I went to a meeting of the Society of American Magicians last night, courtesy of the local chapter’s president, my good friend Randy Kalin. Last night, the guest speaker was Philip Morris, the founder of Morris Costumes. Other than a 40-year career in ghost and terror shows that toured the country in the ’50s and 60s–and a thriving costumer business–Morris’ claim to fame is that the Bigfoot seen in the famous Patterson footage. You know the one, we’ve all seen it; Bigfoot lopes through some logs, arms swaying, then turns to give the camera a look before striding off. Yeah, that one. Well, he claims that the Bigfoot was actually a guy in a costume…one of his costumes purchased by Patterson.
Morris was an interesting speaker. The costume he brought–umm, well, conveniently claimed to be a reproduction of the alleged costume–was interesting to see first-hand. The details as he related them were plausible, though in my mind no more or less so than the actual story. An interesting point that I wasn’t able to ask…Morris brought the suit, the head, the gloves…but no actual feet.
Who knows, could go either way on this one. Patterson is alleged to have been (he’s dead, of course) a ne’er do well of fairly epic proportions. And there are aspects of the footage that still seem to defy a hoax explanation. And it seems strange that this all comes out when there’s no one left alive to confirm or deny.
But it was interesting. And now for your pleasure, a picture of a man with a Bigfoot suit.