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  1. 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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  2. Have Heroes Outside of Haunting

    Magician Brian Brushwood once wrote an email to his hero Teller of Penn & Teller.

    Teller wrote back a very thoughtful and interesting reply, which included this:
    "Have heroes outside of magic. Mine are Hitchcock, Poe, Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Bach. You're welcome to borrow them, but you must learn to love them yourself for your own reasons. Then they'll push you in the right direction."

    I'll leave you to decide for yourself how those particular ...
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  3. What's Your Angle?

    This is a relatively short entry that may drive aeronautical engineers bonkers. I'm going to use "angle of attack" all wrong.

    As a scare actor, it is important to have a plan to "attack" and a plan to "escape". Just to irritate the engineers, I'm going to call them the Angle of Attack and the Angle of Escape. I want to use these terms partly because if you are going to ambush a patron to get a startle scare, you have to be concealed. One effective ...
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  4. Predator Vs. Patron

    Here's a pic of a stargazer fish waiting for its next meal:

    Stargazers are "ambush predators". From Wikipedia:
    "Ambush predators usually remain motionless (sometimes hidden) and wait for prey to come within ambush distance before pouncing. Ambush predators are often camouflaged, and may be solitary... Ambush often relies on concealment, ...
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  5. Aztec Death Whistle

    Maybe you have never heard - or even heard of - this amazing screaming whistle.


    The Aztec death whistle, sometimes described as “the scream of thousand corpses” produces a frightening sound.
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    It was José Luis Franco who published the first (1971) drawings of the death whistle and his family of Mexican “aerophones with springs of air”.
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