... but I haven't.
Never mind. All good things come to those who wait (although bad things can also come to those who wait too long).
Here are the rules again from last year (slightly edited).
1) Only open to those involved in any Enchanted Burlesque event, public or private.
2) The Silk Stocking Striptease Show also counts for the Enchanted Burlesque Hall of Fame as it was the predecessor of Enchanted Burlesque.
3) All inductions are selected by myself only, the reason why this is purely musings by myself and not an actual or official Enchanted Burlesque hall of Fame.
4) Induction must come with a valid reason for me.
5) Induction is not just open to performers.
6) I am a valid inductees.
7) Not everyone can get in on the first or second imaginary induction. There will be people who've not made it but do deserve to be mentioned. Anyone not inducted shouldn't take it personally, readers shouldn't see this as a list of the only worthy subjects.
KITTY BANG BANG
Kitty Bang Bang first performed for Enchanted Burlesque at the very last small venue show Angel LaVey and I ran before moving to the Old Rep Theatre. In between working for Enchanted Burlesque in 2009 and returning to co-headline in 2012 at Enchanted Burlesque Believe she had already hopped across the pond to perform at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend 2011 in Las Vegas, without a doubt the most prestigious burlesque event in the world. She has also been named the Best Burlesque Act at the London Cabaret Awarrds 2014.
DR AGAMEMNON WHEN
The very first Silk Stocking Striptease Show in 2008 had a cast but it needed a firm identity and that can only come from the compere. The very first compere to grace the stage of Enchanted Burlesque before it was Enchanted Burlesque was the exceptionally well dressed Dr Agamemnon When. Sadly due to a burgeoning diary and a plethora of future commitments Dr When became Dr When Will He Be Back? Sadly the answer was never. Dr When did provide the poster artwork for the second ever Silk Stocking Striptease Show which can be seen at http://gehennacomplex.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/enchanted-burlesque-5-year-review-part.html (although in a slightly edited form by Angel LaVey to update the final cast). After the 1st ever Silk Stocking Striptease show Dr When was seen hosting several other burlesque events as well as hosting a series of enjoyable birthday parties which Angel and I have attended.
*Source of photograph: http://www.doctorwhen.co.uk/
THE OLD REP THEATRE
As with last year I have included not just performers or people, I've included a building. The Old Rep Theatre is where the Enchanted Burlesque of today launched itself from being a fun pub show into a full blown theatre show. Without the support of the Old Rep Theatre manager and the rest of the theatre staff Enchanted Burlesque might still be a small pub show, or it may have ceased to exist completely. The Old Rep Theatre was built in 1913 and is today considered historically important as first purpose-built repertory theatre in Britain. In recent years the theatre has been faced with the threat of closure but now has a bright future ahead of it thanks to BOA taking over the lease. Exciting times are indeed ahead for this Grade II listed building and home of Enchanted Burlesque.
A local performer who cut her teeth working for Black Country Burlesque before spreading her wings and going further afield. She first worked with Enchanted Burlesque behind the curtain as an exceptional stage hand, and when she's not booked elsewhere she is always happy to make sure the magic happens behind the curtain at our shows. But Twinkel is more than just an exceptional stage hand, she's also an exceptional talent, one of Birmingham's stand out performers. Twice she's performed on our Old Rep Stage (once with a raging fever... the show must go on) and has even taken a supporting role dancing on stage in a Stitch onsie for Angel LaVey. She also gave it her all to entertain the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment alongside burlesque and variety powerhouses Romany Diva of Magic, Red Sarah and Mister Meredith. An Enchanted Burlesque world without Twinkel Pink would be a poorer world indeed.
Following in the expert steps of James Thorpe is ML Imagery. A dab hand with a camera who is so fast that we have a photograph of a Sally Rand Tribute act by Vendetta Vain that we dare never to put up, the joke that day being only a male photographer could get that image considering how fast the maneuver was. But joking aside ML Imagery has continued to be our photographer of choice since Enchanted Burlesque Dangerous. Another photographer you can put your trust in.
We are very lucky to have Billibee Creative (http://www.billibeecreative.co.uk/) recording every Enchanted Burlesque show going forwards. Considering Billibee Creative videographer David only has the option of using 1 camera to record each show he pulls off an amazing job (more cameras would mean taking out entire rows in the theatre), and then he puts the proverbial cherry on the cake with his opening sequences. Some of the videos get uploaded for Enchanted Burlesque fans to take a trip back down memory lane or to entice new fans who've only just heard of us, but some will forever remain for our eyes only. Angel and I make a huge effort to book and run each show so it's always a pleasure to finally see the shows we ran as part of a great video.
And that ends the inductions into my 2014 Hall of Fame.