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Halloween Party Ghost Effects - from bygone stage magic

Halloween Party Ghost Effects - from bygone stage magic [Kindle Edition]

Charlie Henley
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Creating ghostly experiences at family Halloween parties is this booklet’s subject. It shares the methods which one family devised for parties for children aged from eight to twelve years old.

· In part it’s unsophisticated, imaginative, childlike fun – building ghost train style tunnels in your home with wet rags dangling and sheets rising spookily from laundry baskets.

· In part it’s unusual adaptation of Victorian stage magic to create startling ghost illusions – a flying luminous skull via Pepper’s Ghost, a ghostly magic lantern image projected on steam, and skeletal forms which are multiplied by unseen mirrors.

You can draw inspiration from either aspect of the booklet on its own – or from both.

The party ideas in the booklet were actually carried out and photos of some props are included plus diagrams to explain certain special effects. Very little spending is required – the props, like the fun, are home made.

Readers need to pick and choose which parts to adapt for own use. Just one of these ideas, which you feel like adapting, will be enough for a Halloween party which everyone will remember.

Some of the methods in the booklet could be adapted for events other than Halloween, like Santa’s Grottoes for younger children.

This booklet is primarily for parents. Your children can become your partners in creating these parties and bring their own ideas and you can have great fun planning and rehearsing together. Older children / teenagers may be able to take charge of the ‘smoke and mirrors’ special effects side – and find this an absorbing, creative hobby. But, overall, parents need to be in the driving seat. Thoughtful organisation is needed along with care to ensure that these parties are fun, not frightening. Concerning the latter, some practical advice is included in this booklet.

Americans, in particular, may find this booklet interesting. For, although these party methods were developed by an English family in London, they fit American Halloween customs much better than they do English ones.

This booklet is well worth buying if you are considering creating a party like this yourself. But, if you’re just wanting to see special effects, its detailed practical advice is hardly relevant and there are plenty more colourful visuals available free on YouTube.

We’re moved to make this comment by critical reviews on Amazon UK, which compare this booklet unfavourably with special effects items viewable free on the internet. These reviews miss the point of this booklet, which is detailed practical guidance for people who might actually utilise the methods described. Concerning criticism as too basic and old-fashioned, the booklet is for families making their own props, not for special effects technicians, and it’s explicitly about old-fashioned special effects methods.

To the best of our knowledge, this is the only document worldwide about using theatre ghost effects at a children’s party in a small home. It includes some original technical solutions – like how to use non-toxic steam, not smoke, as a screen for magic lantern projections and how to convert battery-powered torches / flashlights into Pepper’s Ghost lighting systems. As practical guidance towards an unusual sort of children’s party, this booklet is a unique resource.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 677 KB
  • Print Length: 55 pages
  • Publisher: Forest Fountain Books; 5th edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KO9SEG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #574,789 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2.0 out of 5 stars basic 25 Oct 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
not relavant for modern effects and systems.Basic design and need large rooms to get any benefit,would not recomend a read of internet produces many more ideas
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3.0 out of 5 stars recycled ideas 14 July 2013
By Mark
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Shouldn't grumble at under 2.00, but using Peppers ghost in a variety of ways, plus a few other ideas, and then publishing a book around the concept?....

The authors have an obvious love for their crafts presented here, and the enthusiasm is wonderful (hence the rather generous 3 stars) but even ignoring the low, low price, I felt a little ripped off.

Far more for free is available from YouTube etc., so not sure who would benefit from this book apart from collectors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, well explained ideals. 21 Oct 2013
By Larry Ray Palmer - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this handy guidebook and I will be incorporating some of these great techniques into my Halloween and April Fool's Day bag of tricks. It was really cool because I went on a haunted hayride tonight with my kids so I got to see a couple of these things in action and I spotted the techniques instantly now that I have read the book. Awesome!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! Fascinating! (and I'd love to see a sequel) 11 Oct 2013
By critters - Published on
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This book is, simply, a must-read for those who stage Halloween parties or "haunted houses," and I found it seriously interesting despite being neither of those things! This book tells, in detail, how to stage spooky stuff, with a rough age rating for each. The reason I say there needs to be a sequel is because the author mentions some effects that he researched but didn't use, and I'd SURE like more info about them, too! This one is MOST highly recommended of the highest order!!
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