made the lady rise from the dead. He helped the mummy free himself
from his tomb. And he gave the gorilla its “hot air.”
Lou Nasti, owner of Mechanical Displays Inc. in Brooklyn. His
studio is located just a few miles from Coney Island. Nasti’s
career in animation goes back to 1965, when at age 19, he created
a robot that captured the nation’s imagination. That year, his
work was profiled in the March 20th edition of the New York
Times. Guest appearances on the Tonight Show, To Tell the Truth,
Soupy Sales and other TV shows soon followed.
“Not bad for a kid from Brooklyn,” Lou muses.
Lou took his first job with the architectural firm of Morris
Bernard Adler, then moved on to work in the display department
of A&S Department Store. After a stint in the armed forces,
Lou returned to A&S, but was soon recruited by Al Bliss Displays
of Long Island City. After a few years designing and creating
animated figures for Bliss, Nasti decided to leave to open up
his own factory in Brooklyn. Before long, business was booming,
and he moved his operations to a 90,000 square foot factory
in the Glendale section of Queens where he employed 63 people.
But this forced him behind the desk more often than he preferred.
“I need to be visualizing, creating and building,” said Lou.
“I had to go back to my roots.”
So Lou downsized his operation and moved back to Brooklyn in
1984, into his current location on Farragut Avenue.
Over the years, he’s been involved in a number of spooky projects,
including three now defunct attractions: Hitchcock Manor in
Wildwood, Brigantine Castle, and Nightmare Manor in Seaside
Heights. (Nightmare Manor is now Stillwalk Manor, retaining
at least one of Nasti’s stunts). His long list of accomplishments
include the design, creation and installation of Lafayette,
Indiana’s Rain Forest Car Wash in which patrons ride in their
cars through the wash while being encountered by gorillas, elephants
and other jungle animals.