I wanted the fortune teller to be really strange and creepy. This guy was originally going the be a spider-like skeleton with an inhuman skull. Initially, the skull holding the crystal ball was going to his skull and I wanted candy to fall out of his mouth. I soon realized, though, that a human skull was much creepier than the dragon skull. The spines I envisioned as large structures that loomed threateningly over the kids' heads. Alas, it was not to be... but they still turned out great. There are many elements here that can be cannibalized for different projects. The floating head, the creepy insect-like spines, the table, and the crystal ball could all be used as stand-alone props. I'm really upset that I didn't get a good video of him. In the first video I shot, taken during the first group of trick-or-treaters, I forgot to plug in the servo controller so his mouth didn't move. Then, after about 2.5 hours of Halloween, the spine tendons snapped so in my second attempt to video him after Halloween was over, the spines weren't moving. Oh well. Such is life. After all the hard work and time you spend making your fortune teller, make sure you have a safe dry place to store your spooky creations. This will allow you to spend many more spooky days with your fortune teller.
Making the Crush Room