asked Mr. Cassidy a few questions about the stunts. He recalled
that the ghostly figures that were used in the boxed stunts
were papier mache masks purchased from the American Mask and
Wig Co. of Finley, Ohio.
In The Dark: Did Pretzel later acquire the assets
of American Mask?
Mr. Cassidy: " Well, I bought their molds…yes I
guess we did. Then Stevenson Engineering in Indiana is where
we bought the little motors to run those things, little fractional
horsepower motors. They went out of business."
In The Dark: Did Pretzel then begin making its own
masks for the stunts?
Mr. Cassidy: "Yeah, we made a few, but not too
many. That was in the latter days. We made some out of papier
mache. But we subbed them out to Bill Lawrence to make. They
did it in their cellar, his wife and his family. Elmer Lawrence
was his father. His sons Bill and Paul worked for us. I set
Paul up in a pizza store for 17 years. First, it was just
open nights and he’d leave our place at 3 p.m. to go work
there. But then he had to be out there all day. It turned
into a big-time business, made money from day one. In fact,
Elmer’s wife worked in the sub shop. "
In The Dark: When did black light start to be used for
Cassidy: "That was probably in the early fifties. We
had small incandescent black light bulbs at first. Those burned
very hot, though. Of course, later we had the fluorescent
In The Dark: How long did you keep using noise makers
like the cymbal and noise trough?
Cassidy: "Well, we used those up until we started the
double decker rides in the fifties. Then we started using
tape machines with eerie sounds. Those came from Mackenzie
Electronics in California.