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Poison Props Booth @ TransWorld 2018

April 4th, 2018

Color us impressed, Poison Props had a huge booth in the Dark Zone of TransWorld with some great affordable and unique animatronics. They really have a unique lifelike movement to them not typical among other animated prop vendors.
http://poisonprops.com

See our booth video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTc2Uw4HhvA

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010 - TransWorld Show Floor 2018

April 2nd, 2018

This Episode was recorded at the Haunted Attraction Associations TransWorld show. For those new to the industry, this is the BIG show of the year for haunt owners and operators. TransWorld is hosted at the Americas Center in St. Louis and is host to nearly 300 vendors catering to the haunted attraction, escape room, and themed entertainment industries. 

 

We spoke with a few vendors of interest, and highlight a few others.

 

Clue Control - Wireless control and automation for your Escape Room
http://www.cluecontrol.com

Haunting FX - Triggers, mechanisms, and animatronics
http://www.hauntingfx.com

LifeApe - Low-cost controllers with simple programming
https://www.lifeape.com

Fear App - Custom augmented reality experience
https://fear-app.com

Fright props - Prop motors with park positions and Picboo AC 120V controller
https://www.frightprops.com/

Dangerously Creative - Controllable lanterns and led flashlights
http://dangerouslycreative.co

CFX - Torque VR experience, top-notch silicone masks
https://www.compositeeffects.com/

Haunted Attraction Association C.H.A.O.S. - Certified haunted attraction operator safety program
https://hauntedattractionassociation.com/events/chaos-safety-program/

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Transworld Showfloor Walkthrough [2018]

March 31st, 2018

For those that couldn't be there, we made a walkthrough video of the entire show floor at Transworld. For those that were there, I hope this helps with remembering which booth/vendor certain items were from.

https://youtu.be/6ANDcV8pXI0

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Projector Light Pollution

March 20th, 2018

With the 4K revolution underway, projector prices are dropping faster than ever, however, even a $500 full HD 1080P projector is not necessarily good for haunting. Recently after installing an Optoma (HD142X) DLP projector for a sports bar, I noticed that while the unit produced a surprisingly bright and sharp picture for a $500 projector, it has an insane amount of light pollution that has nothing to do with the projection of the image. The ceiling above the unit is illuminated with excess light refracted through the lens, and anything off to the front side of the unit is directly illuminated by light that escapes through the cooling vents from an unshrouded projector lamp. 

Unfortunately for a haunt, this spilled light is a clear sign of a projector in use, and could potentially spoil the magic of a scene. 

It's not a bad projector at all, but this type of light pollution is worth keeping in mind when selecting a projector for your application. 

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009 - Fiverr, Affordable Professional Graphics Design & More!

March 20th, 2018

Fiverr is an awesome web service that safely and securely connects creators with business owners who require graphics design, video, voiceover, editing, web authoring, writing, and other creative work. Jobs start at a low price of $5 and go up depending on complexity and quality. 

Check out our demo reel of logos, intro videos, and promo videos we had created all on Fiverr. Everything in the reel collectively cost well less than $100.

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Fiverr Demo Reel

Try Fiverr today and support us by using our referral link:

https://www.fiverr.com/s2/30f8310019 

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Haunt Tech Tips Class at National Haunters Convention

March 16th, 2018

On Friday May 18th I will be teaching an intro to haunted house tech at the National Haunters Convention in Atlantic City NJ. The class with cater to both pro and home haunters, covering the basics of integrating quality audio and video effects into your haunt, with an introduction to the basics of free WiFi for customers, network security, uninterruptible power for critical infrastructure, and the integration of security cameras for operations, safety, and security. 

 

I am a strong advocate that hands-on learning is best, so there will be a large assortment of equipment, tools, wire, and more present with a question and answer session at the end of class.

 

Get your tickets here! - Haunt Tech Tips Training @ NHC

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008 - Uninterruptible Power for Haunts

March 8th, 2018

Uninterruptible power supplies are normally seen in server rooms and for mission-critical government and public safety equipment. They also have several uses in keeping your haunted attraction up and running with 0 downtime in the event of a quick power failure or brownout. They will only run a limited amount of electronics for a limited time but can keep your registers, credit card machines, security cameras, media players, phones, and controllers up and running in the event of a power interruption.

Here is a video review of a 600VA consumer grade model we have used with success in the past: https://youtu.be/UfZQ018JzAM

 

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An Affordable Battery Powered MP3 Player/Speaker

March 3rd, 2018

The NiZHi TT-028 MP3 Mini Digital Portable Music Player is a great little point source audio player for haunted attractions. The included audio quality is surprisingly good for its small size, and the headphone jack allows you to use it as a media player to feed larger speakers. It's easy to hide in a scene or prop for audio effects, and the low price for a battery-powered media player is hard to pass on.

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Check out our full video review on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/yb8cvtZM5FY

A Battery Powered Hot Glue Gun?

February 16th, 2018

It's true, Ryobi has made a battery powered hot glue gun. For haunters, at least for this haunter, that is a dream come true. Working on the Trail of Terror last year, I was able to easily make outdoor spot repairs, glue bugs to walls with ease, and even use the hot glue to soften sharp corners. You look at a hot glue gun in a whole different way when it's no longer tethered to a wall outlet or generator. 

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It does use up a fully charged battery pretty quickly, in about 15-25 minutes, but this is no problem if you have multiple batteries.

Check out our full video review on Youtube:

https://youtu.be/bc-vA2Aexjg

 

007 - Electronic Tax Filing for Haunts

February 16th, 2018

Taxes might just be one of the scariest parts of the haunted attraction business. In this episode we give you some insight how using phone apps that track expenses and income throughout the year can make filing your personal and business taxes a breeze. 

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Don't miss out on all the mileage, material, and marketing expenses you could be deducting!

We use Quickbooks Self Employed, although there are various other versions out there for different business arrangements. 

https://quickbooks.intuit.com/oa/selfemployed

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