This is another topic 'borrowed' from the mjzyje.pl site
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This Is It The Final Curtain Call
The final curtain call is a very interesting phrase, which was used during the London press conference for the O2 This Is It performances (note: even if it was a double, MJ himself was still the author of the message given).
Here is a transcript of the key statement (at 4 min, 35 sec): This is it, I mean this is really it; this is the final this is the final curtain call.
Lets look at two aspects of that phrase: the final curtain, and then the curtain call.
Final Curtain is the name of a hoax about death that was started in September of 1998! It was designed by Joey Skaggs, and you can read about it on the Museum of Hoaxes website http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/archive/permalink/final_curtain/
on the Final Curtain website
; and on Skaggs own website
I have selected a few very interesting statements from these websites, as well as from a few other sources.
In 1998, Skaggs put together an international team of volunteer writers, artists, and designers to create The Final Curtain It was immediately accepted by the public as a reality without question. Skaggs always leaves clues in his [hoax] performances.
the Final Curtain hoax was two years in the making, and involved dozens of co-conspirators. Numerous talented writers and artists, some of whom prefer to remain anonymous for professional reasons, created an elaborate and convincing nonexistent virtual business under Skaggs creative direction.
JOEY SKAGGS has been staging hoaxesto lampoon the media, to lampoon the culture, but never to make moneyfor 34 years. Some hoaxes are huge and take place over the course of years THE SIGNS WERE THERE for journalists who doubted Final Curtain. But they didn't. Part of partic*pating in Final Curtain was agreeing to keep my mouth shut until it was time to reveal the hoax. Final Curtain wasn't intended to make money; it was intended to draw attention to two issuesthe media's wicked ways, as we've seen, and the death industry.
Wikipedia on Joey Skaggs: The Final Curtain It was meant to satirize showmanship in places like Forest Lawn cemeteries.
Although a different MJ, notice the name of a person who reported about the Final Curtain: KRLA, CBS, Los Angeles, Michael Jackson, 10-25-1999
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Jackson_(radio_commentator) <--- okay this is the whole link together with the radio_commenter
This [Final Curtain] was a really sophisticated prank with a lot of people involved. Media hoaxing has a bright, promising future [after the year 2,000!?!]. All we can hope is that the hoaxers are smarter than the media.