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By Ian Harvey Stone
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The Devil Without

A magical re-imagining of the Faust legend.

A five hundred year old Faust has been successfully staying one step ahead of the Demons charged with pulling his soul down to Hell but every once in a while the Devil locates him and Faust must evade, hide and escape from the Devil's agents. 
The audience are conjured as dreamers into the space to obscure Faust from the diabolical creatures without. They are sealed into the room with Faust and told that they must not open the door for one bare hour. Faust gives the audience his story in return, detailing how he came to sell his soul however, things do not go to plan, they are discovered and The Devil Without starts to manifest within.
A terrifying struggle ensues as the Devil starts to make his presence felt resulting in a battle for Faust's survival and a member of the audience's soul.

What choice would you make if you were offered power beyond belief?

Do you really think you have a choice?

With this exciting, immersive performance, I hope to lead the audience into a dark, rich world of fantasy such as those enjoyed by readers of comics and graphic novels. It is my intention to use media, suggestion, imagination and the mystery arts alongside solid story-telling to provoke, play, scare and confound the audience. They will be complicit in Faust's journey, they will make decisions that impact upon how the hour turns out and there will be a vital moment where an unsuspecting member of the audience will experience the creeping sensation of possession live on stage.

The performance will feature an original score by Daniel Sarstedt, son of Ivor Novello award winner Peter Sarstedt and member of Danish electronica band Det Sejler  I Effekter including a 'silent score' using infrasound designed to be felt rather than heard. 

The show itself has more rare talents on-board to ensure an unforgettable experience including:

Peter Bryant- an expert in binaural beats and infrasonic sound is giving professional advice on sound design.

Mr. X- A renowned magic consultant to Derren Brown, Dynamo, David Blaine and Criss angel consults on the mechanics of the special effects, who wishes to remain in a cloak of mystery!

Anthony Jacquin- Experienced hypnotist and author of Reality is Plastic ' will be working with me on the imaginative journey taken by the audience www.anthonyjacquin.com

www.anthonyjacquin.com

E. Raymond Carlyle- son of Houdini's prop maker acts as mentalism consultant and executive producer. Ed ran The Houdini Seance at Hollywood's famous Magic Castle for over ten years and I am proud to call him my mentor. Ed is a world-class thought-reader. and magical thinker.

Glenn Fabry- world famous artist for Marvel, DC and 2000AD has created an amazing piece of art for the poster- the man who drew Judge Dredd, Batman, Thor and alternative titles such as Constantine, Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere and Preacher brings his singular style to the project.

Glenn Fabry's 'Devil Without' Poster
Glenn Fabry's 'Devil Without' Poster

http://www.glennfabry.co.uk/

Pete Benson- independent film-maker and winner of London Independent Film Festival award for best independent horror for 'Scar-crow' adds technical finesse, direction and knowledge.

Christopher Gould- mystic, esoteric explorer and artisan crafts some beautiful props for the production.

http://alchemy-moon.co.uk/

A cutting-edge crew!

Paul Voodini http://www.readerofminds.co.uk/

psychic entertainer and author, offers up some choice rewards alongside

Artist Keith Baugh http://keithbaugh.com/

who has kindly designed some limited edition badges as an incentive to get involved.

Keith Baugh limited edition badge
Keith Baugh limited edition badge

And if we hit the target, I have some super stretch goals!


Ian Harvey Stone

I am an actor and performer of mentalism and hypnosis, you can check out my website: www.theempathist.com

and my YouTube Channel:

www.youtube.com/channel/UCf0-B4qCQJpbo52bJFwkQRQ

I read people- their minds, their feelings, their bodies. I'm a lover of mystery, magic and the arcane. Last year I took a show called 'Your Place or Mind' to Brighton and Edinburgh having toured it in the UK and Abroad. I've played Off-Broadway, theatres in the Far East and Corporate functions in swish hotels in Asia and Europe as well as performing impromptu in the street.

I collect skills wherever I go, whenever I find a willing teacher. I have been performing for over ten years and have directed and put up my own shows and I have a golden opportunity and a golden team to make this project work.

Be Part of Something Original

By backing this project you'll be promoting independent theatre. It's not easy getting the right platform. The Edinburgh Fringe is the world's biggest arts festival and an ideal chance to showcase The Devil Without. Ideally, I want to tour this production throughout the UK, Europe, the States and beyond. To gather the sort of traction needed to give theatres confidence I need to secure a good venue and purchase some 'curious' equipment to help with the happenings ;) I also need to pay my collaborators, my accommodation, my property master and tech crew!

I've lined up, what I hope are some original rewards, so you don't just get a warm fuzzy from being a creative backer but you get some cool stuff too.

Thanks for taking the time to look over the project.

Risks and challenges

Will anyone come to see it?

I hope so! I think this show will entice regular theatre-goers looking for something out of the ordinary but also the Sci-fi and comic book communities.
As with all theatre there is a deal of risk. An obvious risk is that the sheer number of shows taking place in Edinburgh can mean little exposure or small audiences. Last year I learned an awful lot about promoting your show during the Festival. I have several publicity stunts lined up to draw media focus alongside the nicely attention-seeking factor of the show featuring demonic possession. I'm a qualified hypnotherapist, so any and all suggestion work I do on stage is carefully prepared, delivered and monitored but will make for amazing drama.
As a proponent of sideshow skills, last year I stapled flyers to myself! I can garner attention but it is of course, a valid concern. I aim to also combat this by selecting a great, centrally located venue- this costs money, but pays dividends in walk-up and buzz off the street.

Isn't the whole demonic possession thing risky?

No. Not the way I'm doing it. The reality of what the audience perceive as opposed to what I'll actually be doing is part and parcel of the performance. It's actually very safe. I will be asking folk to sign a disclaimer prior to entering the space and there will be plenty of warnings about the scare factor and the immersive element and I've factored in a part of the show where anybody really uncomfortable with what's occurring can leave.
I won't intentionally be summoning any demons, devils or familiars. I can't go into the mechanics however, what the audience see, feel and hear will be different for each and every participant.
Suggestion and imagination is being carefully handled and I'm working with my friend Anthony Jacquin to finesse this facet of the show. And of course I have the requisite insurance for public liability.

Won't it just be perceived as a magic show with a few scary moments?

No. Definitely not. My background first and foremost is in theatre and actor training. The story, the character and the progression of the drama are what will propel this performance. I've done a great deal of research and the play has morphed along the way from a 'holding frame' for a mentalism show to a fully developed delve into the Faustian legend. Again, without giving too much away, I spent some time recently in the desert with a professional story teller looking at the dramatic elements, discussing how the strands of the show meld draw together and the actor-audience relationship. When I abandoned my original idea I discovered a nifty connection between the tragic hero, the classic 'Magician in trouble' ploy and historical magicians such as John Dee and the Tarot.

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