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Using sand bag drop to pull suck drape

Discussion in 'New Member Board' started by Legionlights, May 19, 2009.

  1. Legionlights

    Legionlights Member

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    Hello,
    I am working on setting up a kabuki drop/suck drape set up for a magician who is taking it out on the road this summer. We are just trying to get the one he used to use up and working properly. Problem is I don't feel it is safe to release a sand bag that rigged overhead in a backstage area, and allow it to run free all the way into the deck surface. He says they do it mainly to get a consistent speed as far as the drape being sucked off the stage, so the idea of using any mechanical means to add friction and so slow down the bag dropping is out of the question. I considered using a reverse bungee apparatus but then there would have to be a qualified tech there to be able to handle the rig. If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate the input.
     
  2. Footer

    Footer Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member

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    First, you should have a qualified tech there anytime things are moving over head. Period

    This is a rigging discussion, and it is against our TOS to discuss rigging around here.

    I would suggest to you that you are on the right track to avoid dropping a sandbag at all costs. That sounds like the worst idea ever, and reminds me of looney toons too much to be safe. There are plenty of alternatives to do this, call your local rigging company and they can set you up with either a high speed winch or something like that.
     
  3. Les

    Les Well-Known Member

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    Why doesn't he just use magic.
     
  4. derekleffew

    derekleffew Resident Curmudgeon Senior Team Premium Member

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    FTSI has some experience in this, IIRC.;)
     
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    Footer Senior Team Senior Team Premium Member

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    I played with some of their high speed winches a few years back. They are insane. They can pull things down faster then the objects terminal velocity if that gives you any idea of how fast they are.
     
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    What Rigger? I'm so fly....I Neverland.

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    I use the FTSI stuff daily. Oh. My. Dear.Lord. I am in love. BEYOND excellent!
     

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