|This is one of my favorite effects. I
don't know that I have seen anyone else do this.
A ceramic skull spits a stream of blood from 8 feet
Sump Pump & Garden Hose
Water & Red Food Coloring
| The skull, in front of the flying
crank ghost, spits a
steady stream of blood into a plastic tub with a sump pump and a garden
hose recycling it.
The large tombstone in the bottom of this photo hides
a the tub, pump and hose. In later years I replaced the styrofoam with PVC
bars (see photos below).
||In the photo on the right you can see the
sump pump, plastic tub used to catch and recycle the "blood"
(water with red food coloring), a short section of garden hose. (I cut a
hose to size, I should have used green as the hose hides in the
vines, but when I created this prop I used a sheet of plywood to mount the
skull on and the hose was completely hidden.) and a wall mount skull in a
||The pump came from Home Depot, the tub
from WalMart. Here you see the pump in the water with the hose connected
in the water collection/recycling tub. Two or three bottles of food
coloring and you've got blood. The food coloring has never stained the
tub, hose or pump.
|Here you see the skull wall mount from the
front and the rear. I made the hole ever so slightly larger so the
connector on the hose fit into it. I could have just left the end off and
used the hose in a smaller hole with no connector.
||Here's the full thing in daylight with my
son, Nicholas standing there for size reference. Frankenstein is located
behind those PVC bars on Halloween.
|Here we are with everything but the food
coloring. The year this picture was taken I hid the tub behind a tomb
stone. In later years I placed a mask behind the tub and hands holding the
sides letting it show.
If you have any questions or comments please email me
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