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In the process of trying to figure out how to make a witch speak and blink, it appears that lots of people used the Douglas Fir Talking Christmas tree (that is no longer available apparently). While I have no idea how the fir tree is hacked to do it, it sounds like maybe I am finally on the right path.

Isn't this very similar to what was left after people "attacked" the fir tree?

http://www.speaktomecatalog.com/room.php?tag=Christmas

http://www.lighterside.com/product/...ee+face.do?WT.svl=XsellItem2&WT.ac=XsellItem2

If there is a better option to get a witch to talk/blink (which doesn't require one to be an electrician), I haven't found the thread. I plan to build something like Scarefx's witch/cauldron but would like for her to periodically laugh or potentially speak. (like I am not already WAY over my head on getting the build successfully completed!)

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Thanks ScareFX! BTW, your witch/cauldron is awesome. It is what inspired me to build one. Mr. Unpleasant's is beautifully done also. I'll definitely read his blog and contact him. I also noticed on your site that Damon Wilde created one using a mask so I am curious if he used the same technology?

I also wanted to use a mask and bought it and hands last year then chickened out on building it. If it is not really hard, I would also like to have the head turning on a timer or something so she only moves it periodically. But again, this is ALL new territory for me.

Thanks again for replying!
 

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Thanks buckaneerbabe. Did you use masks for yours? If so, I assume you need to use a skull so there would be something rigid to attach to and move and just glue the mask to the skull? Sorry if my questions are stupid, last year was my first time decorating with more than an inflatable Frankenstein and a couple pumpkins so I have a ton to learn.

Thanks for the link, I'll definitely check it out.
 

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The Boris hack is VERY cool. I would really prefer blinking as opposed to lights though. WHOA! It just hit me. I wanted something in a "holding cell" that is waiting to be cooked in the cauldron and I don't suppose it has to blink. This Boris with Slimy's mods would be perfect for that. I could either buy a skeleton body to match the scale or shove a mask on this as well. Can you disable the lights without it affecting the rest of it?

If I can use a Dougie and get this effect, I will eat the additional cost.

http://web.tampabay.rr.com/graphics/witch.html (original page)
http://web.tampabay.rr.com/graphics/witch_files/witch-3.mov (shows blinking/talking)

Thanks so much everyone!
 

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ScareFx, thank you SO much for asking him. I really, really appreciate it.

I hadn't thought of reindeer motors although I had planned to follow your plans for everything other than the talking/blinking. I thought the Dayton motor you mentioned was the one that was discontinued though. Monsterguts has a Dayton alternative but I have no idea how it would compare to a reindeer motor.

Wonder if I should have started this project on November 1st last year ha, ha?
 

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Thanks for that info ScareFX. Definitely good to know and I had no idea.

I know this is an idiotic question but are folks going to Garden Ridge or Wal-Mart or somewhere like that, buying the deer that move their heads and just dismantling them to get the motor? Or can you buy just the motors somewhere?

It will be hilarious trying to explain to my kids why I am "killing the nice deer" if they catch me dismantling one ha, ha!
 
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