When Customers Try it! ha!
"Boo! I bet I scared you, huh? Scared you in your own haunted house!"
"Nope..guess how many people have already tried the same thing you just did?"
One time a customer grabbed my ankle, he was hiding under an item but he was laying in several inches of slimey brown mud, flat on his back.
"Oh?" (not startled or scared in the least)
"Your Mother is going to be very upset when she sees the mud all over your new sweater."
"Oh, she won't mind." (Yah! Sure!)
They stopped here after their weekend of skiing, slightly over-dressed to be laying in mud.
The couple of times I reacted somewhat in a way the customer could inturpit as me being afraid, I was afraid that the clumbsie idiot was going to fall on me! I had no fear from his actual supposid fear-inspiring act.
I mean really...I own the house, we live in it, I have done all the work here, well 98%of it, I and my wife have had actual supernatural experiences here , is some kid going to scare me?
I spent years working in dark basements by myself.
"BIO", yes, fear is facsinating!
So many different ways it becomes expressed.
Here in Ravens Grin we "Identify" a fear, laugh at it, then go on to something else. Which is incredibly cheap psycho therapy, as pointed out to me many years ago by a former classmate of mine who became a psychiatrist and author/lecturer.
I love lulling them, having many lights "On", and still scaring them! Then watch and listen to them as they realise what scared them was as mundane, common and harmless as say, a garbage bag! (Just a garbage bag, with nothing in it.) (Or my face, no make-up!)
Here is a real study point in fear: I was on one side of a big plexiglass display window, hidden out of sight as the lights blinked slowly off & on. A customer stopped to look in the window with his face very close to the plexiglass as the light blinked on and now I was perfectly lines up across from him eyeball to eyeball, retina to retina!
I was the one doing the scare, yet what felt like some electrical current seemed to pass between us via this plexiglass-insulated connection via the eyes as the light blinked "On"!
It was so incredible!
I also like to create a fearful concept that is not very normal...then give that an unexpected twist. It really gets people thinking (unless they just can't think at all anyway.)
So the unusual occurs, they begin to anticipate what will befall them next, then something totally unexpected happens.
My Brother and I worked some customers back and forth between us , it was classic and hysterical!
I would be on one side of them first and scare them by just being there, then I would look passed them and get a look of fear on my face, they would turn to see what I was looking at, as my Brother came up on the other side with a white sheet over him, then he would take off the sheet , look back my way, they would turn their head and I would be gone! (Waiting to appear after they turned their head again toward my Brother! And of course scare them again!)
It helped to have a very genuinely scary room wrapped around us all too. (The wine cellar)