Elaborate Hand-carved Wizard’s Staff Prop with Plasma Globe, Sound FX

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Elaborate Hand-carved Wizard’s Staff Prop with Plasma Globe, Sound FX

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MAKE reader Ken Miller wrote in to tell us about the magical staff prop he built this Halloween to complement a very lucky lad’s wizard costume:

We built this Dragon Head Wizard Staff for my girlfriend’s 9 year old son, mostly out of parts we had lying around. It uses an accelerometer to “cast spells” based on the direction you shake the staff, or by stomping it down. It uses an ATMega 328 with the Arduino bootloader, and an Adafruit WaveShield for the sound output. The dragon head was hand carved out of lodgepole pine, and the staff was a piece of aspen. The plasma globe came from a kid’s toy “Thunder Globe” we picked up at the county fair. There are 8 runes along the length of the staff that light up when the wizard is about to cast a spell, and flash when the spell is being cast.

[Thanks, Ken!]

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