Raising the Dead for Fun and Profit

By Jim Magus

The last quarter of the year provides work opportunities with seasonal themes. In last month's review column I mentioned The Haunted House Handbooks, and this month I'd like to bring to your attention Jim Magus' manuscript Raising the Dead for Fun and Profit, which is a handbook on how to design, market, and promote a Seance Party. This need not be a show which is geared only for the Halloween season, however, for Jim offers suggestions on making the Seance Party a year-round entertainment package.

The Seance Party scenarios presented in this book are designed as one or two person portable entertainment vehicles which can be performed in a variety of venues, including a client's home, a restaurant, a Bed-and-Breakfast, or a corporate hospitality room. Jim discusses several very important points which must be considered before designing your Seance Party. These include decisions concerning: your personal style; the purpose of the seance (are you providing a moving metaphysical experience, or do you just want to scare the crap out of your audience); will you work alone; who is the spirit you are attempting to contact; and why are you contacting them. Jim offers suggestions on how to set the mood for the seance, and gives what he calls "The Ghost Hunter's Bag of Tricks" which includes various devices which can produce spirit manifestations.

The next section of the book details marketing schemes, including print advertising, mailers, and the use of entertainment agencies. Explained here are several successful marketing approaches used by psychic entertainers in various parts of the country. If your desire is to make a Seance Party a viable part of entertaining career, you'll find the information in this section to be extremely valuable.

Jim then presents five seance scenarios. These are not fully detailed scripts, but are outlines which give you the general theme and approach of each seance. Jim explains all the gaffs necessary to perform each seance, and at the end of the book there is a bibliography and a list of suppliers which will allow you to find further information. The purpose of the seance scenarios is to give you a feel for how a seance is structured, and the type of manifestations which can occur. Delivering an effective seance puts great demands on a performer, and anyone who has the theatrical skills necessary to do an effective job will want to structure and personalize a seance according to their own strengths. The seance scenarios give you the framework to do that.

I think this is an excellent manuscript, and it will be of value to anyone wanting to perform this type of show. The production values are no great shakes, but what Jim is selling is information. Recommended.

Fundamentals of Magick

Fundamentals of Magick

Magick is the art and practice of moving natural energies to effect needed or wanted change. Magick is natural, there is absolutely nothing supernatural about it. What is taught here are various techniques of magick for beginners. Magick is natural and simple and the techniques to develop abilities should be simple and natural as well. What is taught on this site is not only the basics of magick, but the basics of many things.

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