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Fairy Doors
« on: June 26, 2006, 12:05:55 pm »
For many, they are merely a passing flight of fancy, flittering about the childhood imagination and dissolving on impact into sceptical adulthood. Who in their right mind believes in fairies? Well, for fairy researcher Jonathan Wright, a 46-year-old storyteller and illustrator, and fellow residents of the quaint but quirky Michigan town of Ann Arbor (all of whom are in full control of their mental faculties), fairies are as real as the tiny doors that have been mysteriously popping up around town - numbering at least 20 to date.

The inside of a coffee shop; under a toy shop window; even inside Wright's own home - they are all locations of "urban fairy" dwellings. Wright says he first discovered one of the six-inch doors under his staircase in 1993. His daughter uncovered another, which opened onto a room with its own miniature fireplace. Their fame is spreading far and wide - even the Washington Post has covered their arrival. But whose handiwork is behind them? There are no eyewitness reports of anyone - man, woman or fairy - erecting the doors.

Wright, though, claims to have the answer. He says that urbanisation caused the displacement of woodland, forest and flower fairies. While house hunting, the winged ones came across Ann Arbor, an eccentric locality that celebrates the liberation of cannabis at its annual Hash Dash. These bohemian urban dwellers have welcomed the teeny fairy community, Wright says, with many locals enquiring how they can get a fairy door of their own (indeed, this is the most frequently asked question according to Wright's website - http://www.urban-fairies.com

A few Ann Arbor establishments, such as Sweetwaters cafe, have introduced guest books for the public to ask questions and write messages to the elusive fairies. It is uncertain whether the fairies reply to all enquiries, although Wright claims they have managed to secure an email address (fairies@urban-fairies.com). One child wrote, "Dear fairies, I am so happy that you came to Ann Arbor. I hope you come live at my dad's office."

Sceptics may dismiss him as being "away with the fairies," but Wright asserts that he does not wish to impose his beliefs - he is merely sharing them. He laments "those who do not believe in imagination.

"There are people and companies that make and sell 'fairy doors'," he says. "I could do the same. But that takes the fun out of finding them."

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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2006, 02:22:55 pm »
Im going to Michigan Forth of July week and Ann Arbor is close by. Maybe Ill pay a visit and see what I can dig up...
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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2006, 02:42:26 pm »
Some pictures would be great Phantom, our little Monstrous exclusive.

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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #3 on: June 26, 2006, 03:37:02 pm »
Maybe an interveiw with Mr. Wright himself for the radio show!!  :-o
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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #4 on: June 26, 2006, 03:59:02 pm »
Now there's an idea!

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« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2006, 04:44:27 pm »
Im always thinking.  :wink:
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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2006, 05:09:51 pm »
I'd love to hear some stuff from a Faery reasearcher. Hope you dig up some stuff for us Phantom. :P

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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #7 on: June 26, 2006, 05:20:43 pm »
Woot, an excuse to go to MI!
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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #8 on: June 26, 2006, 05:34:13 pm »
Update: I sent the guy and email to see if he would allow me to interview him. By the way, can I write off the gas as a work expense?  :wink:

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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2006, 05:43:43 pm »
Of course - Seeker's paying  :-D

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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2006, 05:49:53 pm »
Woot!
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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2006, 06:29:09 pm »
Huh! What?! ...I don't suppose you drive a hybrid?  How do I get myself into these things...

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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2006, 06:32:01 pm »
My cars pretty good on gas, it shouldnt cost you more than $120.  :wink:
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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2006, 06:34:38 pm »
Lucky me, I just got paid back $120...

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Re: Fairy Doors
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2006, 06:43:17 pm »
kudos for new smilies, lets change some of the old, crappy ones too

No worries. I'll go through them all and see what weeding I can do  :<

How do I get myself into these things..?

You should be asking, "How do I get myself out of these things..?  :-D