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The Outcast Dead??????????
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I was wondering about this too when I click on the banner in the forum.

Will the kind prof give us a sneak preview of what's coming? Smile
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Yes that is very intriguing but what about BC was almost Luke Skywalker????? I must admit, I had felt the force was strong with that one.
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I too was just about to ask the Prof about this upcoming release!
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Well, there's the cat out of the bag. The banner was meant to go up at the end of this week. Very well then, thank you for asking, here is The Outcast Dead:

In life
My days were desperate—
On frustration was I fed;
In death
My ghost
Shall roam your world:
Beware the outcast dead . . .

In connection with the construction of London Underground's Jubilee Line, the Museum of London Archaeology Service conducted excavations on the land beside Redcross Way, Southwark, between 1991 and 1998. Southwark Council reports that the archeologists found a highly overcrowded graveyard with bodies piled on top of one another. They also found a cache of nearly 400 brass and copper plates or tags about the size of a theatre ticket buried in one corner of the cemetery.

It was not until 2002 that the full significance of these tags was adduced. In a paper published that year by the Museum of London Archaeological Society (MoLAS) the discovery was identified thus:

"The brass and copper plates are the forerunner of today’s mortuary toe tags. While modern tags are used to identify the body, those found in Southwark appear to have been used as funereal ‘bills of lading.’ They are marked with the names of jails, asylums, bailiff’s houses, dissection theatres, workhouses, and places whence the outcast dead would issue on a regular basis with no burial ground to accommodate. The Museum believes these are in fact the elusive ‘carter’s billets’ obliquely referred to in several archived collections and also mentioned in the works of Dickens, Poe and Thackery." MoLAS report dated 8 July 2002.

A “Carter’s Billet” was placed on an unwanted or unclaimed body. Carters would then take the bodies to the nearest pit grave and redeem the billet for a set price (usually a few pence). The graveyard’s keeper (or presiding minister in some cases) would then return the billet to the issuing institution and receive one shilling redemption, thereby profiting from the exchange.

The performer displays four clearly antique brass (or copper) plates small enough to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand. The spec is allowed to touch and examine each as the performer tells of the burial practices of Victorian London and the horror of being carted to Cross Bones burial ground on Redcross Way, Southwark.

The performer tells a story of how each place sent its unwanted bodies to the burial grounds (Royal College of Surgeons sent their dissected cadavers, Bethlem their deceased lunatics, South London Workhouse its exhausted and expired women and children, and Horsemonger prison its executed criminals).

The spec lays the tags face down, mixes them, and places her hand over any one she chooses (completely free choice); she is attempting to receive an impression of one of the unfortunates that were once identified by this tag alone, nailed to the shin of the cadaver on the way to Southwark's communal grave. Without yet knowing which face-down tag is which, she collects together and returns them to the wooden slip box. She holds the box and silently attempts to gain a psychic connection to her selected tag somewhere in the box; she is then to try to imagine a person connected to that tag. The performer then begins to question her:

PERF: Do you see a male or female figure?
SPEC: Female (she could as easily say male).
PERF: Very good. That likely rules out (or in) Horsemongers. Very few women were executed there—only four, in fact. Is this female figure a woman, child, or adolescent?
SPEC: I’d say it is probably a child (again, she is free to go anywhere her imagination leads).
PERF: Ah, that sounds much more like the Workhouse. Many children died there in extreme poverty. It could, however, be the Royal College. Children were sometimes dissected. Tell me something about this little girl. How old would you say she is?
SPEC: Maybe ten or eleven.
PERF: Very dirty, I suspect?
SPEC: Yes, very dirty.
PERF: She looks sad?
SPEC: Oh, yes.
PERF: What else can you tell me about her—her eyes and hair, for example, or perhaps you have an impression of the clothes she wears?
[Here the spec is allowed to paint as full a picture as she is willing and able to make, assisted by the performer’s questions.]
PERF: Do you have any sense of the manner of her death? Was it an accident or disease, or perhaps something more unpleasant?
[Again, the spec should be allowed to paint the picture for the audience.]
PERF: Yes. It certainly sounds as if you are channeling the spirit of a workhouse child. (Depending upon what she ‘sees’ this could be any of the four tags, however. The workhouse in this instance is for demonstration purposes only.) Tell me, what number have you had in your mind all this while?
SPEC: Three (she could say any number from 1 to 4 here, there is no force or leading).
PERF: Very well. Let’s see if you are indeed in contact with this little workhouse child. Please tip out the box and count down to the third tag (again, this could be first, second, or fourth tag just as easily). Have you done that? What does it say?
SPEC: [reading from the tag] South London Union Workhouse!
PERF: We are, therefore, in contact. Let us begin our séance.

In every routine, the performer helps the spec to understand that she is seeing an executed criminal or an exhausted child or woman, a dissected person whose soul is not at rest (because the body was taken from its original grave by 'resurrectionists') or the ghost of a lunatic who does not know he has died. The spec develops a strong sense of a ‘presence,’ and the performer tells her whence this unfortunate spirit most likely came (sometimes the spec actually says where she thinks the spirit came from or gets a strong intuition about the place itself as well as the spirit). She only then is asked to reveal upon which number, from first to fourth, she has been concentrating. She (not the performer, who has not touched the tags or box since handing them out) removes the tags from the box, goes to the tag she silently selected, and it is found to be the very place she has been channeling.

The performer can then either begin a séance to communicate with that spirit or else move immediately to the next spec (as when table hopping) and perform it again with a completely different result (different spirit, place, location in the box):

"I see a man."
"Old or young?" the performer asks.
"Not old."
"Fat or thin?"
"Thin, I think."
"He has not died well?"
"No."
"It is probably a prisoner from the jail on Horsemonger Lane. Do you sense any disquiet?"
"I do."
"Was he perhaps hanged?"
"I don't know."
"A violent death, or a death by disease? These were common."
"Yes, one of those."
"It sounds very like a criminal from Horsemonger Lane. What number have you been thinking of?"
"Two (or one, three, or four--free choice, the spec can even change his mind at this point)."
"Tip out the toe tags and count down to that one. Tell us which it is."
"Horsemongers."
“Let us begin our séance, then, and try to find this poor unfortunate.”

Depending upon how you wish to play it (and the effects you wish to incorporate from your repertoire), the spirit that has been revealed can either assist with the next effect(s)/seance or can run amok in the room, pulling down books & pictures, ringing bells, and generally creating havoc until you perform a 'calming service' to lay his ghost to rest. As such, this can be a gateway effect into a full evening show.

One-off, gateway effect, full routine by itself: all fully described & taught. TOD comes complete with a performance manual over 50 pages long that includes all instructions, the basic routine, alternate handlings (including the 'simple double-climax revelation'), as well as nearly a dozen full routines including The 4-pence routine, Strong Attraction, Grave Rubbing, The Resurrectionist, Penny Prediction (gaffed & impromptu versions), Expanded Reality, and more.

The basic version and most handlings are easy to very easy (nearly self-working). Some advanced routines range all the way to the 'professional skills required' level.

"In death
My ghost
Shall roam your world:
Beware the Outcast Dead."

This is NOT a limited release item. Comes complete with four etched & aged brass tags, wooden aged slip box, and a free bonus of four pre-decimalization English pennies in a velour bag (used for several of the effects, dates range from 1900 to 1950, requests for specific coin dates cannot be accommodated, please).

Already at Lebanon & ready to ship. Awaiting Dan to put the page up. Available later this week, I believe.

Thank you again for asking.

BC
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That is a wonderful premise Prof.
One of my criteria for a good routine (as you will know!) is that it can be performed and be captivating without the actual 'trick'. This seems to fall squarely into this category.
It has certainly whet my whistle!
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And as the Parson said to the bang-tail, how light will this make my purse?
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Would it be ok to let us know the price range?
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This is brilliant! I'm-a watchin' too...

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Price is Dan's call. It will be under 100 GBP, I am certain of that . . . perhaps as low as 75?

Best,
BC
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I have been playing with this wonderful effect for the past month or so. It is excellent. Jump on it when it is available. The quality of the props is of course excellent; the method is clean and usable. The manual goes into detail on everything you need to know to make the miracles happen. Another fantastic release.
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On 2012-08-28 08:02, PROF BC wrote:
Well, there's the cat out of the bag. The banner was meant to go up at the end of this week. Very well then, thank you for asking, here is The Outcast Dead, already at Lebanon & ready to ship. Awaiting Dan to put the page up. Available later this week, I believe.

Thank you again for asking.

BC


"Elite User" makes sense in casu, Prof! Once again an intelligent new prop from Dan and yourself! Congrats!
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As always very excited to see your work Prof, am very intersted to know about the bonus routines as well. Im sure the props will also look beautiful. Had some trouble with shipping my Haunted Inns set, but that wont stop me from still aquiring your work!
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I got chills just reading the performance example!! Oh well, looks like I will be selling my small set of Twilight coins to fund my purchase(Sorry, keeping the large set!). Check in the Lets make a magic deal below!
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Its now available and at an even better price than Prof BC guessed at. Hurrah!
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Can't see the link on my iPad... Can you send be one?
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Man, you guys are quick! I just saw it three minutes ago myself. Dan did a super job on the photos and layout, didn't he? To answer the PM publicly: each tag is 1.5 x 2 inches (37 x 52mm) and 1mm thick, solid brass, etched and aged by hand.

Tim, the link follows:

http://www.lebanoncircle.co.uk/The%20Outcast%20Dead.html

My best to you,
BC
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Done... Thanks
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Ordered! I really, really like the look of this Smile
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These,do look very Cool!
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