's magical. Thanks, Doug.
Message: Posted by: Corona Smith (Feb 6, 2007 12:38PM)
Well since we are having a love in, I'd like to say thanks for helping me entertain the public of Hull and beyond Doug.

And congratulations on the publishing of the book!

& Why is my latent blog getting lots of visits from your site all of a sudden? ;)

More power to your elbow!!!

But more importantly, what in the blue blazes has happened to Tony's avatar?

Corona.
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 6, 2007 12:49PM)
Corona:

I'm going through an identity crisis right now.
Message: Posted by: Corona Smith (Feb 6, 2007 12:59PM)
I understand Tony.

I am told it happens to many men in (ahem) middle age.
Message: Posted by: Corona Smith (Feb 6, 2007 04:35PM)
I should explain, earlier tony looked like the virgin mary, this is the problem with discussing avatars, they are so transient.

Corona.
Message: Posted by: egregor (Feb 6, 2007 06:03PM)
A personal note,
Doug Higley does not have a security blanket, But when his Mickey Mouse nitelite goes out, he turns into a quivering mass of pink piggly wiggly meat.
Message: Posted by: abigkahuna (Feb 6, 2007 07:02PM)
[quote]
On 2007-02-06 19:03, egregor wrote:
A personal note,
Doug Higley does not have a security blanket, But when his Mickey Mouse nitelite goes out, he turns into a quivering mass of pink piggly wiggly meat.
[/quote]

Have you seen Piggly Wiggly Meat? It is indeed Pink! and in a few short days, I shall be back standing on the fairgrounds and begin the 2007 season, Thanks to Mr. Higley (and his Pink Piggly Wiggly Meat,) it should be a good season with America's Smallest Travelling Museum...

Doug, thanks for all the help, guidance and expertise....



abigkahuna
Message: Posted by: Harlequin (Feb 6, 2007 08:22PM)
Doug, does the term 'Homunculus from Oz' alleviate your confusion?
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Feb 6, 2007 10:13PM)
[quote]
On 2007-02-06 17:35, Corona Smith wrote:
I should explain, earlier tony looked like the virgin mary, this is the problem with discussing avatars, they are so transient.

Corona.
[/quote]

Sorry Corona, I had to change it out. My box was full of PMs asking personal questions, and if I had plans for the weekend. Don't worry boys, I won't say any names.

Tony
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Feb 6, 2007 11:38PM)
Whew!
Message: Posted by: coupcoupdaddy (Feb 7, 2007 05:46AM)
May Big Doug's prodigiousness creating creature natures overcome what he undergoes for his art and craft! His meticulous fashoning and customer service of Mr. Beauregard's left hand for Isso is very appreciated.

Tony, your poster affirms you are wanted by many states of mind.
Message: Posted by: aggieman (Feb 8, 2007 12:49AM)
Doug your awesome, your creations are awesome, your books are awesome. I enjoy my zibit, and cant wait for my next special build. 8)
Message: Posted by: Rev.moonchild (Feb 10, 2007 05:26PM)
Many of us bow down to you with much respect and tip our hats to your talent . You have help many keep the midways of the past alive and well .

A big Thank you
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Feb 12, 2007 07:45AM)
Doug,
I have both of your little ebooks [trap monte and midway zidbits]
They are so full of great information it boggles my mind.
Your props are first rate too.
You are a guy that has "been there, done that" and it shows.
Don't be modest.
James
ps
I'm coming over no matter what you say.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Feb 12, 2007 11:58AM)
Well then you'ld flip 20 different ways over the Scary Dark Rides book. Best thing I ever wrote or did hands down. There are enough 'insights' in it to fill a book! Oh wait...they did fill a book!

It's not a dopey list of rides and dry stats or a How-To...it's the WHY behind the rides as entertainment...the psychology and chemistry of entertaining people in the dark for over a hundred years. Good stuff! I know I read it! (About 127 1/2 times).

I don't really know how to deal with all the praise for me personally you see but I can handle it for something I did right! The book got great reviews when first written but I can't wait to see what the 'Brethren' have to say about this new edition! :) http://SpookyBook.com (hint hint nudge nudge say no more)