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Eric Brown
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Spent the day at Dragoncon in Atlanta today and posted pics of "Ben and Jerry" the two headed baby at http://www.sideshowgaffs.com Has anyone ever set up shop at a convention like this, if so did you have much luck? I'm thinking of trying it out next year...
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Ben Armstrong has set up at Dragoncon before, and generated quite a bit of buzz. He owns Netherworld in the Atlanta region.

I've taken my own zibit to smaller cons, but usually use it as a "free with purchase" or fundraiser hook as opposed to being a money maker. It works pretty well that way.

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Ben (Armstrong) certainly knows what he's doing...(he calls for consultation occasionally haha)

At the risk of posting where it's not wanted, rather than bite my tongue...Eric you need to decide if you are presenting actual bio or organic 'appearing' side show gaffs or selling replica sculptures of 'gaffs'. The difference is key to taking your talent to the next level. Experiment. Focus on the original. MYSTIFY.

One of my secrets in showing these things is to surpress the ego as an artist...I don't want 'them' to know I made it...people don't pay to see gallery stuff, they pay for the question mark. Thus the 'Phantom'. So, will your rewards be applause or $$ because you left 'them' scratching their head? Choose wisely. (and don't let them handle the goods!) Smile

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Thanks Doug, I own your system so I know what you mean about the mystery. Your advice is always welcome and appreciated. If I do a show I'll definitly promote them as "unexplained mysteries" I'm wondering if I'd make more money at a buck a head with a show or actually selling "babies in jars"? If I sell then I'll sell them as art.

Is it frowned upon to sell pickled punks in a public setting like that? I've sold online for years but never "to the public" (except ebay)
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Pickeled punks are predominantly ABORTION babies and come with all the baggage associated with that term. 'Bouncers' (manufactured 'Pickled Punks') image the same thing...there is a sadness about them for much of the 'thinking' public.

Who is your audience that would accept them as 'art'? And how many of 'them' are in the attending crowd? Then ask WHY are YOU there? Money or recognition? If recognition, as what?
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Doug you seem like a wise man.

I want to hear you tell me your history from beginning to end.
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I'm guessing it will all be in the book <--(There's a book right?)
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On 2010-09-10 17:05, Fitz wrote:
I'm guessing it will all be in the book <--(There's a book right?)


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On 2010-09-10 17:05, Fitz wrote:
I'm guessing it will all be in the book <--(There's a book right?)
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On 2010-09-10 16:11, Doug Higley wrote:
Pickeled punks are predominantly ABORTION babies and come with all the baggage associated with that term. 'Bouncers' (manufactured 'Pickled Punks') image the same thing...there is a sadness about them for much of the 'thinking' public.

Who is your audience that would accept them as 'art'? And how many of 'them' are in the attending crowd? Then ask WHY are YOU there? Money or recognition? If recognition, as what?


Recognition is a nice compliement, but it doesn't pay the bills. I love what I do, but like most of us, I work the feed the family.
The audience that would enjoy pickled punks for "shock value" are the thousands of horror fans that attend the convention.
There are also thousands of the science fiction fans in attendance that would view them less as "abortions" as more of "genetic experiements" as seen in "The Island of Dr. Moreau" or the 2010 movie "Splice"
I suppose it's all in how they are presented and with what other items they are displayed...
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