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Need help with my Possessed Ouija Séance Table Prop

So I need to start prop building since Halloween is only 7 months away now. The first project I want to tackle is a Ouija / Séance table that shakes, has bleeding letters, has a flash fire effect, and a planchett that moves on its own.

How will I do this?

For the table itself I will be using lightweight circular wood, carbon paper for design detailing, stained and then varnished with rain X (so the blood drips flow freely). I'll add some cool fringe and beading with black draping and set it over a 3 legged base (covered by draping). The table will be large enough for 4 people to play at once.

For the fire effect I'm thinking flash cording around the perimeter of the table with an extension strung underneath OR using Fuse to write a cryptic message (only problem being not sure how I will ignite it without being noticed). Plus I think Fuse only works on tissue paper. OR I was thinking of doing some flame retardant picture frames and loading those with flash paper and running some flash cording for the extension. I could set them up near the table for a cool effect. Might be safer LOL. Not sure yet.

To give the table a shaking effect I will just probs use a wiper motor and set that up underneath the table...again....will have to figure out how to activate this when needed. Preferably remotely.

For the bleeding effect from some of the table letters...this is a bit more complicated....I'd be using basic fish tank tubing, pump, and small tray underneath the table...but I’d have to slightly tilt one side of the table for the drips to run properly...and there would be a little clean up each and every time after using this featue..and again, how to activate this feature preferably remotely.

The most complicated aspect seems to be how to make the planchett move on its own. I was going to set up a small gear/motor/pulley chain box under the table with strong earth magnets and then magnetize the planchett and work it this way but this has turned out to be much more complicated than I first imagined...any ideas? And how to activate this feature via remote is a pain too.

I would love any ideas or suggestions on this…Thx in advance!
 

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Here's a link to an Instructables on making an animated Ouija board:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Animated-Haunted-Ouija-Board/

I've seen others that are similar. You're on the right track, it's just a lot of details.

Honestly, you have so much going on in that one prop that it could get too complicated. Since you want it to shake, that could pull loose some of the other connections. And the fire effect sounds like a one-shot, not something that you could repeat.

You might want to consider the Ouija board as part of a bigger show, and have it do one or two things as part of a haunted room. Then if one of the effects breaks, you don't lose the entire show. Also, you could use lighting effects to give the impression of flames without actually setting anything on fire.

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Here is a video of my animated Ouija board.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvOeA6Bp7kk

I used one of these motors from a Christmas deer. When it strikes and obstacle, it reverses direction. I mounted the motor under a hole in the table with a screw on each side to reverse the motor. Glued magnets on an attached arm and to the planchete. Also, the top of the table is plexi-glass to make the planchete move smoother. It has been working for about 7 years now with no problems.
 

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Yes, the easiest way to make an animated Ouija board would be to use a reindeer motor. I've built dozens of animated Ouija boards over the years using the motor and magnets technique.
Here's one I built using a reindeer motor:

http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/70891-daves-haunted-ouija-board.html

Then I started building them using a regular motor:

http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/81513-haunted-ouija-bd-non-reindeer-motor.html

In my opinion, the easiest way to make one quickly would be to order one of these motors and build the reindeer type Ouija. These motors reverse themselves just like the reindeer motors:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161094125355?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

As far as making the table shake, I would use a high RPM motor and attach an offset weight to the shaft (like a half circle of metal or wood). This would basically make it a vibrating motor and the table would shake like crazy as it rotated. Plug it in to one of those wireless keychain remote control outlets and you could make it start and stop as you desire.
 

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Yes, the easiest way to make an animated Ouija board would be to use a reindeer motor. I've built dozens of animated Ouija boards over the years using the motor and magnets technique.
Here's one I built using a reindeer motor:

http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/70891-daves-haunted-ouija-board.html

Then I started building them using a regular motor:

http://www.halloweenforum.com/halloween-props/81513-haunted-ouija-bd-non-reindeer-motor.html

In my opinion, the easiest way to make one quickly would be to order one of these motors and build the reindeer type Ouija. These motors reverse themselves just like the reindeer motors:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/161094125355?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

As far as making the table shake, I would use a high RPM motor and attach an offset weight to the shaft (like a half circle of metal or wood). This would basically make it a vibrating motor and the table would shake like crazy as it rotated. Plug it in to one of those wireless keychain remote control outlets and you could make it start and stop as you desire.
I'll try to do the build with the reindeer type motor you linked to on ebay. You're positive that the motor you linked to reverses? Also, you don't happen to have a tutorial for the reindeer type motor setup as well, do you? I saw your video, and it looks like a similar setup except you have to put screws in to let the motor hit something and change directions. Any other major differences? Thanks!
 

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No, I didn't make a tutorial for the reindeer motor type. It's pretty easy--just mount your motor to the bottom of the box, then add the motor crank and magnets. Then put a screw or a wooden block on each side, wherever you want the motor to start reversing. If you use screws, cut a piece of rubber tubing and slide over it to keep the motor crank from "clicking" every time it hits.

And yes, I know this particular motor reverses itself. I've got several in my garage right now. I'll take a video of one and post it here later today.

Feel free to PM me if you need help.

Here's the video of that motor:

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/DaveNTracy/media/Ouija Board - 2013/001_zpsb435c972.mp4.html
 

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No, I didn't make a tutorial for the reindeer motor type. It's pretty easy--just mount your motor to the bottom of the box, then add the motor crank and magnets. Then put a screw or a wooden block on each side, wherever you want the motor to start reversing. If you use screws, cut a piece of rubber tubing and slide over it to keep the motor crank from "clicking" every time it hits.

And yes, I know this particular motor reverses itself. I've got several in my garage right now. I'll take a video of one and post it here later today.

Feel free to PM me if you need help.

Here's the video of that motor:

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/DaveNTracy/media/Ouija Board - 2013/001_zpsb435c972.mp4.html
Very cool Dave! I'll pick one up off ebay since that seems to be the cheapest source these days. Problem is all the sellers are located in China, and it takes weeks to get here! Anyone know of a local ebay source?
 

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Here are some pictures \ video of mine if it helps:

Happy Haunting!!
Super nice! I'm going to be using the glow in the dark version of the board for mine. Anyone know which led to buy to stick underneath the planchette in order to make that cool glowing light trail? I haven't been able to find a coin powered black light led on ebay as of yet.
 
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