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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Today, 12:12 PM
    Smoke was churning from several small houses, the dead were everywhere, some piled up, right where they had "Fallen". The overcast, grey sky kept the burning sun away a little longer before the real noticeable rot odor could set in. Some of the "walking wounded" were still staggering around, not knowing who they were or where they were . Some cries of the dying echoed the same sentiment, no matter blue or grey uniform, "Mother!' Mother!" Then silence. No more to speak to this world. Some...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 12:04 PM
    Great job on the Little Tykes "Doom Buggy", Hilda! I love the plate, too! I've had the very same one on my van for years.
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Today, 11:55 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Prop Showcase: Cauldron in Halloween Props
    Looks totally real ! Great work!
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  • Johnny Thunder's Avatar
    Today, 11:32 AM
    Johnny Thunder replied to a thread Bands A - Z in Games
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Today, 09:18 AM
    I have a "Party" everytime someone arrives at my front door for a tour of my house, it's a "Party" have control over as far as if they get to come in, if they get to remain, once in. Each "Party" lasts 60 to 90 minutes and covers most of my house as they laugh, scream, jump, sometimes swear! Ravens Grin Inn Mount Carroll, Ill.
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    Today, 05:02 AM
    By the light of a flickering kerosene lamp, the General was heard to tell his underling:"We will attack in two days, but first we have to secure our perimeters better." "I totally agree, Sir we were just lucky the last Rebel charge did not break through our lines, last Tuesday." "Here we are on the map, this is a piece of high-ground, I want you to take this ground tonight, establish trenches there." "Sir, that is right where the old Grave Yard is." "I know, Johnny Reb won't be hanging...
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    Today, 04:43 AM
    Right after the Civil War ended we had a Sheriff, his last name was "Robbe". He had laid on a battlefield for a number of days,presumed dead, he had been shot in his stomach, it made like a viewing window into him, the bandages had to be changed frequently, he Fathered about seven children and performed those Sheriff duties...... and then with his situation and line of work, I think of some of those habitual complainers who think they have it so tough in this life! His Great grandson was the...
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:53 AM
    DaveintheGrave replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Need Light, Dials, Meters, etc in Halloween Props
    Yes, e-bay is a great source for old electronic meters and dials and old equipment. I ordered a few things from there a while back with the intention of making a new control board for my electric chair. But, the only drawback is some of those old things are so heavy, the shipping is way high. Look under "Consumer electronics" in ebay and then pick "Vintage electronics" to find a great selection. Good luck!
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:55 AM
    Kentucky Lawyers now wear... shoes? Are you sure? Combat boots might work better, sometimes, aye? Ever take a case to a Higher court? did you bring stilts? (I sure would ! ) In this little town we had a judge whose last name was "Rapp" ("He gave He a bum Rapp!" ) We had a Lawyer named "Finer" (should have been a judge!) We had a states Attorney named "Petty" (for Petty offenses?) could i make this up? No. When it comes to seeing or not seeing "Ghosts", i think it will always "work' like...
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    Yesterday, 01:49 AM
    "Where did you get this poem, soldier?' Did you write it?" "No, Sir, I found it beside a dead Rebel's body." " Do you think that he wrote it?" "Did you see what was written on the other side of the paper the poem is on?" "What do you make of this, Soldier?" "It looks like it might be some kind of "Code" to me, Sir." "What makes you think that, all those lines of nonsense, I suppose?" "Well, someone took a lot of time to put all those lines of random numbers and letters down on the...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:36 AM
    My Brother's grave is in the valley where the ancient river still runs Beside his tree he planted long before those "Guns" Some say he sleeps eternally They know not what they say I saw him last night in those shadows He has no plans of ever going away. His wife sleeps peacefully, as only a lunatic can After she screamed for decades, blaming it on a man That "Prince" was her Father Her "Prince" could not be bothered She gets her power from the ancient river
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    07-26-2016, 08:08 PM
    victor-eyd replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Disneyland's POTC projection enhanced ride in Halloween Props
    Kindo, Your skeleton/zombie designs could be manipulated to create a similar jack sparrow - perhaps screen grab with captain jack himself* whether from the POTC ride or the movies, and then superimpose- fade in/out a skeleton that matched his movement. Tricky, I'm sure but perhaps doable. Victor
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-26-2016, 06:48 PM
    Your welcome, Hilda! I'm honored to have one of my ideas featured in your awesome display! I wish I had the time to make a few more. Yours looks terrific! The skylight idea is a hoot!
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    07-26-2016, 06:45 PM
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  • DaveintheGrave's Avatar
    07-26-2016, 06:37 PM
    Looks great, but Jack and Sally must be getting that "middle age spread". Looks like they've gained a few pounds. :)
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    07-26-2016, 03:02 PM
    I spent much time and energy today cutting dead limbs from living trees (the dead limbs had no leaves) When the wind gusts in October , if a walk-way, trail goes under such a limb a whole new danger presents itself. Now would be an excellent time to look "UP", check out those limbs, and then trim them, cut them off. You wouldn't want a tree limb to fall on your best Display Would you? The limbs I eliminated were over a display...
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    07-26-2016, 10:25 AM
    I have the mini version of the butler..got him years ago from maybe kmart.mine has a skull that talks on his tray he also talks.I like the mini version.
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    07-26-2016, 09:11 AM
    victor-eyd started a thread Electronic/Software: Disneyland's POTC projection enhanced ride in Halloween Props
    I've been interested in how projections work for some time now and how they are making rides at Disneyland seem almost new again (ie Alice in Wonderland, Hyperspace (nee Space) Mountain, Soarin', Star Tours, etc, Now with the POTC in Shanghai Disney, and the Rataouille ride at Disneyland Paris (totally awesome, btw) i'm amazed how projections are now utilized to completely immerse us into the ride experience. Here is an article regarding how the POTC ride was developed. its a great read...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    07-26-2016, 04:44 AM
    If you ever get the urge to see a haunted, haunted house, my house is open every night of the year, and has been for 29 years. It's The Ravens Grin in Mount Carroll, illinois website: hauntedravensgrin.com
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    07-26-2016, 04:40 AM
    I read you can rent a "Poke" for your business or yard for $1.19 an hour? Poke won't be near my haunt, the real ghosts keep him away, or maybe the Psychic-energy Dolomite rock under this part of town? That rock might be up to 250 feet thick, it's 1/2 a mile long. (We can see that much as local cliffs.)
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    07-25-2016, 11:17 AM
    halloween71 replied to a thread Electronic/Software: Names & Prices of 2016 Spirit Halloween Props in Halloween Props
    wonder what this one looks like -2 ft. Lunging Pumpkin Carving Girl- $179.99.
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  • ROCKNRUDE's Avatar
    07-25-2016, 05:36 AM
    Baker and the crew knock another one outta the park. Great show! Always look forward to it!
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    07-24-2016, 09:43 PM
    Frankie's Girl replied to a thread Mechanical: Problem with gemmy figures in Halloween Props
    Most all the parts in these props are made of plastic, and the connections/wires that lead to the motors are unfortunately prone to breaking and disconnecting. The motors may be fine, but a tiny little cog or wire might have broken or fallen loose.
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    07-24-2016, 09:35 PM
    "Someday, somehow, people Will find out the truth. Knowing the Truth, might not make life any easier for some . As boat loads arrived from 1860 Europe, there were many Vampires on-board, taking the fullest evil advantage of the situation. "What "Situation?' Why that crazed bloodbath called WAR! Of course! War opens quite a buffet paradise for those who creep around in the dark, Eating humans! Eating humans! There, I said it, now leave me alone girly-girl!" "It's Not just teeth any more,...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    07-24-2016, 08:40 PM
    During the last 30 years there have been numerous "Projects" that defeated me.. SO WHAT!? Push it aside, maybe a day later a new inspiration will find you thinking again and you will come up with a new method to make your idea succeed? I used to love working on more than one thing at a time. My mind won't allow that anymore, my focus has narrowed , but this is OK, such is life. Of course bopping back and forth between too many things is not just the best way to ever work either. From...
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    07-24-2016, 07:09 PM
    ROCKNRUDE started a thread Electronic/Software: Brainstorming Sam prop in Halloween Props
    Brainstorming a new prop. My son has outgrown his orange Sam "footie" PJs, so I want to make a toddler version of Sam sitting on a mini park bench we have for the kids. As the TOTs come up, he will be holding his burlap sack. Using a servo & controller I want him to be alternating between staring in his bag and glancing to the side at the TOTs. Now that I got my toes wet with servos, I want to start using them more.
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    07-24-2016, 09:47 AM
    Those all look great! What a super use of a 3D printer. :cool:
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    07-24-2016, 07:50 AM
    Last weekend I began something I have never done before. I stop in my story to ask the customers, one at a time:"Would you ever invite a ghost into your house if someone asked you to do it?" I had a surprise the first time I asked six adults this question and they all responded "Yes"!? (Maybe they just have not had any "Experiences" and consider it to all just be "B/S."?) Then I finished my personal story involving what could have very well have ended my life, IF I had done as asked by "Mr....
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    07-24-2016, 07:41 AM
    Did NOT stop a group of Haunters from all around the USA from coming to the Ravens Grin Inn! ("How do you do those special De-fects up there above the house, Jim?) (And over this whole corner of the State?) A great audience! they began laughing from the first "second" they walked in. There have been people who have begged me to "Stop making me laugh, my face hurts!" Not one of them had ever been here before! Cal. Mich. New Orleans....... It was a Great and Wet Night, but it quit...
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  • Gym Whourlfeld's Avatar
    07-24-2016, 07:34 AM
    But then... I was told years ago about a haunt that only took 90 Seconds to see, yet it was So Good, people got right back in line, bought another ticket and went back in---- Salem. Mass. John Denley-John Floyd
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