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SPECIALIZED PUBLICATIONS


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Sherwood, John, "Ancient Britain Comics: The Big Push," parody in comic-book format, spoofing various film and video adaptations of the Sherlock Holmes tales, published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 9, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2011).

----, "Sherlock Holmes's Ten Essential Lessons," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 8, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2010). A revision of "The Seven Vital Lessons of Sherlock Holmes," first published in "The Hounds' Collection, Vol. 5" (2000).

----, "Identifying the Ripper: Some Sherlockian Conclusions," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 7, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2009). Focusing on the 1888 serial killings from a Sherlockian perspective, including two chief deductions about the killer as a single person and as a group of individuals. Based on a talk given to the Denizens of the Bar of Gold, Cambridge, Md.

----, "Jack the Ripper: A Sherlockian Approach," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 6, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2008). Focusing on the 1888 serial killings from a Sherlockian perspective, including deductions about the killer, as well as the case's influence on Sherlockian history. Based on a talk given to the Denizens of the Bar of Gold, Cambridge, Md.

----, "The Case of the Overlooked Hamlet," article identifying the Norfolk, England, location Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had in mind while writing "The Adventure of the 'Gloria Scott,' in the Baker Street Journal, Vol. 57, No. 3 (Baker Street Irregulars, New York City: Autumn 2007). Based on a talk given by Sherwood to Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Md.).

----, "Roaming Sherlockian Norfolk," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 5, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2007).

----, "The Schemer and the Pit," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 4, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: August 2006). Focusing on the use of mythological motifs in "The Adventure of the Speckled Band."

----, "The Serpent and the Sorcerer-Knight," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 3, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: Spring 2005). Focusing on the use of mythological motifs in throughout the Sherlockian Canon and comparing those motifs with similar themes in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings.

----, "Yes, Virgil ...," published in The Hounds' Collection, Vol. 10, Barnes, Bill, ed. (Sydney, Australia: 2005).

----, "Out of the Fog: Fear vs. Reason in The Hound of the Baskervilles," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 2, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: Fall 2004).

----, "The Police, the Poor, the Press and the Ripper," published in Irene's Cabinet, vol. 1, edited by Beth Austin for Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City (Ellicott City, Md.: Spring 2003). The article was based on a paper written for master's degree course work in 1990 at Western Michigan University.

----, "The Shadow of the Magician," article about the relationship between Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini, in the Baker Street Journal, Vol. 52, No. 2 (Baker Street Irregulars, New York City: Summer 2002). The article is based on a talk given by Sherwood to Watson's Tin Box of Ellicott City.
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----, "Mothman, Saucers and M.I.B.: Gray Barker's Book of Bunk," article with photos in Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 26, No. 3 (Amherst, NY: May/June 2002). Translated into Swedish by Stefan Roslund as "The Secrets of the Moth Man" for UFO aktuellt, issue 4 (December 2003), pp. 12-14. Publication led to consultation and on-screen appearance in "Shades of Gray," a film by Bob Wilkinson, 2009. Read the original article, which is a sequel to "Gray Barker: My Friend the Myth-Maker", listed below.

----, "Sherlockian Pastiches: The Dilemma" The Hounds' Collection, Vol. 6 Barnes, Bill, ed. (Sydney, Australia: 2001).

Barnes, Bill, ed., The Hounds' Collection, Vol. 5 (Sydney, Australia: 2000); Sherwood contributed chapters "A Toast to Mary Morstan Watson" and "Sherlock Holmes's Seven Vital Lessons.".

Sherwood, John C., "Gray Barker: My Friend the Myth-Maker," article in Skeptical Inquirer, Vol. 22, No. 3 (Amherst, NY: May/June 1998). Article is referenced in The Skeptic's Dictionary entry on the Men in Black. Publication led to consultation and on-screen appearance in "Shades of Gray," a film by Bob Wilkinson, 2009.

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Sherwood, John C., "One Flame in the Inferno: Marshall's Crosswhite Case," article with photos and graphics in Michigan History (Lansing, MI: March-April 1989). This article was reprinted in the Quarterly Review of the Henry County, Kentucky, Historical Society (Box 570, New Castle, KY 40050), in the March 2005, June 2005 and September 2005 issues. Sherwood also served as consultant and on-camera interview in 1999 regarding the "Crosswhite Incident," for Kentucky Educational Television's production "Kentucky and the Underground Railroad," winner of a Public Broadcasting System Eddie Award. Article also cited in The History of Michigan Law (Law Society & Politics in the Midwest) by Paul Finkelman and Martin Hershock, 2006.

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Sherwood, John C., "A Better Way to Deliver Babies," article with photos, Lady's Circle (New York: August 1981), about personal application of theories of Frederick Leboyer, author of Birth Without Violence.

----, Ann J. Kellogg School – 1980: A Rededication, historical booklet (Battle Creek Public Schools, 1979). A page about Ann J. Kellogg School.

----, "Elderhostel: Using Empty Classrooms," article with photos in Profiles, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI: Fall 1979)

----, I'll Invest My Money in People ... W.K. Kellogg, biographical booklet, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Battle Creek, MI: 1979); summary and ordering information; a page with similar material on W.K. Kellogg. Booklet reprinted in W.K. Kellogg Foundation - The First Half Century 1930-1980 and as Battle Creek Enquirer insert; several reissues. Booklet's text appears as "Part 2: The Philanthrophist," in larger work available for immediate download.

----, "Bede: Occult Historian," article with photo Beyond Reality (Nanue, NY: July/August 1977). A St. Bede site (not Sherwood's article).

----, "Legendary Heritage of Glastonbury," article with photo in Psychic World (Boulder, CO: May 1976). See a Glastonbury source page (not Sherwood's article).

----, "Thomas Maugham: The Ancient Order of Druids' Chosen Chief," article with photo in Occult (Boulder, CO: March 1975)

----, "Whatever Happened to Haunted Houses," article with photos in Occult (Boulder, CO: January 1975)

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ABOUT WONDER-WORKING


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Monthly member profiles for Vibrations (Sibbernsen, Michael, ed.), official periodical of the Psychic Entertainers Association, from October 2006 to present.

Weber, Ken, Maximum Entertainment: Director's Notes for Magicians and Mentalists (2003); Sherwood was co-editor and writing adviser to the author, a fellow member of the Psychic Entertainers Association

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Rowland, Ian, Sense of Touch, Full Facts Books (London, England: 2002); Sherwood's contributions noted in section "Sherwood's Two-Phase Routine," pp. 26-27

Waldron, Daniel, Blackstone: A Magician's Life, David Meyer (Glenwood, Ill: 1999); reference to Sherwood's contribution in forward, p. xiii.

Andruzzi, Tony, and Bob Lynn, eds., The Compleat Invocation, Kaufman and Company (Sheridan Books, 1986); reference to Sherwood's book, The Circuited Sorcerer, p. 254


Sherwood, John C., "The Silent Speak," interview with magician Teller, with photo, The New Tops, Gordon Miller, ed., Abbott's Magic Co. (Colon, MI: November 1993)

----, "Lost in the Forest," monthly column, frequently with photos and original magical effects and routines, in The New Tops, Neil Foster and Gordon Miller, eds., Abbott's Magic Co. (Colon, MI: 1980-92)

Severn, Bill, Bill Severn's Guide to Magic as a Hobby, David McKay Co. Inc. (New York: 1979); reference to Sherwood's articles for young magicians in The New Tops, p. 155.

Sherwood, John C., "Neil Foster turns students into showmen," article in the Battle Creek Enquirer on Aug. 9, 1981.

----, "The American Museum of Magic," article in The New Tops, Neil Foster, ed., Abbott's Magic Co. (Colon, MI: May 1978); Sherwood featured in cover photograph with American Museum of Magic curator Robert Lund. Another AMM site.

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Hades, Micky, Sensational Mentalism: Part Four, Micky Hades International (Calgary, Alberta: 1977); chapter "Lux Fiat" written by Sherwood

Sherwood, John C., The Circuited Sorcerer, a compilation of advanced magical and bizarre effects involving pocket calculators; Micky Hades International (Calgary, Alberta: 1977)

----, The Conjurer's Calculator, a compilation of deceptions and trickery using pocket calculators; Micky Hades International (Calgary, Alberta: 1976)

----, "Just For Us Young Guys," monthly column, frequently with photos and original magical effects and routines, plus regular "Magician of the Month" feature, The New Tops, Neil Foster, ed., Abbott's Magic Co. (Colon, MI: 1966-80)

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Sherwood, John C., "Miscellaneous," regular column for Top Hat, Magical Youths International (Mishawaka, Ind.: 1964-66)

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WORKS ON THE WEB


Sherwood, John C., 2006 interview aired on "The Space Show." Broadcast No. 630, aired Nov. 26, 2006, in the United Kingdom, available online at http://archive.thespaceshow.com/shows/630-BWB-2006-11-26.mp3. Alan Marlow of the British Interplanetary Society introduces his preliminary interview with Sherwood about one-third of the way into the program, discussing a meeting among J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Arthur C. Clarke and Val Cleaver in Oxford to discuss the merits of space travel. Sherwood's later, more in-depth interview (7 minutes), conducted in December 2006 in Oxford, England, forms part of a two-hour BIS audio history compiled by Marlow, issued privately in CD format and awaiting more general release.

----, transcription of the World War I diary kept by his grandfather, Clayton M. Sherwood, from August 1917 to February 1919, retitled "Writing by Moonlight," with photographs from the period, definitions and additional notations.

----, "Can Thrill of Space Be Rekindled?," an editorial originally published in the Battle Creek Enquirer in 1995, based on the author's interview of Capt. James Lovell, commander of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, and augmented with a later online interview with Apollo 13 crew member Fred Haise.

----, "A Visit to the 'Clarkives,'" a survey of the collection of awards and personal materials held by Sir Arthur C. Clarke at Dene Court in Taunton, England, home of Clarke's brother Fred Clarke. Also see MysteryVisits' Clarke-related tribute and image archive.

----, "Sir Arthur C. Clarke at the Smithsonian," a report on a telephone appearance by Sir Arthur C. Clarke at the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum for the Wernher von Braun Memorial Lecture in June 2001. Also see the Clarke-related links and image archive maintained by Sherwood.

----, "The Police, the Poor, the Press and the Ripper," written for master's degree course work in 1990 at Western Michigan University.

----, "Newly Awash in Reason: The Emergence of the Literary Skeptic in 17th century Britain," written for master's degree course work in 1989 at Western Michigan University.

Linguistic note: John C. Sherwood participated in The Unicorn Hunters' annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Mis-Use, Over-Use and General Uselessness, during 1987 and 1988. Sherwood nominated in 1987 the phrase "hands-on participatory experience." On New Year's Day 1988, CBS radio in New York City aired an interview with Sherwood in connection with his suggestion that the phrase "alternative lifestyle" be banned from the language. (The late William Rabe, who founded The Unicorn Hunters, shared Sherwood's interest in the realm of Sherlock Holmes.)


DAILY NEWS AND OPINION


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Sherwood, John C., "Something isn't working in struggle against teen-age pregnancy" published in the Battle Creek Enquirer, Sept. 18, 1997; winner, first-place award for editorial writing, presented by the Michigan Associated Press on May 9, 1998.

----, "Dave Barry: Our brief encounter," first published in Battle Creek Enquirer, June 1996.

Sherwood, John, numerous feature articles, columns and editorials for the Battle Creek, MI, Enquirer & News (later the Battle Creek Enquirer) as general assignment reporter, 1967 through 1999); articles and editorials also written for the Marshall Chronicle (Marshall, MI), 1967-68, and articles for the Jackson Citizen Patriot (Jackson, MI), 1968-69.


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WORKS FOR PERFORMANCE
Theater, television, film, audio, audiovisual


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Sherwood, John, C. "Be Shameless: 10 Ways to Do It," original text and vocal recording for "Studio Time," monthly CD audio magazine distributed in 2000 by Brayton and Sons Productions, 49 S. Sunset Drive, Coldwater, MI 49036. For information: (888) 535-7204.

----, Sherlock Holmes Mystery Weekends and Dinners, 12 original formats created for The Victorian Villa Inn, 1987 to 1999, based on the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Titles: "The Nameless Corpse," "The Crying Woman," "The Insidious Assault," "The Hateful Brothers," "The Two-Fold Enigma," "The Disruptive Villager," "The Unknown Voice," "The Vile Descendant," "The Borgia Curse," "The Duplicitous Agent" and "The Maniac Murders." also, one-act theatrical adaptations "A Morning on Baker Street" and "The Final Toast," and original mystery dinner "The Horrid Family," first produced in Michigan and more recently produced in 2008 for the Howard County Libraries of Columbia, Md.; in 1995, an original mystery vignette was conceived for a televised episode of "Country Inn Cooking with Gail Greco," originated by Maryland Public Television and distributed nationally on PBS stations.

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----, "Jeeves and the Nasty Business," full-length play script, performed at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1995 and 1996, based on characters created by P.G. Wodehouse and on Sherwood's script, "Jeeves and the Yule-Tide Spirit," performed at the Villa annually 1985-95. A review of the production.

----, "The Mysteries of Houdini," full-length play script, performed at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1995 and 1996; performed at Marshall (MI) Civic Center, 1998, based on the life of Harry Houdini (Ehrich Weiss)

----, "They Know Your Thoughts!" original two-act play based on the methods and performances of Victorian-era "thought-readers," at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1997

----, There's A Reason: C.W. Post, original one-man historical play, based on the life of cereal magnate C.W. Post, commissioned by Heritage Battle Creek and the Historical Society of Battle Creek and presented in 1994 in Post's office at the Post Division of Kraft General Foods Inc. for 100th anniversary of founding.


----, "Idle Thoughts," original two-act monologue based on the writings of 19th century humorist Jerome K. Jerome, The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1995 and 1995

----, "Six Words," one-act play based on the story by Lew Gillis, performed at Actors and Playwrights Initiative, Kalamazoo, MI. Cash award as best one-act play of 1995.

----, "Bribes," original one-act script, Actors and Playwrights Initiative, Readers' Theatre, Kalamazoo, MI (1992); Battle Creek Civic Theatre One-Act Play Festival, Battle Creek, MI, 1993

----, "Still Safe," original one-act script, Actors and Playwrights Initiative, Kalamazoo, MI, Festival of Short Plays, 1992. Cash award as one of top one-act plays for 1992.

----, "In the Name of the Bee," original one-act monologue based on the works of Emily Dickinson, performed at The Victorian Villa Inn, Union City, MI, 1992; Dawn Treader Bookshop, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992

----, "Sherlock Holmes's Other Woman"original script, chosen for Actors and Playwrights Initiative, Kalamazoo, Readers' Theatre honorary mention, 1991

----, "The Art of Coarse Acting," original script, Marshall Civic Players banquet, 1980

----, "John Still Loves Mary," original one-act script based on "John Loves Mary," commissioned for 30th anniversary production by Marshall Civic Players, 1979

----, "People Helping People," slide presentation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI, 1979

----, "A Bicentennial Revue," original script, Marshall Civic Players, 1976

----, "The Guttersnipes: A Musical Revue," original script, Albion College Earthstage contest; third-place cash award, published in textbook Earth Stage: A Guide to Environmental Theatre, Albion College (Albion, MI: 1973).

----, "Day Eight," original one-act script, Albion College play-direction examination production, 1972

----, "Loss," short film for play-direction program, Albion College, Albion, MI, 1971

----, "A Typical Day at the Men's German House,"; short film for German-language program, Albion College, Albion, MI, 1970

----, "Tobor," short film for Basic Ideas program, Albion College, Albion, MI, 1968

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~ Revised 16 Dec 2011 ~ Original text copyright 1967-2012 ~

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