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sbays
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Hi guys, looking to get some ideas from you all. What are some of the effects you use/know of that really scare spectators? You know the ones that just really freak them out. Looking to get into some dark theatre projects so any ideas would be great. Thanks all!
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Effects don't scare people (nor do they make people laugh); presentations do.

In the right hands, the linking rings are scary. For me, "Ashes On The Hand" is one of the most emotional pieces of theater ever created.

If you'd like a good source of material that can be presented powerfully, I recommend picking up a bound copy of Invocation.
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I have to agree with Necromancer. Effects don't touch people's emotions, on any level. It is all in the story and the presentation. A great ghost story with no or minimal effects is scary. The most horrific apparition standing alone is not. Reading through this forum should give you plenty of ideas.

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The "Immortal" may be VERY scary. Smile
Especially if you perform Zodiac before.
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As frightening as Mr. Chelman's suggestion may be, this is scarier:
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The Okito voodoo doll always gets a great reaction, I always save it as the last thing I do for people when I do magic. It never fails to freak people out Smile
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Neil is right on here. The scariest experiences I ever had were in live theater.

In one piece I saw, a single actor dramatized an H.P. Lovecraft story about a supernatural being that could not endure light being shut up in a church steeple by deranged worshipers. The actor/narrator acted out climbing the steps with a flashlight, the only source of light on the stage, held under his face. Just about the time that we could no longer take the fear of the thing that could not bear the light, the actor turned off the flashlight, plunging the theater into darkness. He spoke barely above a whisper. I had goosebumps over most of my body, and when he turned out the light, I was fairly sure that grasping tendrils of darkness sought me out.

As has been said often in the Café, suggestion is everything. There was nothing here but a good actor, a powerful script and a flashlight.

Over lunch one day in a sunlit atrium, I told a group of scientists about a puppet theater presentation that I had seen of a Japanese ghost story. By the end of my account, I could see the goosebumps on the arms of one woman, and she looked pale. Imagine what the theatrical experience was. This one was way better than the Lovecraft piece!

So it's the material, and the presentation. I would also add that even a modest live production is far more intense than anything on film, so that is working in your favor when you do effects.

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Replace the ashes in "Ashes to Palm" with blood. Tie it into your best story. Look at an urban legends page to get some spooky ideas. Find what local ones are in your town. Most locals know the local stories. Here in UT we have the legend about a lady in red; who runs across the road if you honk three times by a certain cementary. Everyone knows the legend or has at least heard of it. Hmm, I could turn that into an effect...
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Well, when I first started out, I had this one. It started "take a card, any card....."
That one really scattered 'em!

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Your post made me think of one of NLT Bro. Gene's (Pause for rememberance) effects;
http://thelearnedpig.com.pa/magos/poinc/trick18.html
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On 2003-03-31 11:43, WR wrote:
Replace the ashes in "Ashes to Palm" with blood. Tie it into your best story. Look at an urban legends page to get some spooky ideas. Find what local ones are in your town. Most locals know the local stories. Here in UT we have the legend about a lady in red; who runs across the road if you honk three times by a certain cementary. Everyone knows the legend or has at least heard of it. Hmm, I could turn that into an effect...
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WR,

I kind of like the suggestion about using blood instead of the ashes. As it stands now, I have difficulty doing "Ashes in the Palm" because of the pervasive anti-smoking laws that blanket the country.

I'd like to use the blood; and instead of using a voodoo doll presentation, I'd like to really freak "them" out by using a "needle thru back of hand". Are you aware of any fake "needle thru back of hand" effects that you could recommend to this chicken (who hates to even get a shot from the doctor)?

Thanks for any information you can provide.

Turk
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Separated from the presentation and thus reduced to mere trickery, Rick Maue's "Predestination" is a simply bit of card handling. But when properly presented; using a tarot deck, having the patter build up to a point where the spectator "believes" that the card they have in their hand controls their future, and having them discover they are holding the death card - it ALWAYS get 'em. The presentation makes all the difference.

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Rob,

Where can a person find Rick Maue's "Predestination"? Is is a separate effect, or is it contained in a book or manuscript?

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Banachek's "Psychokinetic Touches" is incredible. You need to get caught a bit in order to do it well, but it is a real killer (no pun intended). It is a bit tricky to find, but go for it; it's worth it tenfold, maybe more.

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You're right Turk,
Ashes just don't flip the bill anymore.
But, get a sugar cube and draw a pentagram in soft red pencil; and you got something to work with! Great for witch routines as well as werewolves. Nice thing is, you can even use it more than once!

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Turk,

I have not yet bought "The Book of Haunted Magic" but I believe that "Predetermined" is in it. (Yes, I got the name wrong in the first posting.) But the effect can definitely be found in his video - "Haunted Magick - The Video."

http://www.deceptionsunlimited.com/hmvideo1.html

I do this one trick about 250 times last October - it is a great effect for those working a line - and in the bright light of a noisy mall waiting to get into a haunted house, this effect spooked them EVERY time.

BTW - For those of you near Pittsburgh, Rick has a haunted house that he runs every year. Many of the people who have seen it describe it as a "walk-thru seance." He describes it as a slow cerebral haunting.

http://www.deceptionsunlimited.com/ct1.html

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I agree with the Curator. (Even if he stole Christian Chelmann's face). Zodiac's really a killer, in a good way.
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He is Christian Chelmann.
No needle trick. Try Harry Anderson's "Needle Thru Arm."
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I think one of the most powerful yet underplayed effects is the haunted key
esp if you can get a really good routine.
Oh yeah and get the key to turn in there hands
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I love the haunted key. I start my shows with an effect with it. I am working on an effect where the haunted key opens a lock...
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