balloon drop

RonHebbard

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Anyone done a political-style balloon drop? I get that I need a big net and kabuki-type release. I'd be thankful for any more specific tips / tricks / materials.
@kicknargel Consider metal rings around the top so your rope pulls out clean without catching / hanging up.
Be sure to secure your rope, or have a second rope attached, so only the balloons fall and NOT the net. Dropping the net's a serious loss of points.
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I had to drop from one of those net-style setups once, and pulled the fishing line walking away from it. Problem is I didn't know the line hung up so I gave myself a matching set of friction-burned palms over the course of 50 feet. So....wear gloves. Or be smarter than I am.
 

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If only Force Fields were a thing.
 
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This would be in a hotel ballroom, so rigged from truss and visible.
@kicknargel You might consider a solid black cloth, rather then open weave netting, to prevent the balloons from being seen until dropped.
The aura of mystery and all / not blowing your load until the moment.
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This discussion reminds me of the DNC here in Boston when the secret service locked all the doors to the catwalks and the people who were supposed to release the balloons were delayed in getting to their stations. Moral of the story is make sure you can get to your pull line!
 
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