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  1. Backstory

    To help fill guests in on the story behind the haunt, I posted 13 news clippings to help tell the tale.
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  2. YouTube Science! Part 9 - Jacob's Ladder!

    A Jacob's Ladder is probably the easiest, simplest high voltage display. It can also be extremely dangerous.
    There is always at least one in any cinematic mad science lab. I have seen some sets with several! Typically, these are naked, with nothing to prevent the unwary from touching an electrode.
    Nevertheless, it's a high impact build anyone can do. Acquiring the transformer is the hardest part.



    Happy mad ...
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  3. Touch it. TOUCH IT!

    We all know the rule:
    Touch nothing and nothing will touch you.
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    But, what if we decided to make everything so it NEEDED to be touched to get the full effect?

    In a blackout haunt, various textures and effects could be added to the walls. It almost wouldn't matter what they were, so long as they were unexpected and safe to touch. Why stop there? it might be freaky to unexpectedly touch fur on the wall, but what if it was "breathing"?
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  4. House of Restless Spirits

    From 2007 to 2013, the House of Restless Spirits haunt in Santa Monica thrilled Halloween lovers looking for something other than jump scares and chainsaws.
    People would line up around the block and stand in line for hours to walk AROUND this house, peeking into windows to see ghostly images and haunted happenings.

    Inspired by the Hallowed Haunting Grounds, professional magician Eric Maurin and aerospace engineer Rick Ouwerkerk created what was called "the spookiest and ...
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  5. DryRot Gulch Lights On Tour

    This video is a "lights on" walk-thru of DryRot Gulch.
    Just to show the props.


    Tour starts with The Sentinel. This was, of course, inspired by Master Pumpkinrot. You can't tell form the pictures or video, but the left arm of that prop was actually engineered as a puppet, so a hidden actor could "grab" patrons. For the Nervous Nellies out there, the hand is made entirely of furniture foam, so it's the
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