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"A strange crate of Amazonian treasures arrived at my door today. The return address was some University I'd never heard of, the Miskatonic. Inside the crate was a shrunken head, a necklace with what appeared to be some animal bones, a human thumb and ear; and the hand of some previously unknown species of monkey. What's weird, is that when I leave the room and then re-enter, they seemed to have moved. But I'm the only one home right now.."

I know I'm preaching to the converted here, but I just have to reiterate what great products and customer service Doug Higley offers. These props were customized to my specs graciously and emails were answered promptly.

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Lucky Ass!!
Also a proud owner of his work.
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Good thing it was not opened by customs...

Doug's work is indeed amazing! I hope to own some pieces some day...
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Doug's work is top shelf!
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On 2013-02-06 22:14, rklew64 wrote:
Lucky Ass!!
Also a proud owner of his work.


Got any pictures you'd care to share?
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Here's a pic of my Higley swag. Great stuff!

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On 2013-02-06 20:52, Brynmore13 wrote:
"A strange crate of Amazonian treasures arrived at my door today. The return address was some University I'd never heard of, the Miskatonic. Inside the crate was a shrunken head, a necklace with what appeared to be some animal bones, a human thumb and ear; and the hand of some previously unknown species of monkey. What's weird, is that when I leave the room and then re-enter, they seemed to have moved. But I'm the only one home right now.."

I know I'm preaching to the converted here, but I just have to reiterate what great products and customer service Doug Higley offers. These props were customized to my specs graciously and emails were answered promptly.

Brynmore


And for those who own Doug's "Dark Museum" and haven't seen my story for the prop (I've posted it here before)... for your perusal and free for you to use if you want to (I know one person on this thread who is using this story)...

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The Museum Obscura (Doug Higley's "Dark Museum)

(In this routine I've created an addition to Outlaw Effect’s canonical universe of Cornelius Hobbs by creating a secret venture of Hobbs… the Museum Obscura, which may have been connected to the Sanctum Society. This is to create some thematic arcs that are used in a number of the other routines in this act… such as “Duel” and “Lillian’s Diary.” This “fan fiction” was created with permission of Rick Roth)

Even before Robert Ripley opened his first “Believe It or Not!” emporium of oddities, Cornelius Hobbs was touring the west with his Mysterious Wonder Tour. Part sideshow, part science… and some would say part nefarious… the travelling show brought the wonders of the world to small town America.

(Take out the Sanctum 4 – Wonder Tour card and have it passed around during the next part of your dialog. You are not using this card for an effect, but as a supporting prop to the back story)

There was one section in the show tent curtained off from the general public. Hobbs called this his Museum Obscura. That special canvassed room was reserved for certain, "elite" visitors. Now there were rumors that these "V.I.P." visitors were in fact members of a secret society known as Sanctum and Hobbs himself was indeed a member. Little information is known about this group. Some claim they date back to before the Knights Templar. And their connection to Cornelius Hobbs was vague… and purposely so.

(Take back Wonder Tour card at about this point in your dialog and put it away)

The year was 1901 and the Mysterious Wonder Tour was set up in the once populated town of Brookville Kansas. But now the town was but a shell of it’s former self, and the meager attendance at the Wonder Tour that week could hardly pay for the meals consumed by his wife and himself. And when the Brookville Hotel was ready to settle up for room and board, Cornelius didn't have the cash to pay the bill… so he cut a deal.

In exchange for the hotel bill Cornelius traded one of his personal exhibits to the hotel owner. (Take out the box). The owner didn't know that this box was one of the exhibits housed in the secret Museum Obscura. There were three items in this box any they came with a curse and a strange responsibility… he who processed the box could never get rid of it unless all three items were touched by another human being.

Inside was a bundle of leather (remove the leather package and note, place the package in front of you, note to one side, but don’t open the package yet.) along with a tattered folded note.

It wasn't long after the Mysterious Wonder Tour left town that the hotel owner wished he had never accepted this box as payment. Why? It could have had something to do with the three mysterious fires that started in his office… while he was sitting in his office. Perhaps it was the incessant ringing of his phone with calls from Room 101… which was odd… since there were no phones in any of the rooms. Perchance his customers were annoyed by the “guests” that visited their rooms… and then disappeared.

There were three “souvenirs” in this box that use to belong to a Peruvian shaman (start unwrapping the leather tote, revealing the head, the bony fingers and the monkey’s paw). A shrunken head, some bony fingers and a mummified monkeys paw. Rumor had it that these items were stolen from the shaman as he laid on his death bed.

Brookville Kansas eventually became a ghost town, and it’s last remaining resident, the hotel owner, ended up penniless, crazy and roaming the empty streets of Brookville with this box tucked under his arm until the day he died.

I would like one of you to assist me in a demonstration of the unusual powers of these objects.

(Select a spectator using your favorite method)

Personally I’m protected from the influence of these items due to some incantations pass down by my family… (spoken as an aside) remember those witches and warlocks I mentioned earlier… and hopefully those spells will be strong enough to protect you too!

(Now have the spectator handle and select the items, according to the “Free Will” principle that is part of the “Dark Museum” instructions. If the spectator is “fearful” of touching and handling the items, you can ad lib a bit and humorously play up on their hesitations)

Did you really have free will in your choices… or did something else animate your decisions? I placed this note aside when I first open the box, and it has been sitting there, untouched for the last few minutes. Let’s read what is written on it.

(Proceed with the reveal according to the “Free Will” principle that is part of the “Dark Museum” instructions… you or the spectator reading out loud)

(Start packing all the items back in the box during the following dialog)

Congratulations. Since you touched these three items you can now take procession of them… if you want to accept the responsibility of ownership… and possibly entertain a visit from the Sanctum Society. (End the routine with a “tongue in cheek” wrap up) If you want, you can see me after the show so we can arrange a substantial payment.


Bizarre thoughts (apologies to Bob Cassidy)

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Very nice! I will have to dust off my S4 now.

For those of you who have 3 No Evil and one of the heads, here is a link to Doug's site where you can find a routine I wrote for an appearing Shrunky Head from a lunch bag as a finale to 3 No Evil. Just scroll to the bottom of the page.

http://grindshow.com/GrindShow/3NoEvil.html
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Doug also did a very nice voice over intro to my show last year.
He made twice as many tracks as I had asked for. Without asking any more money.
The voice is fantastic. the cost minimal.

A true star.

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Might as well let everyone take a gander at my Higley shrine.As you can see I love his work!!

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Necroloid and Mr. Higley...you can't see me, but I am on my knees right now, paying homage to what I am witnessing...awesomeness...in all of its glory.
Seriously though, that collection has me drooling necroloid. I have 3 Higley's and consider myself blessed. You sir, are officially a saint in the following of Higley.
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Wow, what a great response to this thread. To everyone who shared photos thank you.

Al, thanks for posting your routine I shall study this.
Necroloid that is an awesome collection.
Bedford, the head appearance sounds sweet, and the glass case your shrunken head is in is looks very classy. Mind you so does the museum obscure box photo.
Doug has one of those voices made for voice over work. I was also thinking of getting him to do some recording for me at some stage.

Again, thanks all for sharing. Spooky is such a great forum.
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Yes, that museum obscura box looks great! I am quite envious of the monkey paw.

One thing I should mention about the toe casket. I made it so the toe can move slightly (old school method like the severed finger in ring box you used to scare your elementary school chums with). Lots of fun, and no electronics to go bad (not that I don't have my share of electronic wonders. . .)
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Thanks for all the nice comments!! Much appreciated!

Keeping the record straight:
The post by Al Desmond while maybe using my prop ideas is a creative variation on the Dark Museum routine, which is not related to Outlaw or Rick Roth. There is also a book written by Jim Magus 'Midnight In The Dark Museum' which contains many different routines and ideas using my props from over 30 'names' of top performers. Find it!
Note: The photo posted by 'afinemesh' is not of any of my stuff that I made originally and is from other sources not related.
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On 2013-02-08 15:00, Doug Higley wrote:
Thanks for all the nice comments!! Much appreciated!

Keeping the record straight:
The post by Al Desmond while maybe using my prop ideas is a creative variation on the Dark Museum routine, which is not related to Outlaw or Rick Roth. There is also a book written by Jim Magus 'Midnight In The Dark Museum' which contains many different routines and ideas using my props from over 30 'names' of top performers. Find it!
Note: The photo posted by 'afinemesh' is not of any of my stuff that I made originally and is from other sources not related.


I never said your product is related to Outlaw. I never said my routine is related to Outlaw. I said I got permission from Rick to use concepts from Outlaws universe of characters in my original routine. I give your props and inspiration credit in my title to the routine. And my routine is not a creative variation on the Dark Museum routine. It is a 100 percent original routine using your props (which I purchased second hand off of the Café "for sale" forum) and methodology. And my routine is not in a book, it was offered freely to the Magic Café population.

My whole use of your product and inspiration is a "praise to Doug Higley." But I'm not sure of your point? Just to keep the record straight
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As artists and story tellers, it is great when we can combine different creators story arcs into one presentation, where each arc and it's corresponding props and even methodology mutually supports and enhances the other. The compounding effect can truly be dazzling. A parallel from the literary world can be found in the writings of Lovecraft and his proteges, writers like Derleth, Lieber and others, who used elements of Lovecraft's mythos, such as the Necronomicon and the Elder Gods, in such a way that they created a world that feels almost real.

As Bizarrists we should strive to do the same, IMHO.

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Back down Al. I never said you said it was related. I was just seperating the releases as there has been some MINOR confusion in the past. I have nothing against Outlaw (GREAT STUFF! or Rick (A FRIEND) or you or ANYBODY...these threads last for EVER...thus keeping it straight so people know the difference.

The mention of the book is in the same spirit you posted the routine...to share information for those who also liked your post, that there is a lot available of that sort. I had nothing to do with the book (except designing the cover as a favor). YOUR routine is creative, excellent and yours...as you set the record straight. Smile And would be a worthy addition to a 2nd book should Jim write one.
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As artists and story tellers, it is great when we can combine different creators story arcs into one presentation, where each arc and it's corresponding props and even methodology mutually supports and enhances the other. The compounding effect can truly be dazzling. A parallel from the literary world can be found in the writings of Lovecraft and his proteges, writers like Derleth, Lieber and others, who used elements of Lovecraft's mythos, such as the Necronomicon and the Elder Gods, in such a way that they created a world that feels almost real.

As Bizarrists we should strive to do the same, IMHO.

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Doug's work is top shelf - and my fav if all is the hugely eye I've used in so many routines...


I also have a Pygmy mummy he made me to go along with a ton if his stuff


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