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Hello folks. My first time posting in this area of the Cafť. I assume this is the proper section for this.
My question is. Are there any sources out there that give tips and instructions etc. on how to make your own sideshow gaffs. I am interested in making some for a project I am working on. I have some of my own designs and stuff sketched out but looking for books or what ever with more info on the process of actually bringing the ideas to life. Thanks all in advance.
THOUGHTfully,

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You will do better personally communicating with people who already make them. Folks here are very willing to share.
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Thank you Ross.
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So if someone wanted to know the best ways to work up a fiji mermaid or a shrunken head all one has to do is ask? Because I'd love to know some of the techniques used to put these classic zibits together.
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On Jun 19, 2020, GReed3649 wrote:
So if someone wanted to know the best ways to work up a fiji mermaid or a shrunken head all one has to do is ask?


No! First you have to swear to never reveal the secrets, or next time you go to the carnival a dozen burly carnies will kick you out on your butt! Can't tell you how they'll know, but THEY'LL KNOW! (Hint: look for a large chalk X on your back.)
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Ok, let me clarify that I ainít exactly your average mark, and if a carney can manage to chalk a full X on my shoulder I obviously deserve everything I get.

Iíve been doing makeup and FX work (home haunt and very bad local independent movies) for about 20 years and Iíve built my fair share of props...BUT Iíve always been curious about the different techniques regarding the classic sideshow gaffs. Iíve never had the opportunity to actually get my hands on an actual "show used" zibit, so Iíve never really been able to reverse engineer them.

I know how I'd make these things, but Iím genuinely curious about how the originals were put together. As for revealing any secrets I might come across, well whereís the fun in that?
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[quote]On Jun 24, 2020, GReed3649 wrote:
Ok, let me clarify that I ainít exactly your average mark, and if a carney can manage to chalk a full X on my shoulder I obviously deserve everything I get.


Thatís HILARIOUS... and just adorable.
Do: watch steal, ashes in palm, pick pockets, or the like ring a bell?
Youíll never know you were touched, brother.
Itís certainly not a piece of chalk scratching your shoulder twice in a cross.
The mark is an art in itself.

All seriousness aside, Iím glad real marks think that way.
ďIím too wise and if I get taken, I deserve it.Ē

Peace

PS: Original mermaids were, of course, products of taxidermy.
Iíve made a few zibots over the years. I plaster cast a fishboy pickled punk, giant vampire fly, (famous for years), and the classic yet almost forgotten skatefish devil.
The advantages to my pieces is that they were all displayed in fluid.
You can get away with a lot in brown fluid.
I suggest giving that artistic talent of yours a chance to experiment.
Youíll no doubt have fun and probably create something better than would be taught.
Remember, out on season many times they used what they could get together.
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