supplying a loyal following with masks and props. Many of
their products are also distributed by Morris Costume — the
huge costume, mask, and prop vendor.
Ed and Marcia — who have been married since 1992
— enjoy a well-deserved reputation as a company that
creates quality products (Figure 3). Their customer service
is second to none and sets the standard for others to
follow. In addition, they are willing to share their methods
by creating and sharing a wide selection of tutorial videos
Many companies will try to hold all their secrets close
to their chest, unwilling to share. Ed and Marcia
understand that some of their customers and fans want
to be able to build some things themselves. What a great
attitude to have knowing that by helping other creators,
you are also building a loyal following of future
Making It All Happen
I was fortunate enough to meet most of the
Distortions crew. With a small staff, everyone must be
able to handle multiple tasks and have a wide skill set.
The enjoyment they get from their work appears to be
contagious (Figure 4)! They must like it here as they have
been around for up to 20 years!
Constructing the Framework
I spent the majority of my time picking the brain of
Mike Glover — the master mechanic at Distortions (Figure
5 and Figure 6). His domain includes a full machine shop
and a huge supply of parts. His vast experience allows
him to design and create an appropriate device that will
give life to any of the creations that spring forth from the
creative minds here.
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Figure 5. Mike can build the correct
mechanism to make it move.
Figure 4. When work is fun, it is no longer work!
Figure 3. You never know who will
join Ed and Marcia in the shop.
Figure 6. The shop has
all the cool tools.
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