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    Great thread! I think our industries' history is very interesting! It's great to see how far companies like Distortions and Scarefactory and others have come.

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    When you talk about how far people have come... I remember my first booth at TW I was selling a video I weighed about 160 pounds. LOL

    Since then we've built about 15 dark rides including Spiderman, Garfield the Cat, Ghostwood Estates, and many others, we've done projects all over the World, worked on iconic brands like James Bond, Incredible Hulk, to you name it. I never in a million years could have imagined doing all of that... I never imagined we'd be featured on so many TV shows, and have built and supplies more people in this industry than any other company when you factor in videos, magazines and everything else. We've sold products to over 30,000 customers. This I would have never imagined. I have to admit being inspired by the first TW show I visited, Spookyworld was another... I've had the privilege to watch this industry grow and grow big.

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    It has been great seeing great vendors grow so much and it's even better to see so many folks treating this as a business and not a hobby!

    Allan
     

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    Do many people remember our first year?
    Kind of hilarious but you have to come from somewhere.

    IN 1999 we had 1 booth in the dark zone. Yes, I said 1.
    It featured:
    -2 corpses mounted on giant columns with giant skulls sitting atop them.
    -2 GIANT back back rod puppets "Cranky" the giant robot, and "Spooky Ernie" dressed as a cowboy.
    -a whole bunch of severed heads
    -AND the "TORTURE BOXES" severed heads in motorized contraptions. These were a big hit for us for many years.

    WOW, what fun!
    I will dig out some pics in a moment and post them.
     

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    Here are 5 pictures from the early days.
    I dug these out last summer just for old times sake so this is the perfect time to share.

    1. Transworld 1999
    2. transworld 2000 showing a new corpse called "Blubbo" and "Zang the Destroyer". Our NEW 15' back pack rod puppet. And again, we only had 1 booth.
    3. our second full size animation "Dizzy Lizzy". Yeah, it is a dead ballerina. Her body spins while her head stays stationary. pulley driven heavy duty gear motor.
    4. A version of one of the torture Boxes we called the "Ralph bucket"
    5. Nefarious from Stage Fright Studios and Cranky doing battle in 1999

    So much fun!
    And how things have changed.
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    Hahaha,
    here are more flashbacks for me.

    1. A picture of me assembling Wraiths. I am not sure of the year but I think early 2001 or maybe 2002. The "Wraith" was the first giant Costume. Inspired by the creatures in "Time Bandits".
    2. "Lestercution". I think this was our first full size animation. Actually, Dizzy Lizzy was the first because I built the first one many years earlier for the Civitan haunted house. But then reinvented it for our product line.
    3. "Mummy's Crypt" our first FULL size air powered animation. The first air powered prop we had was a torture box called "Hammer head Box" which was a severed head getting smashed with a hammer over and over.
    4.ALL our Back Pack rod puppets getting ready to perform at a Chicago halloween event we were hired to entertain. I think 2001.
    5. This one is pretty funny. I was walking around in a Dragon warrior costume and this mother just hands her baby to me so she could take a picture. LOL. that was pretty trust worthy.

    Thanks for letting me share!
    And more importantly!
    thanks for supporting our company and helping us grow. Without you the buyer, We are nothing!!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by drfrightner View Post
    When you talk about how far people have come... I remember my first booth at TW I was selling a video I weighed about 160 pounds. LOL

    Since then we've built about 15 dark rides including Spiderman, Garfield the Cat, Ghostwood Estates, and many others, we've done projects all over the World, worked on iconic brands like James Bond, Incredible Hulk, to you name it. I never in a million years could have imagined doing all of that... I never imagined we'd be featured on so many TV shows, and have built and supplies more people in this industry than any other company when you factor in videos, magazines and everything else. We've sold products to over 30,000 customers. This I would have never imagined. I have to admit being inspired by the first TW show I visited, Spookyworld was another... I've had the privilege to watch this industry grow and grow big.

    Larry
    I remember meeting Larry when he was the new kid on the block at Transworld who said................. "I'm going to make it big in this business". And the rest is history. That was when we were all still making it up as we went along.

    And I remember the first Gore Galore booth as well.................... and a lot of other booths that are no longer with us.
     

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    I love those old photos... we need MORE! Who have all left us can anyone dig out some names? I can think of a few Elm Street obviously, Cinema Secrets really because they use to be almost nothing but haunted houses and now they are totally something else. There use to be like 5 to 8 companies selling whole haunts and they all went out of business. We need photos of the first 10 years. Larry
     

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    Even Universal Studios had a booth one year during the shows heyday. It was a few rows down from Denley's Boneyard Productions. That was a trip.
     

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