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Kaleidoscope: CAPE FEAR


Kirmes & Park Revue English Edition - epaper ⋅ Ausgabe 11/2019 vom 21.10.2019

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“Cape Fear” in new hands


In 2015, the Swiss showman Paul Odermatt from Siebnen purchased the used “Cape Fear” ghost ride that the Italian Barbisan firm built for an American customer in 1997. Up until 2004, the 24m long and 9m deep construction toured events throughout the USA before it returned to Europe, where it found a new home in the Netherlands and was toured under the management of the Dutch showman operation Rooze for a short time. In 2008, the ride was sold again, new owner being the Gebrüder Boos and Hartmann of Magdeburg, who presented it in Germany only every now and then, ...

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In 2015, the Swiss showman Paul Odermatt from Siebnen purchased the used “Cape Fear” ghost ride that the Italian Barbisan firm built for an American customer in 1997. Up until 2004, the 24m long and 9m deep construction toured events throughout the USA before it returned to Europe, where it found a new home in the Netherlands and was toured under the management of the Dutch showman operation Rooze for a short time. In 2008, the ride was sold again, new owner being the Gebrüder Boos and Hartmann of Magdeburg, who presented it in Germany only every now and then, however. Under the new owners, the construction also appeared at several events in Poland, among others in Szczecín. At that time, the construction still featured its original design dominated by a rough sea replete with sea monsters, a lighthouse and some other, rather mysterious creatures. The front of the “Cape Fear” was predominantly blue.
In 2015, the construction moved to yet another country as well as acquiring a new owner, and eventually came into the hands of Paul Odermatt in Siebnen, Switzerland. The Swiss showman, still touring the “Geisterschiff” horror walk-through construction at that time, had been searching for a ghost ride for a long time. After the takeover, the construction was built up on the showman’s property, where it underwent a step by step overhaul.
Much time and energy were expended to present the ride to its best visual glory. The electronic system was thoroughly overhauled and repaired with new parts. Moreover, the lights were equipped with power-saving LEDs that can be seen all over the construction. The eight cars inside the ride were elaborately restored as well and are now equipped with bars. According to Odermatt, the demons can come closer to the “visitors” this way.
Various new ghosts and new effects giving the visitors the shivers were added to the two-level ride, particularly effective among them being the various LED picture frames in which ladies change into werewolves as quick as lightning, thereby providing truly shocking moments.
Apart from the new and extensive panoply of monsters, the front was substantially overhauled as well, and now features mainly celebrities from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbuster movies. These were made by an artwork agency and printed on foil. In other words, the ride was given a thorough “facelift” in a remarkably short space of time. In addition, the ride’s length was reduced from 24 to 19 metres so that it can provide a creepy atmosphere even at smaller fairgrounds in Switzerland. The paybox installed in the middle of the front was taken from the owner’s own walk-through construction.
After a number of test runs and its receiving of the “green light” from the TÜV Odermatt and his family were able to commence operation in St. Gallen in the spring of 2017. The “Cape Fear” could already be admired at numerous prestigious events. In that same year, it even provided a creepy atmosphere in the Rosental Gardens in Basle, where with its new vividly coloured LED spotlights mounted to the construction shortly before, it made a striking visual appearance. The ghost ride is now illuminated in constantly changing colours, and the creepy atmosphere is further intensified by wafts of mist and scary acoustics.
For the new purchase, Odermatt will now part with and put up for sale his “Geisterschiff” walk-through ghost ride that he purchased from Otto Pilz in the autumn of 2010. For the Swiss showman, who joined the showman industry only in 1999 and gained the necessary experience as a showman with the former “Move it” from Hanspeter Maier, it was the right decision to purchase and renovate the used construction. This year, the “Cape Fear” will appear and provide a terrific creepy atmosphere at numerous Swiss fairgrounds. Technical Data “Cape Fear”:
Length: 19 metres, depth: 9 metres, height: 11 metres, 2 transport vehicles, one of which is integrated into the attraction.

From the left: Daniela (daughter), Paul and Andrea (wife) Odermatt


Wafts of mist, creepy sounds, and an effective LED-lighting provide scary moments at dusk


Elaborately designed backflash, spooky accessories, and newly fashioned gondolas


Photos of the build-up


Photos: Norman Vogt