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Caleb Strange
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I am very pleased to report that my book ‘The Garden of the Strange’ is now close to being published. (Luke tells me that it could be ready as soon as August.)

To whet appetites and answer any questions you may have, I would like to share with you a brief summary of the book. Those of you familiar with my work here and at bizarremagick.com will kind of know what you’re letting yourselves in for Smile. As for the rest... pop along to the Bizarre forum and say ‘Hi’ Smile!

There are nineteen main routines in the book. A very few of the routines have large-scale theatrical presentations, but I have taken care to ensure that there are ‘from your pocket/attaché case’ variations for every effect. These variations, many of which I regard as routines in their own right, take the effect count up to nearly thirty.

The magic is playful, gentle, and exploratory; the presentations and notes are full and detailed. There are things of interest, I have been told, for both mentalists and bizarrists. Even the parlour magician and table-hopper will find something of use, I believe.

Anyway, here is a short précis of each of the routines:

Hunting Mammoths in the Rain
An ancient symbol, carved on rock, induces a rich stink of memory in a volunteer. Other members of the audience also share this powerful experience.

In your hands
A client’s question is answered in stunning symbolic fashion during a tarot reading.

The Collector
A story about collecting.

I’ll take your hand, my love, and we’ll remember
An elderly lady feels young again, and mistily dreams of her first sweetheart.

Stepping as through a waterfall
A borrowed coin bends and then melts visibly away, as you relate a chilling story.

Wishing star
O Momma! Don’t want to tip this one here. But YES! It works. Trust me Smile.

Bubbles
A poignant story about bubbles, and what they contain.

Safe Hands
A nasty and bloody story about revenge.

Junior
A canine-toothed nibble of comic whimsy.

A certain charm
An embarrassing situation is resolved in a pleasing and most civilized manner.

The Koestler Protocol
A spectator mentally selects a target picture, which you are able to duplicate under test conditions. As well as the very clean (I’m told) drawing duplication, there are variations for Remote Viewers, Bizarrists, and elfin Enchantresses.

Synchronicity
A spectator shares a dream and something wonderful happens. A profound, meaningful coincidence – synchronicity.

Sinne Eater
An atmospheric ‘period’ story about eating. Bonus inclusion: Caleb’s recipe for plum cake.

We eat what we are
In a communal act of courage, you and your guests resolve long-troubling memories.

A rose without thorns
An impromptu séance ends in an unlikely and disturbing manner. (Includes a fun Fortean variation.)

Hidden treasure
Magic sparkles delightfully in an unexpected place.

The wrong side of the road
A story with a thought-provoking twist.

Play the film backwards
A spectator demonstrates remarkable psychometric abilities, but these are the least of the wonders on display. Includes a charming ‘from your pocket’ variation.

The Vanishing
Your show ends in a truly extraordinary manner. Plus bonus magic of a scintillating nature.


Thank you for your time. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Regards,

Caleb Strange.
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Sounds rather....Strange!
Who will it be available from in England?
Any price idea yet?

Owen
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Congratulations Caleb!

I’m looking forward to read it.
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Would you consider collating a "notification list" of people who would like to purchase as soon as it's ready?

And would you put me one it?

Smile
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Owen, Luke told me that it will be distributed through Murphy's Magic, so it should be widely available. I've no idea of the price, but I'll let you know as soon as it's set.

EE That's wonderful to hear Smile.

seraph127, that's great! I'll put your name down on the list.

I should also mention that we're hoping to place an ad. button here at the Café, for hassle-free ordering.

Regards,

Caleb Strange.
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Good Luck with the venture Caleb

Howard.

Is Danny Pugh any good then?( a private matter)
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You mention Luke....is he your publisher?

Or who is publishing the book?
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Howard,

Many thanks for the good luck. As for the other matter, I've heard it said that he's okay but he probably wouldn't have become a regular in our first team.

Astinus,

Yes. Luke is publishing the book - his first, I believe, as a publisher. (It's all part of the Chilling Room masterplan Smile.)

Regards,

Caleb Strange.
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Hey Caleb, Can't wait for your book to come out, sounds great...Luke said it's awesome. I haven't been talking to Luke for awhile...I'm curious about his new book too...any info on that?
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Mental Mike,

That's great to hear! I hope the book doesn't disappoint you.

As for Luke's new book, I'm afraid I'm in the dark about this as much as you. It'd be great though, to see how much further he can take his magical thinking. 'Building Blocks' was fabulous, I thought.

Regards,

Caleb Strange.
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Caleb, I'll be getting your book and his...I seen your ideas on here and Bizzaremagick.com, great ideas, thanks.

Mike
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Congrats Caleb! I can't WAIT for the book!!!!! Everything I've seen you touch has been amazing and, most importantly, VERY much "you"...which is great.

I eagerly anticipate the book and, again, want to say congratulations!!!!

E
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E

Many thanks for your kind words. (Sorry about the tardiness of my reply - my phone-line has been down again.)

Regards,

Caleb Strange.
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Sound like interesting stuff, and ts very nice that you have been considerate enough to think beyond, and create effects that many can use regardless of their styles

Please PM me when it is released, and also if you are in London anytime, it would be good to discuss...

all the best

Jack
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It is definitely on my list. I have seen some amazing stuff posted by Caleb and have always been amazed by his creativity and...well...strangeness Smile

Surely the book comes with a warning to not read it on a dark moonless night.
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On 2004-07-12 00:38, Clifford the Red wrote:
Surely the book comes with a warning to not read it on a dark moonless night.


On the contrary... what better time to read Caleb's material?!?! :o)

Keep us posted with the dates Caleb... Some of us really can't wait!!!

Liam.
Caleb Strange
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Thanks guys! I'll keep you posted.
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Any more info, Caleb?...thanks

Mike
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First of all, Mike, let me thank you for your continued interest - I really appreciate it. Support like this makes my work on the project worthwhile.

As for your question, we ARE a stage nearer completion Smile. Credits are done, publicity sorted, and it's now being typeset by a Café member. I've been told it should be ready for printing by early November, so I shamelessly encourage you all to save some space on your Christmas wishlists Smile.

The moment the presses start rolling, I'll let you know.

Warm regards,

Caleb Strange.
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CONGRATZ! I look forward to getting it. Keep us posted.
WR
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