IMAGINATION THEATER'S GREAT MYSTERIES

Jim French, Writer and Producer Imagination Theatre is American radio's premiere drama series, now heard coast to coast on well over a hundred radio stations in North America and by satellite on XM Radio. Click here for a radio affiliate in your area. These hour-long weekly broadcasts feature mystery, suspense, fantasy and adventure, produced by Jim French Productions before live audiences on a state-of-the-art recording stage.

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JOHN PATRICK LOWRIE'S NOVEL NOW AVAILABLE AS AUDIO BOOK

Jim French Productions is proud to announce the release of John Patrick Lowrie's award winning science fiction novel "Dancing With Eternity" as an unabridged audio book available from Audible dot com, Amazon dot com and I-tunes. 


A funny and thought-provoking adventure that challenges our traditional beliefs about love, sex, immortality, and spirituality, Dancing With Eternity won the 2011 Forward Firsts Award for Debut fiction. Fully produced with a score by Mr. Lowrie and ambient sound effects by Lawrence Albert, it is the kind of immersive 'movie for your mind' that you've come to expect from Jim French Productions.

Narrated by John Patrick Lowrie and Ellen McLain, the voice of the computer Glados in the popular Portal video games, Dancing With Eternity comes alive through their amazingly dexterous vocal work. Order it today from audible dot com, Amazon dot com or I-tunes.

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OUR NEXT LIVE RECORDING DATE IS MONDAY SEPTEMPER 29TH

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54 NEW SHOWS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE SINGLE EPISODE DOWNLOAD COLLECTION

CRISIS –-  DOOMSDAY CLOCK, THE – Original Air Date 10/6/ A man fears his inheritance of a curious old clock might prove deadly.

GRANDPA AND THE QUEEN OF VENUS – Original Air Date 5/27/76 A tale about a grandfather who won't let advanced age or the lack of other's imagination pen him or slow him down.

THE GYPSY – Original Air Date 3/13/75 It is said that art imitates life; if that is so, then can art also seek revenge?

HARD EVIDENCE – Original Air Date 1/8/76 A blackmailer threatens to reveal a scandal in the life of a promising presidential candidate.

MASKS – Original Air Date 2/26/76 A mysterious maker of unusual masks helps a small time actor reach for the brass ring through murder.

NIGHT TAPES – Original Air Date 5/15/75 A private detective must discover who is leaving threatening messages on a photographers answering machine and why.

A SEMI-PRIVATE ROOM – Original Air Date 12/13/73 It's not always a good idea to look too deeply into the pas. Featuring film (Seven Brides For Seven Brothers) and TV (Three's Company, Maverick) actress Ruta Lee.

THE LAST OF  SIMEON BUELL – Original Air Date 1/17/74 A silver miner in the old west is missing and suspicions of foul play falls on his partner.

HARRY NILE – ALWAYS LEAVE 'EM WANTING MORE – Original air date 4/5/98 A special double length episode that takes us back to the Chicago of the late 1930's during Harry Nile's days as a rookie cop and a married man.

AND YOUR LITTLE DOG TOO – Original air date 11/10/13 One quick phone call from a stranger sets Harry Nile and Murphy off on a case that involves the theft of $50,000, the murder of a gangster and Harry's meeting of a woman who may or may not be a whacko. Guest starring the voice of Judy Jetson and the star of the Golden Age of radio's "Meet Corliss Archer" series, Ms. Janet Waldo plus actor/comedian/writer Chuck McCann

THE CASE OF THE BITTER BANKER – Original air date 12/21/97 Harry Nile helps a lonely bank employee whose only thing in life that she looks forward to is suddenly taken from her by her lousy boss - and he turns up dead.

THE CASE OF T HE CRYING CORPSE – Original air date 9/11/05 A man falls to his death from the 30th floor of his office building and Harry Nile receives a manuscript that tells all about it before it happens! Who wrote the book and sent it to Harry? Boris Karloff!

 CHRISTMAS ON THE CHEAP– Original air date 12/8/13 Chapter 16 of "War Comes to Harry Nile." It's Christmastime 1943 and Harry's been working as the security man at A -1 Fabricators for almost a year, and as a Yuletide present he given another responsibility, party planner. On top of that he has to deal with several bomb threats if he's actually successful and the party comes off as planned. Ho, ho, ho

THE DAY AFTER – Original air date 10/13/13 Chapter 15 of "War Comes to Harry Nile." It's December 8th 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. Harry has tried to enlist in every service but the girl scouts and gets a "no" from all of them. He's 4-F, unfit for duty. Our boy is frustrated and unhappy when he's sent a new client from shyster lawyer Marvin Asher, a client Harry would like to throw down the stairs.

FULL MOON – Original air date 1/19/14 Be very, very careful what you teach your children as they're growing up because sometimes it can come back to bite you in the butt. Harry Nile's latest job is a case in point when he finds himself working against the clock and a parent's outside the box beliefs to prevent a suicide.

GHOST – Original air date 6/9/13 Murphy has joined the board of a local community theater. That in itself can be dramatic enough but add the possibility of a ghost with harmful intentions and Harry's favorite redhead wastes no time bring in her own ghost buster, Harry Nile.

THE GREENWOOD SHOOTING – Original air date 2/9/14 Harry Nile has had some weird ones over time but this one is a beaut. Who steals a car from a used car lot and then brings it back with blood in the trunk and how does it connect with a drive-by killing?

ITS MORE COMPLICATED THEN YOU THINK – Original air date 7/14/13 Harry Nile has a problem; Murphy's out of town and two of her girlfriends want to fill in for her, two of her girlfriends who don't like each other. On top of that his new client want him to find her husband, dead or alive, it doesn't matter, since she'll either kill him herself or take him for everything he's got in the divorce. Estrogen is everywhere.

THE OUT OF TOWNER – Original air date 3/23/14 Episode 262 of "The Adventures of Harry Nile." You know Harry Nile's gonna have a bad day when he sees a guy being kidnapped and thrown into the back of a truck. Our boy gives chase and a rug flies out of the truck hits his car and causes him to run off the road. Couldn't get worse you? How about if there's a dead body wrapped up in the rug?

A THIEF'S DUTY – Original air date 9/8/13 In a follow up to "Blood on the Snow" Harry Nile and Murphy are invited to the opening weekend of a ski lodge only to find themselves caught up in a cloak and dagger plot involving stolen jewels and a red ski jacket.

HILARY CAINE – EYEWITNESS TO MURDER – Original air date 9/15/13 Episode 14 of "The Hilary Caine Mysteries." This time Tittle-Tattle magazine's "Girl Detective" has her job cut out for her. Hilary and Finn must find out who murdered the gold digging American floozy and do before anymore of their suspects wind up dead as well. 

PLAYING THE INNOCENT – Original air date 3/9/14 Episode 15 of The Hilary Caine Mysteries. Hilary Caine is on holiday in the Bahamas without a single dead body in sight… almost. She's got one deceased British diplomat and far too many people confessing to the murder.

KERIDES, THE THINKER – THE WALKING DEAD –- Original air date 11/17/13 Episode Thirteen of the "Kerides, the Thinker." Do the dead walk, can the dead walk and will the dead walk? The answer is no according to our favorite young Greek scholar/detective.  However, he may have to do a bit of a rethink on that after he has dealings with what appear to be several animated corpses.

KINCAID –– DEAD IN THE WATER –- Original air date 2/16/14 Episode 45 of "The Strangeseeker." An infestation of an extraterrestrial nature traps the Strangeseeker and others aboard a research ship and there's a time bomb about to go off. On top of which there's no chance of escape.

TREASURE TROVE –- Original air date 7/21/13 The IC building is gone along with the IC, Kincaid, Shelly and Biggie now work for Miskatonic University and their first case takes them to Oregon and the investigation into a dangerous pair of …glasses?         

MOVIES FOR YOUR MIND –- 4 STRANGERS, 4 STORIES, 1 LIE –- Original air date 3/17/13 If someone pointed out several strangers to you, you'd no doubt think you had nothing intimately in common with them, but that may not be the case. It's just possible, that unknowingly you all share the same secret, and that same secret may have led to murder.

ALLIANCE IN BLOOD –- Original air date 9/26/93 A series of killings in a small Colorado town brings TV reporters, with one finding out more than is safe...for someone! Featuring "WKRP in Cincinnati" star Richard Sanders.

THE AMBER ROOM HUNTERS PART ONE –- Original air date 9/22/13 In WWII the famed Amber Room, often considered the 8th Wonder of the World, was stolen by the Nazis and has never been seen again. Since then over 3,000 theories as to its whereabouts have circulated, one of them was too intriguing not to follow. Four hunters head into the Amazonian Jungle to see if Nazi's fleeing the end of WWII took the room made of Amber and semi-precious gems with them.

THE AMBER ROOM HUNTERS PART TWO –- Original air date 5/12/13 The hunt for the famous lost 8th wonder of the modern world heatS up and things get nasty in the conclusion of this exciting adventure that's a cross between Indiana Jones and … well you be the judge.

THE BLUE VELVET BOX –- Original air date 5/29/09 Sometimes the greatest gift comes in the smallest package, from the most unlikely source.

BUM STEER –- Original air date 9/17/95 Is a company CEO developing a bad case of paranoia or does a street person really know his firms deepest secrets?

POWER FAILURE –- Original air date 9/15/02 Two men are trapped in an elevator during a thunderstorm, a claustrophobic U.S. Marshall and his handcuffed captive.  

THE CUBICLE –- Original air date 9/18/94 A timid office worker is terrified by what happens to him whenever he sits down to work in his tiny new cubicle. Featuring Richard Sanders of "WKRP in Cincinnati."

WHAT THE PLUMBER FOUND –- Original air date 2/10/13 Never put off tomorrow what you should do today or the consequences may be more disturbing then expected… much more disturbing.

DUCKING THE RAIN –- Original air date 3/26/06 A special double length mystery set in Los Angeles of the 1940's with lots of noir type guys, dolls, wisecracks and a private dick named Austin Healy.

THE MERLE OBERON NEGLIGEE –- Original air date 9/29/96 Only in Hollywood. An out of work movie studio costume dresser sets out to steal the bedroom garment worn in Kathy's death bed scene from the 1939 film classic "Wuthering Heights."

RAFFLES – A DIAMOND FOR THE DEAD  –- Original air date 10/23/05 In this tale of multiple deceptions, Raffles, THE Gentleman Thief and Bunny resort to somewhat desperate measures requiring them to attempt a theft almost before the eyes of Inspector Mackenzie.

SHERLOCK HOLMES – THE POET OF DEATH - Original air date 3/8/98 The first episode of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes starring John Gilbert as the Great Detective. Holmes and Watson try to find out if the strange death of their client was an accident or murder.

 THE ADVENTURE OF THE BLIND MAN - Original air date 7/12/98 A pair of Grecian urns and a murdered thief leads Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to a plot to overthrow the British government.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE MISSING LINK - Original air date 11/16/00 This is John Gilbert's last appearance as Sherlock Holmes. A distraught woman seeks the help of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in clearing her husband of a murder charge.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE RELECTANT HOST - Original air date 12/15/13 Episode 113 of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes In March of 1881 Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson decoded to share rooms at 221B Baker Street, now it's December of that year and the two are about to celebrate their first Christmas under that roof. Or are they? They're still fairly new at this roommate business and the murder of an old friend could be the straw that breaks the camels back.

THE CASE OF UNFINISHED BUSINESS - Original air date 3/16/14 Episode 114 of the Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. It's May of 1891 and Dr. Watson is grieving the death of his friend Sherlock Holmes at the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland however, Holmes is not dead, as the world will find out in three years time, but he has a bit of business to take care before he leaves London. A bit of business involving his friend and biographer John H. Watson

THE DARK CHAMBER - Original air date 2/27/00 Even in the 19thstalkers were problems for famous stars of the theatre. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson must locate a mysterious masked man who is terrifying a well know actress.

THE EDISON SENDER - Original air date 3/25/01 Mycroft Holmes enlists the aid of Dr. Watson for some unusual undercover work.

THE FERRERS ENGINE - Original air date 6/13/13 Episode 110 of "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." Why would anyone want to steal the plans for and murder the inventor of a new engine that can't possibly work? Holmes and Watson must take a train ride to find out.

THE MISSING THREE QUARTER - Original air date 9/29/13 Episode 40 of "The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" Holmes has investigated many strange mysteries over the years, but the disappearance of a star Ruby player just before the big game sounds like something out of a bad melodrama. However, as he and Watson are to discover this case has a deeper and ultimately sadder resolution then anyone could have first imagined.

THE NAVAL TREATY - Original air date 1/26/14 Episode 41 of "The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle listed as one of his favorites of the 60 stories he wrote about the Great Detective. Holmes and Watson called in to discover what has happened to an important document before its loss drives a man insane.

THE RAGWORT PUZZLE - Original air date 3/26/00 Sherlock Holmes andDr.Watson are asked to investigate a bank robbery where the thief committed the crime without entering the bank.

THE SECRET OF THE FIVES - Original air date 11/29/98 Episode seven in "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" The American government asks Holmes to find out who is threatening to destroy Congress and assassinate President McKinley. Starring John Gilbert a Holmes. Guest starring Russell (The Professor) Johnson from "Gilligan's Island."

SILVER BLAZE - Original air date 2/23/13 Episode Forty-two of "The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." One of the top ten of the original Conan Doyle stories and the one that asks the famous question about"… the curious incident of the dog in the night."

THE TERRIBLE TRAGEDY AT LYTTON HOUSE - Original air date 11/24/13 Episode 112 of "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." The mysterious disappearance of a young boy, a stolen painting and tragic desperation all conspire to bring Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson into the world of a thief and an insane killer.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE PRIORY SCHOOL - Original air date 7/2/13 Episode 39 of "The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." On of the best-known stories from the original canon, this is tale of tragic loyalty, unreasonable jealousy and foolish pride all of which lead to murder and kidnapping.

THE ADVENTURE OF THE PROFLIGATE'S PLEA - Original air date 10/20/13 Episode 111 of "The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes." Sherlock Holmes has been challenged many, many times but never by a murder victim. The dead man, in a letter to Holmes, is convinced that the Great Detective will have met his match with this one.

THE WOMAN FROM VIRGINIA - Original air date 8/2/98 An American heiress is kidnapped and Sherlock Holmes is engaged to find her. Starring John Gilbert as Holmes.

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THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE JOHN GILBERT COLLECTION                                                                                                          In 1998 when we decided to produce a new series of Sherlock Holmes audio dramas we had one name at the top of our list to play Holmes, Mr. John Gilbert, And we were correct in our choice. In a little over two years John made the role his with a resonant, decisive approach to the part. Sadly due to ill health he was forced to retire from acting in 2000. However, he left a legacy of fine performances as the Great Detective and here, for the first time in any collection are all 18 of his adventures as the world's first and finest consulting detective. Plus a Doctor Watson adventure never before released on CD. 

WAR COMES TO HARRY NILE VOLUME 5

CHAPTER NINE: WEEKEND IN HEAVEN - it's March 1945 and we find our boy taking his first vacation in quite a while. The best part is a client of Harry's sometime lawyer Marvin Asher is picking up the whole tab. That is good, isn't it? Sure it is, if you don't mind walking into your room to find a battered and bruised drunken female on your bed.


CHAPTER TEN: FIFTEEN YEARS LATER - The time is June 1944 and following the events of Chapter 3, "D-Day Minus One" Harry is still in England waiting to get a flight home. However, he isn't bored. He manages to get himself involved with murder, treason and a former "girl" detective. Oh yeah, he also meets an aged consulting detective, a reformed, for the duration, gentleman thief and a nut job who says he is a seeker of the strange and unusual. With over 7 minutes of material never heard before this special double length story celebrates 15 years of Imagination Theatre broadcasts and features guest stars John Patrick Lowrie, Terry Rose, John Armstrong, Ellen McLain and Karen Heaven.

WAR COMES TO HARRY NILE VOLUME 6

CHAPTER ELEVEN: SECRET MISSION - December 1941 the first wartime Christmas for the USA since 1917, just weeks after surprise attack on Pearl Harbor; Harry agrees to take on a domestic surveillance case because there might be a slim chance he'd be helping the war effort. How, he's not sure and why should modified B-25 bombers have anything to do with it?
CHAPTER TWELVE: A MINOR DETAIL - It's late 1944, the allies are pushing the Germans back across Europe toward Germany; Japan is faring no better. In Los Angeles Harry Nile is still working to keep his agency alive while working at a defense plant during the week. His new case is a puzzler, why would anybody steal a vintage car that stands out like a newborn baby in a retirement home.

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We've set the dates for our Live Recording session at The Kirkland Performance Center for all of 2014 and part of 2015

September 29th and November 17th.

2015: January 19th, March 16th,  and May 18th.

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Mrs. Hudson No More

It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce the passing of our beloved Lee Paasch, know too many of you as Mrs. Hudson for over fifteen years. Yet as with many who play a long running role she was far more:

Theatre had been part of Lee's life since early childhood, when she hid under the hall table to listen to her parents and their theatre group rehearsing in the living room, played Grumpy in "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" at age 7, and hid under the covers with her radio to listen to "Fibber McGee and Molly" etc. after bedtime. A University of Nebraska graduate with a degree in Drama, she had acted in many productions there and in the Midwest, taught drama, directed for Stanley Kramer's Drama School for three years at Bellevue Community College, and directed numberless plays in Seattle area theatres. She taught "Acting for Adults" classes at Carco Theatre in Renton, WA, ,and served on a municipal arts commission. Lee first performed in a Jim French radio show in the 1970's. "The great scripts, wonderful people involved in the tapings, and manipulating the voice to play various roles make performing in Imagination Theatre pure joy!" she said. In 1998 She began her long run as Mrs. Hudson, over 15 years ago, that made her the longest running actor in that part in the history of English language radio. Lee passed away from colon cancer on November 29, 2013.

She was adored by all who knew her and she made the world a better place.

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Some Changes for 2014 

 We are no longer offering the 2 CD volumes 1 – 26 or the single CD volume 27 of The History of Harry Nile as hard copies. The volumes will still be available as downloads.

 The same will be true for the single CD volumes 1 - 6 of The Adventures of Harry Nile.

 The 16 single CD volumes of The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

 The 6 single CD volumes of The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

 The 4 single CD volumes of The Hilary Caine Mysteries and

 The 4 single CD volumes of Raffles, the Gentleman Thief

 All are still be available as downloads and in their multi CD sets.

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Our Next Live Recording Session Will be Monday, July 14th

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Sets Number 3 of The Adventures of Harry NIle and The Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes are Now Available as CDs or a Download __________________________________________________________________

Sirius/XM has Dropped Book Radio?

Some sad news has come our way for those of you who have been listening to us over the Sirius/XM satellite radio system, as of July 15th  Book Radio has been dropped and Imagination Theatre, Harry Nile, Sherlock Holmes and the rest of our gang will no longer be broadcast. We'll still be around just no longer on their system. To help us get over this loss please send dark chocolate.


A NEW BOOK ABOUT OUR SHERLOCK HOLMES SERIES

M. J. Eilliott has just published a collection of scripts for both the Further Adventures and the Classic Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, a total of 11 in all. Its full of behind the scenes tidbits and the reader gets a real sense of what it takes to write for us. The Sherlock Holmes Society reviewed it thus: M J Elliott contributed his first script in 2003 and is now one of the most prolific and intelligent writers in the field. If you ve ever listened to a radio play and asked yourself, How did they do that? or even, Why did they do that? You'll love Sherlock Holmes on the Air. Source: Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

Look for it on Amazon.

MURPHY'S WRITTEN A BOOK

If Harry Nile's partner Murphy ever wrote a book what type do you would think it would be? Well, no need to wonder because she has written one, or rather May Anne Dorward the actror who plays Murphy has and it's one we here at JFP think would a great addition to anyone's personal library. It's call "Words to Thrive By" check it out on Amazon or go to Mary Anne's website at maryannedorward.com.

OUR NEXT LIVE PERFORMANCE WILL BE ON MONDAY March 10th

PAYPAL HAS COME TO JFP

We are now acceptng Paypal as a way to pay for all of your orders. So for those of you who aren't comfortable using your credit cards to order online here's a way that fast and easy.

IN THE NEWS:

John Patrick Lowrie (Sherlock Holmes) has a new book out called "Dancing With Eternity." It's his first novel and for those who love Science Fiction based on possible probabilities with a dash of swashbuckling and moral concepts that will stir a response in every reader, this is a must read. Check it out on Amazon.com.

Description: What would happen if Odysseus met Captain Ahab in the Fortieth Century? Only Captain Ahab is a beautiful woman named Steel who owns her own starship, and Odysseus is an unemployed actor named Mohandas who's stuck on the backside of a backwater moon because he won't pay his taxes. Everybody almost everybody lives forever, and there's a telepathic Internet that allows the entire population of the galaxy to communicate at will and even experience the world from another person's perspective

New Collections

THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SET #5

THE CLASSIC ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES SET #3

TH ADVENTURES OF HARRY NILE SET #3

All new items are available as CDs and downloads.

And the New Voice of Murphy is...? Mary Anne Dorward!

Mary Anne Dorward

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley Mary Anne has been a professional actress on stage, television and radio since she was 17. Her career has taken her from appearances on Broadway, Television and regional theatre to our microphones, appearing for the last 13 years as the voice of Dr. Watson' beloved wife Mary. Recently we were proud to announce her casting as the new voice of "Murphy" in our long running Private Detective series "The Adventures of Harry Nile." However, she is more then just a fine actor. Mary Anne is a veteran of the National Speakers Association, Global Speakers Federation, a speaker, author, coach, award-winning radio host and cancer survivor. She is committed to being a positive influence in the lives, organizations and companies she touches through her speaking and writing. She has coached leaders in the business and the not-for-profit communities to help them both gain visibility and raise millions of dollars.

Mary Anne's 10 year commitment to making the world a better place through her company, My Real Voice, extends beyond working with professionals to further their bottom line. She knows that the most important speech many of us give is a toast at a wedding, a eulogy, or for a dinner with friends. Mary Anne delights in working on projects of all scales, helping everyday speeches become extraordinary ones. Her new book "Words To Thrive By - Powerful Storied Of Courage and Hope" is set for a January 2012 release. Her website is www.myrealvoice.com

NEW SETS & VOLUMES AVAILABLE AS DOWNLOADS

War Comes to Harry Nile Vols. 5 & 6

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The John Gilbert Collection

Regarding Apps:

We have talked and talked and talked about the possibility of an App for our site. We've looked at the pros (of which there are many) and we've looked at the cons and even though there are fewer cons, they outway the pros.

And then we discovered QR codes. We will be slowly altering our printed materials, i.e. cd inserts and brochures, etc. to contain this handy little code so that you can simply scan it with your smartphone or tablet device and have it in your history to easily look up what we're doing at Jim French Productions.

As a preview, here's our code. Scan it with your favorite electronic gizmo and see what happens!

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