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Clifford!
Bite your tongue!

Combine this cost, and the Witchboard cost,
and I'll go bankrupt....

But then,
for that antique bookstand under a single spotlight....
it might all be worth the poverty!

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I dearly want one...but I have a tiny concern....

The website image is of a book calling itself the "Complete Works of Shakespeare".

Yet the Ad states...."an array of Shakespearean plays including Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, and all 154 sonnets."

I for one will notice if say..."Winter's Tale" is not in there...not to mention Julius Caesar and the Tempest.

800 pages?

Complete Works or not? The "Selected Works of Shakespeare" is still cool...but not quite as cool.

I had to heft a Riverside edition for four years...so I'm curious what players are indeed upon the stage.
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What me'thinks, is that while it is purported to be:
a "Complete Works" as far as the audience knows or can tell,
it is indeed an "abridged or selected" Shakespeare in reality,
to accommodate the necessary gaffs, methods, and gimmicks.

They no doubt, had to make some very hard choices of what to include,
I would sorely miss "The Tempest" personally if it was not there,
but I think most mere-mortals are more R&J and Hamlet prone.
I love that all the Sonnets will be included, on the other hand.

As with many if not most magical props,
I'm expecting discrepancies between what is “appears” and what it “is”.
I'm just glad of the subject matter, and the credibility the tome will lend.

My continued thoughts and guesses.
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On 2008-07-08 14:31, Eddie Garland wrote:
I dearly want one...but I have a tiny concern....

The website image is of a book calling itself the "Complete Works of Shakespeare".

Yet the Ad states...."an array of Shakespearean plays including Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet, and all 154 sonnets."

I for one will notice if say..."Winter's Tale" is not in there...not to mention Julius Caesar and the Tempest.

800 pages?

Complete Works or not? The "Selected Works of Shakespeare" is still cool...but not quite as cool.

I had to heft a Riverside edition for four years...so I'm curious what players are indeed upon the stage.


To gaff this with every piece of work contained within would be a feat worthy of Max Maven. I don't know if he is part of this evil plot. I am anticipating it will be far more than good enough to pass the muster that even a knowledgeable spectator under the scrutiny of a performance and your control could ever give it. Remember, a gaffed book is not a D'lite or a thumb tip or anything a normal person has been exposed to. It would never even occur to most people that such a thing exists, especially with the context of a book they know of and are familiar with some passages.
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I wonder if there will be a Charles and Mary Lamb version of this for the lighter reader?

If not, then this is the hint for somebody to produce one!

Chris
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Who needs "the kid stuff" I think it's being the real deal that makes it elegant and deceptive.

Just got a few more details on the Miracle Factory publication…

The Shakespeare Experiment, perhaps the most elegant and devilishly versatile book test ever, beautifully printed, leather-bound, gilt-edged 816-pages.

It includes a full-color hand-tipped-in frontispiece Shakespeare portrait and marbled endpapers!

--The Trick Glossary! In the back of the copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare supplied, you'll find a Shakespearean lexicon that we've gimmicked so you can do more instant mindreading. The spectator can open to any page of the glossary and you can instantly divine several different words.

--Also located something very special about The Sonnets that will allow you to combine a popular card effect with Shakespeare.

Introductory price of $275 (regular $300) until August publication, limited to only 1000 copies.

I can’t wait, I’ll keep everyone posted, Walt
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On 2008-07-08 13:18, Clifford the Red wrote:
You could almost see a bare stage with only a library book stand and the book. I won't conduct this in normal book test/mindreader fashion, it will be more like "A Book of Ghosts". This just opens up a whole world of rich storytelling. Heck you could probably tie this in with Peter's ouija board!


Peter & Sean's "Witchboard" clearly bears the date 1816 on the front - which just so happens to be the bi-centennial of Shakespeare's death - there's the link you're all looking for?
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Oh SWEET!
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Again, linking to the Witchboard:

In 1716, the centenary of Shakespeare's death, Charles Johnson produced a farcical version of "The Taming of the Shrew", called "The Cobbler of Preston", in which Christopher Sly would become the hero.

Perhaps Shakespeare was unhappy with his considered efforts being turned into a farce - perhaps, exactly one hundred years later again, in 1816, his restless spirit, embodied within one of the only means of communication open to him, had something to say...

Something that can now be said...
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Some wonderful parts from some of the wonderful Sonnets,
for book-test and séance considerations?

XXXII

When that churl Death my bones with dust shall cover
And shalt by fortune once more re-survey
These poor rude lines of thy deceased lover,

IV

Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,

XVIII

So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.

XXVIII

But day doth daily draw my sorrows longer,
And night doth nightly make grief's length seem stronger.

LV

'Gainst death, and all oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.

LXXI

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled
From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell:

LXIV

Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate
That Time will come and take my love away.
This thought is as a death which cannot choose
But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

LXVI

Tired with all these, for restful death I cry,
..........
Save that, to die, I leave my love alone.

XCIV

For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;
Lilies that fester, smell far worse than weeds.

CXXIV

To this I witness call the fools of time,
Which die for goodness, who have lived for crime.

CXLVI

Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,
( ??? ) these rebel powers that thee array,
Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,
Painting thy outward walls so costly gay?
Why so large cost, having so short a lease,
Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?
Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,
Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body's end?
Then soul, live thou upon thy servant's loss,
And let that pine to aggravate thy store;
Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross;
Within be fed, without be rich no more:
So shall thou feed on Death, that feeds on men,
And Death once dead, there's no more dying then.

XII

When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls, all silvered o'er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves,
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer's green all girded up in sheaves,
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.


Magically,
Walt
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Walt...I mean Baron.
That was great!!!!!
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Interesting, please tell us more. I am curious about how much memory work is involved.
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Walt,
The Grandmother Of All Book Tests hasn't even reached it's shipping date and you go and point out this...what's a guy to do but stump up the cash.

I'm going to have to buy a bookcase just for booktests at this rate. Smile

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Does anyone have more news or reviews about "The Shakespeare Experiment"?

I've heard that it will come back from the printer on Septemebr 12 and probably ship by the end of the month.
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Even though it sounds large, it also sounds unique and interesting. Will look forward to some reveiws.

Pax, Stefan
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They just received the first sample of the leather cover...
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Mmmmmmmmmmm Leather........

Sorry, I have a book habit.
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Recieved an update from Todd yesterday which I've copied below. I'm looking forward to seeing my copy.

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Just a note to let you know we've finally received The Shakespeare Experiment from the printer here at The Miracle Factory. The gilding took weeks longer than they promised, but it's here and we'll be sending them all out by next week! Each book weighs OVER THREE POUNDS...it's a substantial volume that'll make your divinations look impressively impossible and look great in your magic collection!

The arrival of the books means that our introductory price is soon coming to an end. You can still order for $275 and save $25 off the normal $300 price. Hurry! Only 1000 copies are available and they're going faster than any book we've published! You get the book, optional accessories, and full operational manual with tips by Michael Weber and Andy Nyman, ready to blow your audiences and colleagues away!
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Hi, everyone. The above post is correct. The books are here and lavishly beautiful. Everyone we've shown them to are amazed by the quality and cleverness. If you want to save $25, order this week! http://www.miraclefactory.net
Thanks! Todd
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