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Topic: New from Dark Artifice, Bobby Hasbun: R1TUAL
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Aug 25, 2020 05:58AM)
Hi everyone,

So, last night I had a jam session with Bobby Hasbun who shared with me his latest effect that is about to go live and I asked if I could share my excitement here in Spooky. You may remember Bobby’s name from his first release, Codex V (https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=527617&forum=14), or Inferno (https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=567678&forum=14), and more recently he hit it out of the park with Oraculum (https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=628703&forum=14). Now he has raised the bar to a new level with R1TUAL (I am using the numeral 1 in lieu of the letter ‘I’ to make it google-proof).

R1tual is a multi-phase performance piece that has been literally built from the ground up. There are no items which were bought on Amazon and then repurposed into an effect. This contains multiple custom made (and custom cast) pieces which are true to the 1970’s era from which it is set. 100% examinable, it can be used as an amazing reveal of information, or a name or customizable message from beyond the veil.

I am not only thinking how it can be used as a part of a seance, but as an effect to showcase as a stand-alone piece of theater.

If you are not already on the Dark Artifice mailing list, I’d encourage you to consider signing up to be kept in the know for when he releases new effects (which sometimes carry a discount code). As a matter of fact, I know he will have a discount code available for those who purchase it within the first 30 days after it is released (or when the 100 first editions sell out, whichever occurs first). If you are not receiving his mailing list, consider signing up at his website (or you can see the effect here:
https://darkartifice.com/products/ritual
I believe a code will be going out early this morning for those in the know… you may be able to persuade him to share the code with you at bobby@darkartifice.com.

While we were talking I asked how quickly I can get it, as I want to incorporate it into my Halloween evening. He said that they will be shipping before the end of September and I should have no problem getting it well in advance of Halloween. I will share this is not a paid advertisement - I will be purchasing this just as I have done with each of his effects. Bobby is one of the creators who not only releases top effects, but the level of thought and detail that goes into the production and routining are at the very top level of the creators of today.

Anyhow, I hope this excites your day!

David
Message: Posted by: topherhester (Aug 25, 2020 08:14AM)
I was hoping there wouldn’t be a thread about this today.... with that said, I ordered mine this morning.
Message: Posted by: RandyScott (Aug 25, 2020 08:17AM)
It's been so difficult to keep quiet ever since Bobby dropped this on me back in May. I didn't believe it was anything other than a real spirit-contact board game from the 1970s, but after seeing the effect and the method, I realized what he'd done: create the most amazing bizarre prop...ever.
I did everything I could to convince him to sell it to me right then and there, but I've had to be patient.
My order is in.
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Aug 25, 2020 12:31PM)
Well, that was one surprising email to wake up to this morning.

I'm floored by how amazing this looks, and--even more so--how the thing has an implied backstory just by the fact it exists (thanks to other well-known spirit-themed board games from the time period.) The fact that the effect can be customized has my mind swimming with possibilities of different climax sayings and how approaches to presenting it--although I have no doubt that the mind behind Inferno has already come up with exponentially better for us.

There are very few props I've seen that, when the rubber hits the road, are unquestionably exactly what they appear to be and what we say they are. And I'm hard-pressed to think of one before this can be introduced into and used in a very casual, informal setting without it seeming out of place. I'm already in love with the thought of this taking a fun "Oh, I forgot about this. Let's try it!" evening slowly build up the drama until the big final phase reveal.

Needless to say, I'm just anxiously waiting by the mailbox, now.
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Aug 25, 2020 05:53PM)
So, after placing my order, this graced my inbox a little later in the day:
https://www.vanishingincplayingcards.com/playing-cards/gemini-casino-1975-orange-playing-cards/?utm_source=dripbroadcast%25252525252526kmi%2525252525253Ddavid4847@sbcglobal.net&utm_campaign=two_new_gemini_decks&utm_content=greenbutton

I picked it up at once. A bit of a roughing up and it will be a perfect compliment to a 1970's themed routine. One could think of using it to do Shane's effect from Pentalogy - Amanda's Great Magic Trick. The reveal could be tied together with R1tual.

Perhaps time to get a few other vintage 70's games ... Seance, Kabala (late 60's), Ouija...

What are some other thoughts for a nice tie-in?
Message: Posted by: jbonilla (Aug 25, 2020 08:24PM)
Hey David I am planning a halloween evening. What would be your top 3 most spooky tricks / routines? THX!
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Aug 25, 2020 08:43PM)
That's a great idea, David! Maybe those cards are found, along with this game and some other vintage game items, in a genuinely old cardboard box from someone's grandma's attic, and once people get to exploring...

Gotta say, this is beautiful and looks absolutely authentic. Just inherently creepy, and I think there will be lots of nervous giggles long before the effect happens. What a nice surprise today! The love and skill put into this kit is astounding.

The simple instructions are just brilliant; this will hit hard when you need it to, and can be more subtle when you want. Also, it looks like it [i]could[/i] possibly work in a casual Zoom performance, long as everyone can see everything clearly and you move for them. (Clearly this is best in person and up close, but given what's going on, just saying it might work in the right situation.)

I missed out on TKG--ain't gonna miss this. Thank you once again, Bobby!

Seth
Message: Posted by: reese (Aug 25, 2020 09:57PM)
Hi David, The Whitman "Old Gypsy Fortune Telling Cards" were put out in the '40s and sold beyond then. It's a 36 card set of images made for children. The cards are small, meant for a child's hands. I have 2 sets of them from 1940. I think they're perfect for use in conjunction with Bobby's new offering. And Taylor Imagineering's "Sigma" is a utility device that can add a real punch to the climax.... a child's toy moves by itself... an open children's book slams shut by itself. "Go Away" Slam!
Message: Posted by: reese (Aug 26, 2020 12:52AM)
B.T.W. the Whitman decks aren't for sale. Thx
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Aug 26, 2020 04:53AM)
[quote]On Aug 25, 2020, jbonilla wrote:
Hey David I am planning a halloween evening. What would be your top 3 most spooky tricks / routines? THX! [/quote]
Hi jbonilla- it’s hard to say “most spooky” as that can often be accomplished with minimal prior. For example, a pendulum and a story and perhaps a little ash. Or an old wine goblet and some index cards. If you’re wondering what are some available effects that are sold (or were sold) to be on the lookout in the secondary market, I’d recommend any of the following:
Spirit slates or candle or spirit lamp
The Resurrection Cemetery Gate Key
The Kn0w1ng Game (T.K.G.)
Oraculum
A switching box
The Cussing Cards
Anything by Peculiar Antiques
Inferno
A set of alphabet cards (my favorites are the ABC Revelation cards that Perkins put out through Lebanon Circle, to be used with some Dopps)
One or more Dopps
An antique fountain pen
The book Dance Avec Les Morts by Voodini

I could go on.

I‘m certain others would provide a different, and equally chilling, set of options.

And, these are just those things that I have direct experience with. If you asked me as of October 1st, I’d undoubtedly say ‘R1tual’.

Others?
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 26, 2020 07:00AM)
Jbonilla, David's suggestions are all spot on, but I would ask you to tell us more about what kind of effects you are looking for, and what kind of gathering you'll be having?

If your gathering is intimate, where you have the full attention of your audience and a quiet location with few interruptions, a storytelling routine could suit you well. If you are in a party situation where there is loud laughter, distractions, people coming and going, I would opt for something lighter in tone with more obvious surprises and scares.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 26, 2020 07:15AM)
David, thank you so much for giving us a heads-up on this incredible new prop.

I haven't stopped thinking about the possibilities and have to say, as much as I adore all of the near-century "old" bizarre props that are out there, it is so refreshing to see one that is supposedly only half that age. Granted, I have an affinity for toys from my youth, but beyond that I like the notion here that something needn't be old for it to be haunted.
Message: Posted by: Intrepid (Aug 26, 2020 09:31AM)
[quote]On Aug 26, 2020, David Eichler wrote:
[quote]On Aug 25, 2020, jbonilla wrote:
Hey David I am planning a halloween evening. What would be your top 3 most spooky tricks / routines? THX! [/quote]
Hi jbonilla- it’s hard to say “most spooky” as that can often be accomplished with minimal prior. For example, a pendulum and a story and perhaps a little ash. Or an old wine goblet and some index cards. If you’re wondering what are some available effects that are sold (or were sold) to be on the lookout in the secondary market, I’d recommend any of the following:
Spirit slates or candle or spirit lamp
The Resurrection Cemetery Gate Key
The Kn0w1ng Game (T.K.G.)
Oraculum
A switching box
The Cussing Cards
Anything by Peculiar Antiques
Inferno
A set of alphabet cards (my favorites are the ABC Revelation cards that Perkins put out through Lebanon Circle, to be used with some Dopps)
One or more Dopps
An antique fountain pen
The book Dance Avec Les Morts by Voodini

I could go on.

I‘m certain others would provide a different, and equally chilling, set of options.

And, these are just those things that I have direct experience with. If you asked me as of October 1st, I’d undoubtedly say ‘R1tual’.

Others? [/quote]
David, you got my curiousity with the antique fountain pen, is there a specific effect for the fountain pen?
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Aug 26, 2020 02:07PM)
A quick note before my reply, as a couple people have PMed me asking if I have the coupon code to save a good amount of cash on [url=https://darkartifice.com]Bobby's R1tual[/url]: it's no state secret! Just email Bobby at [url=bobby@darkartifice.com]bobby@darkartifice.com[/url] and he'll hook you up.

Reese, those cards look great/perfect for the time period. Great find!

And David, your suggestions on things to go along with R1tual are [b]fantastic[/b]. I'm currently--along with the rest of us, I imagine--trying to source an Ouija Board game from the same period to be able to bring them out together (but only use R1tual.) I feel like having them together would further cement what the thing is and give it credibility (not that It needs any more, considering how meticulously the whole thing was made.)

[quote]On Aug 26, 2020, Intrepid wrote:
David, you got my curiousity with the antique fountain pen, is there a specific effect for the fountain pen? [/quote]

What [i]can't[/i] David turn into an emotional, enthralling presentation? If anyone has never had the pleasure to see him in action in person... the guy is the best I've ever seen. To be frank, seeing he was getting R1tual made me mash the button even more quickly. Knowing both Bobby and David will be making and tuning effects for this? It's like having Hawking do your math homework for you. I look forward to reaping those benefits. :)

Given that the 6 letters can be anything, I'm thinking off all kinds of heart-wrenching things/approaches I can come up with. That's one of the most appealing aspects of this, to me. It's not just "one thing." I can end it in a very positive message (still as impactful, but without any terror) or take it down a really disturbing path, if the situation calls for it. I suspect we're going to see a [b]lot[/b] of cool 6-letter takes as these start arriving.

I also plan to make a "slightly torn off" garage sale stickers to put on the box, to subtly imply where it came from. I've done it in the past, and it works a treat. If anyone is interested, here's how I do things of that sort: instead of using a sticker, I write/print whatever I want on paper, age/color the paper to what I want, cut/punch the thing to size, then use sandpaper to rough the hell out of one portion of it, tearing some of it to shreds (do this on top of more paper or a plastic mat.) When done, I flip it over, glue stick the back (carefully, so you don't tear away all your hard work) and then adhere it to whatever I'm after. It comes out pretty respectable, and you can rough it more or less based on how much (or how little) "torn away" you want:
[img]http://www.peculiarantiques.com/cj-coa-002.jpg[/img]
Message: Posted by: David Eichler (Aug 26, 2020 02:36PM)
Thanks, Pasteboard Alchemist for the kind and generous compliment.

Intrepid, do you own a Dopps? If so, check out Ink Blot by Randy Scott. That will give you a flavor of how it can be used...

Enjoy,

David
Message: Posted by: Perkins (Aug 26, 2020 03:14PM)
Oh my.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 26, 2020 06:45PM)
Been scrambling since I got the email my mad money together & just finally bashed that ol paypal button before these vanished !
Always drives me mad were I hide my mad money, lol.....

Absolutely amazing, now we know why his next offering was taking so long.....always been worth the wait in the past & still is !!
Message: Posted by: Daisydog (Aug 27, 2020 02:13AM)
I'm wondering if this works a bit like the super effect Deep Astonishment 2 with a name reveal on the back of the cards. It certainly looks brilliant.
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Aug 27, 2020 01:30PM)
[quote]On Aug 27, 2020, Daisydog wrote:
I'm wondering if this works a bit like the super effect Deep Astonishment 2 with a name reveal on the back of the cards. It certainly looks brilliant. [/quote]

While I don't think we should be digging into trying to figure out the method here, I will say (knowing the method now that I bought it) that it's not like The Anything Deck's workings. R1tual is all self-working and there's no sleight of hand. About the only thing it shares with T.A.D. (or its evolutions like Deep Astonishment) that I can see is: there are cards with letters on them.
Message: Posted by: reese (Aug 28, 2020 12:20AM)
This could might be enhanced with one or two authentic items but all of in itself it is absolutely complete. You need nothing beyond it to create an absolutely disturbing moment of pure magic.
Message: Posted by: steven-gibson (Aug 28, 2020 06:31AM)
Read the performance manual yesterday. Read it 3 times actually. This is way too good.
Message: Posted by: Jerry (Aug 28, 2020 08:16PM)
Can someone go over one of the routines?

Do the spectators ask a question, and then you shuffle the cards and get an answer?

It looks great, but I am not clear on what happens.
Message: Posted by: bobbyhasbun (Aug 28, 2020 08:29PM)
Wow, thank you all very much. I’m excited for everyone to receive it; I think you’ll all be surprised by the sheer size and weight of it.

[quote]On Aug 28, 2020, Jerry wrote:
Can someone go over one of the routines?

Do the spectators ask a question, and then you shuffle the cards and get an answer?

It looks great, but I am not clear on what happens. [/quote]

Jerry,

I’d rather avoid discussing it publicly for various reasons, but feel free to email me at bobby@darkartifice.com and I’d be happy to give you a more detailed rundown of the routine.

The same goes for anyone else.

Thanks again,

Bobby
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Aug 31, 2020 10:50AM)
I created a thread "down below" in the Crypt, for any of us that might want to share thoughts and ideas on message revelations and the like.
Message: Posted by: DrIlluminatus (Sep 2, 2020 05:05AM)
Cant wait to get mine!

Looks amazing!!!!!!
Message: Posted by: jglumley (Sep 2, 2020 02:36PM)
As an avid board game collector and magician this was a quick buy from me.
Message: Posted by: Winks (Sep 3, 2020 03:29PM)
I'll take anything from Bobby or Steve Peebles.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Sep 12, 2020 04:49PM)
Woo Hoo, just got my tracking #, looks like shipping started a lil earlier than expected.
Should have it by mid week !!
Message: Posted by: FADE (Sep 12, 2020 06:30PM)
Woo hoo is rightI!!! I received my tracking# as well!!! Really looking forward in receiving the “game”!!!
Message: Posted by: roblane (Sep 12, 2020 06:56PM)
Same, hoping the package doesn't get held up at UK customs for too long........
Message: Posted by: DrIlluminatus (Sep 12, 2020 11:43PM)
All I can say is WOW! What a work of ART!
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Sep 13, 2020 12:01AM)
Bobby's 5 for 5 with works of art !!
It may take him years for a release, but WOW what releases of art they are !!!!
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Sep 15, 2020 08:34PM)
Having this in my hands now, it exceeds my (already high) expectations!

I had a bit of worry that it'd be heavily aged and would stick out like a sore thumb with my copy of Ouija from the period (which is pristine), and was very relieved with the state it was in when it arrived. It matches with my Ouija perfectly. Given that, I'm very hesitant to do anything to the outer box at all... but I [I]might[/I] bring myself to ding a corner. Maybe. Someday.

After only spending a couple hours intermittently shuffling and spreading the cards, and they've already got what I feel is a perfect look to them. I dare say she's ready for prime time!

One interesting thing I wasn't expecting: I notice the custom-made candle holder has a recess in the bottom. While I'm not inclined to add anything quite as dramatic that would take away from what I feel is the gorgeous simplicity of this effect, one could stick a neodymium magnet in there and glue a piece of round felt to the bottom to cover the recess.

Very pleased with the look of this, the quality of the thing (it's clear that every part of this was meticulously custom made and designed for this specific purpose, which only lends more legitimacy to it), and how utterly "of the times" it appears. Fantastic work :D
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Sep 15, 2020 09:16PM)
I'll be able to enjoy spirit chatting Thurs 😆
Message: Posted by: reese (Sep 16, 2020 12:08AM)
Me too. I'm in Berkeley.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Sep 16, 2020 04:55PM)
Hey Reese, nice to know there's a fellow spooky across the pond from me !! Check your mailbox, just received mine a day early. The spirits moved quicker than expected !!

So I just enjoyed s l o w l y opening my package & WOW, this thing looks like it was from 1972 !! Aging just perfect, the board amazing to unfold, he inner packaging & card all just spectacularly creepy !!
The box lid sets you up for creep factor 10+, then you remove the lid & ZOWEEEEEE, off the hook !!

Once again Bobby, you've created something with the most in depth detail that you would swear you could have seen on the shelf of a store in 1972. Every nuance of dates & manufactured by's on everything as it would have back then are there ! Money well spent to say the least & recoup of my money will be in the mileage I get in creep factor uses with this ! Sits in my collection nicely with other effects like TKG, flappr f0rtune, OE's Mr D@rks 5sh0t (Bobby was involved with), DDT & carny tarot cards, etc so they look good together in my creep games section I have.

Don't wait too long on this to buy if you can afford it, especially as this 1st batch out will not be the same IF he makes a 2nd batch........

Would Be interesting to have a dummy write up in Creepy Pasta stories like Cody did with his DominusVox....?? would be fun for someone to be able to pull this game up with the back story on the creepy pasta site, extra creep factor realism 😈😜

Thank you again Bobby, SUPER creepily happy !!!!
Message: Posted by: reese (Sep 16, 2020 08:23PM)
Just now opened it up. It looks absolutely authentic. I can't imagine anyone seeing it doubting it's authenticity. To us it's a work of Art but to them it's a very weird game. If you ask a group to play it with you they most likely will hesitate a moment before answering. The idea of actually playing the game is scary. It looks that good. Thanks Bobby!
Message: Posted by: reese (Sep 17, 2020 10:28PM)
I admit it: there's only two things in this world that I'm truly afraid of. And ghosts is both of them. Some people believe that ghosts aren't sentient beings. That they're an emotion that's bent out of shape stuck in a repeating pattern tied to a place or an object, seeking resolution usually against a percieved wrong. Often through an act of vengeance. That's what I believed. Until last night. Now I know that ghosts are very, very real. Awake with a sentient malevolence...After a few rye whiskeys ( Bad Move. Please don't drink and Seance ) I had the brilliant idea to play the Game legitimately. ( Really bad move ) I legitimately shuffled the cards and legitimately cut the cards at each turn. I played the Game for real. For those who have received this or about to.... I plead with you. Don't do what I did. Don't play the Game for real. Tell yourself it's just a "magic prop". I know you'll be tempted to play the Game for real. Don't. There may be unintended consequences...Don't say I didn't warn you. I just did. Buyer beware!
Message: Posted by: reese (Sep 17, 2020 10:58PM)
P.S. Please don't call them ghosts. Or spirits. They don't like that. At all. They have names. I found that out last night to my detriment.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Sep 18, 2020 12:46AM)
As I printed out the backstory, I added a few things & this was the ending that felt right - Play wise, play safe, but always beware of what you may play with......or, what may play with YOU !!

It fits this very well......
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Sep 18, 2020 05:36PM)
@reese that is awesome, sir! I am DEFINITELY going to play the game for real... I feel obligated, now!!

This thing is a treasure, a beauty, an object of true fascination. Every detail is perfect. I was actually worried it would look [i]too[/i] new, but Bobby has created this thing to look perfectly aged--not too much, not too little. It simply IS a genuine game from 1972, and no one will dispute this. The design is a delight. If anyone is on the fence, I would go for it! I trust Bobby when he says the second run will still look great, but clearly this is the one to grab!

SO many ways of playing this, so many cool possibilities! I love Merlinsmagic's suggestion of Creepypasta, gets the gears turning..!

Thank you Bobby!!! This is a gift from a true Bizarrist, and will be loved by both performers and collectors.

Seth
Message: Posted by: steven-gibson (Sep 18, 2020 08:06PM)
This offering is absolutely incredible. One of the best things that has come along in years. Buy it.
Message: Posted by: topherhester (Sep 18, 2020 11:23PM)
I’ve had mine for a few days now. I’ve been a fan of Bobby’s since Cod3x V. How could I not be, considering my middle name is Bobby, my sons name is Bobby, my dads name was Bobby, and my wife’s dad was Bobby. It was just meant to be...

Everything seems well made and put together and I especially like the simplicity of the effect. My favorite thing about this, is you could actually play the game, ungimmicked, and people would still have an awesome time. I actually plan on playing this on a few different nights with the same group of people. On the 3rd night of getting together over a period of a few weeks, I may slip into performance mode and set up a word reveal or two. How powerful would this be if the first few times people played, maybe an occasional word came through but nothing with meaning... but weeks later, after doing something different before playing, something speaks and hits hard. I do a lot with K0nx@ri Cards and I rarely stack them or force anything. It’s just one of those games that can be interpreted so subjectively, that it really doesn’t need any nudging. I plan on treating this the same way. Or maybe I’ll have a few K0nx@ri sessions and then bust this out at a future get together. When you perform for the same people routinely, don’t be afraid to milk things out over the course of weeks. I don’t even think it needs a really detailed background. I’ve had a few conversations about it already with friends and family (who are outside the magic world) and I just said “yeah it was a supposed to be a competitor to the ou!ja board but never took off”. No one has questioned deeper than that. If they do, then I could drop a few more details but I think it would be TOO suspicious to know every single detail about its creators and the company. People don’t even know that much about ou!ja’s origins and it’s so well known... all my friends already know I like to shop at odd antique store is, curiosity shops, and “online underground marketplaces”... so it’s not even far fetched to come across something like this. Heck, it’s probably more believable than some things I’ve actually bought at some antique shops around here.

Unlike A LOT of bizarre magic that I’ve bought, used once, and now it collects dust on a shelf, I will actually use this. It’s a great conversation piece. I have it displayed on a shelf so in the event that someone goes “what is that?” It opens up the invite for gathering a few friends for a “game night”. That is... as soon as this global pandemic slows down!

Bobby, you’ve done it again, you mad genius you! Thank you for your creativity!
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Sep 20, 2020 06:39AM)
Bonjour from Australia.

The spirits summoned me ... life have been a little busy here but this new effect from Bobby definitely revive my magical excitements. So many good reviews in the Café already.

[b]I love R1tual.[/b]
Bobby is able to put things together that not everyone can. The background story is great (a board game competitor of the OuiJa Board-game), the board game is very well made, everything is matching the story and the age. Bobby went above and beyond our expectation, every little detail matches together with story, even the plastic tray in the box matches the era of the box. I cannot imagine how much time he took to design every little piece.
The pdf is easy to follow and clear (thank you). I love the roller coaster of emotion..."intriguing" than "only a fun game", than "is it possible" than "really, no ?".
I can generate very quickly lots of possible use. Should I use it after showing and explaining the story behind the ouija board? Should I use it part of another story , maybe the young girl of the The Ragdale House Affair (Stephen Young) were using it before she disappeared?

Not easy to contact spirits but luckily, we have a few tools. We had the OuiJa board, hand rapping, automatic writing, we had some manifestation cabinets, we had spirit trumpets…… , and we have now [b]R1tual[/b].

Scary to see how many messages and thread I miss in here..... feel a little overwhelming but exiting at the same time…...dont hesitate to say D'day mate or Bonjour if I am connected.
Message: Posted by: Daisydog (Sep 20, 2020 01:37PM)
[quote]On Sep 20, 2020, Dr SH wrote:
Bonjour from Australia.

The spirits summoned me ... life have been a little busy here but this new effect from Bobby definitely revive my magical excitements. So many good reviews in the Café already.

[b]I love R1tual.[/b]
Bobby is able to put things together that not everyone can. The background story is great (a board game competitor of the OuiJa Board-game), the board game is very well made, everything is matching the story and the age. Bobby went above and beyond our expectation, every little detail matches together with story, even the plastic tray in the box matches the era of the box. I cannot imagine how much time he took to design every little piece.
The pdf is easy to follow and clear (thank you). I love the roller coaster of emotion..."intriguing" than "only a fun game", than "is it possible" than "really, no ?".
I can generate very quickly lots of possible use. Should I use it after showing and explaining the story behind the ouija board? Should I use it part of another story , maybe the young girl of the The Ragdale House Affair (Stephen Young) were using it before she disappeared?

Not easy to contact spirits but luckily, we have a few tools. We had the OuiJa board, hand rapping, automatic writing, we had some manifestation cabinets, we had spirit trumpets…… , and we have now [b]R1tual[/b].

Scary to see how many messages and thread I miss in here..... feel a little overwhelming but exiting at the same time…...dont hesitate to say D'day mate or Bonjour if I am connected. [/quote]

Looking forward to getting this. It's on its way. Thanks for the reference to The Ragdale House Affair. I'd never seen that before and I love Stephen's effects so I'll be buying that PDF! His ESP test cards effect were performed one of the first times I had ever performed in front of a crowd. It was tough thinking on my feet but it worked a treat and went down a storm! Cheers!
Message: Posted by: topherhester (Sep 21, 2020 01:20PM)
Also, for size reference... the board is folded into four quarters so you can see the size of the box in comparison to things like Or@culum and WA in this photo (the board is huge):

https://drive.google.com/file/d/161WM7WVxGNU3RLcM4fq8BD9_Frq3za_L/view?usp=drivesdk

Plus it looks SO GOOD displayed in one of my cabinets.... a focal piece for sure!!

Anyone else displaying theirs?
Message: Posted by: papalazarou (Sep 22, 2020 01:28PM)
Beautiful display! Thank you so much for sharing.
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Sep 22, 2020 03:17PM)
[quote]On Sep 21, 2020, topherhester wrote:
Anyone else displaying theirs? [/quote]

Neat display! My display is a little more "hidden" in the house, taking up the entirety of a walk-in closet. Even though it appears like an obsessive that just crams shelves full of books upon wooden crates upon random oddities, it's all meticulously placed to accentuate key pieces and get people to focus on the things I want them to. When I [I]do[/I] bring someone to see it, I like that it increases the secretive feeling of the thing (like they're getting a peek into some questionable obsession of mine that I usually hide from most--which, actually is pretty *** true. Haha!) I'm currently in the process of pulling all the stuff out and restructuring it all so that I can have a shelf dedicated to more modern (1940s on, or so) occult, so I have a spot to give R1tual top billing/most focus because the thing demands to be used.

[quote]On Sep 18, 2020, topherhester wrote:
My favorite thing about this, is you could actually play the game, ungimmicked, and people would still have an awesome time. I actually plan on playing this on a few different nights with the same group of people. On the 3rd night of getting together over a period of a few weeks, I may slip into performance mode and set up a word reveal or two.[/quote]

You couldn't have hit the nail more on the head. That's what I love most about it, as well. It's a great night of occult fun, without even stacking the deck (pun!) in your favor.

Here's what I'm thinking: I'm about to use this for the first time with some "quaranteamed" friends that--funnily enough--I [I]just[/I] found out are wildly into ghosts/spiritualism (after years of knowing them, no less--it was all I could do to not squeal with glee.) I think playing successive times is definitely key. The cool thing is, we can set people up for increased excitement by slowly revealing that it's working over multiple plays. First time? Perhaps nothing. Second time, maybe the initial reveal to show contact was made, but a questionable (or no) pre-set second/final reveal. The, the third time, hit 'em with both barrels.

So many possibilities with this. The more I think back on how many times over my life people have produced a Parker Bros or Hasbro ouija board to play, the more I realize that this is probably the smartest bizarre prop I could imagine created--the audience is already primed/conditioned to want to play the thing.
Message: Posted by: roblane (Sep 25, 2020 06:05AM)
Mine has made it across the pond and cleared customs so should be with me soon.
Message: Posted by: gothicmagic (Sep 25, 2020 06:29PM)
It is indeed a beautiful item, simple to perform yet effective and beautifully crafted
Message: Posted by: roblane (Sep 28, 2020 01:20PM)
Collected mine from the post office today. The fact that looks exactly like 70’s board game has already been stated but I can’t help repeating it, wow! Gonna be playing this on Halloween for sure. Amazing stuff Bobby, well done 👍🏻
Message: Posted by: papalazarou (Sep 28, 2020 01:59PM)
Cannot wait - mine arrives tomorrow!
Message: Posted by: jglumley (Sep 29, 2020 05:43PM)
This fits right in with board games of the period. I am also a collector and I have lots of games from around the time frame. I LOVE it. Great quality the design is awesome. In the right atmosphere this will be super freaky.

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Message: Posted by: steven-gibson (Sep 30, 2020 04:58AM)
Has anyone played as a game? Any interesting messages?
Message: Posted by: pulpscrypt (Oct 2, 2020 04:19PM)
R1tual is an amazing prop and effect. Meticulously atmospheric. Bobby has created a "game" changer if you will, especially for the Hallowe'en season.

Since one of the games rules is NEVER PLAY IT TWICE, I thought that may be a fun presentation. Play the game once freely, without any setup. If something works, it works. If not, dare to "break the rules" and play it a second time.

Through a bit of distraction, ring in a second, stacked deck. (Bobby MAY have a few additional decks to sell at an additional, reasonable price.

Then freak out your victi... er guests.

That's my plan for this Hallowe'en, along with a few other, dark classics!
Message: Posted by: Pasteboard Alchemist (Oct 2, 2020 04:41PM)
There's a link to a blog post "down below" in the Crypt (so Google won't pick it up) R1tual thread that will be of interest to anyone lucky enough to own a copy of this.
Message: Posted by: pulpscrypt (Oct 3, 2020 08:02AM)
How many posts do I need to access the "Crypt?"
Message: Posted by: Winks (Oct 3, 2020 09:51AM)
If I recall correctly, 50.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Oct 3, 2020 02:56PM)
[quote]On Oct 3, 2020, Winks wrote:
If I recall correctly, 50. [/quote]

You are correct. Just 50 more than required to enter the promised land. lol
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Oct 3, 2020 02:57PM)
[quote]On Oct 3, 2020, Winks wrote:
If I recall correctly, 50. [/quote]

Wow Winks, you are setting at 666 posts. Better get one more in to break the curse.
Message: Posted by: Winks (Oct 3, 2020 07:25PM)
What curs........................................
Message: Posted by: xtrouble (Oct 5, 2020 01:55PM)
This looks amazing, can't wait to see it in the flesh !
Message: Posted by: Darcy Brown (Oct 8, 2020 01:20AM)
Just received my copy in Australia, and wanted to add my voice to the chorus of praise for Bobby's work.

I'm struck by the good taste and restraint that have gone into this. It isn't overdone, over-aged, overwrought. It doesn't scream chicanery or dishonesty. Simply by its existence, it establishes some very unnerving, very real credentials.

The online photos don't do the piece justice. Most of my work is in theatre and film, and 'R1TUAL' strikes me as embodying the best of imagination, ingenuity, and attention to detail that might be employed in creating believable fictional worlds. It's also incredibly beautiful. Evocative and haunting.

Bobby has been an absolute delight to do business with, amazingly professional and generous.

Thank you!

Darcy
Melbourne
Message: Posted by: reese (Oct 8, 2020 10:41PM)
I think restraint is a keyword. It could have been overdone. But it's not. It is completely perfect for the time period. A labour of love offered to Lovers of the Bizarre.
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Oct 9, 2020 01:29PM)
[quote]On Oct 8, 2020, Darcy Brown wrote:
It doesn't scream chicanery or dishonesty. Simply by its existence, it establishes some very unnerving, very real credentials.
[/quote]


@Darcy: Well-stated, and perfectly true! Just the fact that this physically exists is the best evidence of its historical authenticity.

To a spec, this couldn't have been thrown together as a lark--it was clearly manufactured at some point with a purpose in mind.
Message: Posted by: Daisydog (Oct 9, 2020 03:36PM)
R1tual has arrived. I've had a look over it and agree with everyone else. It's a very realistic prop and aged just right. Mine has a little tear at the corner of the lid. Now, I have put it it away under my bed. I've not looked at the performance manual or the instruction leaflet in the box. I'm treating myself to a grand unveiling on the 31st October with a nice wee Brandy or two. Thanks Bobby!!
Message: Posted by: Darcy Brown (Oct 13, 2020 11:53PM)
R1TUAL had its maiden voyage last night; a casual, impromptu game with my girlfriend and sister. Wanted to share some discoveries/impressions:

*I had my sister read the instructions and orchestrate play, so I was just another participant. We were all coming to it innocently, with no real expectation of what the experience would be or even how to play (I'd discussed the 'magic' nature of it with my girlfriend a few weeks ago, but she thought we were just playing it as a game, or that the 'trick' component was a separate function. My sister had been told nothing, save for planting the seeds of 'there's this underground occult game' and 'I bought a copy' and 'it's arrived' over the last month or so).

*A slow-burn progression. Subtle, jumbled initial message. It was a relaxed, playful, almost nonchalant game...turned out to be the perfect lead-in to the finale...

*Final message reveal struck them both silent. Paralyzed. Their eyes were like saucers. Confusion and fear, punctuated by lots of nervous laughter. It was absolutely sublime. And when my sister stumbled on the 'if the message is aggressive in any way' instruction, her response was "Oh sh*t!"

*The impulse to play again was incredibly strong. This suggestion came entirely from the participants. And it sat in beautiful tension with their insistence "but we can't, it's against the rules". The pull of the transgressive!

*They were convinced it was just a board-game, not any kind of magic effect. My sister would have put money on it - she was the one who assured my girlfriend that it's only a game. This was beautiful to see: as usual, the lie we tell ourselves is the strongest :)

*For my girlfriend, merely glancing at the box sealed this belief: after the fact, during our magic debrief, she told me, "I looked at the 'R******* G****' logo and thought, oh, yeah, of course it's only a game. Silly me to have ever thought differently." She was completely floored and bewildered, because "we all shuffled...you didn't touch anything...so I thought, well, this can't be controlled or a trick."

Anyway, a very satisfying starting point!
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Oct 14, 2020 11:05AM)
Holy sh!t, Darcy--what a great first outing with it!! Kudos to you for jumping right in. My fave part of your highlights is the "let's do it again--OH! We can't, its the rules..."

The simple "rules" are perfect--well done Darcy, and Bobby!

Seth
Message: Posted by: papalazarou (Oct 19, 2020 04:20PM)
Bobby has been such a pleasure to communicate with and his product R1TUAL is probably one of the best examples of bizarre magical thinking. With R1TUAL he has created a genuinely unsettling artefact - both utterly convincing and entirely plausible. Playing the game is a very frightening experience and the “rules” of the game, that state they MUST be obeyed give the whole undertaking a gravitas that feeds perfectly into your (completely hidden) performance. Because that is the true genius of this offering. It hides in plain sight; no one has the slightest clue that anything is being “done” to them. There’s nothing to think “trick”, or even feel suspicious about. It just IS a frightening exploration of a dangerous, indeed notorious board game. A beautiful addition to any performer’s arsenal. Use it carefully. And never twice in one night!
Message: Posted by: Jonas1969 (Nov 8, 2020 09:25PM)
Bobby is great at replying and answering questions about “R1tual.” I wish I could afford it! One day perhaps!
Message: Posted by: Mind Guerrilla (Nov 14, 2020 11:50PM)
Not sure how this went under my radar.

At any rate, I just ordered mine.
Message: Posted by: SlipperySnake (Dec 3, 2020 05:37PM)
I am posting a review for R1tual from a close friend of mine that is no longer active on Café that thought some of you would enjoy. His thoughts are below:


R1tual is one of the best magic purchases I have made in a long time. While it also is the most expensive piece I have bought, thankfully, I feel it is worth every penny. I echo what many have said on the Spooky thread, that the game is virtually indistinguishable from Ouija or other occult games produced back in the day. It looks completely normal, and everyone who I have showed it to so far completely believes the provided backstory.

Once it arrived, I immediately came up with the idea to showcase it as the centerpiece of a vintage piece of luggage that I supposedly bought locked, contents sight unseen, keys missing, at an estate sale at a creepy old house in New Orleans. Imagine my surprise when I picked the lock and found it full of oddities! (side note, it has been a blast collecting all the cool things to go along with it).

While I have yet to perform R1tual (I am planning a special dinner party to try all the games I collected and make an evening of it with R1tual being the closer), everyone who has seen the case has been begging to be one of those I invite.

I have worked out the R1tual gameplay in my head, and feel it will make a completely believable, utterly creepy reveals, that I am sure my guests will be talking about for years to come.

Highly Recommended

Chris D

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Message: Posted by: Daisydog (Feb 4, 2021 07:47AM)
At last, I finally got some time to open my R1tual yesterday. It's been under my bed for 4 months quietly waiting to be looked at and although I'd looked at the props it was the first time that I'd actually read the performance manual. I had been putting it off to give me something to look forward to during this awful time and I can tell you , this has fair cheered me up!! What an absolutely fantastic routine. The props are so realistic and the back story is so believable as well, but it was the actual process of playing the game that made me smile so much. I love the way each stage builds to the big finale and what a finale it will be. It's also amazing that you can choose what happens at the end. The best thing about this effect is that it's actually totally usable leaving you to simply concentrate on your character and presentation. I feel that once we can perform again, the spectators will love this. If someone performed this to me I would be probably quite shocked at the end. Great fun and a fabulous piece of kit. I hope everyone is safe and managing okay. Best Wishes, Daisydog.
Message: Posted by: Seth speaks (Feb 4, 2021 08:08AM)
[quote]On Dec 3, 2020, SlipperySnake wrote:

Once it arrived, I immediately came up with the idea to showcase it as the centerpiece of a vintage piece of luggage that I supposedly bought locked, contents sight unseen, keys missing, at an estate sale at a creepy old house in New Orleans. Imagine my surprise when I picked the lock and found it full of oddities! (side note, it has been a blast collecting all the cool things to go along with it). [/quote]

This is a brilliant idea!! I love it, and that suitcase looks perfect..! Well done Chris!!!

Seth
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Feb 4, 2021 08:31AM)
Great ideas Chris D. I have an old box I could display with mine. That would add an extra layer of eerie... Now to just figure out what to do with mom's body.
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Feb 15, 2021 06:43AM)
My friends who know I am doing magic and know I am collecting weird things all thought it is a 100% genuine boardgame. None had a inch of suspicious before or during the game (obviously after I explain to them why I have it , the importance ... and also showed few non-magic others items of my collection (skull of bats, story about a excavated frozen charlottes in a bottles....).

So first Bobby , your games and instruction seems 100% genuine

Second , the instruction are clear enough that I let a friend reading them , and we were doing them ... no problem. Everything I planned worked.

Candle : this is extremely clever . It had some suspense . One of my friend who was not really involve too much on the game , was really pushing for us to finish the game before the candle goes off ... we read the warning about the candle at the start of the game. It really had some creepy pressure. Love this a lot too.

I chose to make the ending very subtle as I plan to play it again with them soon. Even if there were no crazy scary ending , I still think that this game make people wonder of the creepy aspect of a “normal game “.

I think they would not mind to play it once more , this time my message could be a little more terrifyingly clear ...

I think it is really wonderful Bobby you were another to invent a new board game with realistic rules and genuine (apparently) cards, board, candle holder, dice ....
bravo I love it
Message: Posted by: Delimbeau (Feb 15, 2021 09:07AM)
Good to see you back here Dr. SH!
Message: Posted by: Damian1031 (Apr 1, 2021 09:07PM)
R1TUAL is easily one of the absolute best props/effects in all of the bizarre magic world - if not THE best. It is a gem amongst poorly "aged" props and ridiculous routines.

Not many bizarre pieces are believable no matter how hard they try - R1TUAL is certainly a work of art that not many bizarre props can hope to compare to
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Apr 2, 2021 07:26AM)
[quote]On Apr 1, 2021, Damian1031 wrote:
R1TUAL is easily one of the absolute best props/effects in all of the bizarre magic world - if not THE best. It is a gem amongst poorly "aged" props and ridiculous routines.

Not many bizarre pieces are believable no matter how hard they try - R1TUAL is certainly a work of art that not many bizarre props can hope to compare to [/quote]

Welcome to the Bizarre threads, Damian. Work on getting the 50 posts and a whole new world opens up to you here. I think what makes some of the bizarre props unbelievable for many is the connection to the back story. Sometimes we try to stretch the connection to having something so rare no one can believe it. Why do all spirit communications involve important people and never the town drunk or prostitute? Desire has a believable backstory for those who are familiar with the Twilight Zone series. Unfortunately, that generation may die out and the effect will have less significance without adding some history and explanation to the front-story before performing. Ritual is another believable prop. As you mentioned, poorly aged props do not help either. When Outlaw was aging in tea and water, I ordered my props un-aged and aged them myself. Just hard to believe a book prop from the 1930's looks like it has lived it's life underwater. Not even cadavers buried that long looked that bad.

Weepin' Willie - House of Discount Funerals and Funeral Supplies.

"We promise not to have sex with the dead."
"Your last mile is our first priority."
Message: Posted by: Winks (Apr 2, 2021 09:09AM)
Willie - Your Day Beg9ns When Theirs Ends
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Apr 2, 2021 10:36AM)
[quote]On Apr 2, 2021, Winks wrote:
Willie - Your Day Beg9ns When Theirs Ends [/quote]

And for a few, their day ends when my day begins.... Some people lie so much you can't trust they aren't dead, even when they tell you so. Besides, bills are due.
Message: Posted by: Winks (Apr 2, 2021 04:11PM)
I'll bear that in mind.
Message: Posted by: weepinwil (Apr 2, 2021 06:33PM)
[quote]On Apr 2, 2021, Winks wrote:
I'll bear that in mind. [/quote]

"Death is never having to say you are sorry!"
Message: Posted by: Dr SH (Apr 6, 2021 09:40AM)
[quote]On Feb 15, 2021, Delimbeau wrote:
Good to see you back here Dr. SH! [/quote]

Thank you Delimbeau for the welcome. Like you see I am coming in and out the forum ... like a ghost. Work has been very busy, however when I see effect like this , it really re-inspires me and get me excited... I love the attention to details of bobby , from the script, the effect, the props... I cannot imagine how many hours he spent on this project, it is a real gem for the bizarre community.