The DepartedEmail me!
Outlaw Effects Tim Wisseman and Karl Feret Present
(The first "sucker" spirit cabinet)
Made in 1903 by Josephus Hobbs for sale to fortune tellers and mediums.
Chris D.A quick word about craftsmanship and vision.
I have a critical eye when it comes to authenticity. I'm a filmmaker. One of the big lessons I have learned regarding film production is the need for authenticity, particularly when it comes to set design. If a prop on set isn't 100% accurate, if a character is using an ashtray that is out of place for his/her world, I will know it. And discerning audiences will, too.
Attention to detail.
The Departed oozes authenticity. And here's the thing....even though this piece was made to look like it was knocked together with scraps of wood found in the yard, it does so aesthetically. And that's a huge thing.
It's one thing to produce something authentically, it's quite another to produce something that is both authentic AND pleasing to the eye.
Outlaw Effects is offering an item that demands to be looked at, thought about and feared. From the perfectly aged bell and musket ball that are clearly decades old, to the beat up wood Mr. Feret designed to house them, The Departed is the real thing. Your spectator's will have no doubts, and they will follow you down whatever storyline you take them.
All this, and you haven't even activated it.
As it's been mentioned, the Departed will scare the crap out of people. My sister got a healthy does of fright tonight when I introduced her to the Departed. She ran out of my apartment after the first ring of that beautiful bell.
Rick has a vision. His vision is whole and complete. It is thoughtful. I've spoken to him a couple of times on the phone and I can tell you , this man is passionate about his vision. He understands what works, and he knows how to translate his vision into the real world.
Much like the art of great filmmaking, what Outlaw Effects is doing is creating a complete world for the rest of us to experience and be a part of.
Do yourself a favor and get one of these. You will not be disappointed.
Vic NadataThe Size and Look
The Departed Cabinet sits 10.5 inches high and over a foot across and 5.5 inches at its width. It has a very nice weight to it. Karl did a fantastic job and aging the wood and components. The wood is battered and chipped perfectly. The musket ball and bell hang from aged twine, and are aged well.
Now we get down to it. The Musket ball rocks very well and gives a perfect knock. It really can swing hard against the back wall. The bell has such an eerie ring to it. It swings just as expected, but the ring it chimes is loud and creepy. Tim Wisseman did a great job with the inner workings of it. There is an on off switch in the perfect location that is a great addition. Both items can operate independently or together.
Another perfect addition is the use of the strings on the rear of the cabinet. The bell string sits out about 3.5 inches from the rear and has a finger loop. The musket ball string is burned and hangs out half an inch or so. The bell has a working gaff string, while the ball does not. The string works well. With some slight jerky motions you can get the bell to jump and ring nicely. The idea is grand, and will pull your spectators right in hook, line and sucker.
While I have not performed this yet, however I have a pretty good idea on how spectators will react. This will freak them out. Period. The storytelling possibilities are endless, and with the great back-story Rick has created, you will get some great ideas to start with and build upon. While the price of the effect is reasonable, this is not a inexpensive item. However, if items like this suit you, it is a great piece of ART.
Great job to Rick, Tim and Karl for an outstanding effect and doorway into another realm.
Dennis FoxI thought I might continue with my impressions of "The Departed." I do love its look--especially the old chipped-off blue paint. The box is so subtle and simplistic in look and feel. Most of all I love the reactions I'm getting when I demonstrate it. I can't wait until school begins so I can try it on my students.
Recently I brought it in to my favorite magic dealer, Joe Pon of Misdirections Magic Shop on Irving Street, off 9Th Avenue in San Francisco. Joe loved the look of it and how well the aging-job was done. His initial comment was that it looked like it had been in someone's attic for 75-years or more. He loved the simplicity of the two hanging objects--the bell and the musket ball.
My patter revolved around how in the early days of the Spiritual movement with the Fox Sisters and the Davenport brothers the clientele who joined this movement were the upper classes. After several years it continued on with the middle classes and finally the lower classes at carnival side-shows. The Departed was an item that many of the fake mediums used to convince their supporters that they had the gift.
Like the magic effect, "Back Stage," I then asked Joe if he wanted to see how the carnival fakers pulled it off. I revealed the gaffs and how the mediums suckered the rubes. I demonstrated how the bell and musket could be attached to each foot during the fake seances to convince the gullible. I showed how the bell and string could be shown to pull up on itself like the Pom Pom Stick effects seeming separate from the gaffed strings in the back.
"What I didn't count on was that some of the Ghosts and Spirits in Never World have a strong sense of humor and have possessed the box. Just watch and wait...." (The musket ball then hits the wall by itself and the bell rings once). Continued with a little spirit Q & A and finished the effect.
Overall the Departed is the most affordable of Outlaws higher end- Golden Gun products, including the Ark of Astaroth and the Cabinet de la Muerte and yet I seem to be getting the same if not better audience reaction to The Departed then the other two (which I also own) based on my performance-style.
I have nothing but praise for this wonder item.