Hi Luc! How are you? I watched your video for the upcoming "The Black Hole: A Coal Miner´s Lament" effect, and I did enjoy it very much. I think the premise is very good, the props look great, and the only thing left to see is the effect itself, but if it is as good as the premise and the props, then it is very, very good. Congratulations! By the way, I like the little envelope very much. It reminds me of the leather envelope that I made for my piece "The Messenger". The props are all beautifully aged. I don´t know why, but I really liked the stamps. I look forward to the chance to watch the effect. I would also like to congratulate you on your creativity. As a creative person myself, It makes me sad that so few people take the time to develop their own pieces. I have so much respect for what you did. I applaud you! Bravo! All the best!
I was wondering if you could give a little hint on the approximate time period your effect and it's associated props are related to. I'm toying with a project related to Victorian Era children's labor and one of the jobs from that period I'm looking at is Trappers. From the BBC site: "'Trappers' opened and shut wooden doors to let air through the tunnels. A trapper boy sat in the dark, with just a small candle, and no-one to talkto."
From what I can see from the video, your effect looks really nice, if it is relevant, it would might be nice to incorporate it into the story. Thanks and again, nice video. Best of luck with this.
The time has come to launch ‘The Black Hole: A Coal Miner’s Lament’!
First, I drop in the trailer again, to get you in the right mood:
How does it feel if a coal miner survives a deadly accident because of sheer luck? You can now let your audience experience this feeling by having them participate in the sad story of a Dutch coal miner. It is a story about luck, guilt, the value of life and profound philosophical questions.
Here are some excerpts from the story, to get a flavor:
“Grandpa used to cough a lot. He coughed in long sequential crying howls, until he turned purplish red and nearly died of suffocation. You could see tiny swollen blood vessels appear on his cheeks. Usually the coughing attacks lasted about five minutes. Sometimes longer. It was a horrible sight, the poor man. He spat the material result of the coughing into a cup with a coffee filter. My grandmother changed the filter a couple of times a day. If she was too late according to his liking, he would shout at her. Sadly, her behavior was about the only thing he had left to control. Between the usual green and occasional red, his sputum was black as coal, and not without a reason.”
“I always felt that there was something bothering him, next to his illness. That he was keeping a dark secret, sitting silently on his couch. I didn’t know what it was, but it seemed that a painful mystery was tormenting him. I used to sit next to him when I visited, and he would tap on my knee, looking outside into the garden, absent-minded. When he was alone, he was always rubbing his brass tally token between the thumb and forefinger of his right hand. The token always looked perfectly polished. It contained his unique miner number, which was minted into the brass.”
“If someone entered the living room, grandpa immediately packed the token away into a small wallet. If I asked questions about the token, he always downplayed them, but he promised me that I would get the token after his demise.”
“During my next visit to my grandmother, I asked her about the articles I had found. She sighed and said that she felt a great relief that she finally could tell someone about this. My grandfather had always forbidden her to talk about it.”
“According to my grandmother, my grandfather felt crippled with guilt for the rest of his life. He told her the story once, but he never talked about it again. His ‘relative luck’ mentally ate him from the inside, while his failing lungs took care of his physical remains...”
But was that really the whole story?
You get a 30-page manual containing the coal miner’s story (told by his grandson), handling and alternative handlings of the effect, a description of the props, and more. You also get an old cigar box containing: three painstakingly sourced original miner’s tally tokens of a closed Dutch mine, a leather token wallet, two very old worn antique coins, one antique coin of one of the Dutch provinces, a silver Wilhelmina dime and quarter (Wilhelmina was the Dutch queen from 1890-1948), a Belgian 50 centimes coin with a coal miner on the face, two very old bullets from antique frontloading weapons (one musket bullet and one ‘pistolet’ bullet found at the fortification walls surrounding the city of Maastricht), 25 used stamps issued to commemorate that the coal mines in The Netherlands existed 50 years (1902-1952), a pencil stub, a switching envelope, two sets of four Bicycle 1800 cards, four beautiful genuinely old German or Austrian cards for a four-card handling, two aged newspaper articles mentioning a mining incident, a rusty paperclip, a bag with genuine anthracite coal, a Saint Barbara pendant (Saint Barbara is the patron Saint of the coal miners and protects against sudden death/accidents), 3 antique game pawns and a certificate of authenticity.
The price of the effect is 150 Euro’s (which is about 175 US dollars at the moment), excluding shipping costs (which will be around 25 Euro’s from The Netherlands to the USA and less to European countries). I will ship worldwide.
Quite a few of the props are extremely rare. Therefore, I can (and will) only sell 40 of these kits. I will start selling the first batch of 20 boxes right now. A 25 dollar ‘tool’ and 8 hand aged cards will be added to 4 of these 20 boxes, ad random. So you might find an additional gift in your box! If there is enough interest, I will make a second batch of 20 later on. And that will be all!
Please PM me if you are interested.
I’m looking forward to your response! Cheers, Luc (aka ‘Delimbeau’).
I was lucky to experiment Luc’s release in avant-première. Luc has a great attention to details and curated a good collection of antics from this era. He built a very beautiful story about his grandfather. You have a full story and props in one box. Its pdf and explanations are very clear with a good writing skills. I was honored to have try this effect. Merci Luc for the travel in your childhood memory.
I'm going to do a little lottery. All the people who have ordered the effect by the end of this weekend will participate in a raffle. The winner will get a very old antique cigar box with hand carved figures on the top and on the sides (see pics below), instead of the standard cigar box (which is also nice and old, of course :-)).
This looks really beautiful. Unfortunately my funds are low at them moment and may be for a while. Is it possible to go on to a list to be notified when you move on to making the final 20? That way I can see if I can afford it at that time.
By the way - I really like the fact that you released an effect that uses Dutch. Quite a change from the usual English and it's my mother tongue, so it would be a lot easier to "sell" this when performing.
pieaddict: I'll be happy to put you on the list for the next batch! justcookin: I wrote the manual in English, though :-) I'm glad you like the fact that it is a Dutch story. But the deeper meaning knows no borders, I think. It is very suitable for international use.
I have had this for a little while now and wanted to say what a great item it is. A lot of thought has gone into this and a great deal of effort in gathering the materials. The background information is very detailed as well.
On a personal note, the customer service from Delimbeau is second to none. I will be looking forward to see what future effects he has up his sleave with eager anticipated.