Sep 21, 2010

Mystery House

Brian, Brett and Chad 1973.

Dad took us to fun houses from time to time as kids and I loved them.
When one was opened up in the 19070's in Cave City, Kentucky Dad took us to it and I remembered it well.

The next time we were in town we stopped to go through it and it was closed and stayed closed for years.
Years later on a trip with my family we stopped and found it reopened and it has remained so.

In the 70's it was a steak house and mystery house now it sells everything you never needed.

My family waiting out side.

Then I told them that we were going on the tour, again.

They announced that it was time for the tour through the mystery house to begin and we all filed inside.

First up is the hall with optical illusion posters.

Our guide in a monotone voice - "This one moves when you move your head around and that one you will see gray dots where there are none."

The black light room.

Our guide - "Here are some posters that glow and stuff. Notice your teeth and fingers are different colors". They also had some rocks that changed colors under the black light.

We enter the gravity portion of the mystery house and the first room is a black light room with a solar system model spinning around.

Having been on previous tours I know that this current generation of tour guides are missing key gravity house elements here.
Things like the boards on a wall where you can walk right up the side of the wall and having a broom stand all by itself.

The next room does have the water that runs uphill.

It also has the table that shows how much gravity is being played with inside the mystery house.

You can see the water trough running up hill by where Megan is standing.

Levi does it backwards!

Joel making some people laugh.

If you have never been in one of these houses before it makes you feel kind of sickly inside.
It is hard to walk and you just feel dizzy.

Elaine demonstrating standing straight up in the mystery house.

Levi, in back, stands on a board that make you feel normal while you stand on it inside the mystery house. Joel is standing on the mystery house floor.

Now we take turns shrinking and growing.

Levi and Joel enjoying the hall of funny mirrors.

The group trying to find the right exit door.

Here is a video to help you get a better taste of the mystery house.


Brian Ashmore said...

Epic post!!

Wow, that is crazy!! I've never been in one of these houses. It must feel like you are walking at an angle all the time. The tall/short room is seamless. It was bizarre in the video to watch Levi and Joel switch places in real time. It just looked like one was growing while the other was shrinking. That is wild!

Loved the video. The music cracked me up.

Emmalea said...

The first time we visited (when the boys were small) the hype was "Visit the Vertigo Room!" I remember it scaring Chad a bit because the floor felt so funny beneath your feet as you tried to walk. There were caution signs too - warning you to hang on to the railing.

Brian, you should go there and train the tour guides so it would be even more fun for everyone that visits. Better yet, you and Brett should build one!

Dad and I did go one time that it wasn't "open" but they let us wander through. So glad someone else loved it enough to clean it up and reopen it.

Great job! Dad and I enjoyed the trip down memory lane.

Brian B said...

I found the plans on how to build one of these a few years ago and I have them stored away.

I think building one of these is my retirement plan. I will build one on the way to Nashville and give tours all day long.

Emmalea said...
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Emmalea said...

GREAT! Sure hope we are around to see that happen. If not, can you make something weird that that will make us "haunts" to make it more exciting - not scary - but exciting???

Emmalea said...

How many times did you go through? I noticed different shirts on in some of the photos.