Looking for suggestions for a "POOF" entrance for Aladdin Jr Genie...

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  1. Mike_HART_Theater

    Mike_HART_Theater Member

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    Good evening, everyone.

    Our theatre is putting on a production of Aladdin Jr, and the director wants a "Magical POOF" effect for the Genie's entrance.
    However, due to the fact that we are using kids as the cast, I am hesitant to use my professional (read: Large) Flashpot.

    Does anyone have any suggestions on a SIMPLE device to create a smoke-like-poof that can be hidden on SL behind set-dressing, that will create a FAST and SAFE smoke poof?
    It CAN be flash-powder, if it only uses TINY bits, but I would prefer to find something that uses fog-juice, water-vapor, or something of the sort, for safety.
    I can wire it to trigger remotely, so that is not an issue. We will be combining the effect with lights, so it doesn't have to be HUGE.

    Oh, and I have to find this device, purchase it, have it tested, and then installed before Oct 30.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
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    Quick easy and poofy. I agree CO2 all the way.
     
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    If CO2 look is ok you can also try a Geyser Fogger could work. They are decently easy to hide in set pieces and they do a good job of a plume of smoke. And these can be colored if wanted.
     
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    Just piggy backing on someone else's topic. As I have never actually used a C02 extinguisher for this effect but seen it suggested often. How many "poofs" do you tend to get out of one tank or approx how many seconds do you get? Also how expensive is it to get them recharged (I assume most of the expense is getting a structurally sufficient tank and nozzle and not the C02 itself)?
     
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    I used an RGB Geyser when I did Aladdin.
     
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    If you call your local fire extinguisher refill company they may lend you one that's expired and needs a tank recertification as it will need to be emptied and inspected.
    Or you can use a CO2 Icejet - Cryojet and just use a small bottle, the shoot about a pound a second.
    For fog, some units are offered with fast on options, or you can prefill a fog box and use an air assist to shoot it out.
     
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    CO2 for sure.
     
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    Second (or third) the RGB Geyser if you have the budget for it. We used it in Wizard of Oz for both the Wicked Witch's entrances and the Wizard himself. I also used it for a kids summer theater camp when they did The Reluctant Dragon. The kids thought it was awesome to have an effect like that in their small show. The parents were even more impressed.
     
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