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On Jul 6, 2014, Poveglia wrote:
One thing that I always see in almost every book/e-book/performance manual is the inclusion of a human skull.

My experience has been the opposite. I can't recall a single bizarre magic book/routine that makes use of a skull. But then again I might have just missed those references, or just plain forgot about it. Out of curiosity, what books have you come across with this?

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I own several skulls from The Skull Shoppe which has been mentioned previously and they are excellent even up close. I have a collection of bones both human and animal and it is difficult to tell the difference without actually handling them. In many cases since actual bones are boiled and bleached the aging on The Skull Shoppe skulls looks more theatrically "correct" and are not nearly as delicate. I highly recommend them. The standard "bucky" skulls look fairly good though they need some work done to age them. Gel stain and some dust works well. Most theatrical supply companies sell artificial dust (it does seem silly to buy dust though once you've used it you find a thousand uses for it)

The problem with the bucky skulls is that any run of the mill haunter can spot it at a mile. If you really want something that makes people think "that might be real" the Skull Shoppe would be my recommendation.

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On Jul 8, 2014, Bill Fienning wrote:
"So Crossed Bones Cemetery remained undisturbed and forgotten for 150 years ― We like to think of a cemetery as a place where the dead rest in peace for Eternity. In fact, Eternity is for about 200 years if the bodies get in the way of Progress."

This is from my story for TOD. The catacombs of Paris are filled with the bones from church cemeteries around the city. The bones were exhumed in the 1800's because the land for the cemeteries was needed (or more valuable) as the city grew. Touring the catacombs is now a tourist attraction; my wife and I have made the tour.



I was actually just there 2 months ago! That place is definitely cool! I bought a skull shaped black candle in the gift store outside.

I think I enjoyed the Paris catacombs more than the other touristy places in Paris.
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I was very lucky to find two human skulls at a doctors estate sale along with a human spine and other human bones. one of the skulls has lots of medical writing on it in Latin that make it really creepy! I used to have a replica and I have to say that there is no way that any replica can compare to the real thing. So many parts in a human skull are so thin and fragile especially in the sinus areas. Also, real human skulls are very porous. Even people who have never seen or held a skull can tell which one is the real deal.

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"3 Skulls Donated To Seattle-Area Thrift Store"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10......827.html
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Now if only I lived in Seattle!

Vanity, Long time no see! How have you been?
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On Jul 10, 2014, vanitywilde wrote:
I used to have a replica and I have to say that there is no way that any replica can compare to the real thing. So many parts in a human skull are so thin and fragile especially in the sinus areas. Also, real human skulls are very porous. Even people who have never seen or held a skull can tell which one is the real deal.

I wouldn't recommend hand out a replica for the specs to touch for the reasons vanity noted above. The feel won't fool anyone. A replica is best displayed from inside a glass case. Or a wood framed box with the old wavy glass, now that would look awesome.
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On Jul 6, 2014, Godzilla wrote:
put it in a locked display case, and Jazz the Skull and case up.
You do not really want to be handing out props for exam !
This way, specs will not know if real or not...only, you will know the truth !


I touched base on this earlier, Intrepid ! Smile
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Just goes to reaffirm the fact that you and I really were separated at birth.
Tell mom I said hi. ;-)

- Your forgotten brother Bob
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Not Forgotten, Bro ! Smile
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Another option is a mesoamerican crystal skull, which would make for some interesting stories.
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On Jul 10, 2014, Mind Guerrilla wrote:
"3 Skulls Donated To Seattle-Area Thrift Store"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/10......827.html


And it's happened again. This time in Austin, TX...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/28......760.html
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We are in a culture where some people are obsessed with skull imagery because they think its cool. I say forget about skulls people, not only is it lame and over used but also clearly out of hand. As long as we glorify it they will come...
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We all own at least one human skull Smile
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Sorry to hear that Smile I have one skull too and its broken...
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On Jul 7, 2014, Eddie Garland wrote:
Here they specialize in Belgian skulls.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/115839827/1......omically
Yum!


Yep, and I hate when it's a hot day.
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One thing no one has mentioned yet. Real Skulls scream at night.
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By the way...when I wrote the book SCARY DARK RIDES, I didn't add this piece of info as I wasn't positively sure...but I kind of am now (hehe)

But the Imagineers unhappy with the fake skeletons they made, contracted with UCLA and brought in REAL Human skeletons and skulls etc for PIRATES OF THE CARRIBBEAN. They were eventually replaced again with more realistic fakes BUT I know of one set that is still there and part of the ride...heh heh heh...Smile

Back in the day there wasn't all that much sensitivity and touchy feely goin' around...as a kid I had a real skull and nobody gave it much thought except it was COOL (translate I was cool.) Smile
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