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LebanonCircle
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The fantastic promo video for Parlour Ghost & E.R.Perkins' ESPoe



ESPoe is a bizarre remix of the Zener/Rhine extrasensory perception cards with the mystery performer in mind. The symbols have been transmuted into classic, high-contrast representations of the major motifs in Poe's work. With these cards, any of your favorite ESP effects and routines can be reborn as gothic fables of mystery and imagination, or as guides as you explore the mind of the master himself. ESPoe is a utility deck and a dark storytelling tool, tipped in your favor.

These twenty-five bold and familiar notions from the stories of Edgar Allan Poe are subtly marked and accompanied by eleven special effect cards, for use in sleights or in your favorite switch device. These are elegant and mischievous decks printed on borderless 310gsm linen card stock and include their own custom tuck box and hand-crafted black linen shroud.

ESPoe is candy-coated trip through the haunted palace. Take your audience into the crypt below the House of Usher, into the mind of mad, morose Edgar, or share a buried memory of murder.

Know the Cards. Tell the Tale.

ESPoe is a 36 card deck:

5 each of 5 gothic symbols
11 special effect cards (double-back, blank, Poe's signature, spirit frames, Tell-Tale Heart, Haunted Poe, etc)
custom tuck box and hand-crafted black linen drawstring bag

Add-ons:

"coffin nails" - a bundle of five antique, 19th century American carpentry nails. For use as pendulums, markers, or tokens in the routine 'Another Nail' by E.R. Perkins.
"Shades of Poe" poker tuck box for additional provenance and back story
1849 penny pendulum
Edgar Allan Poe's Spirits of the Dead Seance Card Deck (more details here)


Some Thoughts about ESP Cards

"I found him well educated, with unusual powers of mind, but infected with misanthropy, and subject to perverse moods of alternate enthusiasm and melancholy." - The Gold Bug

A deck of ESP cards can be a powerful tool for a mentalist or mystery performer. They're at once familiar, but they're strange too. Most people have only seen them in movies. They're outside the standard fifty-two card vocabulary and as such they conjure very different associations, stories of mind reading, parapsychology, and psychic examination.

Five each of five symbols that can be stacked, cycled, read and revealed to elicit wonders. There are some astounding ESP card routines by Sam Dalal, Nick Trost, Aldo Colmbini, Max Maven and countless others. These mind reading tests and effects are boundless. Perhaps you know a few.

What if we want to tell a different story?

Perhaps the stories we want to explore are rooted in gothic literature, the motifs of horror, or the very mind of one of it's foremost authors? Maybe our shows creep in dusty sepulchers, rather than the clinical test conditions of the psych dept?

Let's change the symbols.

Five symbols. Five bold and familiar notions from the mind of Edgar Allan Poe. What if those are the images that make up the deck? Think about the stories we can tell now.

http://www.lebanoncircle.co.uk/collectio......ts/espoe

Darkly

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Brilliant video for a great product!
"Disbelief in magic can force a poor soul into believing in government and business."
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And introducing, that tragic lovely, the Widow Perkins.
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WOW - Great video!!
Yeah. love these cards. So much you can do with them!
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Excellent vidio on a cracking product.
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Many thanks. Glad you enjoyed it.

This was how I spent my Halloween week this year. It was a blast to shoot.

Filmed in an antique shop, after closing. They had to lock us in for several hours for security. I thought that was a nice touch.

Thanks for the good word on the cards. I hope they are starting to arrive and find their way into your dark hearts.
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Great video was that your music Smile
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Not the kind of music we typically do -- granted -- but we did do it. It was a great opportunity to play with all those guitar effects I don't usually get to touch!
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Music and video are a match made in a dark heaven. I love the aesthetic quality of this.
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Glorious. Simply perfect in its simplicity of design and effective use of image to underscore story. Bang on.

BC
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Loved the video!
Beware of evil spirits...and depleted batteries! Smile
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Brilliant video! Love everything about it!
Wonderful!
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Another volley of respected voices. Thanks, fellas.

I'm just 'liking' my way through here.

Next time, I'm going get you to do it E.G!
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Not much to criticize here. Absolutely wonderful work. My only concern would be to clearly state what is, and is not included in the video with the purchase...e.g. I know you can get a tuck box as an add on, but for those who don't know what a tuck box is...it is not the Switch Witch that is shown in the video.

Fantastic work! If I wasn't already sold, I would be now.
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Looks & sounds great, I didn't see the add on for the 1849 penny pendulum in the drop down box.......?
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Thanks, Wizard. It's a fair point and I appreciate you bringing it up so that we can clarify.

This was shot as a promotional trailer of sorts. It's really meant to be a bit of revelry with the cards and the theme. Even the 'product shot' at the end is full of set dressing and whatnots that would not be included with purchase.

ESPoe is a 36 card deck. 25 symbol cards and 11 special effect cards. It comes lovingly shrouded in a custom, black linen bag. Everything from there on out is either an add on, one of Dan's products, like the Switch Witch (and that amazing skull!), or indulgent set decoration. While the cards were designed to play along with the wooden Switch Witch box, it doesn't come along with it. I wanted to illustrate that the cards were designed to be used there, but not imply that it was part of the set.

Merlin, I think we just ran out of 1849 pennies for the pendulums. They are not easy to track down. The went pretty fast, I think. If you got one... well done. *I* didn't even get one! Blast.

If anyone has any questions about ESPoe or SPIRITS of the DEAD, please don't hesitate to contact myself or Dan.

Best,
Perkins
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Wonderful video for a wonderful effect. My cadavers give it five thumbs. Five actual thumbs, that is.
"Til Death us do part!" - Weepin Willie
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Thanks, Willie! Too bad the cadavers couldn't be in this one. Next time.
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Yes, great video, but more importantly, awesome product! The cards are wonderful to work with and the process easy to learn and handle...the results are beautiful! Perkins did a great job on this and I am proud to have it in my collection! Highly recommended!
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Great video and nice cameo! The ESP cards look great. Is there anyways to age them at all?
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