In my opinion, no self-respecting nefarious device would be complete without some sound effects. Perhaps when you activate the first switch you hear a motor slowly come up to speed as the light is "breathing". When the second switch is activated, a second motor comes up to speed.
Upon activation of the third switch, use a sound like the "steampunk giant robot" from the Mega Stomp Panic: http://www.thinkgeek.com/product/ef56/
along with activation of a jumbo-sized version of the vibrator motor that is in your cell phone so the suitcase would twitch a bit.
I can't wait to see this come together!
Also, shouldn't it be "The Amber light breathes three times..." or do they spell "breathes" differently in the States too?
BTW, love those old switches and lights - I had some too until I moved to Aussie, had to be ruthless. I might be able to get some really big lights (like 1 inch diameter) though not faceted - since you're going to be in front of a huge audience, would those be useful? I've rescued a few from old substations switchboards.
Good catch on "breathes" (as opposed to my saying "breaths") -- I just fixed this in the article.
I love the old telephone switches -- I want to get more, but they are mega expensive. I think
I'm good for lights at the moment, but don't you dare throw anything else away :-)
When I moved from Zim to Australia, I didn't "throw away" much, but I did sell off a lot of stuff...amongst which was quite a few of those telephone switches, some old strowger uniselectors, a box of nixies, a box of valves (tubes), some old ferrite core memories....all stuff I'd love to have now, even if just to hang on the wall. Such is life....