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Topic: Seance In Sydney - Full Version
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Apr 7, 2017 09:16AM)
Before you start, please be aware that you may speak with a strong French accent after watching this video...

[b]PERFORMANCE[/b]
My big 2016 project was to create my first Seance. I have spent months and months reading about seances, and then scripting, revising and creating my own seance.
Since this seance, my magic really evolved to another direction thanks to my reading, stimulating forums, meeting people at ECSS, virtual meeting or encouragement from dark powers. I would not build a seance like this anymore, too many effects, too many props, but as a first step in my magic travel, I am happy about it, it helps me to learn many lessons. My sitters really loved the experience too which is the most important.

[b]AIM/WHY A VIDEO?[/b]
I spent so much time on this seance that I decided to record it to show it to my friends from this forum, or other darker forums, to get feedback and hopefully to stimulate other creations. Sometimes I feel isolated in Sydney, and I thought a video would be the best medium for sharing, improving and maybe inspiring others. This is by far my biggest project, and it evolved to become much bigger than I expected. I wanted to create a friendly and intimate atmosphere, I hope you can feel it.

[b]PREPRATION/TECHNICS[/b]
I recorded my full seance in April and it took me months to edit it. At the start, I only wanted one camera, but then I added another two cameras to make it less static, and then some lights. I ended up asking a videographer to help me with the editing because it became too complicated. He asked me to use a better sound system with a microphone on me and a microphone on the table for the sitter, then... then... this 'movie' became a real monster in my life. I felt like a Hollywood producer (and actor, technical director, writer...).

[b]FULL VERSION:[/b]
First video is the full seance, over 1 hour. You will find many effects, stories, remote viewing, tarot, crystal, spirit glass, protective ceremony, spirit bell, old pictures of a family, lion door knocker, old watch with special power, poison bottle and mediumship test...

Some effect very classic, some other more personal.
The best surprise reaction is from Julia at 32:22 when she discovers that my protective tattoo on my hand vanished and reappear on her hand Ö
The best effect is probably the mediumship test on 9:08 and tarot 42:24
(I am happy to speak about details in the crypt)

[url]http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirit-in-sydney-long[/url]



[b]SHORT VERSION:[/b]
Only 30 min, I cut down the story (but kept enough to have an unified story), I removed few effects and cut down the remote viewing.

[url]http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirit-in-sydney-short[/url]



[b]TRAILER[/b]
[url]http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirits-in-sydney-trailer[/url]


[b]PLEASE GIVE YOUR GENERAL COMMENT IN HERE[/b]

[b]FOR DETAILS OR TECHNICAL QUESTIONS, IT IS INSIDE THE CRYPT[/b]
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=639474&forum=221

Which part of the performance did you enjoy the most ?


[img]http://i1028.photobucket.com/albums/y350/StephaneSydney/My%20first%20seance/Seance_Group_Shot_zpshpcprxjp.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: bartleby (Apr 7, 2017 11:36AM)
I have only seen a little bit, but I want to thank you for sharing. There is no doubt I will learn much from watching.
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Apr 7, 2017 04:49PM)
I'll check this out inabit. Thanks
Message: Posted by: Vic Nadata (Apr 7, 2017 05:13PM)
Cant wait to watch it! Thank you for sharing!
Message: Posted by: Dr. O (Apr 7, 2017 06:03PM)
Way to go Dr. Sh. I shall set aside some quality time to view and digest. Thanks for taking us on the journey with you.
Message: Posted by: ManxBull (Apr 7, 2017 06:25PM)
Thank you very much. I'm going to wait till I can watch the long version over the weekend to get the full experience. Looking forward to it.
Message: Posted by: Perkins (Apr 7, 2017 07:48PM)
Very much looking forward to viewing this over the weekend, Dr. SH. Thank you for all the time and attention you've put into sharing this performance with us. It's a landmark effort. Revolutionary even in its generosity.

Much respect,
Perkins
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Apr 7, 2017 09:17PM)
I watched the long one nice job buddy! You tell a good story and it was engaging and had good flow. Lots going on. I'm glad you filmed and shared it.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Apr 7, 2017 10:15PM)
Thank you all, I am glad you like it and I am glad others are looking forward to watching it during the weekend (eat a croissant or a cheese souffle at the same time with some good red wine for a complete experience).
I have to say that by recording a video with different cameras ,lights and microphones remove a bit of the intimacy (and of magic ) I am trying to create. The atmosphere is better when we are all around a table in a dark room light with only candles. I am also surprise how strong my accent is... you don't hear yourself when you speak and it is strange to hear yourself...
I watched this video so many times when I edited it , I don't think I could watch it once more... like when you finish a Thesis...very hard to read it once more after publishing it. Anyway this is a great historical record for me, I look forward to comparing my performance in 10 years with this one.
Message: Posted by: Terrormaster (Apr 8, 2017 09:29AM)
Fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing.
Message: Posted by: Philemon Vanderbeck (Apr 8, 2017 09:58AM)
Be prepared to get some criticisms from the folks who will complain that you shot the sťance in full light (as opposed to near darkness so you can't see anything).

At least, that's what happened to me when I started posting clips from my sťance.

Personally, I would like to thank you for posting your full sťance act. It's always good to see how other performers handle the concept.

Right now, I'm working with a group to see about getting my version performed at a local historic landmark here in Seattle on a semi-regular basis.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Apr 8, 2017 04:30PM)
Philemon, thank you for your comments, I totally agree about the light . Light is indeed an issue , I was arguing the point with my friends who help me to record this seance and tryed to reduce the light but they convinced me that to have a good quality video , I needed that much light. We are both not professional and have no expertise in technical setting. Since the videographer who help me to edit the video gave me good tips to rearrange lights and camera differently.
When I performed this seance at my place , we are in a dark dining room, I blocked the light on every door and windows with heavy red velvet curtains and we are only have candles to light the room. It creates a very good atmosphere.
Good luck for your seance in Seattle, it looks like a great project.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Apr 9, 2017 05:20PM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2017, Philemon Vanderbeck wrote:
Be prepared to get some criticisms from the folks who will complain that you shot the sťance in full light (as opposed to near darkness so you can't see anything).

At least, that's what happened to me when I started posting clips from my sťance.

[/quote]

Posting clips of performances, especially a full performance, is always risky that way and is a big reason why so few of us do. So many people see the posting as an opportunity for self aggrandizement. The great Aldo Colombini once asked at a lecture, "How many magicians does it take to change a lightbulb? The answer is 3: one to change the bulb and two more to stand around watching and say, 'I could have done it better'"

CT
Message: Posted by: TH1 (Apr 9, 2017 06:19PM)
Really enjoyed the video (great production quality on the vid!). Lots of wonderful moments; my favorites were: cleansing ritual, "oh, that must just be the wind", scratching in the box, and materialization-and-release of the spirit at the end. Really liked that materialization...a very logical and mysterious conclusion to the end of the seance! Congrats and thanks for sharing!
Message: Posted by: Silvertongue (Apr 9, 2017 09:52PM)
I just watched the full thing. I enjoyed it.

It was a well thought out performance. The camera angles really worked and the sound was great. I think it would help greatly if you are going to perform in English to get some sort of elecution lessons from a voice coach. I had some from a lady some years ago now but I learnt some useful things. I think several points you made lost their impact because of your English.

As said before there were at least two if not four superfluous effects but I enjoyed your execution of them. I would say keep the tarot effect that and the bell as a sign is enough. The scratching was great also.

I thought it flowed well. I only noticed one harsh cut and that was when you passed the box around. How long was the evening from start to finish?

Is this something you intend to perform again?

Thanks for sharing it here I hope to see more in the future.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Apr 12, 2017 09:24AM)
Thank you TH1 , I am glad you enjoyed it. From somebody who made such a fantastic seance at the ECSS , it is a real compliment. Yes, the cleansing ritual was fun, no button to press, no complicated moves of hand, no audience management, just a ritual that I repeated over an over until it looks like I have performed it a thousand times. Nobody ever speak during the ritual , people are always looking and listening carefully, I like this moment a lot too.

Thank you Silvertongue, I am glad you enjoyed it too, the tarot effects is probably what sitter remember the most when I asked feedback from the sitter. They can find hypothesis about how other effects could work but the first effect (mediumship test) , the tarot cards and the apparition of the protective cross on my sitter's hand are the effects which they love the most. Yes, I can cut down some effect but not these 3.

I don't remember of a Harsh cut , I am now worry to watch it again !! Watch it too many time, I cannot do it more. The full seance is approximately the time of the full video, I edited it very minimally in time. The evening was several hours, we had a very delicious and earthy dinner after the seance.

I intend to perform it again. My taste has moved from all these effects and I am now learning and performing very different things but I think there are great benefits about learning to improve and refine a product and repeating it several times. I will simplify it , listen to all your advice, and performed it again and again.
Message: Posted by: Fire Starter (Apr 12, 2017 12:13PM)
Really really enjoyed the vidio performance ,thank you very much for sharing it and I just loved the smoke in the jar at the ending, awesome story telling :).
Message: Posted by: Scott Douglas (Apr 12, 2017 05:22PM)
Thank you for sharing this with everyone. It's not often that a full performance is posted, especially with multiple cameras. I am sure I will take away quite a bit from watching this!
Message: Posted by: DocBenWiz (Apr 13, 2017 12:04AM)
I have had to be offline for several days, but I look forward to watching the full video over the coming weekend.
Thanks for sharing!

:thumbsup:
Message: Posted by: Seance (Apr 13, 2017 11:10AM)
I am also looking forward to spending some time viewing the full version this weekend. This should be an enjoyable experience.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Apr 15, 2017 08:33AM)
Thank you Fire starter, I am glad you like the story and the finale.
Good luck pixelbaron, DocBenWiz and Seance for your viewing , don't hesitate to tell me what you think, any advices, comments are always welcome.
Message: Posted by: Adrian Deery (Apr 15, 2017 06:51PM)
This is wonderful well done
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Apr 21, 2017 08:18AM)
Thank you Adrian , I am glad you like it. The spirit glass I am using during the sťance is your glass and it is always a strong effect.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (May 19, 2017 06:59AM)
Thank you again for all your advices and encouragement. I received many very nice messages and helpful PMs. We are in a great community. I spent so much time on the preparation , execution and production of this Sťance, your support was really appreciate.


As you know there is a competition running by Christopher to celebrate the 10 years of success of Taylor Imagineering. I will not hide that your vote would be the best compliments and will only stimulate me further.

http://taylorimagineering.com/contest-voting/
Message: Posted by: pieaddict (May 19, 2017 07:59AM)
Thank you for posting this. I really enjoyed watching this.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (May 23, 2017 01:55AM)
Thank you piaffict, I am glad you enjoyed it :)
Message: Posted by: pieaddict (May 23, 2017 03:10PM)
[quote]On May 23, 2017, Dr SH wrote:
Thank you piaffict, I am glad you enjoyed it :) [/quote]


Piaffict? That's definitely an autocorrect job, just made me chuckle.
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (May 23, 2017 10:30PM)
[quote]On May 19, 2017, Dr SH wrote:
Thank you again for all your advices and encouragement. I received many very nice messages and helpful PMs. We are in a great community. I spent so much time on the preparation , execution and production of this Sťance, your support was really appreciate.


As you know there is a competition running by Christopher to celebrate the 10 years of success of Taylor Imagineering. I will not hide that your vote would be the best compliments and will only stimulate me further.

http://taylorimagineering.com/contest-voting/ [/quote]

One week left to get your vote in.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (May 28, 2017 09:12AM)
Thanks you Brynmore to try to motivate the troupes
Only 3 days left
Message: Posted by: Station10 (May 28, 2017 05:57PM)
Thank you very much for sharing. I'm new to the bizarre side of magic and very much enjoyed watching your performance.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (May 30, 2017 08:20AM)
Thank you Station 10, I am glad you enjoy it and it was helpful.

Less than 24h to stand up and be counted ....
http://taylorimagineering.com/contest-voting/
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Jun 8, 2017 01:26AM)
Congratulations are due to the good Doctor for getting second place in the Taylor Imagineering competition. Great to see Bizarre magic hold its own against a tide of mentalism. Well done!
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Jun 8, 2017 07:17AM)
Thank you Brynmore , it is a very exciting news , thank you all for your support, we are indeed a strong community, I am thrilled.
Message: Posted by: Delimbeau (Jun 8, 2017 07:30AM)
Hi SH, congrats! What item are you going to buy for the money? Just curious. Cheers, Luc. :-)
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Jun 8, 2017 07:55AM)
Thank you Delimbeau , everything on Christopher website looks great and I know the customer service is great too , it will be hard to decide...
Message: Posted by: justcookin (Aug 28, 2017 04:52AM)
Planning on watching this later this week, looking forward to it! As a professional cameraman myself, I'd like to give a quick tip concerning camera's in low light settings: should the budget allow for it, Sony has a digital photo camera that records video called the A7s I and II. These don't come cheap but they can be rented and they have excellent low-light performance. You can easily find example footage of it filming clear scenes with nothing but candlelight or moon light on YouTube. I use the camera whenever budget is tight and the scenes or circumstances require very low light.
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Sep 1, 2017 07:28PM)
Thanks for the camera tip.
Message: Posted by: professortango (Feb 15, 2018 05:05PM)
Wow, I loved this. The Mediumship test and tarot change have my mind going crazy right now.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Feb 21, 2018 04:42AM)
Thank you Professortango for the compliment.

I also realised I did not thank justcookin for his camera tip which was appreciate.

I have collected all you advices you send to me on here, downstair and PMs. I did not have time to see and re-work my seance but it is still the plan. I took every tips and message into consideration. It was a very good learning experience and a good self growth for me. don't hesite to add any new comments about things you like or not , they are all very useful.
Message: Posted by: Bogbadger (Feb 22, 2018 12:16PM)
Well done Dr SH, a great performance.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Mar 10, 2018 08:35AM)
Thank you Bogbadget :)
Message: Posted by: rickmagic1 (Mar 10, 2018 09:35PM)
Watched the full video twice today...beautiful through line with the story that wove through the entire performance.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Mar 13, 2018 10:05AM)
Twice !! Thank you this is a great compliment :)
Which part did you like the most ?
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Mar 13, 2018 12:58PM)
I was interested in this because I have never seen a seance performed before. (unless five cadavers sitting in a circle constitute one). I usually just speak through the cadavers to the spirits beyond.

I tried to watch it but my audio was so low I could not hear but faintly at 100%. Not sure why because it appears everyone else can hear it just fine. Also photobucket would not let me view the invitation in the crypt. Something about third party stuff has expired. Anyway, it looked like a great night.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Mar 13, 2018 03:57PM)
Weepinwill, the photobucket are only pictures from the evening and some extra , I will replace them.
You should be able to have a good sound on the 3 following videos (but with a very strong French accent)

TRAILER
http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirits-in-sydney-trailer

FULL VERSION:
http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirit-in-sydney-long

SHORT VERSION:
Only 30 min, I cut down the story (but kept enough to have an unified story), I removed few effects and cut down the remote viewing.
http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirit-in-sydney-short
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Mar 13, 2018 07:01PM)
[quote]On Mar 13, 2018, Dr SH wrote:
Weepinwill, the photobucket are only pictures from the evening and some extra , I will replace them.
You should be able to have a good sound on the 3 following videos (but with a very strong French accent)

TRAILER
http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirits-in-sydney-trailer

FULL VERSION:
http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirit-in-sydney-long

SHORT VERSION:
Only 30 min, I cut down the story (but kept enough to have an unified story), I removed few effects and cut down the remote viewing.
http://vimeo.com/drsh/spirit-in-sydney-short [/quote]

Thanks. I had a defective headset. Can't trust cadavers around anything. They like to hear the Don't Fear The Reaper when they are being embalmed but don't take care for the equipment.
Message: Posted by: rickmagic1 (Mar 14, 2018 03:03PM)
I really liked the overall story. For me, the effects are secondary to the story.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (May 30, 2018 04:11AM)
Thank you rickmagic1. I tried to build a story which was first entertaining by itself and added some effects to highlight the story.
The initial version that you can see in these videos were too heavy in effects (and unnecessary too long in time) as I have been carried away by the excitement.
A much distillate version was able to raise from this experience thanks to all your advices here and there.
Same story, less effects and more powerful.
Message: Posted by: Melies (Aug 3, 2018 10:30PM)
Just watched the long performance--thanks so much for sharing! One so rarely gets to see a seance performed (who among us has ever seen one live and in person?), so it is most helpful to see another performer's style, choice of effects, story, audience relationships, etc. (I disagree with the person who suggested you take English elocution lessons--I think your accent is great and indeed adds to the "exoticism" of the performance!)
Message: Posted by: UneasierQuill (Jun 11, 2019 07:41PM)
Late to the game (in 2019), but just wanted to add my thanks for posting this. It's rare, outside of making one's way to a live event, to see a full seance performance and for those of us just starting to dabble in this type of work - seeing a full and live performance is a valuable resource. Watched the long version and think it's great. From a study point of view, the lighting makes no difference. Your story work and effects were well done. Thanks again from a bizarre newbie...