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Steven True
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This is kind of off of the original post but what about using 2 stands from home movie screens? Would this work or are they to light weight?

Thanks
Steven
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It would depend on how heavy your backdrop is, and how wide/stable the tripod stands are. I actually use 2 microphone stands w/boom arms and just crank them up as high as they'll go. I put a pole in between them and hang a nice set of velvet drapes on the pole, and I'm good to go.
Christopher Starr
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On 2006-05-03 00:15, ReDeFiNe wrote:
http://www.proxmagic.com

I have 2 sets of that and they worked great! Springs open and light weight.

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Jeremy


At $1195 it's too rich for me....also, reminds me of the Spider Backdrop.
Steven True
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I was actually thinking about using a 6'x6' silk from some place like Rice's. Not to heavy and would not need a real heavy poll to hang it from. I know a lot say to use a backdrop from a dealer but like Christopher, $1195 is way out of my show budget. well maybe he did not say his show budget but mine..well you understand. I have seen some beautiful backdrops and maybe one day I will put it in my budget. They really do add a special professional touch to an act.

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On 2006-05-07 00:07, StevenMT wrote:
I was actually thinking about using a 6'x6' silk from some place like Rice's. Not to heavy and would not need a real heavy poll to hang it from.


I use airbrushed bedsheets. The big disadvantage is audiences can see through it in some areas if light is behind me. A silk is so thin. Imagine how bad it would look for audiences when they can see the objects (wall, pictures, window, bookshelves, etc.) behind it inside of a house. The only place I would picture a silk is on a threatre stage with perfect lighting.
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Lance Burton and Jeff McBride endorse this backdrop and it is pretty nice and quick.
I am contemplating one myself
http://www.magicbackdrops.com/
has anyone else worked with one of these.
On another note I have been using a nice one for about twenty years that I made our of PVC much like a hockey goal set up. 12 feet by eight it sets up in twenty minutes and that is too long. I glued one side of each of the connectors and put a clevis pin in the other side after drilling a hole. To give support for the top I inserted a piece of metal conduit. It can not be broken down short so I do need the show van. I use it for big venues outdoors because it will not blow down easy. I got the curtain fabric at a place in RI called Loraine Fabrics. They are a very large discount house that has an entire floor of fabric for 99 cents a sq yd
They also have some high end fabric and fancy embellishments. Hope this helps the craft minded ones.
The one at magicdrops.com is quick easy and breaks down into a small duffel bag.
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Does anyone have a special programmable lighting system that you use in your act and would suggest?
Such as a lighting system that can be timed with the music track of my show when my light and sound people are not available.
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I use a lighting "T-bar" tripod and slip some 3' cut PVC pipes over each side of the T-bar so it is adjustable (4' to 8' wide.) Then I simply slide on my preferred drapes (I use either 4"x8' antique crushed velvet or Nu-Lash drapes.) This only take about 2-3 minutes to set-up and tear down. If I need a larger stage, I have 2 T-bar tripods with an adjustable pole over the middle width (6' - 10') and 3'-4' on each side with PVC pipe for an additional 8'.

Dan.
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I was thinking about attaching one of those nice six foot repro silks to an Abbott's Jet Set Cover during a production. These covers seem very sensible and I was not aware that Abott's sold the covers until recently. Has anyone tried one out?
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