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How about bubbles? They're not as frightening as a swarm of bees, but they make bubble blowers now that use a fan to blow streams of hundreds of bubbles. The nice thing about bubbles is how unpredictable they are. Old ones keep popping, new ones keep forming, so you don't get used to the presence of a bunch of static objects representing live animals.


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First of all, to sell 'bees' you need sound effects ^ ^ There are lots of mp3 players or smartphones out there - you could find (dinamic) + (acoustic horn) + (sound track with buzzing bees) - and - lo and behold - you have sound effects ^ ^. For better result, you could use more than one sound effect devices, 'attacking' players with buzzing from different ...


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When we've done swarms in the past, we've used dangling foam figures of the appropriate shape off of a flat foam platform at the end of a pole. I run a boffer larp and have at various time needed rats, bats, and giant insects in overwhelming numbers. The platform was built something like a greathammer, with the shaft padded and then a foam head mounted on ...


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Drones. Alright, I don't LARP, but I am a maker. My first thought is to take one of the lighter current ideas (like balloons or paper) and suspend them with dental floss form a remote controlled micro drone or two. Dental floss is easier to rip through with hands if things get tangled than thread or kite string. Get the smallest micro drone you can find. ...


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Your comment about "musn't be solid" made me think of one thing: Liquid water. By adjusting the nozzle, many pipes can be modified to produce a spray of small droplets. While it obviously will not be useful in simulating swarms of kestrels, water droplets are small enough to be similar to bees, and therefore would be useful as a simulant. Obviously, the ...


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When I've seen things like this done it's generally done in a contained area such as a marquee/gazebo/etc. Attach most of the things on static strings hanging from the ceiling. Have a bunch more attached to strings that can run up and down, have a monster with a handful of strings they can pull on to move them like a puppet master. (Attach a fixed string ...


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Smoke, either pyrotechnic or a fog machine, or perhaps cheap safety goggles with spots on them?


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Throw a black sheet over them. Edit: By this I mean take a large double bed-sheet, preferably black, wave it in the air so it billows out and throw it over the players. This meets the criteria in a few ways: it evokes a similar reaction to being swarmed by (for example) bats, as they're all around you (I'm thinking of the scene from Batman Begins where ...


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While writing my previous answer, I realized there's another way... Regular balloons. Attached to the end of a stick (a telescoping stick, possibly - repurpose a selfie stick?) a significant number of normal balloons could be held above the participant such that they're engulfed. Indoors, a small fan could lend them some additional direction, maybe one ...


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Helium balloons. Attached to the end of a stick (a telescoping stick, possibly - repurpose a selfie stick?) a significant number of helium balloons could be held low by their strings and pushed or drug into the participant so engulfed. A small fan could lend them some additional direction, maybe one of those handheld combination fan/water sprayers is ...



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