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A cutting-edge immersive theatre experience based on a popular noir comic book series exploring the mysterious death of Harry Houdini.
A cutting-edge immersive theatre experience based on a popular noir comic book series exploring the mysterious death of Harry Houdini.
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Help us make Cynthia von Buhler's hit noir comic book series, The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini into an interactive play. The play will run from September 26 - November 10, 2018, Wednesday - Thursday at Theatre 80 (and it's environs in Manhattan). Yes, that means we are running during NY Comic Con!

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The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini from Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics is a 1920's mystery involving the world-famous escape artist, Harry Houdini! Written and iIlustrated by acclaimed artist, author, director, and playwright Cynthia von Buhler.

 
Art from the book by Cynthia von Buhler.
Art from the book by Cynthia von Buhler.

The series featured variant covers by David Mack (Daredevil, Kabuki), Robert McGinnis - famous for classic movie posters for James Bond and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Emmy award-winning comic artist Dean Haspiel.

Art by David Mack and Dean Haspiel.
Art by David Mack and Dean Haspiel.
Art by Cynthia von Buhler and Robert McGinnis.
Art by Cynthia von Buhler and Robert McGinnis.

Cynthia von Buhler is an American artist, performer, playwright and author. Hailed by the press as “multitalented and eccentric” (Boston Globe), "a creative genius" (Forbes), and “one of the top contemporary surrealists” (Art & Antiques), Cynthia von Buhler has made a name for herself as  award-winning artist, author, and illustrator. Her illustration work has won the gold, bronze and silver medals from the Society of Illustrators and has repeatedly appeared in American Illustration, Communication Arts and the Society of Illustrator annuals of the best illustration in America. 

Von Buhler's paintings have been displayed in galleries and museums around the world, and have been featured in books, newspapers and magazines from Rolling Stone to The New Yorker. The New York Times has written four features on her in the last five years. Von Buhler has collaborated on art projects with Steven Spielberg, Neil Gaiman and Clive Barker. Her sculptures have appeared on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and she was a recurring character on Discovery Channel’s Oddities. Von Buhler also writes, directs and produces immersive theater. 

Her comic work includes Evelyn Evelyn: A Terrible Tale in Two Tomes with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer, Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Bloody Beginning and Emily and The Strangers. 

An immersive play allows you to experience a story by living inside it and moving among the actors in an elaborate environment. 

In The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini you'll be will be transported back to 1926 to experience a world of mysterious speakeasies, backstage intrigue, and hotel room affairs.

You'll follow private investigator Minky Woodcock as she uncovers bizarre secrets about the magician and the people who wanted him dead. You'll cross paths with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who believes Houdini is not merely a magician but has supernatural powers, and Bess Houdini, who suspects her husband is cheating on her.

Pearls Daily as Minky Woodcock.
Pearls Daily as Minky Woodcock.

This will all unfold throughout three floors of a historic East Village townhouse, which is home today to a still operating speakeasy where the New York City Council drank during Prohibition, and a gorgeous old theater. We will transform the upper floors of the townhouse into a Prohibition-era time capsule featuring a detective office in New York and a hotel in Montreal.

You will be assigned a character to follow and then experience events through that character’s point of view. You might find yourself assisting the magician backstage, sipping absinthe in a speakeasy, spying on an affair in a hotel room, witnessing an attempted murder, attending a séance, or visiting Houdini in his hospital room.

Art from the book by Cynthia von Buhler.
Art from the book by Cynthia von Buhler.

You'll watch incredible magic tricks and take part in spiritualist demonstrations. Experience a meticulously detailed slice of Houdini history, including a performance of his iconic Water Torture Chamber act.

Art from the book by Cynthia von Buhler.
Art from the book by Cynthia von Buhler.

You are encouraged to come back again to follow other key players and see alternate facets of what actually led to Houdini’s fateful death. Evidence is revealed, but the truth is left up to you to decide.

Cynthia von Buhler created Speakeasy Dollhouse in 2011 (with funding from Kickstarter) to explore the murder of her own Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, who was shot and killed on a New York City street in 1935. Long haunted by the mystery of his death, von Buhler obtained news articles, autopsy reports, police records, and court documents, and recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama. The Bloody Beginning, which ran for five years, soon became a hot underground theater ticket. Von Buhler followed The Bloody Beginning with two other immersive plays, The Brothers Booth (2014), an investigation of the Lincoln assassination staged at his assassin’s brother’s mansion on Gramercy Park, and Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (2015), an exploration of the death of Ziegfeld Girl and silent film star Olive Thomas staged at a long-hidden Broadway theater uncovered in Times Square. More recently, Speakeasy Dollhouse has been staging The Illuminati Ball which Time Out New York called "one of the top 100 things to do in NYC before you die."

All Speakeasy Dollhouse immersive productions are paid for with ticket sales. We are entirely funded by our audience. By supporting this Kickstarter you'll help us defray some of our upfront costs such as having a Water Torture Chamber fabricated, actor rehearsals, props, venue rental, costumes, insurance, and publicity.

Starring Pearls Daily (burlesque star and actress who recently appeared on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Minky Woodcock, Vincent Cinque (the star of our shows, The Illuminati Ball and Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic) as Harry Houdini and Robyn Adele Anderson (singer from Postmodern Jukebox) as Bess Houdini. 

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Also starring: Lord Kat (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), Delysia La Chatte (Nurse La Chatte), Luka Fric (Bennie Woodcock), E. James Ford (J. Gordon Whitehead), Eden Atencio (Mina Crandon aka Margery of Boston), Ryan Salvato (Sam Smiley), Rolls Andre (Lawyer), Celeste Hudson (Lady Marler), Mat Leonard (Jim Collins), Tess Richie (Maid), Tony Noto (Doctor), Audrey Allen (Lady Allan) and Will Davis (Jack Price).

Was Houdini murdered? You be the judge! See the evidence here.

View more art from the comic book series on our official website.

Pearls Daily as Minky Woodcock.
Pearls Daily as Minky Woodcock.

Cynthia von Buhler created Speakeasy Dollhouse in 2011 (with funding from Kickstarter) to explore the murder of her own Italian immigrant grandfather, a speakeasy owner named Frank Spano, who was shot and killed on a New York City street in 1935. Long haunted by the mystery of his death, von Buhler obtained news articles, autopsy reports, police records, and court documents, and recreated the crime scene in an elaborate dollhouse diorama. The Bloody Beginning, which ran for five years, soon became a hot underground theater ticket. Von Buhler followed The Bloody Beginning with two other immersive plays, The Brothers Booth (2014), an investigation of the Lincoln assassination staged at his assassin’s brother’s mansion on Gramercy Park, and Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (2015), an exploration of the death of Ziegfeld Girl and silent film star Olive Thomas staged at a long-hidden Broadway theater uncovered in Times Square. More recently, Speakeasy Dollhouse has been staging The Illuminati Ball at Weylin and The Illuminati Ball Immersive Excursion at a secret estate outside of Manhattan.

Art Blog Access. Exclusive access to Cynthia von Buhler's working blog on her next episode in the Minky Woodcock series with sketches, photos and discussions with her editor. All levels receive this as well. $1

Handcuff Keychain. A working handcuff keychain with tiny key.  We gave these out at Comic Con NY last year. If you want more than one keychain increase the price accordingly. $10 plus shipping.

Handcuff keychain.
Handcuff keychain.

The hardcover, graphic novel, artist edition compilation signed by Cynthia von Buhler. If you want more than one book increase the price accordingly. $25 plus shipping (or pickup at the show).

The hardcover, graphic novel by Cynthia von Buhler.
The hardcover, graphic novel by Cynthia von Buhler.

Cynthia von Buhler's children's book, The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).  See! We have kid friendly items on here! This is the first children's book where I was the writer and artist. The dolls and sets were made by hand. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Cynthia von Buher.
The Cat Who Wouldn't Come Inside (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) by Cynthia von Buher.

A ticket to the book party dress rehearsal on Friday, September 21st. You'll be the first to see the show in a test run. Expect a little chaos. We will have a short discussion on what we need to improve afterwards in the theater. If you want more than one ticket increase the price accordingly. $38. 

New! Special Edition Love Witch Spell Bottle Necklace by Veronica Varlow. Veronica will be playing Margery in our show. Each Divination Love Spell Bottle Necklace is completely unique and handcrafted with love and magic. A magic card is in each one with a scroll of love boosting vibes. Inside, there is galangal powder as a foundation for deep love , protection and a door opener for passion in your world. Tiny rosebuds call in love and connection. Calendula calls in the sunshine to your love and positivity and truth. Jasmine calls in the goddess vibes of love, creativity and beauty. $75.

Love Witch Spell Necklace by Veronica Varlow.
Love Witch Spell Necklace by Veronica Varlow.

We supported Logan Riley's Dark Art Tarot here on Kickstarter. He's sending us some for you. This is the most beautiful tarot deck I've ever seen -- and I've seen a lot. $80.

Dark Arts Tarot by Logan Riley.
Dark Arts Tarot by Logan Riley.

Nurse la Chatte aka Delysia La Chatte is a handbag designer as well as an amazing dancer and actress. She's offering one of her glamorous La Chatte's Meow heart bags. Choose from black or red. A 13" computer fits perfectly inside it. $155.

La Chatte's Meow Heart Bag (in black).
La Chatte's Meow Heart Bag (in black).

Play tickets! Choose from Spirtualist (you believe in the supernatural, ghosts and tarot), Pragmatist (you are firmly based in reality), Ticket Bundles, or Houdini's Favored Guests (VIP). Includes a signed copy of the hardcover book. If you want more than one ticket increase the price accordingly. $100, $138 (dress rehearsal/ticket bundle), $200 (VIP), or $400 (three show bundle - experience spiritualist, pragmatist and VIP). 

New! I illustrated Evelyn Evelyn (Darkhorse) which was written by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. I have a big stack of pencil drawings from it. It's a grab bag choice although if there's a page from the book you love I can see if I still have it. I'll send you a signed pencil sketch (no color) for a pledge of $100 or 5 sketches for $500.

Evelyn Evelyn by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. Art by Cynthia von Buhler.
Evelyn Evelyn by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. Art by Cynthia von Buhler.

New! Receive a full one hour session of tarot with Veronica by phone or in person. Divination can also include crystal ball reading and spirit writing. Will occur before our show in "The Mansion Room" at Theatre 80 in Manhattan. $200.

Veronica Varlow, The Love Witch, doing a reading.
Veronica Varlow, The Love Witch, doing a reading.

Be drawn as a portrait of noir character by Cynthia. Use it on your social media page or print a copy to hang on your wall. $250. ONLY ONE LEFT!

Noir portrait of Pearls Daily used as her profile picture on her Facebook page. Art by Cynthia von Buhler.
Noir portrait of Pearls Daily used as her profile picture on her Facebook page. Art by Cynthia von Buhler.

Another show we promoting is The Illuminati Ball on New Year's Even at the gorgeous Weylin. Open bar all night. If you double the amount at $400 we will upgrade you to VIP which allows entry to secret rooms, no waiting in line and you'll be part of the inner circle during the initiation ceremony. If you want two or more tickets of general admission or VIP adjust accordingly. We stay in good contact with our supporters here on Kickstarter and we'll message you right away to make sure you receive what you are looking for. $200 regular/$400 VIP

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My dear friend Logan Riley has made two gorgeous oil portraits of Pearls Daily as Minky Woodcock. He's offering one here (he gave the other one to Pearls - I think he's smitten) to our supporters. Oil on thick paper. 11" X 14". Unframed. You'll also receive his Dark Arts Tarot deck which is stunningly beautiful. $300.

Pearls Daily original art by Logan Riley.
Pearls Daily original art by Logan Riley.
 

David Mack and Dean Haspiel, dear friends of mine, were cover artists for the Minky Woodcock comic series. A few years ago I curated a show call Lilliput. Each artist had to make a small work of art in a 3" X 2 1/2" frame I sent them.These works were exhibited in Milan, Italy and afterwards were placed in the permanent collection of The Dollhouse Museum. David and Dean have kindly offered their pieces for a reward level of $425 each, frame included. This is your rare opportunity to own an original piece of artwork by an icon in the comic book world. David's image "The Cat" (SOLD!) is on the left and Dean'd image, "The Lovers" (SOLD!) is on the right.

Dollhouse-sized art by David Mack and Dean Haspiel.
Dollhouse-sized art by David Mack and Dean Haspiel.

New! I found a portfolio of oil paintings on canvas from my They Called Her Molly Pitcher (Penguin Random House) children's book in my attic. If you remember your history, Molly Pitcher was a woman who fought during the revolutionary war. This feminist children's book has brought me more royalties than any other of my books. I'm offering them inexpensively here as part of a last minute attic sale. If you are interested message us and we'll send you choices. Many of them feature Molly with George Washington and winter scenes of war with horses. There are also two canvases featuring hand-painted portions of the Constitution. I painted these in oils and delicately cracked the finish to make them look authentically old. They are all approximately 17" x 20" on canvas suitable for stretching and framing. $600 each or $500 each if you buy two.

They Called Her Molly Pitcher (Penguin Random House) original art by Cynthia von Buhler.
They Called Her Molly Pitcher (Penguin Random House) original art by Cynthia von Buhler.

Be immortalized as a supporting character in Cynthia's next comic episode for Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics. Includes a copy of the comic and a drawing suitable for framing. $800 plus shipping. These are my friends Erin Orr (left) and Chris Green (right) as characters. ONLY ONE LEFT!

Erin Orr drawn as Lady Doyle on the left and Chris Green drawn as J. Gordon Whitehead on the right.
Erin Orr drawn as Lady Doyle on the left and Chris Green drawn as J. Gordon Whitehead on the right.

New! Love Witch Group Ritual by Veronica Varlow, our actress playing Margery. A sensory group ritual of exotic oils, candles, rose petals, magic and sound for you and a group of your friends. Each guest receives a blessing with oils on the lines of their palms, a tradition passed down from Veronica's Grandma Helen. This ritual is done to boost your own personal "magnet" to draw the very best to you and manifest it into your life. The ritual experience is a full 30 minutes. Limited to 30 guests. Will occur before our show in "The Mansion Room" at Theatre 80 in Manhattan. $1000.

Veronica Varlow, The Love Witch, will be playing spiritualist Margery of Boston in the play.
Veronica Varlow, The Love Witch, will be playing spiritualist Margery of Boston in the play.

New! Sir Reptitious. This sculpture-painting-rat cage I made years ago is taking up space in my art studio and I no longer have pet rats so I'm selling it for a steal. You'll have to figure out how to pick it up from my art studio in the greater NYC area, but I'll try to help out. Oil on canvas, pipes, wire. Approximately 7' tall and 1' deep (on wheels). Suitable for housing 2 live rats. Back has wire with an door opening. Train them to climb the pipes to get treats from the trachea opening. Local greater NYC-area pickup only! $2,500 (local pickup only - rats not included).

Sir Reptitious. Original art (and rat cage) by Cynthia von Buhler.
Sir Reptitious. Original art (and rat cage) by Cynthia von Buhler.


Sponsor the Water Torture Chamber. We are having an authentic chamber built in Canada by Richard Sherry. Houdini will thank you from the stage at every single show. $5,000. (SOLD!)

Be our Co-Producer. You get the title for this run of the show and a front row seat whenever requested beforehand. We will list you on our website and all promotional materials -- or stay anonymous if you prefer. The Art Gods will thank you. $10,000. (1 SOLD, 1 LEFT!)

Risks and challenges

Speakeasy Dollhouse is 100% ticket driven which means our audience makes our shows happen. We do not rely on outside investors. We have a strong following and our tickets sell well, but we need a certain amount of money to defray upfront costs.

Financial transparency: What does it cost to create a show like this? $240,000.

Immersive theater is expensive. It's like putting on eight different plays all at once because there are eight scenes running simultaneously in different locations inside the venue. This means we need a massive space to create in, more actors, more facilitators, gorgeous twenties-era props, and a ton of set design. We believe in paying our team equity level salaries even though we are Off-Broadway. This show will cost us $40,000 a week to produce and will run four nights a week for six weeks. We have to pay for performers, ushers, rehearsals, stage manager, assistant stage manager, stage hands, front of house manager, sound, light, ticketing fees, and office expenses. We can use money from ticket sales to pay for many of these things, but before we can even start working on the show we need to pay upfront for our venue, rehearsals, rehearsal space rental, choreographer, books, publicity, marketing, books, insurance, costumes, and props -- such as the Water Torture Chamber we are having built by Richard Sherry up in Canada.

The reason we are doing this Kickstarter is to defray our upfront costs. We are offering rewards which are worth what you pledge. We don't believe in taking money for nothing. We are hoping to obtain at least $50,000 here, but if we get more we can make the production even more fantastic by adding more interaction and perks. We want to reward our backers because you make this art possible.

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    Exclusive Access To Private Art Blog

    You'll receive exclusive access to Cynthia's sketch blog for her next episode in the Minky Woodcock series. You'll be able to comment and watch her progress as she draws four issues. All levels receive this reward.

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    Cynthia will email you a high resolution copy of any of her drawings from The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini book or one of Charles Ardai's photos of Pearls Daily as Minky Woodcock for you to print yourself, frame and hang on your wall. Bring the print to the show and Cynthia and/or Pearls will sign it to you. No other use is allowed.

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    Love Witch Spell Bottle Necklace

    New! Special Houdini Edition Love Witch Spell Bottle Necklace by Veronica Varlow. Veronica will be playing Margery in our show. Each Divination Love Spell Bottle Necklace is completely unique and handcrafted with love and magic. A magic card is in each one with a scroll of love boosting vibes. Inside, there is galangal powder as a foundation for deep love , protection and a door opener for passion in your world. Tiny rosebuds call in love and connection. Calendula calls in the sunshine to your love and positivity and truth. Jasmine calls in the goddess vibes of love, creativity and beauty.

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    New! I illustrated the Evelyn Evelyn (Darkhorse) graphic novel which was written by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. I have a big stack of pencil drawings from it. I'll send you a signed drawing for a pledge of $100 or 5 sketches for $500. It's a grab bag choice although if there's a page from the book you love I can see if I still have it. See images on the left.

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    Attend the play as one of Houdini's favored "pragmatist" guests. You'll get a front row seat and be invited up onstage to inspect the Water Torture Chamber. Includes a signed copy of the book. If you want two tickets or more just increase the pledge reward amount accordingly.

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    The Illuminati Ball New Year's Eve

    One ticket to The Illuminati Ball on New Year's Even at the gorgeous Weylin. Open bar all night. If you double the amount at $400 we will upgrade you to VIP which allows entry to secret rooms, no waiting in line and you'll be part of the inner circle during the initiation ceremony. If you want two or more tickets of general admission or VIP adjust accordingly. We stay in good contact with our supporters here on Kickstarter and we'll message you right away to make sure you receive what you are looking for.

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    Tarot Reading With Veronica Varlow

    New! Receive a full one hour session of tarot with Veronica Varlow by phone or in person. Veronica will be playing Margery in our show. Divination can also include crystal ball reading and spirit writing. The reading will occur in "The Mansion Room" at Theatre 80 in Manhattan.

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    Drawing of YOU as a Pulp-Style Character

    Cynthia von Buhler will draw you in the same style as the comic series. You'll provide her with a few photos and she'll email you a beautiful image you can print and frame. You can also use it as your portrait on social media. This is a perfect gift item for someone you love. If you want to be immortalized in one of her comics you can choose the higher pledge below. At that level you receive the comic as well.

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    Drawing of YOU as a Pulp-Style Character

    3 more added! Cynthia von Buhler will draw you in the same style as the comic series. You'll provide her with a few photos and she'll email you a beautiful image you can print and frame. You can also use it as your portrait on social media. This is a perfect gift item for someone you love. If you want to be immortalized in one of her comics you can choose the higher pledge below. At that level you receive the comic as well.

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    Original Painting of Minky Woodcock

    My dear friend Logan Riley has made two gorgeous oil portraits of Pearls Daily as Minky Woodcock. He's offering one here (he gave the other one to Pearls - I think he's smitten) to our supporters. Oil on thick paper. 11" X 14". Unframed.

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    David Mack Original Art - "The Cat"

    David Mack, a dear friend of mine, made our very first cover for the Minky Woodcock comic series. A few years ago I curated a show called Lilliput. Each artist had to make a small work of art in a 3" X 2 1/2" frame I sent them.These works were exhibited in Milan, Italy and afterwards were placed in the permanent collection of The Dollhouse Museum. David has kindly offered his piece for a reward level of $425, frame included. This is your rare opportunity to own an original piece of artwork by this best-selling icon in the comic book world.

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    Original Molly Pitcher Oil Paintings

    New! I found a portfolio of oil paintings on canvas from my They Called Her Molly Pitcher (Penguin Random House) children's book. If you remember your history, Molly Pitcher was a woman who fought during the revolutionary war. This feminist children's book has brought me more royalties than any other of my books. I'm offering them inexpensively here as part of a last minute attic sale. If you are interested message us and we'll send you choices. Many of them feature Molly with George Washington and winter scenes of war with horses. There are also two canvases featuring hand-painted portions of the Constitution. I painted these in oils and delicately cracked the finish to make them look authentically old. $600 each or $500 each if you buy two. They are all approximately 17" x 20" on canvas suitable for stretching and framing. View a sample in the information section on the left.

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    Ticket Bundle

    You'll receive two tickets to three shows at each level, Magician's Favored Guest, Spiritualist and Pragmatist. See the show from every angle and then decide if Houdini was murdered with all the facts in hand. Includes two signed copies of the book. If you want more tickets just increase the pledge reward amount accordingly.

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    Be Immortalized In Cynthia's Next Comic

    Due to the success of The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini the Minky Woodcock comic series is continuing. This time Minky Woodcock is investigating the mysterious poisoning death of Ziegfeld Girl, Olive Thomas. Cynthia will draw you as a supporting character in the series. Published by Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics in 2019-2020. You'll receive a sketch and a signed copy of the comic you appear in. This one makes a great gift for someone you love.

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    Be Immortalized In Cynthia's Next Comic

    2 more added! -- Due to the success of The Girl Who Handcuffed Houdini the Minky Woodcock comic series is continuing. This time Minky Woodcock is investigating the mysterious poisoning death of Ziegfeld Girl, Olive Thomas. Cynthia will draw you as a supporting character in the series. Published by Hard Case Crime/Titan Comics in 2019-2020. You'll receive a sketch and a signed copy of the comic you appear in. This one makes a great gift for someone you love.

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    Follow Each Character - Nine Show Bundle

    There are nine different character tracks to follow: Harry Houdini, Minky Woodcock, Bess Houdini, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Bennie Woodcock, Margery, J. Gordon Whitehead, Sam Smiley, Nurse La Chatte. This bundle gives you six general admission tickets and three VIP. We will place you with a different character each time. You'll see the show from every angle possible. You'll have 24 nights to choose from.

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    VIP Love Witch Ritual

    New! A sensory group ritual of exotic oils, candles, rose petals, magic and sound for you and a group of your friends by Veronica Varlow. Veronica will be playing Margery in our show. Each guest receives a blessing with oils on the lines of their palms, a tradition passed down from Veronica's Grandma Helen. This ritual is done to boost your own personal "magnet" to draw the very best to you and manifest it into your life. The ritual experience is a full 30 minutes. Limited to 30 guests. Will occur in "The Mansion Room" at Theatre 80 in Manhattan.

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    Original Art By Fred Harper

    New! My talented friend, Fred Harper, painted this beautiful variant cover for issue 2 of the Minky Woodcock series. He's generously offering here. It's slightly different from the cover because Minky's face was changed slightly later for printing. Gouache on paper, 10.5" wide X 15" high. See the painting and variant cover in the information section.

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    Original Sculpture - Houses Live Rats!

    New! This sculpture painting I made years ago is taking up space in my art studio and I no longer have pet rats. I'm offering it for a steal. You'll have to figure out how to pick it up from my art studio in the greater NYC area, but I'll try to help out. Approximately 7' tall and 1' deep. On wheels. Suitable for housing 2 live rats. Back has wire with an door opening. Train your rats to climb the pipes and retrieve treats from the trachea opening. Local greater NYC-area pickup only!

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    Sponsor The Water Torture Cell

    We are having a Water Torture Cell reproduction made by famed fabricator, Richard Sherry. Houdini will thank you from the stage at every single show if you defray this cost for us.

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    Be Our Co-Producer

    You get the title of Co-Producer along with Cynthia and PJ for this run of the show and a front row seat whenever requested beforehand. This will look lovely on your Linked In profile or resume. We will list you on our website and all promotional materials. And the Art Gods will thank you.

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    Be Our Co-Producer

    You get the title of Co-Producer along with Cynthia, PJ and Vincent for this run of the show and a front row seat whenever requested beforehand. This will look lovely on your Linked In profile or resume. We will list you on our website and all promotional materials. And the Art Gods will thank you.

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