PDA

View Full Version : Shaker Cans



the ogre
05-26-2010, 09:43 PM
I'm working on some. Jw what you use? How do you make them?

Tim

Dr Spooktakular
05-26-2010, 10:35 PM
I just use can of veggies. I recycle the cans when I'm done eating. Don't cut the lid all the way off. I have some filled with rocks, BB's, pennies, they all make slightly different noises. Once the noise maker goes in, I duct tape the top real well and spray paint the can as needed.

Allen H
05-26-2010, 10:48 PM
Venom energy drink, they have great solid cans with a screw on lid, cant beat it!

Jim Warfield
05-26-2010, 11:59 PM
No shaker cans here.
Me:"What are you doing alone in that dark corner?"
Helper:"I'm practising with the shaker can."
Me:"I don't hear any sound like a shaker can coming from you over there."
Helper:"Well, I have to build up my wrist muscles first."
Me:"Next you will tell me you are shaking a can for the hearing impaired?"

I do have a very screamy/noisey wall in common with the wall in my front/first room. Real screams from actual real customers expressing real fear.
I feel this Has to really get the first timers sitting there wondering.
"Wonder" can be a wonderfull thing.

freak 'n' stein
05-27-2010, 09:00 AM
I swear by the shaker can. It saves my voice!! (a little)

Typical shaker is just an empty canned good with the lid still partially attached. I fill mine with nails/screws/bolts, etc. and duct tape the lid back. PLENTY of duct tape because I have a tendency to ruin the cans to no end. I not only shake them, I bang them on walls, drag them across our corrugated metal building...anything goes...but I have to have PLENTY of cans on hand. ha

I know places I have been like Netherworld have used empty gas cans filled with "shaker material"...haha. They're painted flat black.

Darkangel
05-27-2010, 09:17 AM
So using these can actually work for scaring people? When you jump out do you shake them near the quests quickly for a loud noise? How many shaker can users do you guys use throughout your show?

Thanks,
DA

Allen H
05-27-2010, 09:22 AM
I dont like having more than two per house, you right not every actor should have one. In my DVD (volume two) it shows how to make and use one.

FablesStudios
05-27-2010, 10:50 AM
thats a good part of the DVD!!! Good Ideas!!

Jim Warfield
05-27-2010, 03:19 PM
1.) Catch a rattle snake ( a real rattle snake)
2.) Remove it's rattle.
3.) Place the rattle inside a very small glass bottle.
4.)seal the bottle.
5.) Sneak up behind your friends and shake the little bottle!
We used to have several of these peculair "toys" in my Dad's stuff.
Of course when my Grandfather was a kid it was around 1890-95 rattle snakes were much more common around here then, or maybe they are still here, we just can't hear them shake their tails?

freak 'n' stein
05-28-2010, 08:28 AM
So using these can actually work for scaring people? When you jump out do you shake them near the quests quickly for a loud noise? How many shaker can users do you guys use throughout your show?

Thanks,
DA

For the first time in my haunting career, last season I got carried away with my shaker. I agree, not everyone should have one because then guests become desensitized to them...sorta like when EVERY character in a haunt yells "boo", "you're gonna die", etc.

I was the only one who had one, but that is because no one at our haunt thought to use them. I jumped over our que line fence last year and would bang the can on the fence and yell. It was EXTREMELY successful up until the last weekend when a customer was standing directly on the other side of the fence and I jumped over and smashed him in the head with the can. LUCKILY he had on a hoodie and I didn't hit him too hard, but none the less, I got a little too comfortable in my role and accidents happened!!

...long story short, SHAKERS ARE GREAT IN MODERATION!

Allen H
05-28-2010, 08:08 PM
LOL Freak, that sounds more like operator error than the shaker cans fault!

damon carson
05-28-2010, 11:45 PM
In my way of thinking your not much of an actor if you have to rely on a shaker can. But there have been times I wish I had one for some of my worst actors. I guess its best to plan ahead isnt it. Or just fire them the first night. I have done that before. Or just prayed they didnt come back. Usually they would be like this is too hard and quit.
Damon

freak 'n' stein
05-29-2010, 12:22 AM
In my way of thinking your not much of an actor if you have to rely on a shaker can. But there have been times I wish I had one for some of my worst actors. I guess its best to plan ahead isnt it. Or just fire them the first night. I have done that before. Or just prayed they didnt come back. Usually they would be like this is too hard and quit.
Damon

Whoa whoa whoa! Who said anything about RELYING on a shaker can?! Actors can always supplement their talents with tools. A can is just another tool in the little game we like to call scare-acting. That's like saying you're not much of a slider if you rely on knee pads and spark gloves...I'm sure that was a crappy example, but it's 1:30...I'm tired...

point is, different characters do different things to make your show amazing as a whole! Lol. Some are better at the improv talking roles, some are just MEANT to wear a latex mask and stand in a corner. I digress. GOOD NIGHT

damon carson
05-29-2010, 01:01 AM
Freak n Stein Im glad you hold your shaker can up high man! Now go stand in that corner and try and scare somebody. LOL!
Damon

OblivionHauntedHouse
06-10-2010, 12:46 PM
Shaker cans are great! You can scare with anything if you put your mind to it! I have snuck up behind people in line and scared them with a fake little rubber monster finger puppet before. Its all how you approach and deliver. But hes right. Dont put more than 2 in the house.

A nice new empty gas can filled with nuts and bolts works great, too! AND IT HAS A HANDLE!

damon carson
06-10-2010, 01:28 PM
I like the shaker cans better than any big clumbsy gas can. But sorry Im not much for both. Ya they can work but personally Im not much for them. Maybe for a new actor or someone with less talent scaring maybe. At least with a shaker can you can conceal it better in your hand than a gas can. And I am talking the gallon cans.
Damon

OblivionHauntedHouse
06-10-2010, 02:47 PM
The only place I have seen the gas cans effective is in jump out scares and jungle suit/room set ups.

Phantom Foundry
06-12-2010, 09:51 AM
I'm a big fan of good noisemakers. Although most of my haunt experience has been behind the scenes, I like to jump in and scare when I can. However, I'm just not a good actor - at least not vocally. I can do set lines just fine, but improv scares me even more than clowns do, lol! I can totally kill with mannequin scares, though, and usually don't need any noise for that, but it can be a bonus in some scenes. Also, noisemakers are perfect for certain camo scares (example: ivy probably shouldn't be talking, lol!)

The key, as several people have stated, is not to rely on too many noisemakers. You want strong actors wherever you can have them, but weaker actors can be in certain spots with a noisemaker and do just fine. They can also help new people who are still learning.

Jay Dead
06-12-2010, 10:11 AM
How about a tambourine? HEY!