For the entire saga of how I spent my day today, visit
Complete with pictures.
For those who don't want to click the link, I'll summarize:
I'd heard tell of Broadway shows using a piece of ZipLoc bag in the spotlight colorframe instead of Rosco or Lee or GAM or Apollo frost; to soften the edge and give that "glowy, highlighty" feeling. I tried it in 2002 and it didn't work. Never one to give up, or learn from one's mistakes, I tried it today and it still didn't work. But, the reason I repeated the test was different fixtures, different venues.
So I have some other options to try eventually. But all I want is something to take the edge off, but still keep the quality of light distribution. Oh, and to be able to make it come and go at will.