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Topic: Death Toll (Spirit Bell)
Message: Posted by: Tony Razzano (Nov 29, 2011 11:46AM)
Bruce Ballon, along with Christopher Taylor, has had an effect out for a while called "Death Toll". After about six months of research ( which included help from several Café members...thank you all) I bought one and I want to tell everyone how pleased I am with it.

"Death Toll" is a hotel desk bell. You know, the one where you press the plunger to get the clerk's attention. A lot of hotels don't have these any more (so mine is an "antique" ), but some do as well as some business establishments, doctors' offices, etc. Although the number is dwindling, there are enough around that I have seen to make it possible for you to present this as either a current item or a rather old one.

The bell is made of brass with a wood base. There was a rumor going around on another board that the base is plastic. It is not. It is wood.

You can press the plunger and make the bell ring legitimately if you so choose. You can even take it apart to show this inside ( the clapper, et al) and nothing suspicious will be seen.

I bought this bell for a seance I am putting together, but it has many more uses than that. The bell comes with a DVD which contains a 34 page PDF with several ideas on it. My favorite is the "Curse of Machiavelli", but that's because I am a devious and bizarre leaning fellow . :)

"Death Toll" will work for several performing styles including bizarrists, mentalists, strolling and even children's show workers. Yes, there is a routine idea included for that.

The bell is totally portable and can even be placed in a spectator's hand for the routine and/or denouement.
Below is Christopher's web page for "Death Toll". If you scroll down that page, you will see a trailer for it. That's exactly what is seen and heard.

Notice that when the bell rings, the plunger goes down also. This adds to the effect a great deal.
The bell in the trailer looks silver to me, but mine is brass and that is how I prefer it.

I love this bell and will be using it not only in the seance, but in special shows as to really make an impact and, of course, depending on the client and venue.

In my opinion, Christopher and Bruce have a winner here.

Here is the link:

Message: Posted by: IAIN (Nov 29, 2011 03:21PM)
I've always fancied one... I just know I would never use it...

but I still want one...ha
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Nov 29, 2011 03:55PM)
Yes, I'm with Iain.

I would honestly have to wonder if I had ANY use for it... which - at the moment - is NO!

However, just the fact Bruce and Christopher came up with that... makes me salivate to have one! :)

The post from Tony only adds fuel to the fire of my desire!
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Nov 29, 2011 04:09PM)
We could go halves paolo? one month I could keep the bell, you keep the "other thing"..then we swop...
Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Nov 29, 2011 05:08PM)
A better idea, you pay for it and I keep it.

Sounds good? ;)
Message: Posted by: LeViking (Nov 29, 2011 10:43PM)
So nice, I want one ! :P
Message: Posted by: Christopher Taylor (Dec 5, 2011 05:25PM)
Thanks for the kind words. Paolo, I've been trying to reach you, could you drop me a line at info@taylorimagineering.com? Cheers.

Message: Posted by: Lord Of The Horses (Dec 5, 2011 05:43PM)

I'm going to mail you now but I would still love to know if Iain is keeping HIS half of the agreement I proposed. ;)
Message: Posted by: Viano2 (Feb 10, 2012 04:27PM)
When I read about it, I was not interested. When I saw it in action, I knew I had to have it
Message: Posted by: carlstanley (Feb 4, 2014 08:22AM)
Can I use it as a regular bell as well?
Message: Posted by: jonnyboy (Feb 4, 2014 08:57AM)
Yes, you can use it as a regular bell. It is a great item.
Message: Posted by: Christian de Punto (Sep 10, 2019 12:17PM)
It would fit perfectly in a pk touch routine...
****, I feel how it gets me ;-)
Message: Posted by: Christian de Punto (Sep 21, 2019 10:51AM)
Got mine today. a delivery in 46 hrs from canada to germany, right in my hands. first compliment for that!
the product itself: outstanding quality. simply amazing. indeed, that you can put it together in front of the audience makes it even better.
10/10 points.
Message: Posted by: mentaldiego (Sep 23, 2019 02:59PM)
Taylor is a great person and his products are top quality

Your customer service is simply unbeatable

I had a problem with something I bought and after 3 days I had my replacement

a 10 for Taylor in all aspects
Message: Posted by: caigy (Dec 1, 2019 11:44AM)
Mine arrived yesterday, the antique version...Wow!...Beautifully made and works like a dream!!

I can't wait to try this out for real.

Paul McCaig.
Message: Posted by: rodrigez (Mar 23, 2020 01:03AM)
It is really well made. Like some postes above I don’t really have a use for it but at that time I knew I just had to have one:-) Nice piece for sure.