Prof. Crookshank welcomes you!.

Photo by Ward Wright

 

       

A stranger has come to town, bringing with him mysteries from the far reach's of another time and place. A purveyor of wonderment, that promises you the world... for a price.

The excitement builds as I draw closer to unveiling this New Production and Attraction. So much time has gone into building and creating this colorful, alternate reality. Years of study and practical experience have gone into this New creation of a world that I once played in when I was a young man.

Prof. Crookshank's Traveling Medicine Show began as my first real production in 1979. I was fascinated with the Vaudeville time period and had witnessed in 1977, Sid Lorraine perform his 'Amazing Fraznia' routine at my first magic convention with my grandfather. The idea that a man, a stranger, could peddle medicines and unusual inventions to the public, seemed both amazing and sinister.

In 1979, I went to Los Angles for my first time and witnessed at Knotts Berry Farm, a full stage production of an old time Medicine Show, complete with a Showman's Caravan as a backdrop. The performer was hilarious and reminded me of a mix between Willy Wonka and the Great Oz from The Wizard of Oz.

From that moment onward I had it in my mind that I would create my own Medicine Show, to travel to carnivals for entertainment. I ran my Medicine Show from 1979 to 1991 and played at the Calgary Stampede and many other Carnivals and Fairs all over Western Canada.

Flash forward to 2011... Prof. Crookshank's Traveling Medicine Show is almost ready to hit the road. This production will be huge in size and scope, bringing with it opportunities to build even a larger world as time goes on.

 

     

 

 
 
Sketch made a month before the purchase of the wagon.....

 

     

 

 

 
Proud owner of a set of wagon wheels with chassy, circa 1880.....

 

     

 

 

 
Lower supports in place......

 

     

 

 

 
Side supports in place.....

 

     

 

 
 
Sitting in drivers seat.....

 

     

 

 
 
Painting the upper over hang before applying first color.....

 

     

 

 
 
The Caravan with its First MAJOR layer of paint!

 

     

 

 

 
This is just the beginning of the details to come....

 

     

 

 

 
The doors to the Miracle Elixer Distillery.....

 

     

 

 
 
A peek at the finished Miracle Elixer Distillery.....

 

     

 

 
 
Purveyor of Wonderment.....

 

     

 

 

The back Porch door

Prof. Crookshank

 

     

 

 

Porch railings painted and aged

Upper portion of front drivers area

 

     

 

 
 
Tadahhh!!!!!!

 

     

 

 
 
The front wheels in place.....

 

     

 

 

 
Planks in place for the back wheels.....

 

       

 

 

 
The Showman's Caravan completed!!!!!

 

       

 

 

Come and visit me this summer... you won't regret it!

Photo by Ward Wright

 

       

 

 

The Doctor is IN......

Photo by Ward Wright

 

       

 

Prof. Crookshank's Traveling Medicine Show will take you on an adventure down the rabbit hole and beyond the locked doors of sanity. Things are about to get Strange.

 

Prof. Crookshank is hitching up the horses and starting his journey into your world very soon! Get the kids and Grandma... we are going to have a Hootenanny!!!

 

     

 

Photos Courtsey of Scott  McClelland

 

   


 

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