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Sneaky_Pest
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Hello,

I am hosting Murder Parties but after 2 or 3 times, guests lose interest and stop coming. So I'd like to enhance the experience and add a séance ending to scare the hell outta them and make them come back for more thrills.

I've done my homework and spotted a few evil tricks, so I came here for your enlightened advice.
I like the Darkboard from Outlaw Effects or the Wenger Bell from Hell. Though that's a lot of money to invest, so which one would be the best to leave an everlasting impression? Or any other suggestion you may have...

Also, are there magic candles that would lit or extenguish by themselves?
Lastly, I'd like to have some special effect like a shelf shaking or a book falling down, how can I achieve this?

For the set up, I already own creepy music and sound FX, I write my own spooky scenarii and I live in a 19th century mansion.

Thank you for your help.

Cheers from France.
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Welcome Sneaky. I started my journey about a year and a half ago. I started by listening to this...
http://themagicwordpodcast.com/scottwell......-lecture

I recommend it heartily.
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Learn from the worlds best:

Seancesandspookshows.com
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Quote:
On Oct 30, 2015, Brynmore14 wrote:
Learn from the worlds best:

Seancesandspookshows.com



That's a good place to start for content.
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Thank you very much for your answers, though I don't need tips on how to set it up but more on the tools to use.
And YES, I am a big fan of Seancesandspookshows!
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Ouija usually makes an impression. Spirit bells too. PK Timber can be cool. It really depends on what fits with the story you are trying to tell.
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There are many excellent books;
Seance - Scott Moore Davis
Spirit Theater- Eugene Burger
There are pretty extensive lists here on the forum.

If time is of the essence, (like tonight!) you probably could
get many low tech ideas by googling "Paul Voodini" and downloading some of his work..
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Yeah, I think I will go for the Ouija board and I just love Outlaw work. The Wenger Bell is cool but I think it's a one-time effect. If my guests see this every time they come, they will get bored again and guess this is just a trick.
Everything is based on my house age and history, so the "haunting" has to be subtly set up.
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If you decide to order a Darkboard (an excellent prop) be prepared to be patient for delivery.
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On Oct 31, 2015, Pizpor wrote:
If you decide to order a Darkboard (an excellent prop) be prepared to be patient for delivery.


Hum, hum.... People's been whispering in my ear about that......

So..... I'm gonna get a basic Ouija board in my local magic store with the Spirit Glass from Adrian Deery instead.
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Sneaky Pete great idea buy lots of outlaw products we all love them too highly recommendable. Spend 600 on a gaffed board for a party trick is the way to go for sure. You can master it in no time it basically works itself. The stock photo of you is also very believable.
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Huh?

For your info, I am not here to praise Outlaw on a commercial purpose.
And I am not having those "whimsy parties" just for the fun of it. A house that old is a lot of upkeep.....
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We hold sold out seances on a regular basis. A candle, a ouija board, some seance cards, maybe some grave dirt. $40 a head, 90 minutes, always kills. Although we own and sometimes utilized such things as a Spiritus Magnus, trust me, gimmicks are not needed, and if you do use any gaff, do not use more than one in an evening, and do not repeat for the same audience. And it must be subtle.

Set the mood, do it straight up and serious, and people will love it.
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Yes, thank you Dennper. That´s what I'm gonna do.
I already own the bleeding cards by... I don't remember who, and a couple of the changing portraits by Eddie Allen that I bought at my local store.
Though, I'm gonna buy the Spirit Glass, just to "prove" there's a presence of some kind.... With a well thought scenario, it should be enough to get my audience breathless.

Like I said earlier, I don't want to repeat tricks endlessly and get caught.
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These three books should supply you with plenty of "no gaff" material.

http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/teb3

TEB3
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Outlaw's products are top notch, but without the context you my find yourself in a tough spot. Look into Paul Voodini's seance material to learn how to put together a gaff less seance, then incorporate the tech you want to jazz it up a bit.... Your location is MORE than enough to cause a few spooks if you're smart with your presentation.
*I knew you were going to read this
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Yeah, yeah, I am being paid by Outlaw to praise them all over. Nuh uh.

Except that I have been told that they won't deliver me before "Kingdom come".... So I will listen to all the great advices here and get my hands on Voodini's stuff. Oh, wait..... He also paid my pretty face to say this.
After I mastered perfectly his moves, I will treat myself with fancy FX.
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Would you be kind enough to show us an ad promo for your murder party? I'm very interested in helping you. e.g. website, Instagram of you and audience, FB event page, twitter, anything? Or just send me the links and I'll offer some marketing suggestions as well on how you can use what we do to ramp up the entertainment value.

I'll even send you a complimentary Heaven & Hell pendulum that will be released in a couple of weeks if I believe it will help you out. All with my compliments.
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On Oct 31, 2015, Sneaky_Pest wrote:
Hum, hum.... People's been whispering in my ear about that......

So..... I'm gonna get a basic Ouija board in my local magic store with the Spirit Glass from Adrian Deery instead.


There have been some posts just last week about how long people have been waiting to receive purchases from Outlaw. They always get censored pretty quickly though.

Adrian Deery's Spirit Glass comes highly recommended. Great product, great communication, great packaging and speedy delivery (to the UK, in my case). Lovely chap to deal with, and a glass that looks totally ungimmicked with virtually nothing to go wrong.
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Thank you for your feedback on Adrian's glass. That sounds so neat! I could display it on a shelf in the living room, among other antique glasses.

And I've done more digging all over the web, so here's what I liked most:

Dead Ringer by Tim Wisseman (Spirit Bell) - $299.95
Fearson's Free Energy System - $80
Cesaral Spirit Sounds - 390€
Spectral Wind by Christopher Taylor – $349.95
Death Toll (Spirit Bell) by Bruce Ballon - $299.95
Duel Morphic Spirit Lamp by Unleash Your Dreams - £129.99
Spirit Glass by Adrian Deery - $75
Crystal Spirit Bell from The Dark Waltz - £75
Apophenia The Countess’ Tasseography Cup - £75
Wenger Bell from Hell - $425

Of course, I won't buy everything, I need to sort out the pros & cons of each object.
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