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I am working on a show where we Explore peoples fears. So far I have bries alive, hanging, Ghost, Witches, Vampires, Egytian curses... What are som of the fears you would include?
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I know some people who are deathly afraid of CLOWNS!

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The number one fear that people in general have is the fear of being in front of an audience.

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Rick is spot on. There are also entire books about phobias and anxieties in the psychology section of your favorite bookstore.

Here's one that's not exactly in-depth, but indisputably fun:
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/det......;s=books
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WR,

That's a great idea for a show!

I'm pathologically afraid of snakes. I braved the reptile house at my local zoo, recently, so my young sone could see inside, but I felt decidedly weird, and exhausted when I finally staggered outside.

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Arachnophobia and Ophidiophobia are the winners.
I am thinking about an idea from KOTAH or Ronald J. Dayton as some may know him for Arachnophobia. And am thinking of an idea for Ophidiophobia (Snakes).(Think I will call it Caleb fear....Smile
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Too scary. Maybe I will do PHOBIA by ? and instead of the rattle snake egg I will use a spring snake in a box or something.
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At the risk of soundling like I'm having fun with this (and I'm not!) play into MODERN fears:

IRS audits,
terrorism,
being broke in old age,
AIDS
death by fire, falling, strangulation
having to speak to a large group of people (according to the American Psychiatric Association, this is THE No, 1 fear today!),
being permamently injured and maimed

There's some really scary stuff on that list, especially the IRS and public speaking ones. People have been to go totally catatonic when faced with either of those - no joke.

Don't know if this helps, but...

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The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown". H.P.Lovecraft

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What people fear is what they choose not to face. Doubt, Denial, Bad decisions they know will haunt them... those are real fears.

The antique metaphors made visual by children's stories have nothing close to their original impact. Why parade childrens monsters for adults?

You want fear? Look at the driver ahead of you on the road... they might sneeze and lose control of their car. And the driver to your right who is passing in the slow lane is about to cut ahead of you.

More fears? Okay. The doctor giving you the flu shot might not have gotten out a clean syringe...and the patient before you looked very sickly. Maybe that needle is contaminated with AIDS?

Remember when your elderly relative got ill? Well their hospital bills have you as responsible party. And they just found you on their paper work and the bills are starting to come in. For hundreds of thousands of dollars.

More fears? Are you sure? Okay... Did you know that all your internet posts and email and news groups are monitored? And the program that sifts these things has bugs. Your internet id might get confused with someoen elses and the combined content could trip off the flags at our PATRIOT agencies. There might be someone waiting to talk to you at the door now. If you are lucky they will knock. And if you are real lucky they will only talk to you... otherwise you might dissapear.

More fears? Please, just getting started. Let's talk about the new form of herpes that...
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On 2003-11-05 12:43, Peter Loughran wrote:
I know some people who are deathly afraid of CLOWNS!

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WR,

I love your idea. I almost hate to mention it because I enjoy doing my own rendition of it, but check out Luke Jeremy's book, 7 Deceptions. There's a great effect in there concerning phobias you might like to think about for a closer to your show. It's just called the 7th Deception. It's a very cool "psychological ceremony" in which you remove someone's phobia. I've actually had one person tell me that it worked. Who says there's no real magic.

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People fear their own mortality. So death is always a good topic when your talking about fear.
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I think fear for the unknown is an excellent startingpoint for a presentation. I use it a little more specifically in fear for darkness for one of my routines. And surprisingly (or not) my finishing lines are of the same content as Jontown's opening remarks...

I have a little book, probably no longer in print, that's called Real Magic by Philip Bonewitz. It adresses this item in a very intriguing way.
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One concern in doing a show based on fears would be audience distancing FROM the effects themselves.

When SciFi Channel debuted they show "Fear Factor" my first comment was, "somebody's going to get hurt by a victim taking this too seriously and responding with deadly force." My second comment was, "This show is a lawsuit just ITCHING to happen!"

The premise of the show is that a "friend" (and I use quotes because I don't think that how they scare these people is anything a real friend would do to someone!), nearly to death.

In one segment of the show, they had a guy take a supposedly deadly shot to the head while the target "friend" was doing the person's HAIR! His hands were washing the lady's head when the "killing" took place (IIRC).

Now if that isn't an "intentional infliction of emotional harm" suit that's a slam dunk waiting in the wings, I have NO idea of what is!

In another segment, they have some guy playing a crazed psycho chasing the "victim" through a building with a running chainsaw!

Let's see - torts assault, assault with a deadly weapon (the assault being predicated on the perception of a real attack in the mind of the victim in most jurisdictions), intentional infliction of emotional harm, attempted murder, and the list goes on.

If you are going to do a show based on fear, keep the audience out of it, IMPO.

Frankly, I'm waiting for Fear Factor to pull another psycho attack on someone and finding out that the victim is really a big time martial arts type who proceeds to kick the living daylights out of the "psycho" and then the director and Shannon Dougherty (the show's host).

Can you tell that I really HATE the concept of that show? Smile Someone is going to get seriously hurt or killed on that show. Trust me on this. Lawsuits to follow. Big time.

So, in doing your show, CYA - Cover Your Assets! Smile

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Lee,

Just to clear up something: "Fear Factor" is the NBC show that has contestants doing something gross or in an extreme type of stunt (e.g. eating worms or driving a car and flipping it). The one on the Sci-Fi channel that you're describing is titled "Scare Tatics".

I agree with you on the liability issue and I'm sure "Scare Tatics" lawyers have signed wavers up the wazoo to insure against lawsuits of this kind.

It seems to me that the trend on TV is to embarrass or humiliate the people on the show as far as I can see:"Punked" on MTV, "Joe Schmo" on Spike, "Scare Tatics" on Sci-Fi, "Average Joe" on NBC. Hopefully, this trend will wither away and die quickly.

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Dave, you are absolutely correct! The name of the show IS Scare Tactics.

My apologies - too early a morning and too little coffee.

I just wonder how the Scare Tactics people can get waivers in advance of the "surprise" stunts they pull.

I know that if I were being chased by some nutjob with a chainsaw that my initial reaction would be to run for the nearest weapon (as I have 2 bad knees and can't run far) and to do as much hurt as possible to the attacker.

How do you protect the people doing the stunt against someone who won't "play the game" and who fights back?

Mark my words - someone is going to get hurt and the show WILL get sued - big time.

Unless the whole thing is staged, of course. At which point, their credibility goes in the dumper and the "Entertainment value" (questionable at best, IMHO), goes right down the toilet as well.

Any attorneys out there want to check in on how a show might protect itself against that kind of litigation?

Thanks!

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