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asanghi
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Dear all:

I am looking to add a Haunted Key effect to my repertoire. Was wondering what advice you have for a good effect (both the prop / routine)?

Thanks,
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Me thinks Curator is a little obsessed. Though it is a great idea. How is your own collection of ghost room items comming along Christian?
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You need to create a story and history about the key so your audience can buy into it. You need to give them a believable rationale to why the energy works and will later turn the key. Your best bet is to find your own key that is an antique.
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Ted Leslie just sent me a magical story of the Titanic using the haunted key. Simple, short and sweet if I do say so, I loved it. He offered on another thread to send it to people if they pm'ed him. Take him up on this offer.
For as long as space exists,
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For that long, may I too remain,
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Ghost stories are the essence of bizarre magic, that's why I'm obsessed with them.
If you can tell a good ghost story, according to the rules of the genre (read M R James), you're on the way to perform real practical bizarre magic.
Usually,the tricks are the last thing I'm looking for, as the tricks are never the effects.
So, start reading ghost stories and look at the best ghost movies, before looking for the next trick to do with a haunted key.
Sometimes you won't even need any trick.

If your next question is: "I need to use a plastic skull in my next performance", please disregard my advice.
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I do a little presentation that the key goes to the "spirit room" of the Winchester Estate, where Mrs. Winchester conducted seances to try to contact the ghosts she thought haunted the mansion. I say that I "borrowed" it during my last visit.
The story is really a brief description of the Winchester Estate's past. I chose the Winchester Estate as it is a famous Haunted house with a very interesting history.
The only things I am not fully honest with is the key, and I am not 100% certain any of the entrances or exits to the spirit room have a lock. Smile
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You will find excellent scripts for haunted key in:

"The Bigger Book of Boo", by T. Everet Bookings III,
"Theatrical Magic", by Big Daddy Cool (the best I know, writen by Eugene Poinc),
"Tricks for the Imagination", by Robert Neale.

At Hocus Pocus there is a beauty golden Haunted Key, wich comes with a second one, twisted, as if it had been attacked by fire. Simon´s Magicurios is another good option (The key is really old and comes in a beauty box).

Cheers!
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And, by the way, there is the book by Eugene Burger, Spirit Theater... Any bizarrist should read it.
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On 2009-02-15 13:38, Silvertongue wrote:
Ted Leslie just sent me a magical story of the Titanic using the haunted key. Simple, short and sweet if I do say so, I loved it. He offered on another thread to send it to people if they pm'ed him. Take him up on this offer.


Actually it wasn't Ted Leslie - I am the guilty party! You will find the post on the 'Penny For Your Thoughts' thread. Scroll down to the 'White Star' reference.

Leslie
Stories....?....That's telling!
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On 2009-02-15 19:02, Leslie Melville wrote:
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On 2009-02-15 13:38, Silvertongue wrote:
Ted Leslie just sent me a magical story of the Titanic using the haunted key. Simple, short and sweet if I do say so, I loved it. He offered on another thread to send it to people if they pm'ed him. Take him up on this offer.


Actually it wasn't - I am the guilty party! You will find the post on the 'Penny For Your Thoughts' thread. Scroll down to the 'White Star' reference.

Leslie


A generous share indeed, hats-off to Mr.Melville! And thank-you again.
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I have a haunted key routine which will be in BRuce ballon's Jack the ripper book.

Kotah
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On 2009-02-15 19:02, Leslie Melville wrote:
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On 2009-02-15 13:38, Silvertongue wrote:
Ted Leslie just sent me a magical story of the Titanic using the haunted key. Simple, short and sweet if I do say so, I loved it. He offered on another thread to send it to people if they pm'ed him. Take him up on this offer.


Actually it wasn't Ted Leslie - I am the guilty party! You will find the post on the 'Penny For Your Thoughts' thread. Scroll down to the 'White Star' reference.

Leslie


I'm so sorry. Twas a brainfart!!!
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to dispel the sufferings of the world.
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On 2009-02-15 13:51, The Curator wrote:
If your next question is: "I need to use a plastic skull in my next performance", please disregard my advice.


I found a very cool effect called " the skull of cagiostro"

http://www.vikingmagic.com/?key=838&html=full

:) Smile Smile Smile Smile
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You bought 2 of them ?
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Couldn't help it... the effect is sooooooo

cooooollllll
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Have you ever considering buying a card duck ?
I know someone who loooooooooooooves selling them. Smile Smile Smile
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Peter Marucci had a story about Borely Rectory for a Haunted Key effect. It was published in Visions an Online magazine
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Peters routine is very nice, so glad you mentioned it.
Online visions is a treasure trove of original material

Kotah
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I once purchased my key at a gift shop of the hotel, in the real ghost town of Silver City Idaho. Cost two dollars. I did the effect before laying down the money. I think the person behind the counter was happy to get rid of it. There were plenty more if you ever make the trip up the mountains.
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