Hey all! Time to dust off some old video for a prop how-to. *cough*
Our 2008 haunt had a carnival theme, and this was our second largest prop after the vortex tunnel
. Here's a short video that should give an idea of how it works. Sorry, but all the plans and measurements were lost and forgotten, but if I had to guess I would say you need:
scrap plywood for forearms
10' nylon rope
4 door hinges (for body)
4 smaller hinges (arms are lighter)
Thick screws or bolts with washers for door hinges- standard 1.5" screws were being pulled out!
"Jack" decorations: scary mask, fake hands, fabric, etc.
Some notes off the top of my head:
The forearm plywood is cut at an angle, so that it falls flush to the body to fit back into the box.
There is a piece of wood connected to the bottom piece of the upper arm that is angled behind the back to connect the nylon to. Pulling down on that "shoulder blade" lifts the arm.
The lever at back was made in the shape of an L so the haunter can push it all the way to the floor without having to bend over.
We were able to "jump" at patrons much faster than demonstrated here.
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