Aris Dervis 2004
you getting a little tired of the status quo? Are you out of work, impoverished,
unwell, unhappily single, unhappily married, unsuccessful?
This handsome devil invites you to Get Out of Hell.
Plass, owner of this papier mache devil, shared this story with us. One
day while shopping in a mercado in the Alpes section of Mexico City, Sally
found a toy and candy store. Diablos were hanging from the ceiling and
she learned that they had been crafted by a man who had cheated death.
He felt that their laughing irreverence had scared away the Grim Reaper.
Sally bought three devils and took them home to New York City, where she
hung them in her mother Florence's apartment.
In the winter of 1984 Sally and her husband Michael, attended a party
with Florence. Sally had a ritual of calling her mother every night to
say goodnight. She called Florence at 1 a.m. and found her safely in bed.
Second later Florence called Sally to say she was surrounded by flames.
Sally called 911, then wearing a bathrobe, raced to the local firehouse
to alert them. The firemen were not encouraged to learn her mother had
an oxygen tank in the apartment. When Sally arrived on the scene she watched
the firefighters throwing all her mother's belongings out the window-
a sofa, a table, photographs. One kind firefighter fished Sally's photos
out of a wet gutter.
Before the firefighters arrived, Michael broke down the apartment door
and crept across the floor to the bathroom, where he found Florence looking
for a way out. He dragged her out of the apartment, then went back to
start fighting the fire. Although most of the belongings in the apartment
were ruined, the three devils remained unscathed. Sally believes that
they protected her mother and now has them in a place of honor in her
is the proprietor of a wonderful prop house in New York City.
her at http://www.aplassprophouse.org/