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Ghostly, atmospheric chamber music. Our first full-length album, plus related materials and merchandise.

LAST-MINUTE ENDORSEMENT FROM 5-TIME OSCAR AWARD-WINNING FILMMAKER, RICHARD TAYLOR:

GREETINGS, KIND SPIRITS FROM BEYOND THE VEIL.

My name is Meredith Yayanos. I'm a violinist, singer, and theremin-player currently located in New Zealand, and I am launching this Kickstarter campaign on behalf of The Parlour Trick, my Oakland-based "haunted chamber music" duo with fellow composer and multi-instrumentalist, Dan Cantrell.

Over the past few years, Dan and I have been sporadically meeting up to channel and record a series of eerie, retro sci-fi/quasi-Spiritualist parlor songs. And now we're closer than ever to finishing up our first full-length album and related materials. I'm confident that with some clever and rewarding crowd-funding, The Parlour Trick's A Blessed Unrest can, at long last, physically manifest!

Photo of Mer by Francesca Hernandez. Photo of Dan by Mer.
Photo of Mer by Francesca Hernandez. Photo of Dan by Mer.

PROJECT INFORMATION:

Should you choose to back our project, you'll be able to pre-order A Blessed Unrest in a variety of formats, as well as aid in subsidizing ongoing production costs for:

  • Completion of packaging design, manufacture, and release of The Parlour Trick's premiere full-length album, A Blessed Unrest, in digital, CD, vinyl, and limited edition deluxe boxed vinyl formats. ($5000)
  • A from-the-ground-up Parlour Trick website build, including extensive logo and merch designs by artist and designer Star St. Germain. ($1500)
  • The bottom-line material, labor, and shipping fees required to provide our many delectable, high-quality Kickstarter rewards. ($3000)
  • Completion of the exquisitely shot "Half Sick of Shadows" music video starring Rachel Brice. ($500)

TOTAL: $10,723

(The additional $723 bucks is the absolute lowball number that we came up with when calculating what our approximate taxation by Amazon and Kickstarter would be.) More details about those various production elements a bit later on. 

WHO WE ARE AND THE MUSIC WE'VE MADE: 

Photo by M. Yayanos.
Photo by M. Yayanos.

DAN CANTRELL: My longtime friend and collaborator Dan is an Emmy-award winning composer for film and television, as well as a session musician who has worked with everyone from Tom Waits, to Joanna Newsom, to Beats Antique. He has written librettos for several theatre, dance, and opera performances, he scored all three seasons of The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack on the Cartoon Network, and memorably provided the live in-studio music for Mark Kistler's Imagination Station program for PBS. Dan's remarkable compositions and arrangements for The Parlour Trick are quite unlike anything he's created previously, fusing modern experimental elements with conscious nods to the music of Erik Satie, Bela Bartok, and J.S. Bach.

Photo by Lauren Goldberg.
Photo by Lauren Goldberg.

MEREDITH YAYANOS (aka THEREMINA): Over the course of my career, I've performed, toured, and recorded session work with many wonderful acts: Faun Fables, The Dresden Dolls, The Vau de Vire Society, Angelo MooreBeats Antique, Stolen Babies, HUMANWINEJill Tracy, Elegi, Sport MurphyEdison Woods, Raz Mesinai, Pinataland, David Garland, Thomas Truax, Kim Boekbinder, The Vanity Set, Love Life, and the Walkmen, to name a few! In recent years I've also done a fair amount of film-scoring, most notably for The Narrative of Victor Karloch, a Victorian ghost story puppet film funded by the Jim Henson Foundation, and for the award-winning, feature-length psychological thriller, Empty Rooms. In my own compositions and arrangements for The Parlour Trick, I've experimented with a kind of modern classical, aggro-ambient palette, exploring outmoded perceptions of female hysteria and riffing off (t)rappings of Spiritualism and concepts of the "monstrous feminine".

In 2006 --inspired by some of the creepier and more dysfunctional aspects of Victoriana, and bolstered by a lifelong study of classical, folk, and experimental music-- I founded The Parlour Trick. Dan came aboard in early 2009, and we began working slowly but steadily on material as a duo. Whenever I would travel back through California and crash in the guest room at Dan's stately old rental house in Oakland, a spooky new song or two was born. Over the past three years, he and I have both spent countless hours and dollars self-producing more than a full album’s worth of oneiric melodrama.

This album’s title, A Blessed Unrest, comes from a well-known quote by Martha Graham. Thematically, the record is very much a “Madwoman in the Attic” affair, steeped in melancholy, decay, ritual, channeling, vampirism, madness, agoraphobia, laudanum abuse.... lots o' Grimm, grinning stuff!

As you can hear from the samples, some of these compositions are dense and meticulously arranged multi-instrumental pieces, while others are more sparse ambient soundscapes. Instrumentation: piano, violin, harpsichord, voice, celeste, percussion, bowed glockenspiel, accordion, bells, musical saw, an ancient wheezing pump organ, a nonagenarian typewriter, cutups from wax cylinders we've recorded or repurposed, and melodic, harmonizing layers of theremin. Ninety-five percent of the material was recorded in the century-old Craftsman house Dan lives in, including ambient recordings of creaks, groaning floorboards, mysterious knocks and rustles. We've used ultra-modern binaural recording techniques and ye olde vintage equipment to put it all together.

Dan and I believe in this material. It's cinematic and strange, thoughtful and heartfelt. We think there's a substantial --if small-- audience for it out there. We just need to reach 'em... THROUGH THE ETHER.

GOODIES FOR GROOVY GHOULIES:

THE MOTHER OF LONDON: A stunning, multi-faceted, one-of-a-kind brown Mother of London "Three-Belt", custom made by world-acclaimed fashion designer Mildred Von expressly for this Kickstarter. Soft, pliable mixed kidskin with mixed metal fixtures and studs
THE MOTHER OF LONDON: A stunning, multi-faceted, one-of-a-kind brown Mother of London "Three-Belt", custom made by world-acclaimed fashion designer Mildred Von expressly for this Kickstarter. Soft, pliable mixed kidskin with mixed metal fixtures and studs
THE OUIJA reward tier: Limited edition, hand-painted, felt-backed, pressed wood laser-cut tabletop talking board and planchette. "Divinate" both words and music with this whimsical, original design by Bethalynne Bajema.
THE OUIJA reward tier: Limited edition, hand-painted, felt-backed, pressed wood laser-cut tabletop talking board and planchette. "Divinate" both words and music with this whimsical, original design by Bethalynne Bajema.
$55 reward tier: Lady of the House of Love cameo necklace plus assorted downloads. Photos: Nadya Lev. Model: Tess.
$55 reward tier: Lady of the House of Love cameo necklace plus assorted downloads. Photos: Nadya Lev. Model: Tess.
THE TRUE BELIEVER TIER: The big'un. 6K. Includes every reward that's not a one-shot and includes this intricately knitted, one-of-a-kind, angelically soft mohair shawl with 1250 crystal beads threaded in. Click to view more pics.
THE TRUE BELIEVER TIER: The big'un. 6K. Includes every reward that's not a one-shot and includes this intricately knitted, one-of-a-kind, angelically soft mohair shawl with 1250 crystal beads threaded in. Click to view more pics.

A Blessed Unrest's backers have a wide variety of reward tier goodies to choose from: high quality mp3 and video downloads, elegantly printed postcards and sheet music and posters, tangible CDs and vinyl, oddities such as live (via Skype) solo theremin concerts, and fancy-pants limited edition Kickstarter backer-only tidbits including artisanal talismanic chocolate rose mugwort skulls for ritual use, hand-crafted oujia boards, and limited edition modern cameo jewelry. 

THE SPIRIT TRUMPET: Limited edition, acid-etched, painstakingly hand-wrought brass trumpet by Jake Von Slatt of the Steampunk Workshop, featuring panels from Max Ernst's "Une semaine de bonté".
THE SPIRIT TRUMPET: Limited edition, acid-etched, painstakingly hand-wrought brass trumpet by Jake Von Slatt of the Steampunk Workshop, featuring panels from Max Ernst's "Une semaine de bonté".
$65 Reward Tier: Talismanic Artisanal Dark/Red/White Chocolate Skulls Infused With Homemade Mugwort Oil and Organic Rose Essence, plus digital downloads and a set of postcards. (Photo: M.S. leDespencer)
$65 Reward Tier: Talismanic Artisanal Dark/Red/White Chocolate Skulls Infused With Homemade Mugwort Oil and Organic Rose Essence, plus digital downloads and a set of postcards. (Photo: M.S. leDespencer)
An enchanting, one-of-a-kind portrait of Meredith Yayanos and Dan Cantrell of The Parlour Trick summoning the spirit world with song. Painted by San Francisco-based artist Trista Musco on a 12"x36", 1" thick wood panel.
An enchanting, one-of-a-kind portrait of Meredith Yayanos and Dan Cantrell of The Parlour Trick summoning the spirit world with song. Painted by San Francisco-based artist Trista Musco on a 12"x36", 1" thick wood panel.
Planchette Prototype by Ariana Osborne. Part of the $220 reward tier. (Comes numbered and autographed. Plus thumbdrive packed with tons of original music,  a postcard set, and choice of cameo jewelry OR vinyl. Plus downloads.)
Planchette Prototype by Ariana Osborne. Part of the $220 reward tier. (Comes numbered and autographed. Plus thumbdrive packed with tons of original music, a postcard set, and choice of cameo jewelry OR vinyl. Plus downloads.)
THE LAUDANUM HOLE ($45 tier): A big, breathtaking 18"x26” poster designed for The Parlour Trick by PRIZME, featuring the bewitching photography by Ellen Rogers. Printed on 13pt recycled matte paper.
THE LAUDANUM HOLE ($45 tier): A big, breathtaking 18"x26” poster designed for The Parlour Trick by PRIZME, featuring the bewitching photography by Ellen Rogers. Printed on 13pt recycled matte paper.

Bear in mind: at the present time, many of our reward prototypes are in the early-to-middling stages. Most of these photos are work-in-progress documentations. We will be constantly updating them as we go.

19th Century wax cylinder canisters that will serve as containers the $140 tier (THE EDISON) which is a wee smorgasbord of goodies both corporeal and non. (Meaning digital!) Photo: M.S. leDespencer
19th Century wax cylinder canisters that will serve as containers the $140 tier (THE EDISON) which is a wee smorgasbord of goodies both corporeal and non. (Meaning digital!) Photo: M.S. leDespencer

It's also highly likely that we'll be listing more limited edition and specialty item tiers in the days to come. I'll be sure to update our backers whenever anything new is posted. 

"Neighbor" by Ben Catmull. We're psyched that an indie comics legend is providing us with this illustration for the "Half Sick of Shadows" sheet music, and one of the postcards in our set.
"Neighbor" by Ben Catmull. We're psyched that an indie comics legend is providing us with this illustration for the "Half Sick of Shadows" sheet music, and one of the postcards in our set.

MORE ON WHERE THE MONEY GOES:

A website domain has been bought and a placeholder put up. We will employ badass Rennaissance woman Star St. Germain to design our logo and build us a beautiful site from the ground up. 

Recently the UK-based photographer Ellen Rogers, inspired by some Parlour Trick tracks I shared with her, shot a darkroom film series that communicates similarly otherworldly and darkly feminine themes. It is breathtaking work. We're going to buy the rights to use some of her photographs for our album art. Here's a sneak peek:

Photo by Ellen Rogers
Photo by Ellen Rogers

 We're glad to give some dough to the marvelous, multi-talented Audrey Penven for use of her series of spooky 19th century Spiritualism-inspired digital and film photographs-- images we'll be using extensively on our website, as press photos, and in the development of merch items.

We've got a music video in the works, too; it's a moody, black & white film for Dan's song "Half Sick of Shadows" starring our cherished creative conspirator, the brilliant dancer Rachel Brice. It's co-directed by filmmaker Adam Lamas and myself, with editing and post-production provided by professional Hollyweirdos Bryan Shelton and Brien Hindman, respectively. We just need a smidge more dough to pay our team before we can finish up. Here's an enticing excerpt from the unfinished working cut:

(Isn't she AMAZING? Guh. Love da Bricey.) Plus, a bit of subsidy for our ever-mounting recording, engineering, and mastering costs. And, as previously mentioned, a bit more tacked on to cover the Amazon and Kickstarter fees.

PEERING INTO THE GREAT BEYOND:

There are a couple of things we'd really love to accomplish in addition to what we've already mentioned, provided we can raise a certain amount of funds above our minimum goal (and adjusting for any escalating merchandise production costs): 

IF WE RAISE AN ADDITIONAL 5K:

Jill Tracy, the SF-based chanteuse and “cult darling of the Underworld”, has kindly invited Dan and I to premiere some of our Parlour Trick material at her own record release show on December 19th in San Francisco at the DNA Lounge. How wonderful would that be? However, I'm waaaay down in New Zealand at the moment. After several committed years of nonstop shoestring nomadry, I can't afford the international travel costs back to the States on my own. BUT. If we can raise 5K above our bare bones minimum and associated production costs, I'll promptly buy a round-trip NZ <--> California ticket so that Dan and I can perform at Jill's wonderful event on Dec. 19th, and throw an official Parlour Trick record release party of our own at some point between mid December 2012 and late January 2013. [UPDATE, NOV 18th: WE DID IT! California, here I come! Hope to see some of you at Jill's event on Dec 19th, and I'll keep you posted on other Parlour Trick appearances.]

IF WE RAISE AN ADDITIONAL 10K (or... more?):

My sweetheart Bunny is a professional creature designer, stop-motion animator and filmmaker who has worked in both the Hollywood and Wellington film industries for many years. Bun and I would love to shoot another Parlour Trick music video here in New Zealand, in cahoots with several incredible people we know from Weta Workshop. We've got some great ideas that could be developed for either a fairly low-budget, MacGyvered video shoot (5K), or for something a touch more lavish. (7K to 15K.) [UPDATE: WE DID IT WE DID IT WE DID IT SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!]

That about sums it all up. Thanks so much for stopping by! We appreciate your time and consideration. If you think this project might appeal to friends of yours, please do let them know about it.

Happy Hauntings from The Parlour Trick.

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Hot diggity DIY, dearies!

With any luck, we'll eventually land some licensing and/or distribution deals for this material. In the meantime, we're prepared to manage the myriad business and creative aspects of putting out the first record, related materials and merchandise all by ourselves.

Obviously, we'll be doing so on a tight budget. We've asked for the baseboard minimum of what we'll need to be able to develop, produce, package, and ship everything out in a relatively timely fashion. (In Happy Funtime Pegacorn Sparklepants World, we'll end up making a bit more than the bottom line and have a little more insulation as a result. But we're not expecting that. We'll be overjoyed if we reach our minimum goal, period. And we'll be covered.)

In my educated opinion (as both the co-founder and editor of the independently produced arts and culture magazine Coilhouse, *and* as a grizzled, merch-slinging road hag) the projected timelines laid out here for are reasonable. However, should any part of the process take a little longer than expected, I humbly ask for patience and understanding. At the most, some of the more labor-intensive limited edition and high-end tangible reward items may be a couple of months late.

I personally guarantee that The Parlour Trick has come to Kickstarter to kick ass and chew ectoplasm. (And we're all out of ectoplasm.) Should any unforseen delays occur, I promise to keep everyone in the loop with lively backer updates, and together, we'll come up with some interesting interim events to keep people cheerfully engaged and entertained.

FAQ

  • Wow! I seem to have hugely underestimated the amount of people who would want an audio CD in addition to digital downloads at the $50 or above level! There are a LOT of you. I'm tickled and honored and excited to know that you're keen want to hold our ghostly spirit music in your hot-blooded, corporeal hands in audio CD format, and I believe I've figured out the best way to accommodate everyone without getting really confused by my spreadsheets and/or adding a bazillion new reward tiers:

    If you're already a backer, and you want to add an audio CD onto your pledge at the $50 level or more, simply update your pledge with $10.02. (The ".02" will help me to discern on my spreadsheets between pledgers who have selected the Digital Download Only with their reward tier, or added an audio CD. This will ensure a faster and more painless shipping procedure.)

    Or, if you're a new backer, and you can add an additional $10.02 to receive an audio CD along with whatever reward tier items you selected at the $50 or more level. You will still receive the digital downloads, and everything else listed.

    Just don't forget the .02 cents!

    And, a reminder: you can also purchase the audio CD with a postcard set at the $25 RESTLESS PARCEL tier.

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    THE SHADOW DANCER: A high-res download of the Parlour Trick's music video "Half Sick of Shadows" featuring world-renowned dancer Rachel Brice. Backer only updates and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE RESTLESS SPIRIT: High res download of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice, backer only updates, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page

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    THE DEAD LETTERS: A whimsically packaged postcard set featuring five original Parlour Trick designs. Plus high res digital downloads of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video, backer only updates, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE RESTLESS PARCEL: The audio CD of "A Blessed Unrest" mailed to you with the five-postcard set, plus high res digital downloads of the full album and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Backer only updates and online "thank you" web page inclusion.

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    THE WINDING SHEET: Sumptuously printed and sheathed sheet music for the song "Half Sick of Shadows", an original composition by Dan Cantrell and arranged by The Parlour Trick, with design including cover art by indie comics legend, Ben Catmull. Autographed. Plus, high-res digital downloads of the Parlour Trick's album "A Blessed Unrest" and the music video "Half Sick of Shadows" featuring dancer Rachel Brice, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE LAUDANUM HOLE: A big, breathtaking 18"x26” poster designed for The Parlour Trick by PRIZME, featuring otherworldly photography by Ellen Rogers. Printed on 13pt recycled matte paper. Plus high res download of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice, backer only updates, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE WINDING SHEET (WITH CD): Sumptuously printed and sheathed sheet music for the song "Half Sick of Shadows", an original composition by Dan Cantrell and arranged by The Parlour Trick, with design including cover art by indie comics legend, Ben Catmull. Autographed. Plus the audio CD of the Parlour Trick's album "A Blessed Unrest", digital download of the music video "Half Sick of Shadows" featuring dancer Rachel Brice, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE LADY OF THE HOUSE OF LOVE (HEART): A mirror-backed, laser-cut cameo brooch pin designed by Lee Dotson and Nadya Lev. Features the distinctive profile of Parlour Trick thereminist/violinist/vocalist Meredith Yayanos. High res download of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Plus backer-only updates, our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes of "A Blessed Unrest", and inclusion on our online "thank you" webpage.

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    THE LADY OF THE HOUSE OF LOVE (THROAT): A laser-cut, mirror-backed cameo necklace designed by Lee Dotson and Nadya Lev, featuring the distinctive profile of Parlour Trick thereminist/violinist/vocalist Meredith Yayanos. High res download of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Plus backer-only updates, our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes, and inclusion on our online "thank you" webpage.

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    THE WAX & WANE: Copy of "A Blessed Unrest" in blood red vinyl. Plus, high res digital downloads of the full album and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Plus backer-only updates, our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes of "A Blessed Unrest", and a webpage "thank you".

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    THE TWO GHEDE: A pair of talismanic artisanal candy skulls wrought in dark chocolate and white chocolate, infused with homemade mugwort and organic rose tinctures, and lavishly packaged. Comes with the postcard set. Plus: high res digital downloads of "A Blessed Unrest" and "Half Sick of Shadows", our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes, and inclusion on our "thank you" webpage.

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    THE SPIRITUALIST: Ultra limited-edition, deluxe boxed vinyl of "A Blessed Unrest". Autographed. Comes with the Parlour Trick postcard set. Plus digital downloads of the album and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video starring Rachel Brice, backer-only updates, grateful acknowledgment in the CD/vinyl liner notes, and online "thank you" web page inclusion.

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    THE EDISON (BATCH II): The first batch of this limited edition reward tier items nearly sold out within days, so we've scrambled to get our hands on some more ancient Edison canisters. Hooray. Second verse, same as the first: you get a century-old wax cylinder canister, repurposed to be packed full of Parlour Trick dainties and fancies, including a handwritten calligraphed message scroll, a one-of-a-kind Victorian key pendant assembled by Meredith Yayanos, a talismanic artisanal red chocolate/mugwort/rose ghede skull, a thumbdrive packed with tons of different tunes from Mer & Dan (including "A Blessed Unrest", of course!) as well as some gems from Mer's previous work as a session player with a multitude of incredible bands. Also, a Lady of the House of Love cameo brooch or necklace (please specify). Plus high res download of the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice, backer only updates, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE EDISON: A century-old wax cylinder canister, repurposed to be packed full of Parlour Trick dainties and fancies, including a handwritten calligraphed message scroll, a one-of-a-kind Victorian key pendant assembled by Meredith Yayanos, a talismanic artisanal red chocolate/mugwort/rose ghede skull, a thumbdrive packed with tons of different tunes from both Dan Cantrell and Meredith Yayanos (including "A Blessed Unrest", of course!), and a Lady of the House of Love cameo brooch or necklace (please specify).

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    THE EDISON & THE WINDING SHEET: Combo tier! (Both the limited edition EDISON tier and the WINDING SHEET tier were so popular that we rustled up a bunch more antique canisters, and we're game for printing up a slightly larger run on the sheet music.) A century-old wax cylinder canister, repurposed to be packed full of Parlour Trick dainties and fancies, including a handwritten calligraphed message scroll, a one-of-a-kind Victorian key pendant assembled by Meredith Yayanos, a talismanic artisanal red chocolate/mugwort/rose ghede skull, a thumbdrive packed with tons of different tunes from both Mer and Dan (including "A Blessed Unrest", of course!), and a Lady of the House of Love cameo brooch or necklace (please specify). Sumptuously printed and sheathed sheet music for the song "Half Sick of Shadows", an original composition by Dan Cantrell and arranged by The Parlour Trick, with design including cover art by indie comics legend, Ben Catmull. Autographed. Plus digital downloads of The Parlour Trick's album "A Blessed Unrest" and the music video "Half Sick of Shadows" featuring dancer Rachel Brice, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE PLANCHETTE: Limited edition laser-cut, hand-painted, wooden divining planchette, numbered and autographed. Plus, a thumbdrive packed with tons of original music by Mer & Dan, as well as some gems from Mer's extensive previous work as a session musician with a multitude of incredible bands. Additionally, THE PLANCHETTE tier comes with a postcard set and your choice of a LADY OF THE HOUSE OF LOVE cameo jewelry, *or* the WAX AND WANE vinyl. (Choose one.) High res download of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Plus backer only updates, and inclusion on our website's "thank you" page.

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    THE SPIRIT TRUMPET: Limited edition, acid-etched, painstakingly hand-wrought brass trumpet by Jake Von Slatt of the Steampunk Workshop. Features several Parlour Trick-centric panels from Surrealist artist Max Ernst's famous collaged, public-domain graphic novel, "Une semaine de bonté". Comes with pledger's choice of LADY OF THE HOUSE OF LOVE cameo jewelry or blood-red WAX & WANE tier vinyl. Plus the postcard set, digital downloads of the album and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video starring Rachel Brice, backer-only updates, grateful acknowledgment in the CD/vinyl liner notes, and online "thank you" web page inclusion.

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    THE MESMER: An ethereal, hour-long solo theremin performance by Meredith Yayanos, from her parlour to yours, anywhere in the world, via Skype. Followed by informal tea & chit chat, if you like! High res digital download of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Plus backer-only updates, our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes of "A Blessed Unrest", and inclusion on our "thank you" webpage. (High speed broadband required. High-def computer speakers highly encouraged. Together, we will schedule the concert for some time between February and June of 2013.)

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    THE MOTHER OF LONDON: A stunning, multi-faceted, one-of-a-kind brown Mother of London "Three-Belt", custom made by world-acclaimed fashion designer Mildred Von expressly for this Kickstarter. Soft mixed kidskin with mixed metal fixtures and studs. 32"-40" adjustable. Unisex. Comes with high res digital downloads of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Plus backer-only updates, our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes of "A Blessed Unrest", and inclusion on our "thank you" webpage.

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    THE OUIJA: An limited edition, hand-painted, felt-backed, pressed wood laser-cut tabletop talking board and planchette which "divine" both words and music. (Designed by Ariana Osborne in cahoots with Meredith Yayanos.) Plus high res digital downloads of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice. Plus backer-only updates, our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes of "A Blessed Unrest", and inclusion on our "thank you" webpage.

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    THE INCANTATION: An enchanting, one-of-a-kind portrait of Meredith Yayanos and Dan Cantrell of The Parlour Trick summoning the spirit world with song. Painted by San Francisco-based artist Trista Musco on a 12"x36", 1" thick wood panel. Plus high res digital download of the full Parlour Trick album "A Blessed Unrest" and the "Half Sick of Shadows" music video featuring Rachel Brice, backer-only updates, our grateful acknowledgement in the CD and vinyl liner notes of "A Blessed Unrest", and inclusion on our "thank you" webpage. (With apologies, this one-of-a-kind item can only ship within the continental US.)

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    THE BLESSED BUNDLE: Shipped to your doorstep, the deluxe boxed vinyl of "A Blessed Unrest", plus digital downloads. The limited edition talking board and planchette. The full set of five Parlour Trick postcards. The autographed "Half Sick of Shadows" sheet music. The talismanic artisanal chocolate ghede skulls. A century-old wax cylinder canister chock full o' handmade Parlour Trick merch items, including one-of-a-kind Victorian key pendant, a thumbdrive packed with tons of original music, and the Lady of the House of Love cameo or necklace (please specify). Plus links to high res downloads of the full album, the backer only updates, grateful acknowledgment in the CD/vinyl liner notes, and online "thank you" web page inclusion. (Mailed, insured, from New Zealand to just about anywhere in the world. All shipping costs factored in.)

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    THE TRUE BELIEVER: Every single reward item listed above. All of them. Plus, a large one-of-a-kind, angelically soft mohair shawl with 1250 crystal beads threaded into it, courtesy of master knitter Sandra Lee Yayanos. Created just for you, in your choice of Ectoplasm Green (a minty celery with emerald and clear glass beading), or Sepia Dream (a rusty beige cream with amber and clear glass beading). Mailed, insured, from New Zealand to just about anywhere in the world. All shipping costs factored in.

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