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Geez...I thought I was gonna have to croak and make a ghostly appearence to hear all this tributey stuff...how fortunate to get a preview...trouble with that is I might start to believe it...oh and please, don't send flowers...that might be too much for the ticker. (Which so far has shown no signs of taking a dive.)


:)
Usually I say something like thank you for the kind words...however this time I'll just say keep 'em coming....haha
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Ok, spank my hand for double posting both here and the review thread but this ia how I feel.

Why I like this book.

This declarative statement is both a simple and yet complex. It is terrific from the standpoint of taking extremely unique props and giving them a reason for existing. The complex part is the thinking that the contributors had to go through to take both the props and then adapt their own twists and ideas to make them into performance pieces.

Even better to my own warped taste is that someone won’t have to spend a fortune re-inventing the wheel to pull these off from a mechanical standpoint. A prime example is the small skull that turns around. You could have a lot of fun playing with little motors and a remote control all miniaturized for a chunk of change or do what this particular contributor did. Use a piece of thread – hey, it works, it’s clean and proves the old less is more concept very well. The whole book is like this!

There are going to be a bunch that will say “but nothing is really new”. Wrong! Without exception the ideas take darn good basic effects, then the exceptional props and meld them into things that are very different. (That may be my understatement for 2007.)

After reading the whole, then re-reading several things that really jumped out I know what I’d like to see as the next step. Many of these contributions have a natural flow from one to the next that begs for threading them together. It’s amazing how different people with different personalities and styles can create a whole. And this is where Jim’s talent really shows. Taking all of the wonderful bits and making them cohesive without destroying the personalities of the contributors is a real skill. Believe me, that is heavy-duty work.

While the individual entries are labeled Exhibits as is appropriate for a Museum, they really scream to be tied together for a Ten in One. For those a bit younger, Ten Shows for the price of One.

Yes, I long to walk down a Midway and suddenly see giant banners showing scenes of the marvels inside the tent. The sound of the drum pulsing as the Barker intrigues you with tales of the greatest exhibition of the unknown ever assembled. Plus this would all be politically correct since no one is taking someone’s misfortune and exploiting it.

In the tent, the guide who escorts you from small stage to small stage revealing
each new horror or oddity to your wondering eyes. He is both a lecturer and guardian to protect you from something going amiss. What a showman.

This whole thing screams for somebody to make a killing financially with a “dark” attraction.

I know down deep that reality says there may be no one who wants to take on the nomadic life that this would require. But boy does this book conjure up possibilities beyond just really good effects.
Spend the money, get Jim’s book. Spend the money, buy Doug’s props. And most importantly think what you can do with what you read.

TEB3/Lary (and Traveler tossed in his two cents worth)
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I just wanted to say thanks to Jim Magus for including me in the book - I humbly tread amongst giants - and also thank him for generously giving me a copy, and, lastly, autographing it for me.
I will always treasure this !
And thanks to Doug Higley too, of course, without whom none of this would have been possible. Doug probably doesn't know it, but I do own a standard DM - Paw, Ear, and Toe. (PET ? I have a Higley PET, hehe) I really should get more ears so I can do my own routine proper ! ;-)
(But I really want a shrunken head, heh heh)
Thanks again, I have never simultaneously been so honored and humbled before.
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Mystician...I'll sign your book too...for $50...hahaha...after all the praise, that's cheap don't ya think?

(Just KIDDING!)

What should happen is some enterprising soul should invite me and Jim to a big convention...Hotel...table and modest speaking fee...Jim can perform and give a session and I'll tell all and demonstrate the way I make stuff and give away the piece (a Mer?) as a door prize at the end of the event.

Told you I'd start believing all that crap. Smile

Note: If I have to wear shoes, I charge more. Oh and I don't 'fly'. Too much of a pain in the ass.

I'll go back to being a humble hermit now...sorry.
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On 2007-02-02 13:10, Mystician wrote:
and also thank him for generously giving me a copy, and, lastly, autographing it for me.
I will always treasure this !



AH, ER AH, UH, OOH, YOU NEVER SAID THAT 'BOUT MY AUTOGRAPH Smile

ta hahaha...
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On 2007-02-02 13:51, Doug Higley wrote:
Note: If I have to wear shoes, I charge more. Oh and I don't 'fly'. Too much of a pain in the ass.


Buy a padded seat for your broom ! Smile

(Been watching too much HarryP !)
While I'm at it - Hasn't anyone in the wizarding world ever thought of using a windshield/windscreen on their broom ? No wonder witches are always depicted as having nasty teeth.. it's all the bugs stuck in-between them.
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On 2007-02-02 13:51, Doug Higley wrote:
Mystician...I'll sign your book too...for $50...hahaha...after all the praise, that's cheap don't ya think?

(Just KIDDING!)

What should happen is some enterprising soul should invite me and Jim to a big convention...Hotel...table and modest speaking fee...Jim can perform and give a session and I'll tell all and demonstrate the way I make stuff and give away the piece (a Mer?) as a door prize at the end of the event.

Told you I'd start believing all that crap. Smile

Note: If I have to wear shoes, I charge more. Oh and I don't 'fly'. Too much of a pain in the ass.

I'll go back to being a humble hermit now...sorry.


NO, YOURE RIGHT.....we have to take it 'pon ourselves to get a new bizarre convention together....we should all bumps HORNS, er, heads.......and get this rollin'...
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Sheesh - go back a page - I suggested a MIDNIGHT IN THE DARK MUSEUM gathering - in a creepy art gallery or museum.... it can be done!
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Disneyland. Candy Cane Inn. There's only so much Bizarre one can take without a good helping of Bambi wall plaques.
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For those of us who have to travel, may I make a suggestion since I get the feeling So. Cal looks like the area. Go for someplace that's in Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo area. That way if we come into LAX we can just hang a right and skip down Sepulveda. Really wierd would be Catalina but is Avalon up to it? Plus what time frame?

I'd hate to have skip because Traveler thinks I need to help him explore the Kingdom of Kandy but there is that possibility.

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DOUG

I think youve been hanging out with ISSO AND DR. X and their clones tooo much..youve been talkin' that BIZARR-BONICS a lot lately.,.....geesh....

:)
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Hermits don't hang out.

You want SoCal then San Diego is the only spot worth a trip.
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Gosh, then I might be able to go up to Pechanga and get back the December "Love Offerings" I left the tribe.

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I belong to a theater group here in Ventura, California -- right on the coast -- and there's a good chance I could work something out and get the theater for a night or a whole weekend. There's a ten-story Holiday Inn right on the beach within walking distance. The theater seats 80 and has lights and sound. Just tossing that out there. And it's close enough to Doug that he can drive. Also, the Castle is only an hour away...if anybody wanted to check it out while you're this close....
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I'll be in San Jose for Costume Con 26 in late April 2008. On one side or the other, we plan on spending 4-5 days in Anaheim to see som Pirates, 999 Ghosts, a large mouse, and a Pittsburgh Magician who now lives in Burbank.

Since nobody's suggested a date for the proposed convention, I suggest mid-late April 2008!

Chris

P.S.--Mystician, Witchypoo had a windshield, steering wheel, horn, and sidecar on her "vroom broom" in H.R. Pufinstuff!
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I met Witchypoo last year. Glad to report she is a sweetheart and a real nice lady.

Another vote for Ventura...Great Open Wheel Racing at the dirt track. Smile
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Travler says he prefers beaches - if anyone really cares. Since I (TEB) live in a real magical forest in the Texahoma area, it's still a long trip. However, flying into SD over downtown is not one of my favorite landings/takeoffs - but then again you can land in Omaha on ice or even Bandaranaik (actually a pretty good airport and they like people) in humidity even if that's not your favorite thing.

Heck, somebody out "there" like Prof. Pabodie, take it and run. Biggest problem is a lot of people like myself have to juggle the airfare game, budgets, and dates and if that works out, still spend a lot of time in the air to attend.

But, it seems like people are "beginning" to think again. I just got off a private "channel" from Tony/MyM and he thinks it looks like something from olden days may be on the rise again. Actually he said "Tell them not to try and relight the candle- with flash paper!"

Back to the cave. Hey, a bunch of things just started "yipping" out in the dark. May have to send the weredog out to make sure the wards are in place.

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GEEZ....WHAT HAS ISSO AND X DONE TO THE COHERANT CONTRIBUTORS....


:)

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I've heard something that's more than a rumor, that is not mine to divulge. We have a thing to look forward to...

(I love that word "divulge", it has such a nice tone)
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If enough people are interested, I can definitely start wheels turning here in Ventura. And that dirt track Doug mentioned is also within walking distance of the theater. April?
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