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Topic: Its almost Halloween: Trick instead of treat!
Message: Posted by: mfreno (Sep 20, 2007 09:13PM)
Halloween is quickly approaching! Who will be giving a trick instead of a treat? How about the Haunted Deck or The Web! What will you do?
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Sep 20, 2007 10:19PM)
This Halloween I will call upon Anna Eva Fay, an effect with her tokens, spirit slates, the Hand of Cleopatra and her floating table.

But for home Halloween decor, one of the items I purchased this year was an item called
"Possessed Books". Cute device but has very cheesy "spooky sounds" that I could not allow.
Just one quick knife punch into the speaker area and the thunder and rain sounds are gone and the books still maintain their functionality. Scared myself a couple of times.

http://www.geekologie.com/2007/07/possessed_books.php

Someday I'll upgrade to this... http://www.frightprops.com/FrightProps/Props/Books/
Message: Posted by: BIlly James (Sep 21, 2007 05:57AM)
For a nice 'trick', how would your wife/girlfriend enjoy waking up with one of these babies on her bedside table?!?!

http://stores.ebay.com/Tibetan-Secrets

How's that for adding a touch of realism to your presentations. Particularly the one that is estimated at 600 years old.
Message: Posted by: Lumas (Sep 21, 2007 05:25PM)
Haunted Deck and the Haunted Dollar Bill. Or how about some sleight of hand; showing some chewed up gum or candy in a crinkled up wrapper and then turning it into new candy/gum. Although, I don't know if kids would want to eat the new stuff after what you just did.
Message: Posted by: ptbeast (Sep 21, 2007 05:27PM)
Eddie,

Look here http://www.halloweenmonsterlist.info/ under Haunted Books/Bookshelf and you will find at least four versions that you can build yourself. A great effect that fits anything from a seance to a haunted house.

Dave
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Sep 21, 2007 05:41PM)
Thanks Dave,
I'm on it! Fun!
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Sep 21, 2007 07:38PM)
Thanks, Dave. There are some neat projects there!

Bill
Message: Posted by: Joshua Barrett (Sep 23, 2007 01:30AM)
I don;t do much spooky stuff but I'm getting invocation and a zoran cutter and some other props to plan a little presentation of the weird while my girl frind hands out candy =D
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Sep 23, 2007 11:49PM)
Jim Gerrish is busy building his new front porch illusion for Halloween. It is called "Eisenheim's Ghost" based on a computer graphic illusion as seen in the movie "The Illusionist." I asked him to write it up for The Wizards' Journal #13 (on my site), which he did, and I will try to add photos of the actual illusion from his porch display on Halloween. It is designed to be roughed up quickly as a display illusion, so it's not too late to build one for this year. But then once it's built, you can refine it to be used as a stage illusion the rest of the year, or for parlor seances, or anyplace where you need to conjure up "half a ghost."

My own front porch illusion will feature my living head floating around the doorframe, but that's another story.
Message: Posted by: Lumas (Sep 24, 2007 07:43AM)
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On 2007-09-23 02:30, Joshua Barrett wrote:
I don;t do much spooky stuff but I'm getting invocation and a zoran cutter and some other props
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The zoran cutter makes me cringe even though I know it is fake. If I was a little kid I would probably cry if I saw some guy attempting to cut his finger off.
Message: Posted by: Joshua Barrett (Sep 24, 2007 08:00AM)
Little kid yes, but most the kids that come in the hood I live are older ;)

id love to something like that osbourn illusion in genii maybe next year. I need a workshop =D
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Sep 24, 2007 06:02PM)
Here's my contribution for [url=http://www.theambitiouscard.com/aitem.cfm?itemid=74]halloween[/url]
Message: Posted by: Balaram (Sep 24, 2007 07:55PM)
Raise The Thing-Bill Abbott's invisible ghost-from an urn. (You do have an urn next to the candy bowl, right?) After "revealing" the invisible ghost by pulling off the cloth, pretend to have "lost" it. Explain to the children that it is probably hiding in one of their candy bags. Reasure them that the ghost doesn't eat--candy. Advise them, just to be safe, not to put their hands into their bags again until an exorcism can be performed. Smile gently and send them on their way.
Yes of course it's a joke. No one should do this to small children. Jr. High ok.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 26, 2007 11:02AM)
No one ever comes by our place for Halloween. :( We've had six trick or treaters in the last five years.

I throw my son a Halloween party, though, and rig things up to scare him and his friends. When the party is over and my son is in bed, I drink a bottle of red wine and go through the standard ritual:

1. I watch a movie (which changes from year to year. Last year I watched the Changling with George C. Scott).

2. I play "exmortis" on the internet.

3. I visit Eddie Garland's website.

Then it's midnight and I finish the wine and go to bed feeling sorry for myself that I live in a country that doesn't celebrate Halloween.

*sigh*

Jeff
Message: Posted by: Bill Ligon (Sep 26, 2007 11:35AM)
In my neighborhood things have petered out for Halloween. We get a very few tiny kids with their parents hovering in the background to keep them safe. It is really a shame that it has come to this, even in our well-behaved and relatively safe neighborhood. Perhaps it has to do with alternative Halloween attractions and private parties.

Bill
Message: Posted by: docsteve (Sep 26, 2007 11:49AM)
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On 2007-09-26 12:02, stoneunhinged wrote:
No one ever comes by our place for Halloween. :( We've had six trick or treaters in the last five years.

I throw my son a Halloween party, though, and rig things up to scare him and his friends. When the party is over and my son is in bed, I drink a bottle of red wine and go through the standard ritual:

1. I watch a movie (which changes from year to year. Last year I watched the Changling with George C. Scott).

2. I play "exmortis" on the internet.

3. I visit Eddie Garland's website.

Then it's midnight and I finish the wine and go to bed feeling sorry for myself that I live in a country that doesn't celebrate Halloween.

*sigh*

Jeff
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Perform effects, and they will come...oh yes, they WILL come...
(with apologies from Field of Dreams/Wayne's World).

But seriously, if word got round that the crazy old guy in THAT house did tricks at Halloween, kids'd start coming
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 26, 2007 12:35PM)
Docsteve, maybe you misunderstood: they aren't coming to *anybody's* house. Here in Germany only a few mavericks decide to try trick or treating.

Otherwise, I get your point. *If* someone comes this year, maybe I should do something.

Jeff
Message: Posted by: docsteve (Sep 26, 2007 01:01PM)
Ah Jeff - I DID misunderstand, sorry. :blush:

Is Walpurgisnacht celebrated?
And yes, won't hurt to be prepared I guess, IF someone shows up.
Steve
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Sep 26, 2007 01:13PM)
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On 2007-09-26 12:35, Bill Ligon wrote:
In my neighborhood things have petered out for Halloween. We get a very few tiny kids with their parents hovering in the background to keep them safe. It is really a shame that it has come to this, even in our well-behaved and relatively safe neighborhood. Perhaps it has to do with alternative Halloween attractions and private parties.

Bill
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Yep, that sounds like my neighborhood, as well. We've had a couple of new families move in, though, so I remain hopeful.

Mark
Message: Posted by: Slartibartfast (Sep 26, 2007 01:17PM)
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On 2007-09-21 06:57, BIlly James wrote:
For a nice 'trick', how would your wife/girlfriend enjoy waking up with one of these babies on her bedside table?!?!
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With the fear my wife has of skulls, it is a sure thing that ONE of us would wind up dead.
Message: Posted by: stoneunhinged (Sep 26, 2007 05:11PM)
Docsteve, they don't celebrate Walpurgisnacht either, generally speaking. There is something called "dance into May" which is the same night, and people go dancing and such. But a general celebration doesn't exist.

EXCEPT: Walpurgisnacht *is* celebrated by a group of people who go up to the highest peak of the Harz mountains, a peak called the "Brocken"--traditionally a meeting point for witches. It's only about 50 or 60 miles from where I live, but I haven't had the opportunity to go there during Walpurgisnacht. Maybe it's just as well: I hear it's very "touristy". Still, I've been planning to go for at least a decade. Maybe next year.

Jeff
Message: Posted by: dough (Sep 26, 2007 05:45PM)
After running a yard haunt for close to 25 years and averaging about one thousand trick or treaters on Halloween every year for the last ten years. I have moved a couple of months ago and will probably just lose my mind on Halloween night, or go sit in the storage building with my caskets and skulls :bawl: