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Jack-in-the-box help, please

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I just picked up a decently-sized, hinged wooden box at Michael's that I plan on turning into a wicked jack-in-the-box. I'd like to be able to make it open and have a creepy clown mask pop out of the box, but, unfortunately, don't have a clue as to how to accomplish this, since I am anything but a handyman and know nothing about electronics.

I've tried searching here, as well as on the Internet in general, for info on how to create a jack-in-the-box, with no luck whatsoever. If anyone who knows what they are doing could possibly offer some advice (dumbed down for me, please:p), it would be greatly appreciated; I'd like to keep it as simple as possible, yet still have it be effective (music and a turning crank would be nice, but are not absolutely necessary). Muchas gracias;)
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For the turning crank, I went to a thrift store and bought a $5 rotisserie. I took it apart and used to rotation motor to make the crank turn constantly. To make the crank, I bought a 10' piece of 1/2" pvc, and painted it with Krylon plastic paint, in a gold color. I used an old door knob from a junk shop for the end of the crank. I put a cheapo mp3 player and a set of computer speakers inside the box with the jack in the box music on constant loop. A couple of battery operated strobes, and it was creepy as can be for less than $40 total in materials and paint. I'll look around and see if I can find pictures of it before I took it apart.
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