2007 & 2008
After the 2 years of screening "The Dark Side of the Rainbow" on The Mystic Theatre's 30'x50' screen for staff and friends, I realized that in order to go further with this urban legend, I would have to reveal all of the synchornistic elements in the only way that I saw possible, make a fully edited live version. After approx 9 months of editing and experimenting the long road led me to the key that unlocked this mother of all syncs, now appropriately named "The Dark Side of Oz." I performed the 1st master sync in 2 parts for free to a very receptive audience on August 12th 2009. I wanted to pay tribute to the Grand Opening of "The Wizard of Oz" at the Oconomawoc Theater in Wisconsin August 12th 1939. This was possibly the 1st live screening ever to displayed all of the dialog and special effects from TWoZ interwoven into the music of Pink Floyd's DSoTM.
Because it takes 2 1/2 repetitions of DSOTM to equal the length of "The Wizard of Oz" it wasn't long before I began to look for other ways that I could vary the grand sync, while still maintaining all of the original synchronistic cues (now well over 100+). It was while I was engineering at The Mystic Theatre that I had the opportunity to work with the reggae band The Easy Star All Star's where I discovered their new album "Dub Side of The Moon." The band knew of the urban legend sync and had timed their album to match! This unlocked another element of the puzzle... variation on a theme and even exposed new characters like The Reggae Lion!
I realized that I now had a show on my hands and that it required more staging and preparations to keep it interesting and get it moving forward. It was largely because of staging, concept and copyright concerns, that I adapted some new characters and precautions to protect myself and my DSoOZ performances. I perform the illusion as close to the WoOZ release date of August 12th date so I can refer to it as "A Tribute" I never charge for the class screening and make no profit what so ever. It is a major calling card for me. I perform & teach as a Fake Professor with a D.O.P.E. degree so it is considered an educational experience.