View Full Version : Walk through mirror?

03-21-2011, 07:50 AM
I want to make a walk-thru mirror for my haunt this year. My idea is to take clear strip door material (fear flaps) and add mirrored mylar to the back of it essentially creating a flexible mirror that people can walk through. Not sure how I'm going to adhere the mylar to the flaps. I thought about spray glue, but I'll have to test it out. Anyone know why this won't work, or have a better idea? I thought I'd toss it out here before I set to experimenting.

Allen H
03-21-2011, 08:44 AM
http://www.specialty-graphics.com/2800_FDC_Metallized_Sign_Vinyl.html this goes on similar to window film and would work on fear flaps
I would make a flar door and put mylar on it as opposed to the flaps though I think it would look better. a simple plywood door with a frame around it and mylar heated and stretched over the plywood so when its closed you only see a mirror, no flaps to give it away.
Allen H

03-21-2011, 09:00 AM
I would do the plywood door and just put a plexi-glass mirror on it, but I want try to create the feeling of actually passing through the mirror. Into that strange mirror world that we all know is on the other side of every mirror. lol Even with flaps that illusion would be a stretch. A few years ago I used white strip door pieces placed side by sided as a movie screen to create the illusion that the customers were passing into the film as they went through it. I was just trying to do the same thing as a mirror.

damon carson
03-21-2011, 09:41 AM
I would just use plywood. Put that shiny reflective tape on the entire door. Cut it in a jagged pattern down the middle so when it is pushed open it looks like it broke in half or was shattered. The fear flaps would work but a mirror doesnt break that way. Unless your just talking about passing through a mirror? Anyway I like the idea of passing through a mirror and it breaking much more dramatic. You could put one of those screamer boxes or whatever they call them and record breaking glass on it.

Matt Marich
03-21-2011, 11:12 AM
Damon, Check Rosco's line of scenic material's. Check Rosebrand for stock.

Front Yard Fright
03-21-2011, 12:16 PM
I saw this video several years ago and always loved the mirror they made in their maze. It looks as if they cut up mylar into jagged pieces to represent shards of broken mirror.


Fast forward to about 4:00.

03-21-2011, 03:29 PM
I saw this video several years ago and always loved the mirror they made in their maze. It looks as if they cut up mylar into jagged pieces to represent shards of broken mirror.


Wow, that looks great. Very creepy home haunt.

Allen H
03-21-2011, 04:10 PM
I had a thought about your mirror issue. I was thinking you could use silver lycra and make a door from that. I was thinking bungee cord would keep it tight down the center (two cords attached at top and bottom of frame in the middle). The lyrca dosent look 100% like a mirror but I think it would get the illusion across, especially if a real mirror was in the frame, then the lights flickered and the mirror slid away in the dark (via a pocket door set up) and the lycra was behind it.
here is a link to the lycra.
and a quick pic of the doorway set up. Its just one way to go.
Allen H

03-21-2011, 04:34 PM
WOW very nice

Jim Warfield
03-21-2011, 06:32 PM
Have a plastic mirror on a sliding track, zip it quickly away but have some of the mylar strips right behind the plastic mirror to give the illusion of just having passed through the mirror itself. (Maybe a half-second blink of the lights could help sell this?)
Sound defects of breaking glass or some wacky unearthy sounds and maybe a quiet fan blowing cool air over them as they walk through to effectively hit more of their senses with different sensations simulataneously telling the unconscious portion of the brain that "something really just happened!"

03-21-2011, 08:47 PM
Those are some good ideas! I will have to see if the space I'm working with allows me to install a pocket door for the mirror to slide into.

Matt Marich
03-21-2011, 08:55 PM
Here's some links you look at?

Mylar strips, very durabil.


Highly metallic fabrics, they can be projected on?



03-22-2011, 09:01 AM
Very creative and great ideas. I think it would be awesome to somehow get the real feeling which you're aiming for, that you just morphed through a large mirror to the "other side" vs sliding doors, flaps, etc. I have no idea if this is possible or how expensive it could be to have a custom projected image made.

But maybe something like a very high res hologram, with the programmed image of a tall mirror (as close as possible to match your physical walls with mirrors attached left & right) of the projected image.

Then you could technically walk right through the "mirror." Can't say I know anything about holograms, but it would make sense that anyone could walk right through one if it's just a very advanced projected image.

The whole mirror idea is definitely creepy too. I'm sure some of you have seen the movie Mirrors. Some parts of that film were def disturbing!

03-22-2011, 02:03 PM
The whole mirror idea is definitely creepy too. I'm sure some of you have seen the movie Mirrors. Some parts of that film were def disturbing!

Yea, Mirrors had some creepy moments.

Louis - It would be neat for the room you walk into right after the mirror effect is the exact reflection of the previous room... with everything being reversed.

03-22-2011, 03:33 PM
That would be cool. However, I don't know if that is doable where I'm thinking about having it.

If I had all the time and money in the world I'd get one of those fog screens that creates the screen of mist that can be projected on to, and mount a video camera so that it would pick up the room and the people in it. Then project the image onto the fog screen making it a appear like it was mirroring the room. This would be a great way to create the effect, but alas I'm just a poor haunter.

Raycliff Manor
03-31-2011, 08:44 AM
Here's a video Jim with the Haunted Enthusiasts shared with me.
This might offer inspiration...


For some reason I couldn't get the actual video so display, but the link should take you to the video.

damon carson
03-31-2011, 09:59 AM
I liked that commercial Kel! It was like using the illusion of hollywood backdrops. Its very convincing since alot was actual pictures of the actual scene they were in. Pretty cool!

RJ Productions
04-02-2011, 02:08 AM
Here's a simpler Illusion effect. You create a duplicate room. The wall between them has a large opening almost door size, that starts a few inches from the floor. The opening is framed to look like a large mirror. Since everything in the room has a “mirror” image and the angle of the “mirror” would not present a reflection of the people entering, you have a perfect illusion.
If you want a scare in the room you have a mannequin in the entry room and a real person in the second room. People enter the room stand for a minute not seeing another door leading elsewhere. Then the mannequin “reflection” lunges forward providing the scare. Now the patrons have to step though the “mirror” to continue the tour!!
A haunt here uses this illusion and it is pretty cool! Mylar or any other method discussed will never actually look like a real mirror. Put duplicate props, maybe even have a painting or picture where you have a reversed image in the duplicate room and you will REALLY sell this illusion!!
Good luck!