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benlewis2004
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Basically, my uncle is a DJ and he has given me a lot of equipment.

Only problem, it's on one of those DJ stands, meaning it would be in the way of the audience.

Is it possible to use this with it placed behind me on the stage (so lights come from behind?
DanielSteep
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I personally wouldn't put the lighting from behind.... because if you are trying to hide somthing from the audience ... the shadow of what you are trying to hide my show up
benlewis2004
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Assuming that is not a problem, could the lights be placed behind?
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Yes
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What effects are you going to be performing with the lights coming from behind?
benlewis2004
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All sorts of disco type lights, strobe lights and all those
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Back-Lighting can add quite the dramtic effect if done properly. You might find it is not suitable for all routines though. I use some tripods setup stage right and left so it's not all backlit. Using DJ lights for a magical performance requires either a great Light Manager, or software that replaces that body. I purchased 10 DMX light fixtures a few years ago and got a basic DMX controller. I was sadly disappointed even though I bought good gear. The problem was the DMX controller. I could only create "Chase Patterns" which would be perfectly acceptable if I was a DJ...but I'm not. I wanted my lights to enhance my routines, not overpower them. I researched for over a year and thankfully a Café member pointed me in the right direction. Compu Ware Pro software was EXACTLY what I needed. It was the only affordable solution to syncing my lights with my routine. I have enjoyed using this software ever since I programmed my first routine. I even programmed a complete magic show for a fellow magician whose light manager skipped town 2 days before a big gig. I came in with my fixtures and software and had his show programmed in less than 2 hours. It's something to think about.

My thinking was, why pay someone that misses cues when we have modern computers and computer controlled lighting? I am very happy with my purchase!

As far as what types of lights and where to place them. It's a science and the thing you need to remember is....use them to enhance your already solid routine. Don't allow ANYTHING to interfere with your presentation, or the audiences ability to see that presentation. I place lights on tripods, trusses, even the floor! They are balanced and beautiful when in motion.

One last thing for anyone using lights. I discovered my lights did not look as good when used alone. Fog machines put out too much fog and dissipated really quickly (really quickly). It was hard to control and impossible to rely on (they cycle and not always usable). Hazers were the answer but a good one is NOT cheap. Hazers are different than foggers as they send out smaller particles (that last a long time)that should not be seen unless a light passes through it. Only then will you see the entire light BEAM and makes them visable. I'm serious, lights without a hazer just do not look right for a theater experience.
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Check out: http://www.americandj.com/default.asp

They are high tech. They even have a forum you can join.
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