A recent conversation on the Social Network…
Jeffrey Stanley July 9, 2014 at 9:40am · Philadelphia, PA
FYI in case any of you are in the Philly area at the end of July. Stick around post-show and be sure to introduce yourself. http://www.broadwayworld.com/philadelphia/article/Seance-as-Theatre-Experiment-BONEYARDS-Continues-on-726-727-20140708#.U71FgfldXAk
Seance-as-Theatre Experiment BONEYARDS Continues on 7/26 & 7/27
Fan #1 Dude that’s awesome! You psyched??!
July 9 at 2:01pm
Fan #2 I’ll be there!
July 9 at 2:16pm
PARANOID MORON Do you tell people it’s all an act or do you let them believe it’s really their dead loved ones ?
July 9 at 5:48pm
Jeffrey Stanley Paranoid Moron — can’t act to make a Ouija board work, it’s all audience volunteers, I don’t touch it. Would that I had the power of some late 19th-early 20th century mediums to make horns blow in midair and Cherokee chiefs appear but it is what it is. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes frightening, sometimes moving, sometimes boring. It’s the only unscripted part of the show. Transcripts and EVP vids are posted online the day after. Here are the previous results if you’re curious. Go here and click on “voices from the dead.” My earliest “ghost auditions” one is my personal favorite. http://www.brain-on-fire.com/boneyards
Also my WaPo story from this past Halloween, enjoy–http://brain-on-fire.com/jefeblog/tag/washington-post/
Supernatural Skeptics Don’t Know What They’re Missing
October 31, 2013
July 9 at 8:58pm
PARANOID MORON Actually there are many ways to gaff a Ouija board. The most thrilling way I’ve seen was a clear plexi glass planchette and board used by Todd Robbins in his spook show Play Dead. It gave out exact answers to two users from an audience members dead loved one. He never spilled the beans on how it worked but no good magician does and Teller was a part of this production so I bet it was beyond clever.
Todd let’s the audience know everything he performs is an act and yet people still believe he communicates with the dead. Trumpet levitation. Cold reading. Spot on details about multiple lost family members.
Guess that’s the thing about grief. Most people would give anything to hear a dead loved ones messages. Shitty when a predator comes around and preys on that vulnerability.
All the mediums of the past are frauds. Even the Fox sisters. Or should I say ESPECIALLY the fox sisters.
So I’m assuming you genuinely believe you yourself communicate with the dead ?
July 9 at 9:36pm
Jeffrey Stanley Paranoid Moron — rather than ass u me, why not read some of the links I’ve sent, especially the WaPo article? Again, I do not insist that I can communicate with the dead in my show. I DO claim that I TRY to contact the dead in front of a live audience because I am at heart a SKEPTIC who WANTS to believe, nor do I claim to personally have a special paranormal ability, and I especially don’t tell anyone they can hear from dead loved ones, nor, if you read any of the links I sent to past transcripts, has anyone ever tried to contact a dead loved one or believe they’ve heard from a dead love one in the show. I am not a medium nor am I billing myself as one. I am a playwright and a performance artist. This is documentary theatre, autobiographical storytelling, performance art, entertainment, that also involves a real live ouija board session led by the audience. As previously stated sometimes it’s exciting and sometimes it ain’t. I have no control over it. Do you see any testimonials anywhere online from anyone saying I’ve got supernatural powers or that they talked to their dead grandmother during my show? Thanks for the tips on how to trick an audience but that’s not my thing. I do however, urge you to come to the show gratis and debunk it — come sit in on my rehearsals, the setup, the show, the post-show breakdown, anything you like — although there’s nothing to debunk but have a blast.
And here’s a review of the show — by a theatre critic, because it’s theatre. http://brain-on-fire.com/…/city-paper-review-of-boneyards/
BONEYARDS: THE WIENERING
A special edition of Jeffrey Stanley’s Boneyards, normally a solo show, will run for two performances featuring additional guest actor Michael Wiener:
Saturday 7/26/14 at 9pm
Sunday 7/27/14 at 2pm