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    That's a great idea! Does it affect your event insurance at all?
     

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    i don't know about the insurance, we always do it outside, but there are a lot of fire spinners in Atlanta, myself included, and nothing seems to "spark" a happy spectical than a taste of fire.

    another thought, stilt walkers are a crowd pleaser, both the tradititonal stilts and the more recent jump stilts. i'm learning those right now, maybe i'll be able to do a stilt/spinning combo act. That'd be awsome!

    Hope that helps give you ideas.
     

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    It doesn't effect our insurance at all. They carry their own insurance but our coverage does cover all of our events.
    They do it outside and we have an area barricaded off for them in accordance with the fire marshals rules and county permits.
    They also do the fire breathing and nothing will turn a crowds head faster than a big burst of flames coming from a persons mouth!
    Its great advertising for them and they love coming out to the haunt to perform.
    Greg
    Fearfest
     

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    Thanks! I appreciate the tips. I'm really looking into picking up those new stilts. I also have a cool sword swallowing act that is a head turner (it's not real for the record lol). But it's very convincing. I appreciate the tips everyone, you guys are great!
     

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    When we started our haunt in '07, we have had some sort of live enertainment every night. The first year we published a list of bands (from all types of genres) and it seemed to have little impact on the type of crowd that showed for the night. Every year we seem to scale back the types of performers we use, and make sure that all the bands are crowd pleasers. Some of the themed bands work, some of them don't. Overall, the variety show/cover bands are the most liked by the audience. This year we also hired a great dj to spin. He is able to get the crowd fired up, and act as the MC for our midway. Overall, music is a plus, but we just don't 'over-do' it any more.

    Lately, we have put our signature characters into the midway on big nights to work the queue line, and that works out really well. Our system is set up where we can pull most of our main actors out of their areas to go work the line. Those who can't leave their posts will go to the midway before the show starts.

    We are in the process of negotiating a stage show with a group of actors from the city from a 'rock opera' group. They are an incredibly talented group of actors/singers/songwriters, and their last show was absolutely amazing. We'll see how the stars align... but we're hoping for a kickass stage show next season.
    Patrick Barberry
    www.legendsofthefog.com
     

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    That sounds really awesome! A stage show just seems worth it!

    Catie Mahfouz
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    If you have or decide to get a stilt walker I urge you to get a few different costumes for them, Todays guests all have a camera on them and pics with the stilt walkers are very popular. If you have a long line then multiple costumes will allow the actor to interact with guests multiple times. Everyone wants a phot but often the "magic" is gone once an actor poses for a picture.
     

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    As some of you know, I run a zombie western haunt. And this year I had an old west reenactment group come out and do their normal show of gun fights, train robberies, bar fights, etc. We just asked if they would do it all as the Undead, they were thrilled! So I had my makeup people do them up and they had a blast!

    Zombies with black powder are the best kind of zombies!

    -Joel-
     

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    OMG! I've been playing Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare! It's like you brought it to life! That's fantastic!

    Catie Mahfouz
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    That's really creative, sounds great! =)
     

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