No one put fear in nobody else. Barry and Stuart are definitely not "Illusionists".
This show is not a documentary; it's fiction. All "volunteers" are actors.
Most tricks performed on the show were done not with sleight of hand but with sleight of camerawork, editing and in some cases (Person floating after jumping from a castle or beheading a chicken) using AfterAffects or any other "post-shooting" editing software.
I have experience as a film director and these things just scream out, maybe not for the layman but easily for professionals.
For instance: The actor was put inside the coffin, and then the director yelled "Cut", snakes were put into the coffin, and then the director yelled "Action" again.
How do I know that? Two clues: first of all, the shot was cut and edited, it was not a single take (or a "One shot"). Secondly, his audio recording was flawless when inside the casket. This means his sound was not recorded using an external condenser microphone (a "Boom Mike"), but a neck mike. This means the soundman and sound recorder had to tape a microphone under his shirt, put the mic box hidden in his pants and explain him the use of it. He was not just "picked up from the street" as the directors of the show would like us to believe.
I have dozens of other examples from the show itself, if someone is interested.
so the people who had fear put into them were not people of an entire town - but the viewers of the National Geographic channel, and that's a lot more people.
Now, as I have experience in directing and producting fiction films I actually appreciate a good cinematic hoax, but even the producers of The Blair Witch Project had the decency and integrity to write out in the credits that the events portraited in the film are a work of fiction performed by actors, which National Geographic did not, and that is my criticism towards them.
Sorry Carol Thomson - you're the one who was fooled, not the people of Savannah. And that's just not right.
I have just watched the Vampire's Curse episode and seriously wondering about the ethics of this whole programme. Who has the right to inspire fear in a whole town simply for entertainment purposes?? Shame on your National Geographic!!
@Carol Thomson Hey Carol; I addressed you in the reply above, hope you see it and comment on it.