JustJimAZ

  1. Anti-Gravity

    There is something inside my brain that I seem unable to turn off. When I say I cannot do something or do not know how it is done, it won't leave me alone.

    Fortunately, in this information age, I can usually just use a search engine and find out. When I wrote last week's blog entry, I mentioned that making fluid flow upwards was beyond me. It was meant to be kind of amusing, not really a serious challenge.

    By the time I was finished, I realized my brain had been ...
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  2. Portraits from the Uncanny Valley

    Watching a video the other day, I saw some pictures from the Butcher of Provincetown haunt in Scarborough, CN. On one of the walls was an old black and white portrait the face scratched out. I thought, "what a great way to tell a story"!

    I know we've all seen the lenticular photos for sale everywhere from Dollar Tree to Spirit Halloween.
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    These pictures tell a story too, but I find a photo with the face scratched out more unsettling. ...
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  3. Scare Box and Drop Panel?

    Here's a video showing how to build a "scare box", which I understand originated in Amish country 150 years ago:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cQCc-Zr1gg

    I have been wondering if one could not use this basic concept turned 90 degrees to make a drop panel?

    It would have to be sturdy material, for sure. Ideally, it would trigger a sound as well. The monster would not need to pass the window - though I think it is was an old mophead, if could... ...
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  4. Using the Queue Line

    I hate standing in line. Hate. It.



    I imagine most people do. If I have to stand in line for an hour or more to get into a haunt, I'm already going to be less satisfied by whatever is in there than I would be if I could just walk right in.
    In my experience as a haunt patron, the queue is not being used very well at all. I have heard of haunts where this is not the case, but I have not ...
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  5. Commedia Dell'haunt

    Commedia dell'arte, meaning "comedy of the profession" was an early form of professional theatre, originating from Italy, characterized by masked "types".
    Commedia dell'arte has four stock character groups: the servants or Zanni; the old men or vecchi; the lovers or innamorati ; and the captains or Capitani who can also be La Signora if a female.
    Patrons know immediately who a character is by their mask or costume.

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