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Topic: Ghostly Alarm Clock - 70% OFF
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Aug 25, 2014 11:44AM)
Contact the Spirit World with the Ghostly Alarm Clock!

Under Your Complete Control Via Remote Control, You Can Dramatically Cause The Spirits To Ring This Eerie Antique Clock At Will!
A fright-generating prop, that not only STARTLES, but send CHILLS up the spines of all in its presence!
Ideal for a Daylight Seance, the Ghostly Alarm Clock, provides a LINK between you, your audience and the SPIRIT WORLD.
Add a bit of theatricality to your repertoire with this exceptional prop!

The original price of this item is $450 but we have marked it down to $135.95.
Sale ends at midnight on 8/29/14 Pacific Standard Time, limited to stock on hand.

Go to the Hocus Pocus website listed below to see the video and order yours today.
http://www.hocus-pocus.com/magicshop/?p=24915
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Aug 25, 2014 08:58PM)
This would make for an interesting seance prop.
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Aug 25, 2014 09:43PM)
[quote]On Aug 25, 2014, Brynmore14 wrote:
This would make for an interesting seance prop. [/quote]


I also like this and think that it might add to a seance.


Ray
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 25, 2014 10:04PM)
Does anyone own one? Not many reviews out there. Looks a little too new for a spooky addition but interesting. Was it even worth the list price?
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 25, 2014 10:12PM)
Like the concept but what's the size, does it run like a normal clock & would be nice to have pic of custom carry case.......
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 25, 2014 10:34PM)
I think its a normal wind up bell, clock size. For the original price of $450 its most likely not a cheaply made prop but can't be sure. They are obviously having a hard time selling them. Seems like a more reasonable price now.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 25, 2014 10:40PM)
I just found it at Penguin & watched vid, answered the size question & see it "winds" up. No reviews anywhere, lol, I guess $135 is a decent price over $450 plus shipping........

So how many spirit bells did we need, or is it like Pokemon - gotta collect them all.......:-)
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 25, 2014 11:14PM)
It would be louder than a bell and shocking, might be good in a room on a shelf where the demon wreaks havoc not so much as a look at the clock/prop type thing?
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Aug 25, 2014 11:39PM)
That was also the type of use I envisaged Darkness.
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 25, 2014 11:43PM)
Great minds plot alike ha! Ok, if I buy it and don't like it any interest in a resale at a reduced price :)
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Aug 25, 2014 11:46PM)
I'm broke. And on a tight leash. Wish I could.
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 26, 2014 12:07AM)
Me too :)

I don't believe in putting things on a shelf Im not fond of nic nacs. I want to use the things I buy or they need to get sold/recycled to someone who will use them. Although they do look great in a display cabinet that's not my goal, its a shame to hoard. Like a zoo, the animals need freedom! So unlease your demons for the benefit of others :)

Umm a clock... now I could justify that... my wife would just think I bought a clock for the nite stand ha! An expensive scary alarm clock..
Message: Posted by: Brynmore14 (Aug 26, 2014 12:09AM)
Utilitarian and bizarre!
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Aug 26, 2014 01:05AM)
I know it won't feel like a review, but we did open one at Hocus Pocus to try it and see how well they work and also to check the quality, volume, range, etc. let me know if you have any specific questions and I will do my best to respond quickly.

I can say that for the value it really is a beautifully made clock. I considered leaving one on my desk as a conversation piece. It certainly has the appearance of a $450 clock. The bells have a great ring and the clock itself functions very well. It is a wind up clock as depicted and shown in the video. There is a 45 minute DVD included that walks your through everything you will ever need to know about this clock; covering everything from care to full use. The bells have a very clean ring sound that would be very startling and spooky in the right environment. Personally I believe that for the discounted cost it is a great but if this is the type of trick you will use or enjoy. The quality is there and for anyone that performs this type office I would highly recommend it.

All the best,
Cole
Message: Posted by: george1953 (Aug 26, 2014 01:33AM)
Shame I have no cash due to Hospital bills at the moment or else I would have taken the plunge, these offers always come at the wrong time :-(
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 26, 2014 01:34AM)
Thanks Cole for your response.
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Aug 26, 2014 03:54AM)
[quote]On Aug 26, 2014, Darkness wrote:
Great minds plot alike ha! Ok, if I buy it and don't like it any interest in a resale at a reduced price :) [/quote]


I would like to jump on this deal,........but if you do like it, then I will have to pay full price from Hocus Pocus due to the sale ending. Can you say, darn it?

I am really thinking about buying this at the reduce price.

I am worried about the workmanship of it. Who made it? Also is it the same size as a normal clock?

I am dusting off my seance for this coming Oct and would love to add this.


Ray
Message: Posted by: morgaine_le_fey (Aug 26, 2014 04:17AM)
[quote]On Aug 26, 2014, Magical Dimensions wrote:
[quote]On Aug 26, 2014, Darkness wrote:
Great minds plot alike ha! Ok, if I buy it and don't like it any interest in a resale at a reduced price :) [/quote]


I would like to jump on this deal,........but if you do like it, then I will have to pay full price from Hocus Pocus due to the sale ending. Can you say, darn it?

I am really thinking about buying this at the reduce price.

I am worried about the workmanship of it. Who made it? Also is it the same size as a normal clock?

I am dusting off my seance for this coming Oct and would love to add this.


Ray [/quote]

I just got me one -- as soon as I get it I'll report back with a review.

xxx Morgaine
Message: Posted by: Magical Dimensions (Aug 26, 2014 04:51AM)
Http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/3714

Looks cool. I would just use it for that jump in your seat moment.....



Ray
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 26, 2014 09:51AM)
Well I looked at penguin's vid again & even though Cole's was not a customers review, was helpful for me,. For $156 shipped I'll give it a try, as it would be a nice startle during an effect or show :-)

Hocus Pocus is near me so shipping from Fresno I should have it Fri 29th, possibly too late for a review for anyone wanting to grab one at the last moment as I get home a little late from work sometimes.......
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Aug 26, 2014 10:02AM)
I am tempted too. It would make for a nice poltergeist effect if a few items around the room went off at once (jump a planchette, ring a spirit bell, light a candle, ring an alarm clock...)

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 26, 2014 10:17AM)
A pk picture fell over as the bell rang, my ghost meter goes off, etc......my thoughts too Bruce
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Aug 26, 2014 10:56AM)
Just a heads up for anyone that is interested, we have 3 left in stock and there may be one more small shipment coming in. The sale was setup to go through the end of the day on Friday, but based on the way these have been selling we will be lucky to keep them discounted through tomorrow.

Let me know if you have any questions,

cole
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Aug 26, 2014 11:08AM)
2 left ;)

I just ordered one. Will submit a review when it arrives.

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 26, 2014 11:10AM)
Thanks Cole I'm also in and will not be able to sleep at night now, Awesome! Thanks Morgaine you gave me that little push over the edge, what are friends for right :) down to one.
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Aug 26, 2014 11:22AM)
We did secure another small shipment that will arrive here today if anyone else is still interested.
Look forward to seeing your reviews starting to show up too.
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Aug 26, 2014 12:20PM)
Thank you for your order Merlin. It will go out today so you should have it soon
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 26, 2014 12:24PM)
Well another soul dollar spent....lol
So we shall soon see :-)
Message: Posted by: drstevemagic (Aug 26, 2014 12:38PM)
Just placed my order as well. Spoke with Cole and asked about the range. He said when he tested it, found it effective up to 20 feet. Not Bad!
Message: Posted by: drstevemagic (Aug 26, 2014 12:40PM)
BTW - I somehow got "demoted" to new user within the last 30 days. Heard something about some threads being removed. Lost about 30 posts. Oh, well.
Message: Posted by: drstevemagic (Aug 26, 2014 12:42PM)
Has this happened to anyone else? (Not so sneaky attempt to get back to regular user.)
Message: Posted by: drstevemagic (Aug 26, 2014 12:46PM)
Just had an interesting thought: Besides the "Spirit" application, since I also do some children's shows, this could be used as a very cool "Lie Detector."
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 26, 2014 12:51PM)
Big brother bro. Im surprised this thread was even allowed :) Yes lie detector is a good one use it on the person who demoted you :)
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 26, 2014 02:28PM)
Wondering if the remote is a "pocket" remote or t0€ sw×tch ?

Cole ......?
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Aug 26, 2014 02:31PM)
It is a hand remote. no toe option
Message: Posted by: maxward (Aug 26, 2014 02:54PM)
I called in and spoke with Cole yesterday and he convinced me to order this. I ordered it yesterday morning and because I am in California got it today (which is what usually happens with my purchases from them). My initial impression is exactly as Cole described: clock looks very nice, carrying case is good and sturdy, remote works well and is very responsive (from within about 20 feet). The alarm will go off until you push the button a second time, which gives you a lot of flexibility for the duration of the alarm (instead of it going for a regular length of time). Again I am very glad that I got in on this item when I did. I have no doubt that those of you who order it will feel the same way. I look forward to putting this into some Halloween work I have coming up and I like drstevenmagic's idea for a lie detector application.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 26, 2014 02:55PM)
Thanks Cole, they kinda missed the boat on that little detail for the reg price.....of course nothing a little tweaking can't be done or just get a TS with that frequency.
Message: Posted by: Godzilla (Aug 26, 2014 03:09PM)
I hope you guys enjoy them ! :-)

I agree, they should be used for a Startle or Scare ... don't 'OVERKILL' with a Q&A session. :(

Lie Detector, may work well for a kid/Comedy show.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 26, 2014 03:27PM)
[quote]On Aug 26, 2014, Cole Gross wrote:
Thank you for your order Merlin. It will go out today so you should have it soon [/quote]

Awesome ! Thank you, my 1st order from HP :-)
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 26, 2014 03:40PM)
[quote]On Aug 26, 2014, Godzilla wrote: don't 'OVERKILL' with a Q&A session. :( [/quote]
Exactly, using it for a Q&A is low hanging fruit anyways. Fortunately, at this price (unlike the list price), it doesn't have to be front and center :)
Ergo, your story/painting should be front and center, without worrying how much you paid for the coloring palette.
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Aug 27, 2014 05:16PM)
An idea for those with Death in the Family this can be used to select the plate after you have laid them out in clock order. The demo of the Alarm Clock shows the shadow of a hand moving over the playing cards. Seems to me that would be an effective ploy with DITF plates and ringing on the time the spec chose.

Bruce
Message: Posted by: drstevemagic (Aug 28, 2014 09:30PM)
Mine arrived today. Looks great and was impressed as well with the carrying case. Will play with it this weekend and report back.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 28, 2014 09:44PM)
Was hoping to get mine today, looks like Fri........
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Aug 28, 2014 10:49PM)
Again...Cole Gross Ladies and Gentlemen!
Thank you Cole for alerting the Spooky types to this great sale.
Very Classy.
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Aug 28, 2014 11:30PM)
Got mine today too. It has a bit of aging on the exterior (a good thing) and looks well made. The ringer is the clapper against the bells (also good) rather than an electronic ring. The video is well done and thorough with a few language issues, but nothing you can't figure out. The remote is a small black box about the size of a matchbox. The good news is the button is raised so you could put this in a sock or strap in to your knee and move your legs together to press it with a little practice. If you order this you will need 3 23a batteries as they don't come with it because it is shipped from overseas.

My only complaint is you have to take it apart to turn it off or on. A reed switch and a magnet would have been easier. And I am not sure yet of the limitations of setting the bell but it looks like you have to wind it up and turn it on then assemble it and have it ready to go so there is some get ready.

Comes in a really nice case with form fitting foam to store it. You would not be disappointed in the packaging or quality of the clock if you paid full price.

I need batteries so I have not tested it yet, but otherwise everything looks solid and practical.

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Eddie Garland (Aug 29, 2014 09:01PM)
Thanks to Bruce I had correct batteries ready.
This Alarm Clock alarms loud and hard.
If put on a smooth surface it will skitter across it...spooky.

It seems to be keeping the correct time even while looking nicely aged.

The packaging is almost over-kill and far too nice but appreciated.

This temporary sale price is almost like stealing it.

Do know this is not a subtle spirit bell...this is a spiritual shock event like a joy buzzer.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 29, 2014 11:24PM)
Well recieved my GC today, sadly the dvd will not play onany of my pc's, mac c or my reg home dvd players.......was hoping to figure out how to put batteries in & play with it......

Love the carry case & the clock looks pretty cool too, now if I can get a vid with instructions to use it......lol
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Aug 29, 2014 11:26PM)
[quote]On Aug 30, 2014, Merlinsmagic wrote:
Well recieved my GC today, sadly the dvd will not play onany of my pc's, mac c or my reg home dvd players.......was hoping to figure out how to put batteries in & play with it......

Love the carry case & the clock looks pretty cool too, now if I can get a vid with instructions to use it......lol [/quote]

The DVD has an mpg on it. If you cannot run it you can convert it to a different format using various free utilities. Let me know if you need help.

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 29, 2014 11:52PM)
Thanks bruce. I was trying to access disc but couldn't even get it to load to open info on disc.....I am getting used to my new windows 8 but my mac is still my main back up & disk wouldn't even load to see if there was file like an mpg file to open & play. It shows as a blank disc....lol

I work with audio creating SFX for Halloween haunts,props & video, so pretty computer literate....lol - looks like I got a bad disc, hoping not the same with my GC.

Just excited to play with it.....:-(

I emailed HP them yo see if they would just send me the mpg file as a download ao I can covert & burn a dvd.
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Aug 30, 2014 12:30AM)
[quote]On Aug 29, 2014, Merlinsmagic wrote:
Thanks bruce. I was trying to access disc but couldn't even get it to load to open info on disc.....I am getting used to my new windows 8 but my mac is still my main back up & disk wouldn't even load to see if there was file like an mpg file to open & play. It shows as a blank disc....lol

I work with audio creating SFX for Halloween haunts,props & video, so pretty computer literate....lol - looks like I got a bad disc, hoping not the same with my GC.

Just excited to play with it.....:-(

I emailed HP them yo see if they would just send me the mpg file as a download ao I can covert & burn a dvd. [/quote]

Hello Merlin,

I wasn't in the store today but I hope someone got back to you. If not, please PM me your email or phone number and I would be happy to help you through it so you can use it this weekend and I would be glad to send you the file on Tuesday when I am back at work.

Cole
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 30, 2014 09:31AM)
As a last ditch effort, if you have a newer Xbox or Playstation in the house, they both are more liberal with the formats that they'll play.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 30, 2014 09:35AM)
Again thank you bruce for your help & thank you Cole for responding, no one yet from HP but its early & a 3 day weekend ( except for me-lol ) so figured I hear back tues. I'll pm you Cole.

& for the record I know HP didn't make this as its pre packaged just re sells so no bad vibes on my end to HP & appreciate Cole checking in on this to help me :-)

The bell does have a nice old / aged look, this can fit in with some other rourines like RS.....
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Aug 30, 2014 09:35AM)
Looks like HP is all over it, but if you need me to email the file let me know.

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 30, 2014 09:40AM)
Thanx Wiz, no xbox or PS, but I rolled disc thru my newest pc I bought 2 weeks ago all the top upgrades & looks like disc never had any data burned on it, it happens.....not the 1st time I've experienced this......lol

Thank you bruce
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 30, 2014 10:42AM)
A public Thank You to Cole for going over & beyond with customer service from Hocus Pocus ! :-)
Message: Posted by: drstevemagic (Aug 30, 2014 10:44AM)
Got mine working today & love it. A few notes:

1) If you're having trouble opening the DVD on a PC, download a free shareware video player called 'VLC Media Player." It will play it just fine.

2) DO NOT wind the clock winder until it stops! It may very likely not unwind & the clock will not run. The video mentions this unfortunately at the very end, after over zealous people like myself have already done it. Fortunately, with a little jiggling it will start to unwind and the clock ticks away and keeps very good time.

3) the narrator also mentions ( a little too late again ) that if the alarm ringer doesn't work (don't freak out like I did & start calculating the return postage!) but merely adjust the alarm set knob to the approximate time you have set on the clock with the time set knob - ala "Baby Ben" clocks of days gone by.

4) Pay attention not only to the ubiquitous "remove batteries when device will not be used for some time" but more importantly always TURN OFF THE INTERNAL ON OFF switch except before a performance, otherwise the internal batteries will drain in just hours.

Well, that's all I've got for the moment.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 30, 2014 11:48PM)
Thank you Bruce for helping out with the vid file, got it & was able to watch it, Yaaaa. I re ran my dvd thru a format data "checker" & it's blank..LoL

& to drstevemagic I did make sure to heed your warnings & watched the whole vid :-) Good tip reminders !

Thanx everyone & thank you to Cole & HP for getting back to me to help in any way possible, A++ to HP's customer service !!
& happy with my Ghostly alarm clock too :-)
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Aug 31, 2014 12:46AM)
"Seems" HP's lowest shipping option is to use UPS at $26 to Canada with fees totaled $67. Ouch!

USPS was the second lowest HP shipping option at $41. It would have been less expensive picking that so buyer beware.

UPS international is a major rip off and not an option for Canadians.
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Aug 31, 2014 02:02PM)
Well after a few snafu's, clocks working great & keeping time quite well I might add !
For a real repro antique early 1900's clock that does keep time & modified to be a prop as well, I'm happy with it.

Very happy with HP's customer service attention, I will say that for this discounincorporatewith shipping worth it, for reg price I'm not sure if I would have.......guess test of time will tell how this holds up. For now I will be working on ways to use this with other effects & how I incorporate it.

Again thank you for help & thank you to HP for the special pricing & after service :-)
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 4, 2014 11:51PM)
My order arrived and is worth every cent. Total with S&H came in under $150 and it got here a day early. Hocus Pocus did a great job on this prop.

Have a couple of ideas for it right off the bat I think will show it off to its fullest.

If you have not ordered yet, please wait until the regular price is back. It is too nice a prop for general distribution.

Off now to enjoy the DVD and getting started.
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Sep 5, 2014 12:42AM)
I also received mine. The clock itself is quite nice aged and solid, old school. The case is a little overkill its an over sized flight case and not something I want to carry around. It could have easily been half the size. I may use it for other props and find a more appropriate case for the clock. After all it's mostly metal so it's not delicate from what I can tell.

The other "unit" that comes with it is rather large with an antenna like a mini walkie talkie, yikes, if you need to extend the antenna good luck, can you say strap on? It's also very plasticy and cheaply made, not sure that was a good complement to the actually clock which is a much higher quality item.

Not shipping with batteries is like giving your kid a toy at Christmas they can't play with. I would have thought if you spent $450 the manufacturer could throw in a couple of batteries? Maybe I'm asking too much? They are also special size even more reason to include them?

Well the price was right I can't complain it looks like a great buy overall. Now lets see if it's practical to open it up to turn it on and off.
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Sep 5, 2014 11:01AM)
Hi Darkness,

In the DVD they say (in broken English) they don't include batteries because of the airplane. Which I am pretty sure means they can't ship batteries via airmail. ;)

I agree on the remote control. It's saving grace is that the button is raised so you could strap it to a knee or elbow and press the button with the opposing limb. Kind of afraid it is going to break sometime down the line. I wish I knew the frequency so I could have a better one made. Any electronic wiz kids out there know how to check?

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Darkness (Sep 5, 2014 01:45PM)
Ahh that would explain the batteries thanks Bruce, makes sense. I have not watched the DVD yet. Too bad that was my first impression because they decided to put that info on the DVD instead of a piece of paper when we open the box.

Additionally, one of the bells and screw were clanging around apart and loose inside. The clock looked like the back was half opened and so was the remote. Looked like someone was messing with it. Not sure if they come that way or it was a return? Wonder if that's also on the DVD :)

Yes, the remote is a serious lunch bag let down. I hope I can get a better one down the line. I'm really not complaining it's more observation and thoughts I had opening it for the first time. I still think it's a good deal for the price.
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 5, 2014 05:53PM)
The DVD was a problem until the Hocus Pocus folks sent me the video link. Really not a whole lot there I had not already figured out. The tip about moving the alarm set hand cleared up the only question I had. Gonna see if any of my other remotes will work. If not, the idea about placing it between the knees or belt loop or some such place will do just as well. I will just have to remember which unit powers which prop. The most common is 315mz or 433mz. Most of mine are 315mz

23A batteries can bought on eBay in lots. I picked up 50 for $15 shipped last year. Still work great.

All in all I am very happy with the prop and the whole deal.
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 5, 2014 06:18PM)
Tried Nick Winger's toe remote in 315mz as well as 2 others tranx in 315 with nothing happening. Either the receiver is locked on to only the tranx sent with the clock or it is a different frequency. That's all I can trouble shoot.

One last item, the stem that sets the alarm hand just broke off and looks like it was soft soldered. I am sure Hocus Pocus will work with me on this. Everything else is A OK.
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Sep 5, 2014 06:30PM)
Thanks Peter, that is good to know. Appreciate your due diligence and I will handle that stem carefully now.
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 5, 2014 09:26PM)
Glad to pass it along.

Funny how that stem was soldered and the hour/minute stem is solid. If anyone else can take a look and see if it was just mine or the same on all units.

I also have a tag inside the clock "109". Anyone else have a tag and if so what number is it. I am guessing it might be 109 in that production series.
Message: Posted by: rgnprof (Sep 5, 2014 09:38PM)
Peter (and others),

I had the same exact problem with my unit - the solder joint on the eyelet piece seems to be a real weak spot. I set mine up, followed the directions after watching the video and never got the thing to ring. Opened it back up and saw the 'piece' lying in the bottom of the clock.

I will give HP credit - they are great to work with and Cole, and Paul responded to my issue within the day and they have already sent out a new clock. Great service! But, I am a little worried about this being a repeat problem...I think my tag was 142 (?)...

Ryan
Message: Posted by: Cole Gross (Sep 5, 2014 10:23PM)
Hello Peter,

I am sorry to hear yours broke. Please send me an email at cole@hocus-pocus.com and I will set up a replacement for you.

To all others who purchased this item,
These clocks do work really well and with delicate care they will last a long time. I have found the knobs that adjust the time and the alarm (not the ones that wind the clock and the alarm) to be the most fragile. Personally I never take those knobs off when I remove the back of the clock. You only need to adjust them for the time you want for your show. I'm not saying this to accuse anyone of being rough with their clocks. Some of them have had issues but we are doing all we can to send you the clock you have paid for. Let me know if any of you are having issues and I will do what I can to help. I have opened many and been able to make them all function properly. They really are just fragile items which is why I believe they made the case so strong.

Thank you all for your orders and kind words about your experience with Hocus Pocus. We appreciate your business.

Cole
Message: Posted by: bkowkabany (Sep 5, 2014 11:01PM)
Well mine just broke too. I wrote to Cole to let him know. In my case the spring on the right key (the one that holds on the backing) snapped or unwound and now it just spins. That means you cannot remove it to remove the backing nor wind the clock so it keeps time.

The whole package looks nice and the effect is great, but I suspect the mechanical clock itself is poorly made. Maybe others have had better luck but I am feeling a bit of a trend here. I hope Cole has some good suggestions and will share any news.

My tag is 120 and does not appear to have any solder points. That right key caught me off guard. I was being so careful....

Bruce
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 6, 2014 12:22PM)
It is hard to trouble shoot by writing. I had finished putting in the batteries, placed the switch in the on position, closed the clock back, replaced the wing nuts and wound the time spring and the alarm spring, set the time hands, then turned the alarm hand until I heard the "click". At that point the knob separated from the spindle and fell into my hand. I removed the wing nuts and the clock back. That is when I found the evidence of the knob being soldered.

The time set knob was pressed onto the stem and set as is found in the older windup clocks of my youth. A tab and slot arrangement. Even with the new components installed in the housing, why the stem and knob should be soldered is a puzzlement.

Kudos to Cole for the great customer service. This is not the doing of his company, but he is taking care of business in a flash!

Pete
Message: Posted by: Merlinsmagic (Sep 6, 2014 02:44PM)
I've been winding mine & letting it run out then re winding it next morning or evening when I get home when clock stopped / wound out.
So far it keeps time & I checked inside & found no evidence of solder anywhere....

Soooo far so good & hope it holds up over the years.....& my tag inside has a #3 :-)

Being this is a real spring wound clock, over winding is a bad thing.....

I have a handful of t0e sw1tches & plan on seeing if any of them work, if not I'll check with a friend if his dad still has a frequency checker thingy (lol) & if he can identify frequency to get a real remote / t0e sw1tch for this.
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 6, 2014 05:47PM)
Taking a closer look at the guts of the tranx, it is a 4 channel set up and they simply replaced one with a high rise clicker button. I have taken a single channel tranx and replaced the button to make it a toe switch. It looks like the same can be accomplished with this unit. Once we get the other concerns fixed I'll let you know how it works out converting it.
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Sep 13, 2014 01:33PM)
A tip of the cap to the Hocus Pocus folks, sent a replacement just a quickly as the original, plus return label for the original. Their customer service is outstanding.

Also wanted to caution anyone modifying the tranx, doing so will void the warranty. Make sure of what you are doing.

Pete
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Feb 8, 2015 04:56PM)
Bought the Clock to add to my seance show. Thought the look and concept would fit nicely.

Have had some time to work with this prop and have found a couple of things to help make it better for my use.

1) The remote button just makes too much noise. No matter where it was activated from, my pocket, behind the back, or assistant in the back of the room the clicking was noticeable. Using instructions from Yitzhak, I attached a magnetic reed switch to button 3. Now I can activate and de-activate the clock with a pass of my PK ring. I also find this method more reliable than the provided button and reacts quicker stopping the ringing.

2) The soft lead solder connecting the eyeloop arm from the motor to the bell hammer was replaced with sliver solder to keep the eyeloop connection from being over torqued thus causing the eyeloop to seperate from the motor. No problem since.

Of course any DIY modifications may void the warranty with Hocus Pocus so make sure of what you are doing before getting started.

Now I have a reliable prop that accents the show just as I wanted it to. Hope this is of help to other purchaser's of the Ghostly Alarm Clock.
Message: Posted by: Al Desmond (Feb 8, 2015 09:25PM)
[quote]On Feb 8, 2015, Peter McMillan wrote:
Bought the Clock to add to my seance show. Thought the look and concept would fit nicely.

Have had some time to work with this prop and have found a couple of things to help make it better for my use.

1) The remote button just makes too much noise. No matter where it was activated from, my pocket, behind the back, or assistant in the back of the room the clicking was noticeable. Using instructions from Yitzhak, I attached a magnetic reed switch to button 3. Now I can activate and de-activate the clock with a pass of my PK ring. I also find this method more reliable than the provided button and reacts quicker stopping the ringing.

2) The soft lead solder connecting the eyeloop arm from the motor to the bell hammer was replaced with sliver solder to keep the eyeloop connection from being over torqued thus causing the eyeloop to seperate from the motor. No problem since.

Of course any DIY modifications may void the warranty with Hocus Pocus so make sure of what you are doing before getting started.

Now I have a reliable prop that accents the show just as I wanted it to. Hope this is of help to other purchaser's of the Ghostly Alarm Clock. [/quote]

I replace all my remote switches with a reed switch, strap it to my leg above the knee. All I have to do is drop my hand to my leg and snap.
Message: Posted by: YitzhakNoDice (Feb 8, 2015 09:44PM)
Yes! And where, Walt, do you think I got the idea of giving a "how to replace your remote button with a reed switch" tutorial at the NW Gathering of Dark Magi? From you, of course! (I did mention you as being the inspiration, too!) Taking your advice about replacing all switches with reed switches, I found, just as you say, it is a superior solution. So, thank you very much for your comments, advice, and encouragement. Lesson learnt.
Message: Posted by: Peter McMillan (Feb 9, 2015 07:29PM)
Perhaps I worry about nothing, but I am always on the search for a greater N rating on my PK ring. Just don't want to have less magnet field than needed.