After seeing the Electric chair illusion costume on this site, just below this one (made by John), I also wanted to do one. Mine is slightly different but is also just as awesome!
I had to carefully measure the height of the seated area when I was standing so it didn’t look elevated but also had to match the height of my hips. Since everyone has a different height, and length of legs, you will need to customize it to fit YOU. I’m 6′ tall in my case.
I first went and obtained some new cardboard boxes and started taping the pieces together followed by notching out the parts to fit together. I would later wrap it all in silver duct tape. I also bought a metal mixing bowl since it was reflective and glued some flickering tea lights inside to mimic being fried. This is held onto my head with a leather strap that was bolted to the bowl. I attached that to some conduit from Home Depot down to a plate attached to the backside to appear realistic, like a receptacle.
I used some adjustable dryer hose clamps as wrist restraints which doubled as handles when I was walking around. A PVC frame was added to the inside of the cardboard so I could attach some straps so that my shoulders could carry it. It was very light so I could walk all night. In addition to using panty hose filled with polyfill for the legs inside the jumpsuit, I added an iPod nano and bullet speaker inside looping electric sounds aimed forward.
I have to say, with my Electric Chair illusion costume I was the most popular guy in downtown Savannah last year!
Prize-Winning Death Sentence illusion Costume
I got the idea for this Death Sentence illusion costume about 15 years ago when I saw a guy wearing something similar. I’ve wanted to do this ever since, so I decided this would be the year.
I started the costume in mid-September and finished October 20, 2013. The chair is made from cardboard which I measured, cut, folded and constructed with lots of hot glue. Next was paint and accessories. For the paint I went with a flat brown to make it look as realistic as possible. The head piece is a standard work light with hard hat inners attached. The electric wires are standard conduit cable. Next I had to figure out how to carry it around. I had to attach two 1x4’s to the seat bottom for stability of the straps.
Once I had the straps figured out all I had to do was make the legs look realistic. For the legs I stuffed pantyhose then wrapped them in duct tape in the shape of legs. Next I put the legs in the jumpsuit and attached the suit to the chair with more hot glue. After completion I couldn’t wait to go to the annual Halloween party at Power Plant Live in Baltimore. The party is hosted by a local radio station and the prizes are always great.
When I arrived at the party with my illusion costume, I felt like a celebrity! Everyone wanted a picture with me. I must have taken 500 pictures that night. Then it was time for the contest. The host picks five people from the crowd of hundreds. I was the first one picked. Once on stage you are judged by crowd cheers. When it was time to cheer for me the crowd went crazy.
I won and the prize was $1000 and a trip for four to Cancun Mexico!
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