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    This year our house is located in an old auto-mechanic wharehouse. inside there is a built room that was used for repainting cars. it has a large ventalation, thus allowing us to use a chainsaw inside the house, rather than at the end of it. My room will be inside there, (Toxic Clowns) and they are letting me use their chainsaws inside. we are still unpacking and doing construction, so it will be a while before i get to handle one, but i want to definatly make sure i know what im doing with it before opening.

    Ive watched many videos of scare tactics with them, including sliding them on the ground and simple nudges at their feet, but what else can i do? Also, how do i start them on the fly, as well as care for them? I dont want to be repaying for a 150 dollar chainsaw due to improper care. This is my second year with this haunt crew and im very flattered that they trust me with something like this, as it takes years before some houses let their vets touch one. any advice, tutorials, or even a funny chainsaw scare story would definatly help me out.
     

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    Take off the chain.
    Remember the heat factor, or burns can happen.
    A spinning sprocket can wrap up long hair quickly.
    Fueling should be outdoors, fumes can ignite.
    Look into buying the faux chainsaw with a speaker system built into it, cheaper in the long run, probably.
    Customers can still get hurt by the metal parts when swung wildly around in a dark room because : Customers are unpredictable
    It's hard to see everything through mask eye holes.

    It is basically still a power tool, heavy, muscle ripping after time, makes for inaccuracy of control.
    I don't use a chainsaw, just the threat and illusion of one, people are entertained, often scared, I burn no fuel doing this.
    None of the problems I mentioned can then happen.
    I control the light, I control the room, I create "The Moment".
    Explore the options.
     

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    Remember safety first. Indoors your gonna need lighting and not strobe lights. If your swinging that chainsaw around you could easily hit a customer. Dont wear any loose clothing it can get caught right up in the chainsaw. No robes with long sleeves ect. If you got to wear a mask make sure you can see out of it well. If anything wear a good hockey mask or cut the eye holes bigger if needed on a mask . Or just do makeup. That would work even better. Dont touch the customers in anyway . If there told there not gonna get touched thats what they expect. And most of all have fun scaring the bejesus out of everyone!
    Damon
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    thanks for the input guys!!


    my room will be UV lit, so it will still be dark and i must be cautious about that. I DO plan to wear makeup, as masks tend to bother me and limit my vision as well.
    i didnt even realize that a burn could happen from it, so do you guys suggest wearing *tight* fitting wristbands or such to prevent hurting myself?


    also, due to me being in a vented yet enclosed room, i will be wearing a painters mask (for effect wise as well as practicality) but do you suggest earplugs? it will be loud for the customers yes, but with me being around the noise for a long period of time do you reccomend it?
     

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    Just the shrill screaming pops holes in my ear drums.
    I wear ear plugs when grinding steel. Most of the time I don't run the same type of tool for anything like an extended period of time, but on my Mother's side of the family degenerative ear bones might be hereditary.
    Of course they all lived wel into their 90's, so maybe being deaf is a trade off?
    Death keeps knocking on their door and they can't hear it?
     

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    make sure you can start the chainsaw in one pull. Practice this until you can.
    Plus know how the kill switch works and were it is so you can find it with your eyes closed.

    A chainsaw in good repair will start on the first pull once it is warmed up, if it cools off for say 10 minutes it may take a few pulls.

    An overheated chain saw is hard to start as well... so use it then turn it off then crank it back up...

    People freak at the sound fo the chainsaw starting up more then they do hearing one and getting closer and closer to it.

    The reason I say practice is for the following reason, nothing is more lame then a guy coming out from somewhere and pulls the cord and the chainsaw sputters and stops.
     

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    There are a lot of things to consider, safety being first. Others who have posted have noted quite a few very valid points. First step, remove that chain!

    I'd like to add a little to the list.

    Not only can the saw cause burns to customers, it can also give you burns if handled incorrectly. Using the kill switch, as OgeXam mentioned, and turning the saw off in intervals, generally helps keep the saw cool. Using the kill switch also assists in giving you the highly anticipated chainsaw start-up, which as stated, is scarier for patrons than an approaching or already running saw.

    Remember, the saw is essentially an extension of your body. No matter the blade length, you are extending your reach by that much. Be fully aware of the patrons, props and walls in your room. Iíve seen chainsaw actors run into walls and props several times (thankfully not at our haunt) because they werenít used to the extra length. Be sure that the saw never comes into contact with patrons. Even getting it close to them could run the risk of staining their clothes with oil or gas.

    Chainsaws arenít terribly heavy to carry for a short amount of time, but when you are using them for hours on end, with a full tank of fuel Ė especially if you plan on lifting it, or using it as a weapon and not to cut wood Ė they can take their toll on you. I recommend stretching out a bit before getting into character, so your muscles donít get torn up. You also donít want the saw to get torn up, either, so I recommend familiarizing yourself with all of its parts. Upkeep is important. Become best friends with it and know it inside and out, or know someone who does. Cords tend to break after a while and spark plugs die. I agree with OgeXam again, itís pretty pathetic when this hardcore chainsaw wielding maniac comes out of nowhere to kill you and his saw wonít start, or he pulls the cord out, or he turns it on and the brake is on. Practice, practice, practice.

    If you are going to be in an enclosed area, I would definitely recommend ear plugs. Try to tune out the saw and focus on your customers, in case they are too scared to continue, or need to be lead out. Chainsaws are loud to begin with, but to be in a closed room adds to it. Tight clothing and no loose hair. Since your room is UV lit, maybe you could add a little UV paint to a few areas of the saw, so that it shows up better Ė or maybe you donít want it to show up? You may have a painters mask on, but the fumes may still get to you if the room is closed off. Be sure to get plenty of fresh-air breaks and drink a lot of water. The last thing the patrons need to walk in on is "Big-Scary-chainsaw-weilding-serial-killer-who-passed-out-on-the-floor-from-fume-asphyxiation".

    Best of luck! And being such a long reply, thatís my 4 cents worth!
     

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    Step One: Kick victim knocking them to ground

    Step Two: Place foot on screaming victim ( preferably upon back of neck )

    Step Three: Give Chainsaw gas

    Step Four: Jam that baby right into he back of victim ( Brace yourself this might get messy)

    Step Five: carve victim like Thanksgiving Turkey

    Finally Step Six: grab a plate cause its dinner TIME !!!
    "I know that you believe you understand what you think I said, but Iím not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."

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    Quote Originally Posted by phreakout View Post

    Ive watched many videos of scare tactics with them, including sliding them on the ground and simple nudges at their feet, but what else can i do? any advice, tutorials, or even a funny chainsaw scare story would definatly help me out.
    Since you are a crazy clown, you need to be somewhat spontaneous with the saw. Now I dont mean wild by any means. Big safety issues could happen if you're wild.

    What I mean is do stuff out of the ordinary- versus a Leatherface character.

    One option for instance- as your approaching a group of patrons, you could put the saw at your crotch and thrust with it. As if your trying to have sex using the saw.

    To me, as a crazzy clown, you should try to be really scary, and then sometimes really funny.

    And I say that cause instantly when a group enters the room, you could tell whether they are easily scared or very hard to scare. So sometimes You should mix up your act a little bit. If you cant scare them, then do something stupid/crazy/funny. To most people that "cant get scared", when you do this they will be entertained and feel they get their money's worth.


    Just a suggestion.
    Brad Bowen
    Owner/Operator of the Ultimate Fear Haunted House in Shreveport, LA
    www.ultimatefear.net
     

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    Maybe a chainsaw costume? The pull/starter cord hangs out from the crotch area.
    "You trying to start something?"
     

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