Horror themed tricks?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JaredH1, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Hey gang! I've been putting together a walk around set for the haunted house I work at. It was our first weekend open and I'm not getting good reactions from the crowd unless I'm doing something edgy like cookie cutter or hook. My haunt is an "extreme" haunt so basic tricks tend to just come off too dorky or lame. Looking for recommendations for spooky or edgy/horror-themed tricks I could work on. any and all advice appreciated.
  2. For a jump scare, you want to check out Box of Fear by Andrew Melia http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/1966, the Web by Jim Pace http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/430, or the My Pet Boris phone app.

    The basic effect here is that a spider appears on the back of a spectator's hand hen they least expect it.

    A similar idea uses the Ominous deck by Diamond Jim Tyler. I have played with this and it never quite gets the reactions of the spider tricks above. The effect is that the deck turns into a dead spider or scorpion while in the spectator's hand.

    If you are allowed to use fire at your haunted house 2 good fire tricks are Pyro Kinesis by Magic Smith http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9957 and Black Flame by Tom Phoenix http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/9413

    Pyro Kinesis is a sudden flame, where Black Flame is a nice reveal for a routine that is very creepy. Combined these two pieces could play well.

    Look at Thread by Wayne houchin. It was once sold here on Theroy11 but is now available on Wayne's LIVE lecture. A similar effect is often achieved with a popcorn kernel and you can learn that approach by watching Amberlin and Ryan Stock's lecture:

    These effects are way too uncomfortable for me. Spaghetti Al Dente by Chad Long is a little bit less gross but still good. You take a spagetti noodle, eat it and then regurgitate it whole. It's worth looking at: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/5467

    Sick by Sean Fields is among the grossest possible magic tricks out there, coin to impossible location...lots and lots of blood. It's not the most practical thing in the world for walkaround.

    Stigmata by Wayne Houchin and Banachek is good. The Shinkoh Twisting arm is great. My preferred handling is taught by Shimshi on his penguin Live lecture.
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  3. Sean Fields Sick Trilogy is great.
    Also look up "Geek Magic"... you'll get a lot of ideas from that.
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  4. Thanks so much for all the recommendations guys! Just got Black Flame, Super neat! Also, I always thought of Geeks as those guys that used to bite off chicken heads, so I had no idea to search for Geek Magic. Super helpful to know!
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  5. Think of clever ways to retime your own magic as well! You may not need to buy more that a few dollars worth of halloween props at your local dollar store! :)
  6. I'm sure you meant re-theme and I'm with you! Coin on shoulder is good, spider on shoulder is a whole other thing.
  7. Sponge-bunnies and some red food dye. Rope-magic with a hangman's noose. Finger-guillotine and a red d-light. Chop-cup with a skull as final load. Torn and restored hamster. That trick where you swallow razorblades and pull them out your mouth on a string. Needle through arm.

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