Star Wars fan gets his Jedi lightsaber returned to him

Lightsaber returned to Brooklyn Jedi

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The Force is back with him!

The lightsaber of a real-life Brooklyn Jedi that was stolen a not-so-long time ago in a galaxy not-so-far away has been returned to its owner, ending a year-and-a-half-long saga that probably won’t continue.

The expensive-to-build, handmade saber was taken from Flynn Michael by some form of scum and villainy in September of 2011 when the self-described Jedi was hanging out at the Project Parlor on Myrtle Avenue between Sandford Street and Nostrand Avenue, his saber safely stashed beneath the bar — or so he thought.

During the subsequent search for the weapon, Michael, who founded New York Jedi, a stage performance group that teaches Jedi moves along with mind tricks, put up flyers, analyzed surveillance video, and even confronted a button-down gentleman whom he thought to be the culprit. But the tool — considered a mark of warrior a cut above the ordinary (after all, anyone can use a blaster or a fusioncutter) — was not found, leaving the Luke Skywalker wannabe with little hope for a reunion.

“I never thought I would see the thing again,” said Michael, 42.

Fast forward to Monday afternoon, when Michael received a strange correspondence (via e-mail, not hologram) from someone named “SithBandit” claiming the sword was sitting safely in Fort Greene Park near the Willoughby Street entrance wrapped like a candy cane.

Michael took his sandspeeder to the park and, as sure as Alderaan no longer exists, his trusty lightsaber was there — renewing the practicing Budhist’s faith in mankind.

“When it disappeared, I told the universe, ‘If I’m supposed to get it back, please bring it back to me,’ ” he said.

And now the universe has.

In an earlier episode of this Lucasian saga, Michael was given a replacement weapon by his students, who paid for an exact replica, which they presented to him three months ago. But no lightsaber could replace the one he designed himself.

“I thought I got it back when the kids gave me one,” he said. “But that wasn’t it.”

No scrolling text could explain why someone would want to steal a handmade lightsaber — let alone give it back — but friends of Michael have their theories.

“Whoever stole it realized it would be worthless to sell,” said Jason Hoffman, who helped Michael build his original.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 11:48 am, May 22, 2013
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Johnny Hammersticks from Brooklyn says:
"No scrolling text could explain why someone would want to steal a handmade lightsaber — let alone give it back — but friends of Michael have their theories."

Leave it to some idiot (Danielle Furfaro) to try. Wow, it's so great that this man-child got his toy back. I don't know what's worse, the fact that he made this himself (could have just bought one) or that this was fit for print. Why is this news?

Please Danielle, explain to the rest of the class how you come across such great stories to write about. You want to know what would be newsworthy? If this guy ever loses his virginity. That would be something to write about.
May 22, 2013, 4:46 am
Dock Oscar from Puke Slop says:
I love it! Hilarious.
May 22, 2013, 2:04 pm
DarkFemJedi from BedStuy says:
Wow "Johnny", nice dig. Way to comment on something you know nothing about (typical of "idiots" like yourself).
A custom saber you "build" is purchased online with customizable parts that are shipped to you to assemble. They are created for stage combat choreography, and their popularity as training tools created a demand for more customizable options. Store bought "TOYS" aren't strong enough to use in Stage Combat. (two seconds of google would have helped you figure that out)

Just because someone doesn't have the sad indoor life of an Internet Troll like YOU doesn't mean they're a "man-child" (nice... what are you... 15?).

Talking about losing your virginity, did you know only virgins use that as an insult? (HELLO SELF OUTTING!)

Get off your sad waste of a butt and get some sun dude- it's a big world out there, and most of us realize the world doesn't revolve around us. Or at least, just grow the F up... why would anyone care what a troll deems newsworthy?
May 22, 2013, 2:49 pm
Flynn from Bed-Stuy says:
Regardless of what standard slightings will be drawn from this articles subject or theme (which everyone does), I think people are missing the point.

There is something that we have, inside us, that when we act with heart, regardless of what negative stuff is thrown at us, in the end we're not only ok, but are MUCH wiser and wealthier for it. Be that money or knowledge.

I lost a saber, I got press with Brooklyn Paper, NY Times, and London Times because of it. And our story STILL continues to inspire people around the world because I got it back - 10 FOLD.

Do I believe it the Force? .... YES. Because we're a part of it. If you get past the hokey excuse that it's a movie, all GOOD storytellers back up their stories with truth. Sometimes more than they know.

May 22, 2013, 10:11 pm
Sithari from Korriban says:
If anyone stole my light saber I would be pissed. Those things are 1) not toys. and 2) EXPENSIVE. I use Ultrasabers without sound so mine are a bit cheaper. But then again I have not always been the most satisfied with their craftsmanship. Regardless of what saber smith one goes through, a duel grade saber is a thing of beauty and becomes part of its owner. To lose it, or even have it damaged is quite painful I'm sure.

None of mine cost more than $200 but they are pretty standard. Some of the more customized ones run from $300-$600
May 23, 2013, 10:50 am

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