POST REVIVAL! – 3D Pumpkin Carving Tools

Yes, oh YES! It’s that time of year again!  Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins!!!


Needless to say, it is going to be an incredibly busy season for me. I am totally excited and getting everything ready that I can. For those of you who are also pumpkin-carving enthusiasts, you are probably doing the same. And for those of you who are new to the world of 3D pumpkin carving, this would be a great time to start purchasing tools if you haven’t done so already.

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Even though I have a decent-sized pumpkin carving tool inventory, I definitely want to make sure I have back-ups. You never know when tools are going to finally give out and break. During a pumpkin carving event I can’t afford to to loose an important carving tool in the middle of the process. Heck, even when I’ve only carved 3-5 pumpkins for the season I’ve had tools randomly break or come apart. So it is always a good idea to have back-ups.

Now, if you are just a 3D pumpkin carving beginner, click here to see a basic list of my recommended 3D pumpkin carving tools. Some of the tools on this list are a repeat of my last list, but a lot of the tools are new items I have added to my tool box this year to make carving go even  more smoothly, and to make displays even more fun!

(I would like to add that I personally order about 95% of my tools from I find they have the best selection, and the prices are generally a lot cheaper than in store. And if you have Amazon Prime, you can get free 2-day shipping!)

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The tools and props below are the EXACT ones that I ordered. I have provided pictures and links to each item.)


1.Kemper Mini-Ribbon Tool Set

These are the tools I use for sculpting very fine details in each pumpkin. They are Kemper brand, and they are about 5 inches long and are excellent tools that will last a very long time if you treat them well. A MUST have if you will be doing fine detail work.


2. Kemper Pottery Tool Set

Although you will not use everything in this kit, you do end up using a majority of it. And this is a GREAT kit for all skill levels. The large loop tool is used for scraping off outer pumpkin skin as well as blocking in large shapes. The double-ended ribbon tool is used for a majority of the sculpting. The needle tool is used for scraping out fine detail. The wooden modeling tool is used for smoothing out lines and fine detail. And the yellow sponge allows  you to take a bit of water and wipe off stray “pumpkin bits” off the pumpkin’s shell and off of the carved area after you’re all done.

Please note that there is a cheaper version of this clay-sculpting kit (NOT Kemper brand, I believe it is Stalwart brand) that I mention in my previous 3D pumpkin carving tool post, but again, I cannot attest to the quality, however it contains all of the same items and did get good reviews. Click here to check it out.


3.Stainless Steel Julienne Peeler


I have mentioned before that a traditional vegetable peeler just doesn’t cut it for me (no pun intended) when it comes to peeling the rind off of a pumpkin, especially a tough rind. This, however, seems to get the job done. Usually 3D pumpkin carvers will take a large pottery/sculpting loop tool and scrape off the outer pumpkin rind before they start to carve. However, I personally don’t like the stress it puts on the loop tool – if you’ve ever done this, then you know how tough pumpkin skin can be! I’ve broken a few loop tools because of it. This heavy-duty julienne peeler really helps ease the process and seems to be the only other thing I have found (besides a Ped Egg) that will peel through tough pumpkin skin.


4. Birds Beak Paring Knife

There are some things I can’t live without when it comes to 3D pumpkin sculpting, and THIS is one of them. If you have any desire whatsoever to create clean, detailed cuts, lines, and the like, then you NEED a birds beak paring knife. I don’t even care if you get this one, just, PLEASE , for the love of carving, get yourself a birds beak knife! I didn’t use this knife for the first 2 years I did 3D pumpkin sculpting, and quite frankly, I’m sad I didn’t use this sooner. It does take some getting used to, but once you do, you’ll never look back – It will totally refine your work. I don’t really NEED 2 of them…but I have 2 of them…. ;-)


5.Super Glue!!

I just found out last year that Super Glue is the only glue that will bond wet pumpkin flesh to wet pumpkin flesh. You never know when an accidental slip of a carving tool will happen and end up chopping off the tip of the nose of your sculpture (Been there, done that!). This is a MUST have for any tool kit of a 3D pumpkin carver!


6. A Brow Brush……..wait, what?…..

Yes, you heard correctly – A brow brush. As in, a brush for your eyebrows. However, that’s not what this little guy is used for when it comes to pumpkin carving. This is an amazing tool to keep for detailed clean-up in harder to reach areas, such as deep folds and wrinkles or between strands of carved hair (and yes, I’m still talking about pumpkins, not people. ;-) )  You’ll find that when carving, a lot of little stray pumpkin bits get lodged in weird, hard to reach areas on the pumpkin, and this little brush is soft enough to wipe out unwanted pumpkin spatter without damaging your work. (P.S. I suppose you could use a pipe-cleaner for this same purpose, but I like the fact it’s durable and that I can just wash this out and reuse it.


7. Pumpkin Appendages (let me explain….)

You know, there’s something about giving a pumpkin arms and legs that really just make it come to life! I already own a set of these pumpkin vine arms and legs (made by Villafane Studios), but they worked so amazingly last year that I decided I just HAD to have another pair this year! Ohhh, the endless possibilities!!! I would like to add that you can also get the pumpkin vine arms, legs, and stem off of Villafane Studios website.  Either way, supplies are limited, so order soon if you to make sure you get a set. You will DEFINITELY have the coolest pumpkin on the block!

My latest pumpkin for Villafane Studios - "The Pumpkin Artist"  3D pumpkin by Brandy Davis
“The Pumpkin Artist” 3D pumpkin by Brandy Davis
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“Mike Wazowski” 3D pumpkin carving by Brandy Davis. Yeah! The kids got a kick out of that one last year! :-)



So as of now, that is my list. And I stress the, “as of now” part….I’m sure I’ll think of more tools to order in the coming days! And when I do, I’ll be sure to let you all know!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below! I’ll be happy to answer anything I can. :-)

Stay tuned for more recommendations as well as my exciting new pumpkin carving ventures this fall!!!

Happy Carving! :-)

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It’s a Poll! I Want to Hear From You!

I’ve had quite a few inquires about our book and rewards ever since we have launched our Kickstarter project, The Peculiar Book of Pumpkin Poetry. So I decided to create a poll so I can hear from YOU! I am debating on adding in a new reward. Currently we do not have an option for people who only want to purchase the 3D pumpkin carving tutorial and not the book. And please remember that all donations through our Kickstarter page will be used towards funding the printing of The Peculiar Book of Pumpkin Poetry. Thanks for any feedback you can give me!  It is greatly appreciated! <3

Go ahead! Cast your vote! :-)

Would you like to see a "3D Pumpkin Tutorial ONLY" option added as a reward for $10 on our Kickstarter page?



If enough people are interested in the option or a tutorial only, then I just may add it in! I want to make sure I’m giving you guys what you want! And in case anyone is wondering, the tutorials will be received before October 31st of this year – giving you plenty of time to carve to have a pumpkin ready for Halloween!


If you have another suggestion for a reward you would like to see added to our Kickstarter page, please leave it in the comment section! Thank you for your input!!!

<3 Brandy

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We Surpassed Our First $1000 Milestone!

Woo hoo! Thank you family and friends for helping us cross that $1000 milestone on our Kickstarter project! We are well on our way to pass the $2000 mark! Let’s see if we can do it by the end of the day! If you haven’t already, please donate to our Kickstarter project and you can pre-order an AMAZING book by me and Brittain Scott! Here is the link to donate:! Even $5! I know you have $5… :-) …We REALLY appreciate your support more than you know!!!! <3

***Please share our Kickstarter page so we can reach as many people as possible!!!***

Thanks so much to those who have donated so far!! And I’ve noticed that a some people are saying they’ll buy a book AFTER we print/publish these books, but we need you all to know that we CANNOT publish/print these books unless we get fully FUNDED through our Kickstarter page! So it’s VERY important that if you want to help us reach our goal, you need to pre-order the books through our Kickstarter page RIGHT NOW! That money will be used to fund the printing of these books, which means you’ll wind up with a unique book you and your family can cherish for years to come! Remember, any amount helps! So go to our page, and click on the rewards you’d like, and donate! Thanks!!!

If this helps sway your decision a little- here is a peek at one of our characters from The Peculiar Book of Pumpkin Poetry – “Sleeping Stan,” who sleeps all he can, for a very clever reason…:

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IT’S TIME !!! ANNOUNCING: The Peculiar Book of Pumpkin Poetry!!


Alright family and friends!!! It’s time!!!! Officially announcing the “Kick off” of our very special project that Britt Scott and I have been working on ALL YEAR LONG!!!

…….Introducing, The Peculiar Book of Pumpkin Poetry! A book perfect for ALL ages! – Young, and young at heart!!!  We’ve put our heart and soul (and a lot of sleepless nights into this project!)…..We are on the very last step of our journey bringing this book to fruition, and we need YOUR HELP to do it! We’ve started a Kickstarter page where you can DONATE and PRE-ORDER the book (along with awesome limited edition prints and posters from the book, my first OFFICIAL 3D pumpkin carving tutorial, and MORE). Each donation gets us one step closer to funding the printing of the book! Also check out our Kickstarter page to learn more about all the behind the scenes work that went into our project!

Please share, Share, SHARE this awesome news and our Kickstarter page with your family and friends and help us fund the printing of this book!!! Thank you all so much!! <3 <3 <3

Please click on the link here to go straight to our Kickstarter Page:…/the-peculiar-book-of-pumpkin-…


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A Sneek Peek!!!!

A very special sneak peek of the very “peculiar” pumpkin project I have been working on for the past YEAR with a very talented artist, Brittain Scott!

Stay tuned tonight at 7:00PM MST to find out about this amazing project, and how you can become a part of it forever!


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A Very Special, and “Peculiar” Pumpkin Announcement TONIGHT at 7:00PM MST!



Hellllloooooooooo everyone!   I promise I have not forgotten about any of you! As a matter of fact, I’ve had all of you in the very forefront of my mind all year long!….

Tonight, at 7:00PM MST, I will be making a very HUGE and SPECIAL announcement. I have been collaborating up with an amazing artist, Brittain Scott, and we have spent the past YEAR working on an awesome project – something that has NEVER been done before with pumpkins! It’s a project that we have invested all of our passion, talent, and time on (including MANY sleepless nights) – and we don’t regret one second of it!

I know I haven’t been posting much this past year, and this is why! This project really took all year – since last November! I really wanted to create something special for you guys that you will be able to cherish for many years to come! It was definitely a labor of love! :-)

Also, that’s not all – stay tuned to find out how YOU can be a part of it this special project forever!

Sooooooo many more updates to post – so keep a lookout for those. I’m going to be posting a lot in the next few days, including more time lapse videos, pumpkin carving tips, and even post where you can get my very first 3D pumpkin carving TUTORIAL!!! and lots more stuff from there on out! This is definitely the BIGGEST and most EXCITING year yet! You don’t wanna miss it!!!!


Brandy Davis

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Now Booking 2015!!!

Now Booking 2015 OFFICIAL


If you are looking for an amazing 3D pumpkin to display this year for Halloween, or if you want some awesome, unique entertainment for your guests at your Fall/Halloween event, 2015, look no further!

I have officially started booking for Fall 2015! If you have any questions about booking, feel free to contact me via the email provided, or you can fill out this form. Either way, I’ll get it and I’ll respond A.S.A.P! :-)   My spots are filling up fast this year, so don’t wait!


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Throwback Thursday!!! – An Ode to the Artistic Past

I remember back when I discovered the wonderful world of chalk pastels.  Yep, I was about 15 years old and I was in Mr. Gravely’s high school art class. One day he just let the class sit and experiment with it on these huge sheets of pastel paper. I immediately took a liking to them and asked if I could borrow a box to take home with me, along with some pastel paper. That was the cool thing about Mr. Gravely – if he knew you were serious about art, he wouldn’t hesitate to let you take a hundred art supplies home (that he often purchased using his OWN money) just to keep a student’s inspiration flowing.

I also remember bringing the pastels home and sitting there playing around with them after school for a couple of days – just drawing lines and shapes – figuring out how they work when certain things are done to them. Then one day I started rummaging through a box of old postcards, greeting cards, and random pictures from magazines that I would keep just for artistic inspiration (I actually still have that box, and I’ve been adding to it ever since.).  I remember looking at this old blank greeting card with a picture on the front of a baby sitting by the ocean, playing in the sand on the beach – it may have been a painting, but I don’t really remember. For whatever reason, I was drawn to it at the time and decided to sit down at our kitchen table at a homemade easel my dad had built for me using spare parts from the garage and draw this thing out. I pretty much just used the card as a reference photo, and copied the whole thing freehand – but onto a 18×24 blue sheet of pastel paper using pencil (only for the outline) and chalk pastel. Here is what I ended up with:


Yep, so again, I was 15 years old when I drew this. I still remember my dad showing some of family this piece when it was still a work in progress – I remember hearing my Aunt say, “Oh my gosh! I always new she was going to be an artist!” haha. My dad still has this hanging up inside his house – that, and LOTS more of my early art (and some of my new stuff too). It’s cool to see this piece every time I go back to visit – And not even because I think it’s particularly good or anything. I think it was the first piece that I really stepped back and took a look at it and said….

“Hmmm…maybe I really can be an artist…..” :-)



I hope you enjoyed my little blast from the past for this week! If you would like to participate in Throwback Thursday, just send me an email via the “Contact Me” tab above and click on the “General Questions or Comments” and make sure to include the title “Throwback Thursday” in your request. Then I’ll get back to you asap with an email that you can send your picture into. NOTE: You DO NOT need to be “an artist”of any kind to participate. ;-)   To participate, all you’ll need is a photo of your art project/painting/sculpture/drawing (etc) and a small blurb describing your photo including your age/grade when you created your work of art. If you would like, you can also include any current artwork (if any) or a current website. And if you want to be even more daring – you can even include your current age! ::gasp::!  It’s all in good fun!

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Art and Confidence

I will now pose a serious question to you…A question that has been plaguing artists for centuries….A question where the answer can make or break any chance of an artistic career:


Do you ever doubt yourself as an artist? 


Think about that for a second……Do you ever feel like your art isn’t good enough, or that someone else’s art is better, so you tell yourself, “Why bother?”  Or do you start psyching yourself out with thoughts of failure or ridicule?  Or even worse, do other people doubt you as an artist, and you let it get to you so much that you start to believe it?


Well, good news! – I have a simple solution for you that will solve your problems once and for all!:

Stop it! Yep. Just stop it. Plain and simple. No magic formula here; Just magic words. Repeat them to yourself every time you find self-doubt creeping in again. “Stop it.” And then shake it off, move on, and finish what you originally started.


So you’re probably thinking, “C’mon! How could it possibly be that simple!?” Well, it is that simple, but you’ll find that we, ourselves, are the one’s that tend to complicate things with our thoughts of fears and what-ifs. Well, consider the quote below:


Yes, let that marinate for a while…………………this is the root of all self-doubt.

And while you are doing that, I will also add that we often get an earful of what others think they know about the unknown, or rather, our personal unknown…and in summary, they believe that because of their fears (legitimate or not), we should give up our crazy artistic pursuits and take a more “conventional” approach to a career, or life in general….


But, that brings me to the next quote, which is one of my all-time favorites:



Boom! (Now go and actually be the one who does it!)


Now I would like to share a personal experience with you that illustrates the very concept of that last quote. Although it is quite humorous on the surface, it really set the tone for me for the rest of my artistic career. It also totally changed my outlook on how I handle doubt in my artistic career.


I remember back in late 2006 – I was still finding my niche in the art world. I was newly married, had no kids, and had an abundance free time aside from my job as a traveling art instructor.


Back where I used to live, the county fair used to come around in October. I vividly remember back in late September of 2006, an ad came on one of my favorite radio stations – they announced they were sponsoring the contest for Grand Hat Days at the Big Fresno Fair on its opening day. The most GRAND hat would win $1000 and free Me N’ Ed’s Pizza for a year. (Now, if you grew up where I did, you would know that any prize consisting of Me N’ Ed’s Pizza was a prize worth it in itself…the $1000 wasn’t a bad incentive either….) ;-)


As soon as I heard that announcement on the radio, I just knew, not hoped, but KNEW that I could win this thing – there wasn’t a doubt in my mind. I never even gave it room to creep in. Even though I had never made a hat before, let alone a huge whimsical one, there still wasn’t a doubt in my mind. Now, for those that don’t know me, I am no Miss Cleo, nor did I have any special inside information as to what the judges would be looking for. I just knew what I was capable of making – that was all. My imagination was the limit for me.


So I grabbed my sketch pad and came up with this little beauty, or rather….this drawing is more like a “beast.” Remember, this was almost 10 years ago. The drawing is definitely a bit rough, and actually reminds me of drawings I did in high school – but whatever – I was excited about it, and that is the key!



And then within minutes that idea evolved into this:

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I’m not sure why I kept these sketches – but I’m glad I did.


Ok, so yeah – this idea of this hat was no doubt a freakin’ mutated abomination to hats, and a definite stretch of the imagination. But C’mon! – I mean, after all, it wasn’t called Mediocre Cute Hat Day – It was called GRAND Hat Day for a reason! I was going GRAND!


That same day I ran to the nearest craft supply store and bought everything I would need to construct this monstrosity of a hat. I have to admit, because I had never made a hat in my life, to jump into the world of hat making to this degree may have easily been misconstrued as pure craziness on my half, and rightly so. But, that brings me to my next philosophy – there is always a method to my madness.


So imagine if you will, my poor husband coming home that evening to me sitting in the middle of our living room in our tiny apartment, armed with a glue gun in one hand, and balancing the foam frame of this humungous hat in the other, surrounded by scraps of fabric, tape, felt, glue, glitter, feather boas, and who knows what else, all sprawled out all over our living room floor.…


As soon as he opened the door, his mouth dropped and his eyebrow went up and he said, “WHAT are you doing?….” I quickly explained how I heard the ad on the radio and decided to make this hat to win $1000 and free Me’ N’ Ed’s Pizza for a year. And as soon as I said it, I immediately knew how insane I sounded, and I was ready for the piercing objection that was obviously headed my way. He just stood there with his eyebrow up and said, “Well, I think you’re crazy for doing it…I think you’re just wasting your time, but whatever…” (PHEW! I got off easier than I’d though!) I just confidently told him, “you wait and see…..” (Again, there wasn’t a doubt in my mind).


(See, now keep in mind that I have gotten that reaction from him many-a-times since then when I start these crazy new artistic ventures….::cough cough:: pumpkin carving ::cough cough::…..But really, I can’t blame him. My husband was probably wondering what the heck he got himself into by marrying me, and he probably still wonders that on many occasions. He’s definitely been  more patient and understanding than I deserve sometimes. ;-)   But as I said, there is a method to my madness…something he has slowly come to accept over the years. )


Back to the story – A couple of days went by and my grand hat was almost ready to go. My husband was now well into the “laughing-in-disbelief-that-I-was-actually-going-through-with-this” phase. Now, let me put the size of my hat into perspective for you, I couldn’t stand straight up while wearing the hat inside my apartment because the top of it was smashing into our ceiling….and it probably weighed a good 10-15 pounds at the least. (And there still wasn’t a doubt in my mind… was just pure excitement at this point for me.)


So the day came, and my husband had to work, so I had my dad accompany me to the Grand Hat Days contest at the Big Fresno Fair that morning, with my huge hat in hand, or rather, in arms. I even had to have my dad help me lift up the hat so I could put it on. Unfortunately he had to get to work too, but he wished me luck and I walked over to the contest alone with my huge hat and anxiously waited with the other contestants, and still, not a doubt in my mind!….:



Can you spot my hat?…’s almost as tall as I was…..


And then it came time to announce the winner……..drum roll please ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..



Yep, yours truly!  Winner of $1000 and free Me N’ Ed’s Pizza for a year! I got a big poster board check and everything! (Although, there was no abundance of actual pizza or boxes present like I’d imagined…bummer….But at least they gave me vouchers with pictures of pizza – close enough). And the best part – can you guess who the first person was that I called to rub it in his face! Haha! (I say that semi tongue-in-cheek….but I was pretty darn proud of myself! )



Again, the reason I’m telling you this story is not to brag, nor to profess my love for Me N’ Ed’s Pizza. I wanted to share this story because that experience has been my go-to model for how I pursue all of my artistic ventures. Like the title to my post suggests, there is a theme here throughout all of this – Never a doubt! And if doubts start to creep in via you or someone else, simply “Stop it!” “I’m busy pursuing a passion, so don’t interrupt me. Thanks” ;-)


Similar to creating that hat for the contest, a lot of people thought I was crazy for pursuing professional pumpkin carving, or starting a blog, or starting a YouTube channel, or pursuing other recent ambitious art goals (more on that later). Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of support too. But regardless of any kind of support or opposition you have, as with anything in life, you have to be confident in yourself and know, without a doubt in your mind, that you can achieve whatever goal it is you are after. You can achieve that vision in your head and bring it to life.

Regardless of what anyone says, or doesn’t say, and regardless of any obstacles you may face (because there will be many) – just keep moving forward, keep dreaming and imagining, keep stepping outside of your comfort zone and pushing your limits, do your best, and remember the exciting feeling you had when you first started a project – that is your passion, it is your fire. Follow it – without a doubt in your mind, and enjoy every second of it. Replace your fear with curiosity, and replace any doubt with excitement and passion, and go for it!


Lastly, I would like to leave you with this – it is a quote I have always been drawn to since I was a teenager in high school. I was never sure of why until now:


But I would like to change that ending just a bit to get my point across here (no offense, Shakespeare. You’re awesome!):

Doubt though the stars are fire;

Doubt that the sun doth move;

Doubt truth to be a liar;

But never doubt my passion,

For it will move mountains….


And this I leave you with until next time….  :-)







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What I’ve Been Working On……

Well, I was carving pumpkins straight from October through to mid November last year. And by the time all 30+ 3D pumpkins had been carved, I was SERIOUSLY burned out, but in the best way though – feeling accomplished is always a good thing, especially when you know all the hard work you just did will pay off the following year. ;-)

Here is just a mini sneak peak of one of the many pumpkins I was working on last year after November…..

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So why the extra pumpkins? Well, as much as I love carving pumpkins on my own time, there is definitely a motive here – 2 motives to be exact. The first is pretty basic – practice! I needed some time to really be able to sit down and practice creating faces packed with expression.  The second, and biggest reason -  I’ve collaborated with an AMAZING artist for a project that is going to be so awesome, you will NOT want to miss it! I’ll fully reveal the project, and pumpkins, once Fall 2015 rolls around….and maybe drop a few hints in between now and then! (And that’s all I’m going to say about that…for now.) ;-)

The suspense is going to eat away at me until then, so I’ll have to distract myself with some minor (and major) art projects until then.

Lately I’ve been working on some VERY miniature art projects. I’m not sure why, but I’ve always loved miniature art – maybe it’s the challenge of trying to get so much detail in to such a small space.

I’m also going to start work on another feather painting pretty soon here, and possibly (gasp) a canvas painting…..(For those of you who have been following me, it’s no secret that a canvas is not my surface of choice when it comes to painting….but we’ll see…)

Anyhow, as far as art goes, that’s about it at the moment. I’ll be doing a lot of art in the coming days and weeks, and I’ll be sure to record as much of it as I can.

There’s going to be lots of fun stuff going on this year – and somehow each year’s art manages to be bigger and better than the last! (figuratively speaking, or course….not sure if doing miniature ark qualifies as “bigger” ;-) ) Nevertheless, I’m feeling especially ambitious this year…….

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