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    I found a small crate at work and decided to take a whack at the classic Monster In A Box prop. My version is made to look like an old box that might have been around for many, many years. I used a green light instead of the traditional red just to be different. The monster is an old dollar store vampire mask I did a little reshaping and repainting to so that it looked a bit more creepy and a bit less human. I used a little Bluetooth speaker I also found for free to make an ambient soundtrack of occasional heavy breaths/sighs and a few low growls. When activated by the motion sensor a second soundtrack kicks in that I made by taking recording of an angry Tasmanian devil and reversing it. I kept the animation fast so that it looks like the creature is aggressively trying to break out. Pretty happy with it so far, just a little fine tuning to do with the motion detector to get it running reliably. In this video I had not yet added the ambient audio and the mic on my camera does not pick up the screeching very well over the lid slamming. In person the screeching is very loud.


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    Nice work as always!

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    Awesome work! Your tutorials are always very helpful because you show pictures and descriptions on all the components. I've always wanted to make one of these but it doesn't fit in with my pirate theme. Any ideas on how this could be integrated into a pirate themed haunt? Maybe a pirate that's been trapped inside a crate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmayer121 View Post
    Awesome work! Your tutorials are always very helpful because you show pictures and descriptions on all the components. I've always wanted to make one of these but it doesn't fit in with my pirate theme. Any ideas on how this could be integrated into a pirate themed haunt? Maybe a pirate that's been trapped inside a crate?
    How 'bout some type of sea monster? Maybe some tentacles hanging out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmayer121 View Post
    Awesome work! Your tutorials are always very helpful because you show pictures and descriptions on all the components. I've always wanted to make one of these but it doesn't fit in with my pirate theme. Any ideas on how this could be integrated into a pirate themed haunt? Maybe a pirate that's been trapped inside a crate?
    Yep. Slower cranking motor that raises the lid a bit more to reveal treasure inside. Position a skeleton behind the chest with his hands on the lid. so when the lid opens and closes the skelly will look like he is doing it. I envision a pirate skeleton who is trying to get the chest open to steal some booty!

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    I've always leaned more toward optical illusions, but this--beside making me laugh in admiration--makes me want to try mechanical attractions. Starting with this one.

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    I like both of those ideas. Might have to alter my treasure chest to slowly open and close and add a crate with a sea monster in it. Thinking about making tentacles that move when the box comes to life. Thanks for the ideas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmayer121 View Post
    Awesome work! Your tutorials are always very helpful because you show pictures and descriptions on all the components. I've always wanted to make one of these but it doesn't fit in with my pirate theme. Any ideas on how this could be integrated into a pirate themed haunt? Maybe a pirate that's been trapped inside a crate?
    Don't forget that treasure wasn't the only thing pirates buried. A pirate's chest could work just as easily with someone trying to get past the chains that bind him inside the box. Or just make him a skelly trying to get out after too many years buried. A pirates theme and treasure chests that bounce around seem tailor made for each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chubstuff View Post
    Don't forget that treasure wasn't the only thing pirates buried. A pirate's chest could work just as easily with someone trying to get past the chains that bind him inside the box. Or just make him a skelly trying to get out after too many years buried. A pirates theme and treasure chests that bounce around seem tailor made for each other.
    Good ideas for sure! Not trying to hijack your thread Oak Lane!

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