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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:49 pm    Post subject: That thing that laughs... Reply with quote

Anyone has any information on this particular prop?
Is that thing that shakes and laughs when Deckard is searching for Pris in Sebastian's apartment. It kind of looks like a Jack in the Box to me, but is hard to see in the scene.

https://youtu.be/q4NUA2f3P4Y


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most probably vintage toy...always hard to find these type of mechanical puppets Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a vague memory of somebody identifying this thing a few years back.

Not very helpful, I know.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3H6gtwHXI
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 12:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Art Deckard wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3H6gtwHXI


That thing is really scary Shocked Shocked

Looks like they're pretty expensive....

http://www.icollector.com/Laughing-Man-Automaton-Attention-Getter_i5414906
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Art Deckard wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3H6gtwHXI


Wow, thanks!!!

I guess they slowed down the laugh for extra creepy effect.

I think the mechanism could be pretty simple, probably a motor with a vertical rod inside the body of the puppet to make it shake around.

It would be funny to build one and add a motion-detector that activates it when someone enters the room.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buch wrote:
Art Deckard wrote:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD3H6gtwHXI


That thing is really scary Shocked Shocked

Looks like they're pretty expensive....

http://www.icollector.com/Laughing-Man-Automaton-Attention-Getter_i5414906


Maybe I should make my own. Wink
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2016 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There was already an old thread on the topic here. I'm sorry I didn't see it.

Shocked

http://www.propsummit.com/viewtopic.php?t=950
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 12, 2016 7:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's a variation on the Laughing Sailor. This one has a goatee and a cigar in his right hand. Costume seems to be fitting the '20s up until the '40s.
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