When I was growing up, enriched by the culture of NYC, studying music and ballet, my mother took me to every Broadway musical and film that came out.
There was one film that I found scary - The Phantom of the Opera - the Trickster at work, the Mask of Tragedy. I saw the film in the 1950's, in a Coney Island theatre, which is now a commercial building across from Nathan's Famous. In 1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera opened and is now the longest running Broadway show in history.
Lloyd Webber launches Phantom 2 BBC - October 8, 2009
Weber said Thursday that he wanted to produce a sequel because the conclusion of the original was too boring. The new musical will be staged in New York beginning in November 2010. The original hit musical featured elaborate staging and songs like "The Music of the Night."
All things come full circle now, it does not surprise me that Andrew Lloyd Weber would be guided to Coney Island and the first 11 years of my life.
For the past few years, the city has announced the closing of the amusement area, yet each year the rides open again, adding a circus in 2009.
Where does a circus take me? There are 2 references. Steven Spielberg's 2002 Emmy award winning mini-series Taken about alien abductions, featured the 'carny guy' archetype allegedly used by the gray aliens as reported by some who have been taken. It is called a screen image. I associate that archetype with my 1954 UFO experience in Nevada. Further, during the few weeks spent there, I went to a small circus and got spooked by a carny guy and a clown who looked like the Trickster. How silly that all seems now, but then again ... I can't forget that Nevada is where I was taken and programmed.
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