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1906Alpha1906
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DEFINITLY - Magicbackdrops.com!! I received mine last week and I must say that I am MORE than thrilled with it. Its so easy to set up, and goes up in under a minute!! Comes down and rolls up just as fast! I was in total shock when I saw this backdrop. Jeff at magicbackdrops.com was MORE than just a "sales person" on this, he actually wanted to know what I wanted in my backdrop and had it to me quickly, and even gave me options that I didn't know I could have! When the UPS guy came by the house, I immediately opened up the box and set the backdrop up. No directions are even need because its that simple. When it was up, my mouth just dropped open at the awesome work he did! Talk about having a stage in the living room! It even has corners that can bend to fit ANY space you are given to perform. Talk about a life-saver! And, not only that, imagine what your clients will think when they see that you have transformed the space you were given into a "magic parlor". Its awesome for pictures too if you do kids shows. Great stuff!! Great Stuff!! (yeah, I repeated myself on that one! *smile*). Not to mention that on stage shows, its awesome too!

It will add plenty to your shows for value wise also - Remember, you never get a second chance to make a 1st impression!

While I have seen other backdrops that look really nice too, I am just stating my experience with MagicBackdrops.com and Jeff Jones - His go up quick, and come down quick!

All I can say is GET ONE!
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As promised here's a picture of the "stage" area that we set up for Devon's last show. NO it didn't go up in less than a minute but I was very satisfied with how it looked. it was super light, with the exception of the bases on the bottom and they weren't WAY heavy. The exposed bars infront of the back curtain were there for a very small amount of lights. (i'd like to had that "black powder finish" for this show). I thought the stage area turned out looking pretty stinkin good considering all I had was a big open floor when I started.

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Here's one more picture.

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I visited MagicBackDrops.com but couldn't find any pictures or information regarding how the system is constructed. Is it like the Spider? Is it PVC? does anyone have pictures or know what it's like?
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Dearwiseone,

Jeff has a javascript based pop-up picture script that is not set-up correctly.

He should fix it.

It might work on his browser but not ours.
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I use the tripods and crossbar, photography style. The canvas is airbrushed.

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I once read to not put your name on the backdrop. It's tacky.
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On 2007-10-29 16:59, magiccop1 wrote:
I once read to not put your name on the backdrop. It's tacky.


I disagree. I think it's a great way to reinforce your name and your brand. Different strokes for different folks.
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Depends on the performer and their style/theme, but I generally agree with you.

Chris
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On 2007-10-29 20:54, jkvand wrote:
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On 2007-10-29 16:59, magiccop1 wrote:
I once read to not put your name on the backdrop. It's tacky.


I disagree. I think it's a great way to reinforce your name and your brand. Different strokes for different folks.


I'm by no means an authority on the subject and would advocate that you do what you feel is best for you. However, Stan Kramien said this concerning names on backdrops...

"Use your backdrops always, leave them plain. DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES DECORATE THEM WITH YOUR INITIALS IN SEQUINS. (The sure mark of an amateur.)"
--Stan Kramien

Here is the link where that is found: http://www.stevensmagic.com/gemini/Stan%......art1.htm
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Terry Evanswood opens his show with a huge flashing sign with his name on it while he does an appearance from a vertical glass box.
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Many of us have signs on our suitcase tables and travel cases as do I so I don't think there really is any hardcast rule about highlighting our names. Persoanlly, my backdrop is pretty plain dark navy blue with subtle sparkles on it with plain navy drapes on outer drapes when I set up a larger stage. However, while DynaMikes backdrop is busy, I certainly like the fun and excited mood it elicits. I guess it is all relative to the overall theatrical experience we deliver. Just my 2 cents.

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I believe the key here is the word "sequins." Sequins are generally tacky in the first place. Also the second and third.

Your backdrop should augment your show and your props. Choose a very simple color scheme and make sure your props fit in with it. If you have more than two colors, plus metals and woods, you are going to be sending too much information to the eye of the spectator for them to really focus on what you have in your show.

Extreme backdrops are not a good idea. Black can make you disappear, if you perform in Goth or in black tie. If you have a direct spot from the front, a mylar drop can blind your audience.

My color scheme in the Merlin show was burgundy and dark blue. We performed outdoors most of the time, so there was no problem with anything getting "lost" in the lights.

As far as folding backdrops are concerned, the spider system is great, if you are flying or if weight is a big factor. If weight is not a big factor, then you might want to check with Phil Kempf in Houston. He makes an 8 foot high backdrop that is 8 feet square, which folds into a box that is about 5 feet long by 6 inches by 6 inches. The box is an anvil type case, with a pair of built-in legs that swivel into place. The legs are basically flat on the floor, so you won't have to worry about bumping into them and knocking things over, which can be a problem with a photo backdrop stand.

The setup time for the backdrop is about 45 seconds. The take down time is about the same.
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On 2007-10-29 16:59, magiccop1 wrote:
I once read to not put your name on the backdrop. It's tacky.

Yea, I know what you mean. It all depends. If I do kid shows, I use those backdrops on the previous page. Adult shows, solid colors. When coin manipulation is involved, a solid color backdrop. I am presently working on a street theme manipulation act. I am still working on the right theme backdrop.
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I use the spider backdrop system and I LOVE IT. I just foundout about the new Stargate backdrop from spider.
http://www.spiderbackdrop.com/english/englisch.html

Has anyone used this new system? My concern is it doesn't appear to have stabilizing rods.

Thanks,

Dan
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Found a cool video on How-To setup a SpiderFlex backdrop. If you didn't want one before, now you will!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZpU5DeNcYo

I just bought a used one, and this was a big help.

Chris
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Cool clip, Starr!
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We did really well this past Christmas season with over 50 shows using the Amovna.com photp backdrop stands that folds down and comes in a case and added a hand painted Christmas backdrop to it. The stands go up to 12' tall and with 4 bars of 3' each you can choose 6', 9' or 12' wide. We paid about $79 for them om E-Bay. The hand painted backdrop looked amazing and we had a lot of comments and we picked that up brand new too on E-Bay for less than $100. Sets up in just a few minutes, sturdy, and above all cheap! Less than $200 in total. Spider backdrops are expensive, although set up quick. Were're looking into the Sonnefelt Wonder Imagery to custom print a backdrop.

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Spider backdrop.... :0) Awww luvvvv it!!
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On 2007-12-07 20:08, Eyes of Darkness wrote:

Has anyone used this new system? My concern is it doesn't appear to have stabilizing rods.

Thanks,

Dan


Has anyone out there used the Stargate? I would love to know about the stability as well... Otherwise it looks freaking *HOT*! ;-)
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