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