Big names in both paranormal investigation and entertainment at TGS were David Rountree, Brad and Barry Klinge of Discovery Channel’s Ghost Lab, and Christopher Saint Booth of SyFy channel’s Spooked TV.
As promotion for the show, escape artist Aron Houdini performed several escapes in various locations around town; beginning Thursday, March 17, Aron performed his signature regulation straight jacket escape while hanging upside down from a crane on Crockett Street—twice. While he is the great grand-nephew of Harry Houdini, Aron’s execution of this stunt in particular sets him apart from every other performing illusionist in the world. All well-known performing magicians, including Aron’s former mentor Lance Burton, escape from a specially tailored magician’s straightjacket. Aron’s straight jacket is the real deal.
Before his arrival, Aron threw a few challenges around town—one of which was accepted by the Beaumont Police Department. As promised, officers appeared at the TGS wrap party at the MGM Elegante Hotel Saturday night with the restraint device of their choice—two different sets of handcuffs. Aron promptly escaped both, keeping himself from being jailed for 24 hours (his end of the deal) and walking away with the restraints, which he plans to sell for charity.
Those who came out to see the young Houdini should plan to stay tuned on his career, as he said he is currently in negotiations for developing his own television show for a major network.
Whether you were impressed by his daredevil antics or not, Aron Houdini is currently traveling to his next show in Gettysburg, Penn., with two mementos from his visit in Beaumont: BPD handcuffs.
Twin brothers Philip Adrian Booth and Christopher Saint Booth have been making films together since the mid-80s, and are the CEOs of “Spooked Television” for the Sci-Fi Channel. The Booth Brothers got their start after moving from England to Los Angeles, and landed a job working for Playboy. It was there that they gradually learned the craft of filmmaking, and made roughly 59 films for the company. But their true passion is ghost stories. In 2005, they made the horror film Death Tunnel, based on the actual reports of ghost sightings at the Waverly Hills Sanatorium. The brothers chose to shoot the film at the real sanatorium, and made a documentary about its history on the side. It was this documentary, Spooked: The Ghosts of Waverly Hills Sanatorium, which attracted the attention of the Sci-Fi Channel. Since then, they have made a number of films that investigate real life ghost stories, most recently The Possessed, which was released in May 2009.
“I think the story is the most important thing. I’ve been doing seminars in LA on the subject of keeping independent filmmaking alive. Horror films like the Saw franchise do well because of the gore. We’ve assimilated their style in films like Death Tunnel, but the difference is that with Saw, there’s no story. Everyone dies and that’s it. I’ve been living in America for about twenty years. I love America, but everyone here thinks that the great tragedies in history have taken place in Europe or Serbia. America has its own share of tragic tales, and we’ve found success in telling uniquely American stories. We find the actual places where things have occurred, and ghosts have been sighted, and we shoot there. We also make sure that every one of our shows ends with a positive message in which good prevails. In Saw, everyone dies at the end, and all it does is glorify serial killers.” ~ Philip Booth
The Booth Brothers have become big fans of Zacuto equipment. According to Philip and Christopher, “The future of this industry depends on the relationship between the people who use camera equipment and the people who manufacture it. That’s why we admire both Jens Bogehegn and Steve Weiss.”
“Zacuto has the smoothest, most solid-locking knobs out of everything I’ve used and let me tell you, I’ve used a lot of people’s stuff, from Redrock to K-Vision, or any third party spin-off. I’ve been through them all, and I’ve bought cheap, though I wish I didn’t. I’ve wasted my money when I should have bought the better quality product in the first place, but you live and learn. Zacuto offers the smoothest gliding and tightest locking equipment available. It’s so smooth and well-crafted that it feels like it comes from a German supplier. I don’t think people understand the quality of Zacuto. It’s an investment that will benefit you for a really long time. Why would you choose to buy something two hundred dollars less and live the rest of your time regretting it?” ~ Philip Booth.
For more information on Spooked TV and the Booth Brothers, visit www.spookedproductions.blogspot.com