Cyphan Con started off with a bang . . . the bang of a cell door that is!
Yeah, I didn’t see that coming either!
Jenny and I had just arrived. We were a little lost, looking for where we needed to go to pick up our tickets. At least we were sure that we were in the right place, having seen several interestingly outfitted people! We had just turned a corner and were making our way through the hotel when these two enterprising gentlemen dressed as Browncoats started talking to us. One of them noticed my button which sports our logo and “SpaceGypsies” on it, and then the next thing I knew, I was being gently escorted to a crude wooded cage, cuffed and placed inside! Then I was written up for being a Space Gypsy, and Jenny was asked if I had any aliases!
That’s some welcoming committee you have there, Cyphan! Haha!
Turns out it was a charity trick! The Browncoats were bounty hunting in order to collect the money, snagging any willing convention attendee that walked by and then taking the bond fee from friends and family. According to Jenny this Jail and Bail trick is well known, but it was new to me. Once I caught on though it was kinda fun!
These guys were a couple of crack-ups! They teased me, so I teased them back! They asked me, “What is a Space Gypsy anyway?” and I said, “We are a fan site devoted to many shows and things we love, including Firefly!” I thought it would win me some points, but these guys were a tough crowd. I said, “I don’t even have my tickets yet!” and they waved their hands and said, “That doesn’t matter!”
As if my two jailers weren’t enough, it got way better! Many fans at Cyphan Con today were decidedly StarWars fans. One such fan wondered by. He was dressed as a storm trooper. I kid you not! It was an excellent costume too, complete with the helmet that allowed him to speak as if over a radio. So what did he do? He stopped in front of my prison, pointed at me, and laughed!
Storm Trooper: “You’re stuck in a cage!”
Me: “So? You’re stuck in a tin can!”
He thought about that for a second, decided he couldn’t argue with that, and went back to pointing and laughing!
Eventually, after several hours, Jenny decided she had better bail me out . . . No I’m kidding! It was only just a few minutes! I do have to admit that I had a twinge of panic as they tried to uncuff me.
Browncoat 1: “Give me the key.”
Browncoat 2: ” I don’t have the key! I gave it to you!”
Browncoat 1 then made a show of searching his many pockets before he found the key and released me!
Later I realized that I really needed to have a picture of myself in that cage. I mean come on, how often do you get grabbed by a couple of Browncoats, cuffed, and locked up for ransom? So Jenny and I went back to the guys, who had been teasing us jovially every time we walked by them. I told them I would donate another 5 dollars if they would stick me back in the cage, cuffs and all, and let Jenny take my picture. Then I threw curve ball at them! I said they couldn’t have my money until they let me back out! Teasing me about turning the tables on them, they cuffed me and locked me up. Then just as Jenny was about to take my picture, one Browncoat said to the other, “Wait, if we’re going to do this we have to do it right. Where’s that other set of shackles?”
Yep. They grabbed Jenny, cuffed her, made me back away from the door while they let her in, and then proceeded to use my camera in video mode to tape us both! Don’t worry, that video will be posted later . . . after a little editing!
They took some pictures, released us, and I made my donation.
I have been on stage at conventions. I’ve been on trivia panels and unwillingly participated in an actor’s revenge on fan fiction writers. But NEVER did I ever imagine that I would wind up in jail at a convention!
This is just one sample of just how fun this convention was, so hang on! You’re in for a wild ride!