This is Fern’s Basket. The carousel goes round and the horses go up and down and it lights up. Fern’s basket was the most popular as far as prize baskets go but then many of the entrants pre-teen. Her fingerprints and a few other clues were found at the crime scene.
Nearly 100 people joined Mystery Factory for a clue hunt at our booth at the Shop Local Canmore Trade Fair in Canmore AB last weekend. We won 1st place for the Most Fun booth, 2nd place for the Friendliest Booth and 3rd place for the People’s Choice Best Overall Booth! Thank you Canmore!
At the end of the day we had four happy winners of our awesome prize baskets. Putting them together was just as much fun as planning the mystery. A basket was themed after each of the suspects and it was a pretty equal match as to which basket was the most popular.
Old McDonald’s Basket is filled with an assortment of stuffies and other animals types. Old McDonald is the villian who stole the precious gems from the carousel horse and replaced them with candy. Farming isn’t cheap you know.
Patsy Produce’s Basket is pretty exciting too. It includes a teapot in the shape of a head of lettuce with a radish on top of the lid. You can just barely make it out at the back of the basket. There is also a flower garden snow globe filled with glitter instead of snow. Patsy has a pet monkey, an appalling pet for a produce person to have.
Finally there is Zoltar the Fortune Teller. It’s hard to make out the blue crystal star hanging from the handle of the basket but hang there it does.
All in all, it was a wonderful weekend my fabulous husband tells me. He was generous to go and look after things for me as I was unable to get away.
The Case of the Candy Carousel – A ‘Crack the Case’ Mystery Contest
One day left for the Mystery Factory Booth at the Shop Local Canmore Trade Fair. Stop by and check us out. Solve the Case of the Candy Carousel and enter to win some really great prizes! Our man on the spot, Tony Berryman, says the hardest thing people have to do is figure out which basket they want to win.
Plot Point #3 – Who are the suspects?
Now that we know who dies, who are the suspects? The best mystery entertainment is always over the top! Colourful characters are just more fun and able to get away with extreme behavior. This helps your audience relax and enjoy themselves; it makes it easier for them to participate as well. Since no one is acting ‘normal’ it gives guests permission to act a little melodramatic as well.
In mystery entertainment, every character has a motive for wanting the villain dead. Here’s the cast / characters for Midnight at the Oasis.
- Deanna Berrington as Nadia of the Night – Betrayed by the Sultan
- Tony Berryman as Sheikh of Shazam – Robbed by the Sultan
- James Lazarus as Sheihk of Shyster – Blackmailed by the Sultan
- Judy Smith as Samira of the Sunset – Cursed by the Sultan
The Arabian Mountain Spice Belly Dancers play the harem. Cam Berry as the Sultan of Haberdashery is not in this photo but you can get a glimpse him with Alice the drug sniffing camel in Plot Point #2 Who Dies?
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Plot Point #2 – Who Dies?
Who dies can be quite different in a written story than at a mystery party. In fiction writing, a writer has the ability to be subtle; in live events, not so much. The dead person in a novel can be good or bad or both. At a party, there is no room for subtly. The dead person is always the deepest, darkest villain who truly deserves to die. Not one tear will be shed as he (or she) drops down in pain, rises up gasping for breath, pulling over chairs and knocking over lamps as he finally stumbles his miserable way out of this world.
Case in point: In Midnight at the Oasis, the Sultan of Haberdashery with his drug sniffing camel Alice, is the villain. Well, the camel gets to live. The Sultan – no. A truly detestable bad guy, he gives everyone he comes in contact with a good reason for wanting him dead. Blackmail, burglary and betrayal are just of few of his horrendous habits. The Sultan has control over something which the killer and other suspects want; their hearts, their freedom, their pocketbooks. Motive is all about being in control at its bottom line.