Dan Weidert from Spokane, Washington has done a hack on his Santa that turned the 5 foot Santa into a 6 foot Wizard. He added a switch to make the Santa dance on demand. In reviewing this dancing on demand hack I'll comment that I do not suggest leaving this switch in the on position all the time. I posted a short cut to this dancing hack (with a link here).
He's how Dan did his hack and added over a foot to Santa's height and made his arms longer to stay proportional.
Photos and directions are courtesy of Dan Weidert, used with permission.
In Dan's own words:
is santa with his robe and hat. What is missing from this picture is the
staff that stands about as tall as his head. The top of the staff is a 4
inch lightning ball in an earth patter. The arms donít seem quite so
ridiculous here but I think I will still shorten the forearm. I can talk
using the mic or run music through the mic and make his mouth and head move
and/or flip the switch to make him dance. All in all a very easy and cheap
hack for an impressive 6 ft tall wizard.
is a picture of the staff that will be with my wizard.
My original plan to hack the lightning ball fizzled when I looked inside.
I was not sure what would happen when I lengthened the 3 inch wire to
about 6 feet and the base that holds the bulb became two pieces instead of the
one I thought it was. Now
I will use a piece of material (the same as his robe) to cover the base of the
lightning ball and down past where the chord goes back into the staff.
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