522. Monsters Like a Pragmatically-Tailored Suit

Quick little history lesson. The Irish theater actor, Hamilton Deane, had way more to do with the creation of Dracula than you think.

Deane designed Dracula’s tuxedo with a cape and a high-standing collar.

Why?

It was for a stage trick.

During the 1920s London run of Dracula, the actor would turn away from the audience, attach the high collar to strings, disappear down a trap door, then the cape would fall, giving the illusion the vampire had just disappeared. Like magic.

And that high-collared image, created for a stage trick, has haunted your dreams since.

522. Monsters Like a Pragmatically-Tailored Suit

Jimmy

Jim MacKenzie is an amateur futurist on his way to guru-hood. He studied journalism and works in television. Jim writes for several blogs, including The Incredible Vanishing Paperweight and the satirical horror site StuffMonsterslike.com. Jim and his SML co-blogger, Sarah Giavedoni, have started a holiday, ticked off celebrities and tried to purchase the lunar surface. In his spare time, Jim likes listening to rock music, reading, giving away free books at his nonprofit "The POP Project" and trying to catch the real Thomas Wolfe Home arsonist.

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