Friday, September 5, 2014

Museum of the Weird

Before the Haunted Mansion as we know it, Imagineer Rolly Crump designed a "Museum of the Weird." Next Saturday, Sept. 13, Creature Features in Burbank is hosting the opening of their "Museum of the Weird" gallery show, with Rolly himself in attendence!

Stop by to see my Sybil the Clairvoyant conducting a seance, as well as my new recreation of Rolly's Coffin Clock maquette (seen in the foreground in the image at the top of the post).  Pictures of mine are later in this post.

Details on the event here:

Here's a little background on the Museum from the Disneyland 10th Anniversary Special (starts at 1:37, but watch from the beginning to see Marc Davis talking about the Haunted Mansion, too!):


Now, here's my Coffin Clock, with Rolly's original below:

Not exact, perhaps, but not too far off, either!

While not a full how-to, here are some making of photos to give an idea of how it came together.

The dimensions of the coffin were designed in Illustrator and printed for reference.  The skull and hands are being sculpted with Super Sculpey here.

To make the fabric, I penciled lines on the backside, then stitched up and crumpled it down.

Much of the coffin hardware is from the jewelry section of the craft store

The clock face was made in Photoshop, printed, mounted, and laminated

All the doodads were first attached to the clock face, and that whole assembly mounted in the coffin as one piece.

You can tell by the lighting above that I just finished this up late last night!  I was able to snap some nicer pictures before delivering it to the gallery today.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Davis Graveyard Needs You!

Chris and Jeff Davis of the Davis Graveyard, without doubt one of the most impressive home haunts around, have fallen on hard times.  Both of them lost their jobs, one three years ago and one a few months ago. They've been searching hard for work but nothing has come their way as of yet, and now they're at risk of losing their home.  I'll let you read Chris' post (here) for the details.  

Fellow SoCal haunter Derek Young has put up a donations page on GoFundMe to give us all a way to show the Davises a little support.  Chris and Jeff have certainly done more than their part to support the efforts of haunters everywhere, so if you've ever admired their photos, learned from their how tos, participated in the Home Haunter DVD Collection, please throw a few dollars their way to keep their haunt and lives on track.

If you don't know them, take a moment to click the links above.  You'll be glad you did.  Seriously, the Davis Graveyard rocks.


Monday, August 11, 2014

Thanks for visiting us at ScareLA!

I had a great time chatting with everyone who came by the booth.  Looking forward to next time!

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Sybil 2.0

So, wondering what's going on with this year's products?  The time has come.

Sybil Ad for video

Sybil the Clairvoyant is now available as a professional, already assembled effect.
But now she's completely self-contained.  No projector to hide.
And her whole head moves.

This is pretty darn cool, if I do say so myself.

Available now at

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Spooks! Projection Effect

The big news is still on the way, but in the meantime, you can now invite some of my favorite ghosts over to play with Spooks! A new projection effect offering.

I've had a few requests for a video featuring just the ghosts from the Sybil the Clairvoyant effect, either to populate the rest of the room, or to add a bit of ambiance to a graveyard scene.  Here it is!

Stop by my booth at ScareLA to see it in action, or, for the impatient, download it right now for $25!
You can see them floating around in the Sybil video: