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Jim presented his new effect at this years Doomsday.
I've been putting together some extra props to really sell the piece, which are now complete.
The effect allows you channel a spirit of a dead soldier from WWI - simply and accurately give his name, nationality, unit number, date of birth and date & manner of death...
Can't give you any more info as yet - its coming from Alakazam I beleive after the DVD has been shot.
Here's a taste of my set:
http://www.box.net/shared/73rm93yiuh5nq97vv413

This is a great piece of dark mentalism!Enjoy!
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This sounds very cool. Any idea when it will be released?
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Excellent, thanks for sharing!!!
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Critchlow never disappoints, really looking forward to this one...
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It is a very nice routine...I like what you have done Steve..like Whitestar, there are so many possibilties for dressing this up into something so powerful...It was great to meet Jim and see this at Doomsday.
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The Fallen is an excellent piece and extaordinarily powerful ( Ive found ) when intergrated into a seance setting . A first class effect that I predict will sell out on release .
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The Fallen is a brilliant idea with a thoroughly practical method. I have been elaborating a way to make it fool-proof (who knows the method should know what I mean...) but it would require a re-coding of the various objects and a small bit of electronics... nothing impossible and the way forward if I were to present it professionally.

Nevertheless, it is a devilish principle finally put to excellent use!
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On 2011-07-13 13:06, MPMagic wrote:
The Fallen is a brilliant idea with a thoroughly practical method. I have been elaborating a way to make it fool-proof (who knows the method should know what I mean...) but it would require a re-coding of the various objects and a small bit of electronics... nothing impossible and the way forward if I were to present it professionally.

Nevertheless, it is a devilish principle finally put to excellent use!


I also wondered about using a certain Labco product to chip the props, or even 'Nana's box'.
In the end I went for adding lots of little items; it also allows ambiguity about 'which medal' or 'which photo'. Makes the method even harder to back-track for anyone watching.

My biggest problem currently is routining it with a climax. There's so much info to give out, that it needs a big finish. I was thinking of P***** W***** the name, or 'eteching' initials on medal a la Koran medallion (though try as I might I can't find the brand of g*** l*** I have with an old medallion! Looks like its from the 70s!)
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I am really looking forward to seeing this one. Hopefully the dvd will have a little more detail on the prop...and a little less flashy grainy "tell me nothing" visuals.

But it sounds seriously way cool. (Do people still say that? I do...Smile)

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My biggest problem currently is routining it with a climax. There's so much info to give out, that it needs a big finish. I was thinking of P***** W***** the name, or 'eteching' initials on medal a la Koran medallion (though try as I might I can't find the brand of g*** l*** I have with an old medallion! Looks like its from the 70s!)
Steve


I would see the choice of the "Fallen" as part of a seance, where the medium, while in trance, reveals a number of informations (date of birth/death, regiment, etc.) which are noted by somebody outside the circle of sitters. At the end of the seance, the "climax" is the discovery of the fact that the medium has been able to contact the spirit of the chosen soldier, not any "random" one. In this way, there will be a long delay from the "information acquisition" phase, the effect will not just be the delivery of some information by unknown means, but a meaningful revelation. I envisage the routine as playing as the voice of the spirit answers some questions: "Spirit, can you tell us when you were born?" "I waaaasssss bbbbboooornnnn in theeeee summmmmmmeeeeerrrrr... it waaaaaaasssss theeeeeee twenty-seconddddd daaaaaayyyyy offffff Juuuuuuunnnnnneeeeeee 1883..." etc...

Steve, I was thinking something simpler than Labco (more John Lewis Smile )... if interested, send me a PM. I did also think to contact Jim, but never come around Smile

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David, you'll enjoy the proper performance; imagine a collection of photos of WW1 soldiers, with all their details on the back. With no pumping, you'll be able to tell so much about them, using a simple memory hook.

Marco - I agree, a seance setting is most logical - indeed to date I have performed for only friends & family in the much the same way Prof BC talks about "Ipswich" - you 'see' the soldier, describe his accent, his name, how he died. He tells you his DoB and Unit number. He has a message - for his beloved Mary...
However, I'd also like to perform this for walkaround; dark mentalism, or reverse psychometry - spectator somehow has tuned in on the artefacts that belong to a soldier that you somehow knew they would pick...no sure yet...still working on it. Must be repeatable between tables, without blowing anything...
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Any word on when this is coming out?
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Alakazam says September, I think.

It sounds wonderful...

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Any news on this???
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No news yet on Alakazam's website.
Neither on Jim's blog...

What a great idea ! If it's designed precisely just like on the pictures, great !
living in the french flanders, around the numerous british cemeteries, I just need to put some mud on the box and say that a neighbor found it in the field behind his house...

It happens here sometimes when you scratch a little bit the floor (unfortunately sometimes we get on a rusted shell...oops...).
Seances in farms is also an idea.

Just like this effect would be designed especially for me ! Can't wait !!!
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My great uncle is buried somewhere in France after the battle of the Somme. Want to visit his grave one day.
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[quote]On 2011-09-05 10:42, takeachance wrote:
My great uncle is buried somewhere in France after the battle of the Somme. Want to visit his grave one day.

I guess a large part of the british/canadian/australian and N-Z population has a relative dead on the WWI battlefields, and that's why this product can touch a large audience.

I only hope it doesn't need a deep understanding of english, because otherwise it will be hard to perform with some people here in France...
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I performed this on stage lst night for the first time; I hope to get a copy of tyhe video eventually, so you might see how I used the effect. It wasn't a slick performance by any means, but the effect on the participants was absolutely worht it!
It's an extremely powerful effect; sadly I don't know when it's coming out from Alakazam, but I'm trying to get in touch with Jim and I will ask!
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Anybody got a link for Critchlow's blog?
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I sure wish someone from Alakazam would give some insight as to the release of this. I already do my own version and have for a few years on this plot. I'm sure this will be an improvement on mine, Critchlow comes up with some really nice thinking.
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