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Dickens & Dave
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Years ago I had a Boley mask, which I sold when I was thinning out some of my vent stuff. I didn't really miss it much because personally, I prefer to keep audience participation in the audience rather on a "stage" with me.
But going through the archives here, I found a couple threads about vent masks, with links to videos, and I do remember having some fun with the mask I had the little bit I did used it. So it got me sort of wanting another one, but knowing I wouldn't use it a lot, I didn't want to pay a lot for one.

So I was looking around the net and I found this halloween costume, and part of the costume is a half-mask they call it, but the half-mask isn’t thin and flimsy like other halloween masks, it’s pretty darn solid plastic. The half-mask also reminds me very much of the Boley mask I had.

I do need to do a few little things to make it perfect: I need to add another piece of foam to the back of the fake teeth where there’s a screw to hold the band that closes the mouth, to cushion the screw from the skin mostly.
They used some sort of elastic string for what closes the mouth when the jaw string is released that isn't quite elastic enough, I will replace that with a regular rubber band.
And for some odd reason, the teeth are yellow, so I will be painting them white.

These costumes sold for 70. to 90. but I got this one new for 52. shipped – that’s a lot cheaper than the cheapest mask I’ve seen currently available (125. for one from Page Parnell).
And two added pluses: 1). I’ve got a cool halloween costume if I need one, and 2). this plastic is sturdy enough I could use it to make a mold in case I wanted to make myself a spare, or make one to change the features a bit.

Here are some picture of the costume and the mask;

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marshalldoll
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Very cool idea. Looks like not much work and you will have the mask again!!
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Dickens & Dave
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Yes, it definitely was a great deal on a VERY usable vent mask.
And I love the costume too, that should be fun come next halloween - I get a chance to see what it feels like to be "the little guy" in the act.

If anyone else is thinking about getting one these - there are a couple different vent costumes out there, for this one you have to look for "I'm no dummy halloween costume". I found this one at Buy.com, but there was also another place that had it for about the same price, I think it came to a couple dollars more. Most places, it seemed to be about 70., which even at that, it's still a lower priced mask.
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Lou Hilario
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That mask is indeed one of the first masks I made many years ago.
Magic, Illusions, Juggling, Puppet & Parrot Show ^0^
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