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Margarette
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Bet that title got everyone's attention! But, in a sense, it's true. I can't do any escapes for a while. The airline has lost my luggage that contained a lot of my escape equipment! Smile

Of course, can you imagine the look on the lady's face as I was giving her a list of what was in the suitcase that would distinguish it as mine?.....straitjacket, red leather shorts, 4 1/2 inch heeled leather shoes, etc. Her comment to me was that "if we find your bag, we can pretty much tell it will be yours." I wonder what she was telling the people she worked with about the contents of my bag.

The only consolation I have is that I didn't pack the Buffalo dollar coins my dad gave me in that suitcase.

But, it appears as though I am out of the escape business until I either get this stuff back, or get it replaced. Smile

Margarette
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That is sad Margarette. Hopefully all will be found and returned very quickly.

The situation reminds me of the movie Meet the Parents when Ben Stiller lost his suitcase and when they "returned" it the suitcase was the wrong one, the one he got had whips and leather bondage stuff and the
"to be Father-in-law" opened the suitcase and there was all this equipment.

Sorry for your problem, I'm glad you are not leaving the world of escapes as I thought from the title.

Praying for a speedy return of your escapology equipment.

X

P.S. Have you heard from Joe Marotta? I've emailed him but have not gotten a response.
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Yes, I heard from Joe the other day. He's been quite busy with a new job and a new grandson.
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Oh, so glad he has a job! Thanks for the update! I told him the kid would wear him out. Smile

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Margarette,
The same thing happened to me last year when I flew to KS to visit my family. The airline had lost my luggage and one of my suitcases contained my straitjacket, 5 sets of cuffs, and padlocks along with some other props. The ladies in the luggage department had a good laugh. I got stuck at the airport because of thunderstorms and luggage eventually showed up 8 hours later.
*s*
So I did my straitjacket escape for a small crowd when I got it.
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What a shame it would be, to lose one who seems to be reguarded as the best of the best. Every post in reference to yourself seem to be nothing but the highest praise. I hope one day to have that kind of reputation! Well, enough sucking up for me... I'm gonna go find someone to chain me up Smile

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On 2002-10-15 02:14, SethHoward wrote:
Margarette,
The same thing happened to me


Seth-
You lost a pair of red leather shorts with matching 4-inch heels? Sounds like an act I'D like to escape from! Smile
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Dear Margarette,
So sorry to hear about your, (I hope) temporary loss. I know how having one's gear "disappear" can be both bothersome and agonizing as well. Last year, a new escape I was building was being stored in a friend's house and the place burned down, totally destroying the prop. I hope your situation is no where near as traumatic, you get your items back and are on your feet very soon! Regards, Steve Santini
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Sorry to hear of your loss. Hope it turns up soon.

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Hi Margarette

Hope it turns up soon! I have lost a few beloved props in my time and it can be a pretty wrenching experience. They, as you know, are more than just objects.

Good luck getting them back

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Scott....
umm...yeah...*lol*
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Margarette,

I hope all of your equipment is found and returned to you...if not maybe we could pass the hat and get you back in your restraints a bit quicker.
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Well, day five, and no luggage found, yet! Smile

Airline people: "we will send you claim forms. They should get to you in 7-10 days. Fill them out, send them in, and they should have your claim processed in 6-8 WEEKS."

Me: "So, what am I supposed to do in the meantime. I've had to cancel two shows, and have had to turn down three more because I don't have the stuff that is in that suitcase to do these shows."

Airline: "Sorry, all I can do is just send messages. If you do need to buy anything, just keep the receipt and turn it in with your claim."

<<<the sound you now hear is me banging my head on my desk>>> I don't have the extra funds available to replace a straitjacket, handcuffs, lock picks, shims, and all sorts of other escape materials, not to mention the outfits I use with the escapes and the magic! So, it appears as though I might be out of the business a little bit longer than anticipated! <<insert colorful metaphors here>>

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I'm very sorry to hear about your lost
'things'.

Just a thought. When you fill out the claim forms put down any and all fees you lost by having to cancel some shows. It is a real damage caused because the airline did not perform their duty to deliver your luggage to the same destination and at the same time as they delivered you.

Will they pay? Maybe not at first but you could surely go to small claims court and sue them (or threaten to sue them) for the damages. I don't know what the rules are in Arkansas but in Texas it only costs about $50.00 to file and if you win they have to pay that fee as well. No lawyers needed. It will probably be to their financial advantage to settle with you rather than go through the expense of showing up in small claims court to dispute the claim.

Another thing. Talk to supervisors, not the folks who answers the phone. Keep going up the line. Eventually you will find someone that does not want their boss to know they fouled up!

I'm not a lawyer so just take this as friendly advice.

Good luck. Smile
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I'd have to agree with the one right above me. They're real damages and they are most likely legally bonded to pay damages. What's the worst that could happen? You only get reimbursed for what you lost? That's what you get anyway if you didn't make a case for the other stuff.

~Spiff

P.S. Also I might talk to Cannon's great escapes and see if they'd be willing to sponser you. Sounds like you know them well, and most big companies sponser the top pros in the field they make equipment for. Maybe have their logo put on some of your gear? Or just promise to give them a thank you after every show? I know a bunch of people who are sponsered by different companies and name brands. None in EA but in rock climbing and some other bizare hobbies. Just a thought. While I'm thinking about it, anyone ever hear of a sponsered magicina/EA? Does Copperfield get free effects from top dealers?

Sorry the P.S. was longer then the post Smile
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Usually NOT by a magic company but most corporate magicians are sponsored by the company they are promoting. There is a magi who works for Pepsi Co. Also I used to get sponsors if there were a lot of expenses involved in pulling off an escape.

My top sponsor used to be Harley Davidson, I escaped from a leather strait jacket with the Harley logo on it. Often at H.O.G. rallies. Really nice people! Bikers transcend their stereotype.
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Dear Margarette, Can I help out with anything you may need to keep you doing your shows?

I don't know what your time frame is but would you like to borrow anything I may have to see you through this time? If you can still keep the shows without canceling due to the lost property it may help.

The new age is to pull together and help out.
Let me know.

Ian

Dear Margarette, keep an eye on your mailbox, a little help is on its way to you.

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Ian,
You and Joseph must be alike! You get some sort of pleasure out of making me cry, don't you?? All I can say is thanks!

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Dear Margarette, Mark, Sheila and I wouldn't like to see you missing out on escapes during this bad time. I hope they fit.

on behalf of us,
all the best Smile
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Ian, Mark and Shiela, you guys are the coolest. I'm touched to see you guys help out a fellow performer like that! Not to mention how awesome you guys were in helping me get started!

~Spiff
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