Recent content by Darren Stoddart

  1. Darren Stoddart

    Working Cannon Completed

    That's a funny story Bill. I have also been working on some piston valve vortex cannons (think high powered airzooka) to do exactly what you describe. Safely shoot a tight torus (smoke ring) into the audience.
  2. Darren Stoddart

    Working Cannon Completed

    Hello Everyone, I just completed a working cannon for a performance of The Nutcracker. BY working I mean that it shoots low-density foam balls. This is the firing mechanism. A piston slides back in forth and is "sprung" with the bungee cord you can see at the bottom of the photo. There is a...
  3. Darren Stoddart

    Walking the plank

    Hello everyone, Does anyone have any good ideas for building a plan with an actual drop of anywhere between 2' and 8' for Peter Pan? This is a children's production and safety is my number one concern with anything of this sort. The director is OK with concealing the landing with a crowd of...