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Local crew sets up cameras and laughs for Candid Camera

When Candid Camera producers wanted to combine an ATM with Nevada gambling, they turned to South Shore-based THS Visuals for advice.

Owners Todd Simon and Brian Brunelle suggested Harveys Resort & Casino for the site.

The two have helped Candid Camera set up gags before.

Simon worked on the show in the mid-80s with its original host, Allen Funt. When his son Peter wanted to revive it for the 90s, he called on Simon to help. THS Visuals helped produce several Candid Camera specials in its first season. The second season begins Sept. 24.

“We didn’t do anything for about nine years,” Simon said. “Now that it’s back to a full schedule, Candid Camera has played in the 60s, the 70s, the 80s and now the 90s. Before the 60s, it was on radio.”

Brunelle said that the simplicity of Candid Camera is why it’s so successful.

“We’re looking through a keyhole with a single camera,” he said. “We put people in a situation and see how they react.”

THS Visuals has been around for 15 years and headquartered at Lake Tahoe for 10 years. It’s not the only company Candid Camera relies on but the comedy show turns to the team frequently for its production support.

“The combination of our skills works very well for the program,” Brunelle said.

THS Visuals may keep it simple for Candid Camera, but other projects are high-tech, including virtual reality simulations for real estate promotions.

For the next five days, Simon and Brunelle will be on the road setting cameras and setting up unsuspecting folks with surprise opportunities to laugh at life.

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