Category: Silent Library

Nipple Robot – Silent Library

Posted: 19 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, robots

Someday many years from now, my grandkids will ask me “Grandpa, were you ever a television robot star?” And I will be able to honestly tell them “Yes children, I was an EVIL television robot star. I built this robot out of all sorts of odds-and-ends. A funnel, bucket, two mini plasma spheres to make […]

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Toe Snap – Silent Library

Posted: 17 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this machine to sequentially shoot a contestant in the toes with rubber bands. The mechanism works with screws which are placed around the barrel of a crank-operated winch every few degrees. As the crank is turned, the rubber bands fire off one-by-one.

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Pedal Pop – Silent Library

Posted: 16 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I built this five-passenger bike by cutting apart and welding together the parts from three tandem bikes, and adding a bit of black gas piping where I needed straight tubing. It actually worked too, and I was able to take it for some wobbly rides in the studio! (Though the rear seat was responsible for […]

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Rugburn Swing – Silent Library

Posted: 15 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

The second in a series of swingsets that made me feel bad! I created a swing out of heavy black rubber to hold a contestant so that their knees would graze against a carpet as they swung, getting a nasty case of rugburn in the process. Sorry, contestant!

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Flounder Swing – Silent Library

Posted: 14 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: willkrause, silent library, fish

This challenge almost made me puke. I made a welded steel mechanism that swung three flounders into the face of a contestant as they played on a swingset. The fish are all put in motion by a pneumatic cylinder that rotates the fish in the opposite direction from the contestant. My stomach was churning as […]

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Motorized Cheek Pincher – Silent Library

Posted: 13 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: silent library, puppets, puppet

I cast these rubber hands and built them to pinch a contestant’s cheeks. A spring-powered clamp was modified to make the fingers pinch. Jason Singleton built the motors which moved the hands from side-to-side.

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Groin-Punching ATM Machine – Silent Library

Posted: 12 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, silent library, groin

I built this ATM machine with help from Daniel Rasa. The shell of the machine is made out of MDF and plywood, and acrylic components were added for lighted signs and to simulate buttons. It re-uses the mechanism from the groin-punching slot machine that I’d built earlier, only with a new cast silicone hand that […]

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Dual-Punch Elliptical Trainer – Silent Library

Posted: 11 September, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, silent library

This was a simple modification that only took a few hours to complete – an elliptical trainer that I welded arms onto, so that it could punch a contestant alternately in the stomach and groin.

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Rear Squeeze – Silent Library

Posted: 2 May, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I welded together a pair of steel hands to squeeze contestants’ behinds. The hands were pulled shut by bicycle brake cables which were tightened by spinning a crank. I covered the hands with liquid latex coated foam. The arms wear sleeves stitched together by Jessie Voris, and the lower support was re-used from a catapult […]

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Five-Person Wedgie Machine – Silent Library

Posted: 1 May, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 4-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

This machine was built to give five contestants a wedgie… SIMULTANEOUSLY! I welded together the steel pipe and I-beam frame and hooked up two 12v electric winches to a bar, which in turn was connected to the contestants specially grommeted underpants (by official Silent Library grommeter Jessie Voris.) Courtland Premo figured out a way to […]

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Running Water – Silent Library

Posted: 30 April, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

Hitting a contestant in the face with a series of waterbottles was a fun challenge! I made a net out of some surplus green vinyl strapping, and a steel pipe frame to hold all of the bottles in single file. When a motor pulled on an end of the belt, they would drop into a […]

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Groin-Punching Slot Machine – Silent Library

Posted: 29 April, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I modified an old slot machine to perform a complicated task: First, after the contestant pulled the slot machine’s arm the three tumblers were to spin and then stop so that a fist icon was facing forward. Next, lights were to flash, the winnings drawer was to drop open, and then a rubber fist would […]

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Spanking Chair – Silent Library

Posted: 28 April, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 2-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, foam

This one was fun to make! I traced my hand, scaled it up 200% and then made a foam hand with acrylic nails from the pattern. The arm is made out of 2×4’s glued together and swung with the aid of pneumatics. I scaled up a normal wooden chair 150% and built it out of […]

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Creature in a Jar – Silent Library

Posted: 27 April, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, critters

This one was a challenge! I made this creature out of all sorts of materials: lobster claws, doll parts, shells from the beach, latex gloves, ping-pong balls, dust masks, shark jaws, lots of latex, and a toy octopus… a real potpourri of stuff. Katie Akana thought of the pneumatic mechanism to suddenly open the creatures’ […]

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Candy Television

Posted: 28 March, 2011-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, candyland

At first I tried making this breakaway glass TV screen out of expensive plastic casting materials, but to keep things within our budget I switched to a sugar-glass recipe. I made a silicone rubber mold of the actual TV screen, so that the mold could be carefully flexed away from the screen without cracking. The […]

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Indian Burn Machine

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 1-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

Designing and building this machine was one of my biggest challenges on Silent Library. Figuring out a way for the hands to rotate around a point where I could place no pivots was tricky – so I made a semicircular track for a set of rollerskate wheels, and attached a pair of silicone hands to […]

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Egg Gatling Gun

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, foam

My task on this project was creating an automatic mechanism that would fire a dozen eggs at contestants on Silent Library. I experimented with a tennis-ball-style launcher first, but settled on a gatling gun setup, powered by a disassembled t-shirt gun. The revolver chamber is made out of sections of PVC tubing ringed with UVA […]

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Wrecking Ball Crane

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

This seven-foot-tall crane was made to strike game show contestants in the groin with a sand-filled plastic wrecking ball. The frame is made from steel, with plywood panels, heater vents,  lawnmower wheels, and some video arcade switches. Courtland Premo helped with the electrical system, and I managed to hit the poor contestant in the groin […]

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Phony Ostrich Eggs

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

This was a fun challenge! The writers for Silent Library wanted to hit the contestants with ostrich eggs… but since ostrich eggs are expensive and are so hard that they need to be opened with a hammer, I needed to create some fake ostrich eggs that would make a mess and not kill anyone. I […]

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Machine for simultaneous Punching AND Kicking!

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, foam

I’ve made things that punch people, and machines that kick people, but here’s a machine I made that kicks and punches people at the same time! Increases productivity by 100%! The foot and fist are both set in motion by pneumatic cylinders, with a foam foot inside the boot and a foam fist, so that […]

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Hand Tenderizer

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I made these urethane rubber hammers to smash the hands of Silent Library contestants, and set up a pneumatic mechanism to make the hammers swing up and down.

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Wheel of Rulers

Posted: 30 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, silent library

I cast my hand a whole bunch of times on the third season of Silent Library – in this case, six times to make a machine to slap contestants with rulers. The vinyl rulers are sewn to the hands with fishing line so that they don’t go flying off in dangerous directions, and the wheel […]

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Stinky Gelatin Octopus!

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, willkrause, puppets

I’ve never had to cast an animal before, but there’s a first time for everything. To keep the hot plaster from melting the octopus into a pile of reek, it was frozen. Its tentacles were flattened against a sheet of aluminum foil so that there wouldn’t be too many undercuts on the mold. Katie Akana […]

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Executive Stress Machine

Posted: 29 June, 2010-Likes: 0-Comments: 0-Categories: Props, Silent Library-Tags: Props, foam, silent library

This prop needed a revised mechanism to clobber Silent Library contestants in the head (I changed it to work with pneumatics instead of the original electric motors .) I also cast the giant foam balls which did the clobbering. The balls have volleyballs in their centers, to save the cost of some expensive polyurethane foam.

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