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Hi there

I help a restaurant with their Halloween event and every year the same loyal guests book tickets - consequently we have to reinvent our event every year and 'up the ante'!

This year my character will be less like a monster and more like a brutal, unhinged human - I'd like to douse people with liquid from a jerry can, as though I am going to torch them!

Can anybody suggest how to create a clear liquid (that won't stain, irritate the skin or make anybody sick) that smells like gasoline/petrol/diesel, and obviously isn't flammable? Bear in mind even the slightest flammability would be unsafe due to the likelihood people will be near candles, and probably wearing costumes made from acrylic or polyester.

This is a bit of a long shot, but if any current/aspiring special FX people are reading, I'd be very grateful for any tips!

Thanks in advance

Lewis K
 

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I have no idea how you could do that but it's a bit too realistic IMO. If you were to come up with a way to recreate that smell, people are gonna think it's real.
 

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I would recommend not doing this. Throwing water on them is a bit annoying, if not angering. I would be pissed if it happened to me.
 

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Thanks for the thoughts... we always tread a very fine line (overstep, in some cases). The authenticity seems to be the main attraction - we've had 3 people quite literally wet their pants, 1 group of guests escorted off the premises and 1 person break down in floods of tears - but all of them rebooked for following years! It's a tricky balance - I guess that ultimately, they know we would break character if anyone got into serious trouble. Please be assured we take care of people though :)
 

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I think if I can find a way to recreate the smell, I'm going to go ahead and do it - perhaps suggesting we have some spare clothes/costumes in case anyone accidentally gets soaked! (i only intend to splash them a bit)
 

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Ha ha ha! Even in the UK, we'd probably get arrested if we did some of our stuff in the street rather than in the safe (well, 'consenting' at least) confines of an adults-only halloween-specific event. You'd love it: we've carried people into dark alleys and bushes, pinned them against a wobbly rope bridge high up in the trees, put real nooses and plastic bags over people's heads (obviously with no risk of accidental harm), thrown real animal organs at people, hauled people out of their cars or climbed into the back, and held rusty farm implements to people's skin! The guests know what they're in for and I guess the prevailing mood is fun - there is mutual trust, even though we only break character in actual emergencies and we're quite nasty to them. It's a halloween officionado's paradise!
 

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Just putting the scent in the air (make it strong!) may be enough to convince people that the liquid you're throwing upon them from a can of fuel really is the actual product, instead of just water.

That might simplify things.
 

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How about if YOU smelled strongly of gas using Froggy's scents instead of the water you would be splashing around. That way people would smell it when you were near and associate the odor with the gas can you carry, but you would not be actually stinking anyone up. A wet guest might be a little angry, but I'm betting a wet and stinky guest would be furious.
 

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What about just using straight up gasoline diluted heavily with water?

I mean, I think this entire idea is insane and can't imagine why anyone would ever want to be wet, let alone smell like gasoline. But if you have found people that are into that.... hahah.
 

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Do not use any form of gasoline inside..the fumes are more flammable and explosive then the liquid..first responder with 27 years of expertise..and also..once you smell gasoline..your scent sniffers are toast for the rest of the night.
 

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Thanks for the thoughts... we always tread a very fine line (overstep, in some cases). The authenticity seems to be the main attraction - we've had 3 people quite literally wet their pants, 1 group of guests escorted off the premises and 1 person break down in floods of tears - but all of them rebooked for following years! It's a tricky balance - I guess that ultimately, they know we would break character if anyone got into serious trouble. Please be assured we take care of people though :)
Yes, authenticity is a a pleasantly refreshing feeling. I love authenticity in haunted attractions.

I am planning my party here, too, and I came across this water based scent additive for fog that might serve your purposes. For my theme, I am going to use the charred corpse scent, but they have many more scents to choose from - gasoline and chainsaw scents included in the list.

I believe this store ships internationally, so you might be able to buy it from them.

Good luck mate!

http://www.frightprops.com/fog/scents/scent-additive-for-fog-haze-snow-bubble-juice.html
 
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