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Topic: Any thoughts on the Spider Stage?
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Toronto) (Jan 3, 2008 10:42PM)
I really like the idea of the Spider Stage, although with the number of 4' square sections I'd need it would be very expensive! Take a look at: http://www.spider-berlin.com/english/englisch.html Each unit folds out to be 4' square and 17" high. $1,000US per unit with case. I'd need at least 4 units to make a platfor 8' deep by 8"wide, if not 6 units for 12' wide. Perhaps I should buy more lighting, curtains and special effects for the stage, before I spend a fortune on my own platform! Any thoughts or advise?
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Jan 4, 2008 08:53AM)
The only thing they didn't show was how sturdy it was...i.e. bouncing around on the stage. The connecting of the platforms look a little "unsecure".

You have to ask yourself a few questions:
How often will I used these? (Will they pay for themselves in X number of shows?)
Will I perform outside with these? (being so light can be affected by wind)
Will I have a spectator on stage with me or any other props? (Weight limit is not as high as I'd like it).


The portability is a great plus though. I am interested in some of their other stuff.
Message: Posted by: Royston South (Jan 4, 2008 09:17AM)
One of the best things I purchased was a Spider stage.

I was working hotels were I was performing on the dance floor and was not getting great feed back from the back of the room ( they could not see anything from my shoulders down )
raised my self up 17" BINGO.

I now work with 2 Spider stages it's like a light being switched on.

Royston.
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Jan 4, 2008 09:33AM)
So how is the stability and the other concerns I listed?
Message: Posted by: Royston South (Jan 4, 2008 11:35AM)
Hi, mrbilldentertainer,

I have two stages side by side they don't slip on a dance floor or part so very secure, when I work I get one spectator up and I have two tables on stage, very stable for my needs, don't know about jumping about or pushing illusions about though.

I would not use it out side unless I had a good flat and dry surface.

Hope this helps,

Royston.
Message: Posted by: Bill Nuvo (Jan 4, 2008 11:44AM)
That's good about the stability. As a DJ I often am told to set up on a riser/stage provided by the hall. These have always been very shaky platforms and unsuitable for CD players. Because of this I do not set up on the majority of risers and thus my skepticism.

Even though these are stable, I still worry about the weight issue as my routines in my shows are very...active, physically.
Message: Posted by: silverking (Jan 4, 2008 11:52AM)
Also keep in mind that 17" height.

There are a lot of rooms you might play where that height would put your head less than a foot below the ceiling!

A nice riser height for magician use is 8"-10", which puts you nicely above the crowd if they're standing, but not almost at the ceiling.

The nice thing about the Spider system is the low weight, and I suspect the height has something to do with the minimum height their expanding leg system will allow the riser to be. The Spider stuff is expensive enough though, I'd definitely want to see it in person to determine its suitability in terms of stability and method of fastening each riser to the next.

Although definitely heavier, but you might want to also look here:
http://www.wengercorp.com/web/wgrmenu.pgm
for risers/decking/staging that is the benchmark of portable stages, and commonly used in pretty much every theatre in North America. If weight is a concern though, this might not be appropriate for you.

A lot of these other products also let you vary your stage height, which is a plus.
Message: Posted by: Kline (Jan 4, 2008 10:53PM)
I have seen and performed on the spider stage.
I worked a convention in Hong Kong ( for four years ) where the organizer used this for a few 'displays".
Although I have never looked into the price, I simply put my stage requirements into my rider. I have enjoyed the stage !

Steven
Message: Posted by: Sam Pearce (Jan 5, 2008 01:03AM)
You may want to check this out if you looking for a larger, more versatile stage:
http://www.roadreadycases.com/intellistage.php

I have never worked with them myself, but they look pretty neat!

Sam
Message: Posted by: magicmanfrank (Jan 14, 2008 01:05AM)
I now have FIVE Spider Stages, (thanks Steven!).

I originally purchased 3 and then later picked up another 2.

I set them up with three in the front and two in the back.

=Frank=