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Hello folks. My first time posting in this area of the Café. I assume this is the proper section for this.
My question is. Are there any sources out there that give tips and instructions etc. on how to make your own sideshow gaffs. I am interested in making some for a project I am working on. I have some of my own designs and stuff sketched out but looking for books or what ever with more info on the process of actually bringing the ideas to life. Thanks all in advance.
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You will do better personally communicating with people who already make them. Folks here are very willing to share.
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Thank you Ross.
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So if someone wanted to know the best ways to work up a fiji mermaid or a shrunken head all one has to do is ask? Because I'd love to know some of the techniques used to put these classic zibits together.
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On Jun 19, 2020, GReed3649 wrote:
So if someone wanted to know the best ways to work up a fiji mermaid or a shrunken head all one has to do is ask?


No! First you have to swear to never reveal the secrets, or next time you go to the carnival a dozen burly carnies will kick you out on your butt! Can't tell you how they'll know, but THEY'LL KNOW! (Hint: look for a large chalk X on your back.)
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Ok, let me clarify that I ain’t exactly your average mark, and if a carney can manage to chalk a full X on my shoulder I obviously deserve everything I get.

I’ve been doing makeup and FX work (home haunt and very bad local independent movies) for about 20 years and I’ve built my fair share of props...BUT I’ve always been curious about the different techniques regarding the classic sideshow gaffs. I’ve never had the opportunity to actually get my hands on an actual "show used" zibit, so I’ve never really been able to reverse engineer them.

I know how I'd make these things, but I’m genuinely curious about how the originals were put together. As for revealing any secrets I might come across, well where’s the fun in that?
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