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  1. Default Actor as a patron? 
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    Has anyone acted as a patron within a haunt? Basically you start the haunt and an actors kidnaps you making the others in your group thinking you aren't part of the act.
     

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    This always seems like it would be just startling as crap for other patrons, but from our haunts experience it never works out as well as expected.

    Something I've been wanting to try is to have that one patron in the group that is always just walking behind the group "Not Scared at all" to suddenly show up in front of the group, possibly freaking out the rest of the group. Have them take a shortcut or bypass a room to jump ahead of them and let the group walk up on them like "where the hell did you come from?"
     

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    I would like to see this tried but I feel like this would have to be sudden like a trap door opens snagged and pulled in. you would have to rotate the "patron" out so you would need a group so people do not catch on as quick and do not do it every run. Things that happen tend to leak out and sometimes you get alot of repeat customers.
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    Ive seen it happen with mixed results at the haunt I used to work with. These were "Grab the victim in the queue and drag them into the haunt through a side door only to have them show up as part of the attraction in one of the scenes as a mind-controlled zombie" type scares. When it was a guy, people were shocked and horrified as this was a 'non-touching' haunt. However when it was a female working as the 'victim,' there were at least 2 occasions where other customers would try to help her and got aggressive towards the actors. They stopped having females as victims and scrapped the idea after a couple of weekends. Not worth the potential problems.
     

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    I wasn't trying to do it like that I was going to have it more as an actor along with tour guide get grabbed from a group. The actor would ask the tour guide is it ok if I go with this group and the tour guide would start then that person will get taken. Or the second idea to go with this past seasons theme of an asylum we had a priest start the walk and we were going to add a nun to go along with the priest and get taken (the group would feel safe with a nun and priest by their side) Later on the "nun" (who would be a different actress) would be in a diffferent area of the haunt being tortured etc. the first nun would walk with the group and priest and as the group continues the priest and nun walk back to the next group. The people waiting would not know that this nun got kidnapped as she would be the same actress for each group.
     

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    This is silly. For the brief .5 seconds of the body's natural reaction to seeing this and believing it's real, right afterwards your mind would realign your thinking to realize this is all just a gimmick.

    Sorry, cheesy, corny, ineffective past the initial reaction, and as Badger said? Too much liability and hassle for what is in my opinion a dull thrill.

    10 years ago? Maybe.
     

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    Not a fan. Some of my actors wanted to try this a few years ago...I let them try it...much like the aforementioned problems...rotating the actor in to be believable and the short-lived unnatural nature of the startle isn't worth it. I mean it was a fun idea back in the early days of haunting...or during the time when people weren't familiar with the "actors won't touch you" nature of haunts...but IMO it's not worth it...
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    I've seen this happen... But in my experience it was done QUITE WELL ...
    But it was different...

    It was a high output haunt and instead if one patron it was 5-8 in a group of 10 or so... One actor getting abducted by scary characters is one thing ( slightly cheesy ) but when 1/2 or more of your group gets abducted... THAT'S a different story... Hell, it was my wife and I... Now I'm a seasoned veteran but I will say it was strange to see the group disappear one by one.. Maybe two at times ?

    I was impressed... But maybe I was just lucky? Maybe those characters in the haunt abducted those innocent people ?

    o_O

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    I'm guessing no one would catch on... ATLEAST not right away... They'd probably be upset that they didn't get inducted THIS time... Lol

    Darn it... I will have to buy another ticket to find out !!?
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    Yes this has been done by many haunted houses... you can't really do that in high traffic haunts on the inside of the haunt however you could do it outside in the que line. For example a group is waiting in line like everyone else for 30 minutes then you put on some skit and boom a customer is killed, eaten or whatever... if you do tour driven haunts its a no brainer to have plants.

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