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Topic: Bats
Message: Posted by: Cunningham (Oct 15, 2012 10:49PM)
Anyone have any thoughts about how to make people believe there are Bats flying around in a Dark Seance Chamber?
Message: Posted by: Spackle666 (Oct 16, 2012 01:48AM)
Well, the best part of bats flying is the simplicity, even awkwardness, of their motion. Since it will be a dark seance, you'll be able to get away with a lot. The best way I can think of it doing it it, is if you have a secret assistant. The cheapest solution that comes to mind is to do the ball/orb on st***k gaff, but do it with something that iis an analog to a flying bat. Conviently, there are so many Halloween prop / decoration bats, that you may be able to make due with one of those. I know I have a couple made out of a light foam that if you were to hold their body and shake them, their wings "flap." add the appropriate bat sound effects to your seance soundtrack and you might have a fairly convincing illusion.

You might be able to pull it off without an assistant, if you have the sound effects and use the st**k gaff yourself. Even just a single "floppy" wing that pushes air (similuating the thrust of a bat wing flapping) and can softly bat your sitters heads (pun intended) could be terrifying.

Good luck.
Message: Posted by: Michael_MacDonald (Oct 16, 2012 02:31AM)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zo_tpiBlYqI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_AScbdiwKA

if you can clean up the sounds you will be able to create the effect with just the sound. blowing towards someones face as the sounds are going on will let their mind create the effect for you.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Gould (Oct 16, 2012 03:14AM)
Tell them there are bats.
Message: Posted by: Voodini (Oct 16, 2012 03:22AM)
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On 2012-10-16 04:14, Christopher Gould wrote:
Tell them there are bats.
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Listen to the man. He knows.
Message: Posted by: Spackle666 (Oct 16, 2012 10:45AM)
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On 2012-10-16 04:14, Christopher Gould wrote:
Tell them there are bats.
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That could work too...
Message: Posted by: OnTiltSoon (Oct 16, 2012 11:55AM)
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On 2012-10-16 04:14, Christopher Gould wrote:
Tell them there are bats.
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Bats, what else?

Nice :)
Message: Posted by: Voodini (Oct 16, 2012 11:59AM)
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On 2012-10-16 12:55, OnTiltSoon wrote:
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On 2012-10-16 04:14, Christopher Gould wrote:
Tell them there are bats.
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Bats, what else?

Nice :)
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Spirits, of course. Victorian children generally. :)
Message: Posted by: handa (Oct 16, 2012 12:26PM)
One longtime cast member used to release untied black balloons down a dark hallway, yelling "BEWARE THE FARTING BATS!"

The "bats" would disappear in the darkness, not to be seen until show lights came up.

Not exactly cerebral, but effective.

Chris
Message: Posted by: Christopher Gould (Oct 16, 2012 03:24PM)
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On 2012-10-16 13:26, handa wrote:
One longtime cast member used to release untied black balloons down a dark hallway, yelling "BEWARE THE FARTING BATS!"

The "bats" would disappear in the darkness, not to be seen until show lights came up.

Not exactly cerebral, but effective.

Chris
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The best solution yet!
I fear no Halloween will seem complete without farting bats now!
Message: Posted by: Cunningham (Oct 17, 2012 11:26PM)
Thanks for the ideas everybody!
Message: Posted by: Godzilla (Oct 17, 2012 11:31PM)
Get some mice,and staple some wings on their backs!
Throw them on the specs, in the dark !













:)
Don't contact...PETA ! lol
Message: Posted by: GeoffreyD (Oct 18, 2012 03:51PM)
If you can get your hands on a copy of Eugene Burger's book "Spirit Theater", there is a nice trick on pages 115-116 called "The Birds" which should work nicely :)
Message: Posted by: ThatsJustWrong! (Oct 22, 2012 09:27AM)
Totally stole and used the Farting Bats bit last Saturday and it killed. ROFL! Thanks!
Message: Posted by: Joshua J (Oct 22, 2012 12:38PM)
Having shared sleeping space with bats don't underestimate the stink of bat farts and guano. On the subject of bats I just got a lovely bat finger puppet for teaching my class at school. I think there is going to a certain amount of Sesame Street counting come Wednesday when we start out Halloween themed activities.

http://youtu.be/5l7KbMVdN7E
Message: Posted by: Sean-Paul (Oct 22, 2012 05:21PM)
Jim!

We definitely think alike. I had an idea a while back that was inspired by outlaw's re animator. It might be more than you would care to do - but I think it could create a really chilling effect.

Call me - lets talk!

Sean-Paul
Message: Posted by: Sean-Paul (Oct 22, 2012 05:22PM)
Oh and by the way - speaking of chilling effects and Outlaw - I LOVE MY CHILLER!
I have it where now it never fails to seal the deal!

I am currently waiting for my Hobbs box to garnish my Salem routine and I am going to have Tim do some custom work next.
Message: Posted by: Cunningham (Oct 23, 2012 08:53PM)
Sending all good thoughts for a huge crowd and a safe escape Saturday!! What's Chiller?
Message: Posted by: Sean-Paul (Oct 23, 2012 09:38PM)
Well that kind of changes the subject of this thread but you started the thread and you are asking.

Chiller is a set of thermomaters that you pass out to monitor the temp of the room - looking for variances of energy in the room.


After 3 minutes people notice the temp is dropping and then execute your favorite effect.

Not a stand alone effect but a very nice garnish!
Message: Posted by: Slim King (Oct 23, 2012 09:47PM)
Here is your answer ..tell no one else and delete this thread!!!!
http://www.shopko.com/detail/interactive-toys-duck-hunter-game/640?gclid=CNqG_sPRmLMCFQHonAodTg0AkQ
Message: Posted by: afinemesh (Oct 23, 2012 09:59PM)
LOVE IT, Slim!
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Oct 24, 2012 07:34PM)
That is awesome. A little black paint on the duck, and some mods on the gun to make it look like a cross...you have yourself a bat-killing kit. Love it.