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Harm
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Hi,

First of all, best wishes for 2008 to everyone.

Now the question. I'll looking for a 'creepy' patter to use the Dean's Box. Anybody a suggestion?

Thanks in advance.
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I get paid $200 to write patter for original routines. What effects did you plan to use? Oh, a freebie? Never mind!
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Check out Michael Close's 'Closely Guarded Secrets' CD-ROM.
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I am not familiar with the effect. please clarify, and I'll be happy to give it some thought.
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Here is a video link of the effect and a basic presentation:
http://www.showtheatre.com/magic/file.php?id=58

Maybe have an object that has the "power" placed in the box to cause the linkings? An old stone or maybe use old ropes that were once owned by a cowboy that are haunted, etc? Instead of roped maybe leather straps? Start making a list and the ideas will come to you.

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The basic presentation I've used for some time involved two long strips of chiffon fabric (for those unfamiliar with the word, check here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiffon_(fabric) and on Google for images...), those being part of the sleeping gowns of two lovers... In my case, one was white and the other was red and the fabric gave a sort of "ghostly" feeling to the story and was very curious to the audience.

Good luck!
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On 2008-01-02 00:34, Spellbinder wrote:
I get paid $200 to write patter for original routines. What effects did you plan to use? Oh, a freebie? Never mind!


that was constructive...
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Yes, that statement combined with a sense of balance is precisely why I have decided to work on this. I have received enough ideas from the Café that I like the idea of making a contribution from time to time (regardless of what my work is worth). Well, I fear that I have said too much.

No Guarantees, but I'll see what I can do. Some ideas come slowly, others in a flash.
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Thanks guys,

I've got some ideas now I can work on. I was familiar with the original routine. I like the idea with the use of chiffon.

MPMagic: did you use the hole routine including the ring? Or just the first 2 phases.

That's what I want. I don't want to use the ring. But ... a nice routine is usual done in a 3 phase routine. So a nice ending would be nice.

Thanks for so far.
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I decorated my box to look like the Lamentation Configuration puzzle box from the Hellraiser movies.

Instead of ropes, I use chains with hooks attached.
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It would be a shame if the bizartists lost their sense of humor and turned into "Little Darlings." Or perhaps my sense of humor is lost on some. Maybe more would have "bit" if I had claimed to get $2,000 for a scripted routine. Oh, well. My "creepy" routine is embedded in "Sefalaljia Revisited" in The Wizards' Journal #10 which is available to one and all for considerably less than $200.

But for those who have lost their sense of humor, here's a freebie: use a black cord and a white cord which are drawn from spider webs (one black, one white). With the linking, the spiders come crawling up out of the box (IT... do I have to explain EVERYTHING?) and the female promptly devours the male, setting the world to right and restoring the natural order of things once again.

Note: This works both with Dean's Box and with the Sefalaljia Plastic Crate.
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I like the sound of those chains rattling.

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MPMagic: did you use the hole routine including the ring? Or just the first 2 phases.


I used the ring, but not the ring provided by Dean: rather, I used a bracelet as it made more sense with the story. The two chiffon silks were rolled around each other and used together in the third phase, it being about the two lovers being finally together forever, held by the bracelet.

Hope this helps, good luck,
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On 2008-01-02 16:46, Philemon Vanderbeck wrote:
I decorated my box to look like the Lamentation Configuration puzzle box from the Hellraiser movies.

Instead of ropes, I use chains with hooks attached.


If I haven't said it before, Philemon, I like the way you think! Big time!
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Ok- here is my contribution.... not fully scripted but a theme I use often for effects of a similar nature is Quantum Mechanics...

That box is the box that held a Shroedinger's Cat.

What really goes on inside? No one knows until one looks... otherwise it is not "real"... go on to talk about Shroedie's Cat....

(In fact, you can paint a cat on the box)

Place a small cat figurine inside the box.... it is your Quantum Familiar....yes, link Quantum Mechanics with ancient sorcery (see Quatermass films for patter if you like)...

The strings... String Theory metaphors.

The Ring... a space/time anomoly.

You can teach about physics during the performance.

My price: let me know what happens if you use it! I actually never thought of using a Dean's Box... but now I think I'll get one and work up a Shroedinger Cat routine... and send it to ORACLE Smile

Oh, if you want to pay me $200, please donate it to a charity instead!

Happy New Year!

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Gwyd's "Scent of Darkness" lives in mine.
When the little fellow comes out at the top of the bit, he rests on top of the Box.......inside the Box is a small decorated ball and a glass.........when Gwyd's little chap is removed from the top........Astro Ball.
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Dr Spektor: Shrodinger's Cat is a great concept for this! I will donate $200 to my favorite charity at once! It would be great if a live cat (solid black fur, of course) could saunter out of the box at the end, but cats never saunter.
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Cats strut Smile - especially Quantum Powered Kool Kat "Shrodie"
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Philemon.....can you share a pic of your decorated Dean's Box?
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I would, but these guys won't let me...

Click here to view attached image.
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