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A skeleton is electrocuted on Mark Csele’s porch

Dr. Mark Csele is a professor at Niagara College. Just found this page covering some of his past Halloween displays. In his own words:

Our 2008 display, pictured here, featured a skeleton in an electric chair. When a kid approaches the porch the system triggers and the skeleton rises out of the chair accompanied by fog, a strobe light, and loud sounds of an electrical arc. The front window featured a rear-projection video of a large tesla coil operating with large arcs streaming everywhere to complete the ‘mad scientist’ appearance….The electric chair has a light rope for the “wires” connecting the skeleton to the chair. Upon triggering fog is released by a fog machine behind the chair, illuminated by eerie green light and a strobe light.

Nice work, doc! Have you seen our 2009 Make: Halloween Contest? (Hint hint.)


I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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