Head in a box or on a cake pan. This one is another one of those illusion ideas that make for great theater. The picture shows the costume and the secret how to make it work. The costume should be torn and fringe over the arms to help hide the actual actor bent inside the box. The actor’s real arms are holding the box up. The second picture shows the cake pan method of the same costume. It will need more creative costuming to get this one to work. Just more hanging fabric over the arms should do it. Add a black shirt over the actor and that will work just fine.
The snake. Without a doubt this is my favorite costume. I drew this one years ago before I began the black book of haunted props. It might have even inspired me to start the book. The costume is a guy who is trapped, being squeezed to death by two huge snakes. The snakes have moving heads that sway at anyone nearby. The actor’s hands are tied to his body and unable to move. Actually, his hands are hidden inside the snake heads moving them as puppets. In the picture it shows that the head of the actor is fake, but, I think it would be better to be real. The neck, should look twisted and tightened. A great airbrush makeup job will really sell this.
There might be a few costumes out there like this and the others today. This is part of the reason for me sharing them with you now. These old costumes have spawned several newer costumes that I will post on a later date. I hope they inspire you to create some more cool monsters and costumes.