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David Thiel
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Pendulum users are among the most interesting performers I know. At Magic Pendulums, we work closely with many of them...and we've found they take real joy in the creation of the routines they design. We hear from them regularly -- and every email is wonderful

But Sheree and I got this post from a man who says he only lurks at the Café...but didn't want to post here because you guys don't know him. When I read his email and his backstory -- I asked for his permission to share it here.

Just a bit of background: he purchased a pendulum called "Voodoo King" -- which is a pendulum with a strong organic look: lots of wood and tribal weave. Here's what he sent us completely out of the blue:

Ever since I made that trip to Haiti, some strange things have been happening. And I don't quite know what to make of it. But I'm hoping that someone here can help me. This is what happened ...

I have an amateur radio operator's license (HAM radio). And as you may know, we often set up emergency radio communications during times of disaster. So, when the big earthquake recently hit Haiti, I ended up there, as part of a team, to help coordinate communications directly from the disaster site. Now, I am an old combat Marine. So I can handle more than most. But the things I saw there were truly heartbreaking .... and a real tragedy.

On that first night, just before dark, I took a little walk down a narrow trail, just off of a main road. I was looking for a place where we could find some "relief" until our "facilities" were put in place. And as I walked among the ruins, the heat and the smells started to become overpowering. A short walk took me into an impassible area. Essentially, I was almost completely boxed in. Right about this time, I started to hear a strong "buzzing" sound, a sound like a swarm of flies. I looked in the direction of the sound, and I saw what looked like a human hand. So I moved a little closer, swatting away flies, to get a better look.

Now, as I said, I have been in combat. So I knew exactly what I was looking at. I had seen it before. It was definitely a man's severed hand ... from just above the wrist to the finger tips. It was covered in dust, and mud, and blood. And for some odd reason, I decided to take an even closer look.

The hand was tightly clutching some kind of object. It looked almost like something "spiritual" ... like prayer beads ... or maybe even a necklace.
I couldn't really tell what it was, with all of the dirt and grime. And I wondered what would be so important. What would cause a man to cling to something so tightly, in his last few moments of life. This had to be something of great significance.

As I thought about this, I looked upwards at all of those ruins surrounding me. And without a second thought, I said, out loud, "I want you to find peace in the afterlife".

Now, when I looked back down at the hand, it actually seemed to have slightly relaxed it's grip on that "thing". Maybe it was just my imagination, but it really did seem to be the case. So, I took a cloth out of my pocket, and I gently pulled it away from the hand. I wrapped it in the cloth, and quickly started back to our camp, because it was now starting to become very dark. And I thought that maybe, after a good cleaning, I would be able to find out just what this "thing" really was.

That night, I had NO IDEA that before the dawning of morning light ........


A few days ago, I received my pendulum from David Thiel at Magic Pendulums. It is truly a work of art, and it is very responsive. Sheree has created the perfect little living "thing" for me. The look and feel are exactly what one would expect to see, because it complements some of the work that I might be tempted to do. I also can't say enough good things about doing business with David. It was a pleasure, and I WILL be buying more product!

MY pendulum is ... the "Voodoo King" ... and it has a distinct "tribal"
look. Perfect for the many "connections" that I might make to places like New Orleans and Haiti .... to Katrina or "the Haitian earthquake". I might even do some "old world" stuff, and link it to Africa ..... or perhaps to Brazil. So many possibilities!

As someone who has played around with pendulums for many years, I am VERY pleased!

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Do you think you wouldn't be wetting your pants -- waiting to see what effect this guy is going to perform with the pendulum? Wouldn't you be interested to see what it looks like...or even to handle it?

So many pendulum routines are made much better with atmosphere. I just wanted to share this one with you guys.

Maybe if he gets enough comments, he'll quit lurking and start sharing some of his thoughts with us.

Outstanding work.

What kind of backstory do you use?

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Yes, sir... I like it!

David, thanks for sharing.
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Great post.

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Wonderful story. Lurker, reveal thyself!
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Fantastic! I call on all that is of this earth and beyond, Lurker come forth! I'd like to hear more from you.

I have a great fondness of pendulum work and, David, I have to say your enthusiastic work in this area has given me great inspiration. Thanks for posting this great backstory.
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Agreed, Lurker (may I call you Lurk for short?), you have evoked a wonderfully dark atmosphere and unique backstory for your 'voodoo king'. Thanks for letting David post your work and I hope we hear more from you.

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Awesome!!!! Very Uri Geller
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