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Cops called to Red Lantern’s monstrous grand opening

I was a big fan of the series Arrested Development. As a fellow magician, I had a particular fondness for the character Gob and his wonderfully awful magic:

The other owners were naive enough nice enough to give me free reign for Red Lantern’s official grand opening, so I thought I’d do an homage to Gob, even if no one but me got the reference. I ended up scaling back my original plans because literally playing with fire could be a bit dangerous. But the event still exceeded my wildest expectations as the whole thing resembled an episode of Arrested Development, mainly due to the cops being called…

You see, I thought it’d be funny to have a fake protest, with costumed local Haunt monsters decrying the “sanitized,” “family friendly” versions of the monsters in Red Lantern’s Midnight on the Bayou. (Thanks to Gary Davis and Cole Jenkins for not only braving the heat but also staying in character throughout!) Our actors did such a good job that Brea police came to investigate:

Luckily, the very professional officers had a sense of humor. And it didn’t hurt that Brea’s mayor was on hand to explain the situation:

Mayor & Brea Police

(Everything’s totally under control. Totally…)

Anywho, before I knew it, it was time to put on my top hat and fail at magic like I’d never failed before. (Disclaimer: no crows were harmed in the making of this video.)

A big thanks to everyone who came out to support us as we officially opened Brea’s first escape room. If you want to come visit, don’t worry about the monster protestors. They headed out to a Stranger Things 2 viewing to complain that 80’s-style Lovecraftian horrors were getting all the best parts.

Roy Davis
aka “Timmy! the monster”
Creative Director, Red Lantern Escape Rooms

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