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Magicsquared
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I'm assistant directing a show at a theater here in NYC. The stage is about 20' X 15'. At some point they're going to want it to snow on stage. For the purposes of this show it doesn't matter if it "snows" for a long time or a short time, it doesn't have to look particularly "real," and it certainly doesn't have to actually melt. They'd like to keep it as inexpensive as possible too.

What, if any, options do I have here?

Thanks for any help you can provide.
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You can use the age-old technique of white confetti in paper cups strung along a string suspended above the stage. Jiggling the cups makes the snow fall.
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Soap powder, or get you some white plastic sheets and run them through a shredder.
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Second vote for the shredded plastic - recycles better than paper - and you can make drums fairly cheaply out of wire and luan, manual crank OR use the variant on the paper cups - the "snow bag" - cut some twin sheets in half, sew together, cut slits in the bottom, run a rope through, rig at the proscenium line, and shake when ready! All snow lives or dies by side light as well...IMHO...so have some!
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I'd think the easiest method would be using white confetti paper in some sort of shaker over the stage. When ready for the snow, just start shaking the device and "let it snow."

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Use a hardwire cloth wire drum with confetti in it. A slow turning electric motor simply rotates the barrell and drops the confetti through the holes. Confetti? Use a cross cut paper shredder. For cleanup, use a leaf blower.

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Richard has the right idea: a hardware cloth drum on an axle, turned either by a motor or an endless rope. Hardware cloth is like chicken wire, but with smaller openings.

The old method used for umpteen years was a long piece of canvas held between two battens, the long way. The canvas had a number of holes cut in it. By moving one of the battens up and down, you shook the snow thru the holes.

You can buy fake snow from theatrical suppliers or make your own.
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On 2007-11-17 21:32, hugmagic wrote:
For cleanup, use a leaf blower.


Man, I wish I had thought of that years ago. Can't tell you how long it took me with a push broom to clean up such messes.
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Use a couple guys with bad dandruff and have them stand above you, audience, wherever...and have them scratch their heads.
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You can get two large fans from Walmart or target and place them on the side of the stage so there angled over the stage. Then you drop white confetti over then and the fly about 20 feet in the air and go pretty far
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How about three guys standing in the flies fanning it ala Chinese Snowstorm. The confetti is available at a number of magic dealers and if they stood reasonably close together you might be able to get a pretty wide effect.

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In the movies, crews used to use broken up corn flakes. I wonder if that would work on stage, instead of confetti.
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