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And The Carnival is A Go!

Well, we had our first “Face to Face” meeting with as many people as I could manage this past weekend.  It was very productive and the end result is that the Carnival project is a go for Kingdom A&S and events moving forward.

I admit that I was extremely worried about this.  Having an idea is one thing.  Having enthusiasm for that idea is another.  Getting people excited about it is yet another thing.  Getting people to commit to supporting your idea is a massively complicated thing.

It’s been more than a year since I started brainstorming this idea.  I know, I checked.  Notes that I have date back to last January.  It’s hard to imagine that I’ve been on this concept for that long, but there it is.

But now others have ‘officially’ bought in and we have a project plan and a target date and commitments and everything.

Now the real work begins.

Up until now everything has been planning, researching, gathering ideas and building interest.

I have high hopes.

In other news I have begun working on a project which has brought me a great deal of amusement.  A friend of mine is a writer.  He has been writing a very funny story about a character who is very definitely a bad person.  To use a term, he engages in a great deal of ‘douchebaggery.’  Which means, if you are in the right circles, you know what I’m talking about.

I have been recording the story for him.  Putting my voice talents to work making his story into an audio book.  I’ve never particularly done this before, so it is a learning experience.  But I have my many years on stage and my technical knowledge to make the digital recordings, so there you have it.

It’s possible we might make the ‘audio book’ available at some point in the future but for now it’s just a fun project to play with.  I’m enjoying it a great deal.

So there we are.  It’s been a bit quiet here on the blog but there is plenty of sound and fury hiding behind the scenes and now that we are on a countdown clock to Kingdom A&S I hope to have more frequent updates on The Carnival of The Phoenix.

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Spidora! Half Woman! Half Spider! All Creepy!

Given as we are fast approaching Halloween, my absolutely favorite holiday of the year, I thought it might be fun to post a few things of I always loved from Carnival Haunted Houses in particular.  I’m not sure how many of these I’ll be able to bring to you before Halloween is upon us but I promise you’ll get some fun stuff no matter what.

So the first thing I’m thinking of to share with you is a really fun sideshow piece called “Spidora!”

Spidora is a giant spider with the head of a woman.  She talks, she answers your questions and generally speaking she’s absolutely fascinating and terrifying to a six or eight year old kid like me who hates spiders but also has to just know what the heck is going on.

Sadly, however, I have to say that when I first saw her it wasn’t under the ideal sideshow conditions.  She wasn’t presented to me as a real creature but simply as a carnival illusion and photo opportunity much like the things you’ll find in amusement parks now where you can crawl inside or stick your head through and have your picture taken.

That’s right, I got to be inside the contraption and become a giant spider.  Which may or may not have scared me for life, I’m not sure.

Still, even after having climbed into the thing I wasn’t sure how it worked to make it look like my head was on the body of this giant spider.  I poked around it after I got out and tried to figure it out.  Unfortunately the clip below doesn’t really show you how good an illusion it really is.  Trust me when I say that you can walk right up next to this thing look underneath the spider body and not see how a persons head is coming out of it.  Not unless you really know absolutely what you are looking for.

But these days I really wish I had been presented the opportunity to see Spidora as she was meant to be seen, inside a Ten-In-One (a sideshow tent housing ten attractions under one roof) or as one of the oddities as presented in the clip below.

I have plans now.  No, I mean, blueprints.  Actual plans for how to build this wonderful sideshow attraction.  Someday I hope that I can.

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