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  1. Default DOUBLE Drop Window? 
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    Has anyone tried something like this?

    I had a thought of setting a group up for a scare, building anticipation, lead them to a drop window, and BAM, window drops to reveal a not so scary scare. Maybe a picture of the thing they were dreading. They laugh, thinking that was it, what a lame scare, when WHAMMO, the 2nd panel in the same place drops with the real scare.


    The TL;DR version: two panels in a drop window, dropping one at a time. Feasible? Pointless?


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  2. Default Double? 
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    I think it would slow down your haunt a lot and then people would look away after the crappy scare. Just my opinion. Have to hit them the first time.
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    I use a piece of 3/4" plywood for my drop panel. When it hits bottom it is like a gun going off. No picture or additional scares necessary.
     

  4. Default Wood 
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    I recommend the 3/4 Plywood. We added a L Channel to the bottom of ours to avoid replacing the wood so often. Splintering can be dangerous for the actors too. Pieces will go where they want, including eyes.
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    I dig the idea...I might wanna make the second drop the whole friggin wall though
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    We did the 3/4" as well, with the L at the bottom for added effect. I also added an electronic popper at the bottom so they get hit by loud noises everywhere. And its pitch black to boot!!
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    Yeah, unless I'm not completely getting it, I'd assume the double thing would be pointless. I'd assume if it were a large enough group then the first few people might get shocked by the noise and the second half or so would get the regular effect, so if that's what you're going for then sure? Let us know if you go through with this!
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    Or......you make two drop panels.

    Put them at a corner, so there's one to their left or right and one in front of them.

    Do the lame drop to their left or right, then hit them with the scary drop in front
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by freak 'n' stein View Post
    Yeah, unless I'm not completely getting it, I'd assume the double thing would be pointless. I'd assume if it were a large enough group then the first few people might get shocked by the noise and the second half or so would get the regular effect, so if that's what you're going for then sure? Let us know if you go through with this!
    Yeah, I'm just playing with ideas on building anticipation and turning the guests expectations on their ear. Get them to expect something scary, hit them with something humorous and immediately follow up with the scare (another example I'm toying with, guest opens a door that says "Do Not Open", they see a clown on a toilet, "Hey! Occupied!", they close the door only to find another clown standing right there, "CAN'T YOU READ THE SIGN?!?"). Screamforadream's idea for two separate drop panels would probably be more feasible/versatile....


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    Quote Originally Posted by turkeycreaux View Post
    Yeah, I'm just playing with ideas on building anticipation and turning the guests expectations on their ear. Get them to expect something scary, hit them with something humorous and immediately follow up with the scare (another example I'm toying with, guest opens a door that says "Do Not Open", they see a clown on a toilet, "Hey! Occupied!", they close the door only to find another clown standing right there, "CAN'T YOU READ THE SIGN?!?"). Screamforadream's idea for two separate drop panels would probably be more feasible/versatile....

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    Make a list of all the kinds of rooms you'd expect to see in a circus haunt, and start from there. There will be enough time to get cute and clever later, after you're solid on everything else.

    Doing joke rooms are like doing jokes. When a stand-up writes it, he then goes and tests it. If it flies, it does in his act. If not, it's dropped on the spot. Kinda hard to drop a joke room mid-season after you've gone thru the time, effort, and expense to build it.

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