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jglumley
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So looking through my performance manual for my Darkspell and noticed I don't have a great living and dead routine. There is a pretty basic one suggested but I was wondering can anyone recommend anything for an awesome Living and the Dead performance?
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I add in a pulse stop to mine. Though I think dead or alive routines are really all about the power of your presentation and really getting your volunteer to attach emotion to the name/person that is dead.
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Docc Hilford did a Doccinar of his DoA routine. It is excellent. Technically very easy but with multiple phases that build to a strong climax. Well worth picking up. Lots of great advice on pendulum work in there too.
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I like the one in Jim Magus Arcana of Bizarre Magick, first you do the test, and then the spectator does it. Docc's is very good also.
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In Memory of Ashley Place by Bob Baker which can be found in Seance. It is my favourite.
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My favorite Living and Dead test is Borodin's routine in "Final Curtain." Five people write names on small cards which are placed on the five points of a star. Candles are placed on each of the cards and lighted. The candles on the names of the dead go out while the candles on the living names remain lighted.

I have the spectators write the names of either friends or relatives. Two of the names are those of the deceased. I mention whether the person is a friend or relative as I locate the living and dead, using the condition of the candle on the card. I have found this routine very effective.

Final Curtain was translated from German by Bill Palmer. It may be difficult to find a copy. I recommend both this book and Sheherazade (note German spelling), also by Borodin.
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I usually just look at their eyes; if they are closed I assume dead and get started with the embalming and if open, I assume they are dead and do the embalming as well. Probably running at least a 90% correct rate at the present time.
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If you stand before the open casket and watch the face of the deceased long enough.

They will let you know they are aware of your presence via eye movement beneath their closed eye lids.


A movement similar to REM in their newly realized slumber.



The movement when slowed, right to left and back again can code answers to any question you care to ask.

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jglumley
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I got a copy of Final Curtain by Borodin thanks for the info.
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I have a presentation about vampires. In XIX° century litterature, they are often called the non-dead. Obviously they are not considered as alive. So, I have an effet in which some characters are tested as alive, others as dead and as a finale surprise there is a non-dead among them...
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