We don’t have this in the shop… just a fan and wanted to share his work.!

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Local artist and our good friend Shara Ross has created a series of professionally designed & uniquely illustrated Ouija Boards.

In 1891, a Pittsburgh toy and novelty shop, started advertising: “Ouija, the Wonderful Talking Board,”  which went on to describe a magical device that answered questions “about the past, present and future with marvelous accuracy”,  “a link between the known and unknown, the material and immaterial.” Little has changed in the way of design for that board, patented over 120 years ago. A flat wood grain looking board with the letters of the alphabet arrayed in two semi-circles above the numbers 0 through 9 all printed in black which makes it a basic two colour piece; the words “yes” and “no” in the uppermost corners, “goodbye” at the bottom; the planchette is a teardrop-shaped device, comes with it and is used to travel over the board and stopping at a letter or a number, when the connection with a spirit has been made.

I felt inspired to create new boards. I always thought it would end up being a Tarot deck I would do first, a long standing passion of mine as well, but what started out as a pet project grew into the three boards shown here…. as I’ve always thought that the Ouija board deserved more than the very generic design it has displayed almost since it’s inception.

Shara has created 3 unique Ouija boards called Portal, Carousel, and Symbols. Her IndieGogo campaign has a variety of perks, including boards with genuine antique glass eye planchetes!

Everybody has heard stories of the mummy’s curse. The legends will say that somebody entered a tomb, disturbed the remains or stole a holy object, and was then cursed by the powers of a bitter spirit. Of course, there is no proof beyond stories that there is any such thing as a mummy’s curse, but that has never stopped the storytellers. One-tale claims that centuries ago when Napoleon was doing his thing, he was swinging by Egypt and wanted to take a look at the pyramids at Giza. In order to fulfill a particularly narcissistic desire, the self-styled Emperor wanted to spend the night in the pharaoh’s tomb in the Great Pyramid.

The stories claim that Napoleon stayed the whole night in the tomb as intended, but he looked horrified upon exiting the tomb the next morning. He then clammed up about the experience, and he tried to never discuss about it again. According to legend, he nearly considered telling all the details of what happened to him upon his deathbed, but he decided not to because he didn’t think anyone would actually believe his wild claims. Unfortunately, his administrator—who journeyed with him—said that Napoleon never spent the night in a tomb.

In Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, USA

Ventriloquist dummies may seem kitsch and antiquated, taking us back to the days of old vaudeville acts and carnivals, but take a closer look- they are extremely frightening. The fact that they appear to take on a life and personality of their own is obviously a well-practiced trick, but there is an eeriness about these mini-humans. They tell jokes, roll their eyes, and appear to have their own minds. Suspend your disbelief and they could be capable of evil intent.

If one dummy is scary, imagine a whole collection of them- over 700 to be exact, all sitting in chairs and staring at you with vacant eyes. The Vent Haven Ventriloquist Museum, located in Kentucky, is the world’s only museum that focuses on Ventriloquism. Here you will find row upon row of carved wooden dummies, their features prominent and well etched in order to be visible from the back row of a theatre. Their unrelenting eyes will follow you throughout the museum, as if trying to hypnotize you into taking on the role of their master. Stay calm and try not to run screaming.

Nightmares!!

 

 

This pin hole skull camera is crafted by sculpture artist Wayne Martin Belger!

This camera is named Yama, the Tibetan God of Death. In Tibetan Buddhism, Yama will see all of life and Karma is the “judge” that keeps the balance.

Each year vending machines topple over and crush about 10-13 people. Death by snacking!

 

 

Think you’re special and unique? So did these folks, until they met Francois Brunelle.  The 62-year-old Montreal-based photographer has spent the last 12 years scouring the world for complete strangers who look alarmingly similar, according to Rex USA.  “I was inspired by 2 things,” Brunelle told Rex USA. “First I used to see look-alikes all over since a very long time. Second, my own likeness with TV character Mr Bean.”

Either way, the stunning photos below make it truly difficult to believe that the subjects aren’t related, at least distantly.

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