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Mad Jack
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Hey All,

I came upon this portable staging called Intellistage. It looks great to me as I am always taking my adult comedy show into fire houses where they don't have stages or stadium seating. As you know doing low illusions (basket, Origami, etc) can be hard in this setting. The link is below. Check it out! It all stores into ATA cases and can be rolled in and set up in minutes! Has anyone seen this in person? I have performed on a lot of portable staging, but never with these type of legs (risers) and was wondering how stable it would be when trying to do illusions. Any input would be greatly appreciated! The sales rep from the company says it is VERY sturdy and that it is popular with magicians, so I thought maybe some of you may have seen it.

http://www.stagedrop.com/products/systems.html

Thanks!

MJ
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I have seen similar systems used for tables and small bases. I have one that expands into a backdrop. All of the ones I have ever seen, are really sturdy. Which is really suprising when you see how thin the metal is, and how small the pieces collapse.
The only thing I never understood is why these things are so expensive. Thousands of dollars for a really simple concept. But, like anything else, well worth it, if you use it.

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Mad Jack,

What is the set up time? Can one person put this together realitively quick? Do you offer an all in one (skirts, risers, ATA case and platform) package? Thanks.

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Take a peek at this:
http://www.showsolutions.biz/stagesystems.php

Steven Kline Productions is an authorized dealer.
6 4' sections to a road case - that's a 12' x 8' stage in one case
email me for more info
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BYUDAD,

I was told that two people can assemble the big (12 x 20) stage in under 1 hour. It can be assembled by one person though (it would just take longer). The kit comes with risers and platforms, but the cases and skirting is extra. It looks cool to me.

Kline,

Your system looks very similar to the intellistage system. It is interesting to see that more than one company makes these types of stages. I will email you for more info.

MJ
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There are a few out there - my main focus with showsolutions is the truss and custom designs.We just finished a rig that is 80' upstage with a 15 x 20 "room" section off the upstage side and a octagon truss structure for a rear projection screen surface. Does this make any sense ?
The 12 x 8 stage set up takes about 10 to 15 min to assemble.
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On 2008-03-19 08:33, Kline wrote:
Take a peek at this:
http://www.showsolutions.biz/stagesystems.php

Steven Kline Productions is an authorized dealer.
6 4' sections to a road case - that's a 12' x 8' stage in one case
email me for more info


Is the link working for anyone else?
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Hmmmmm - they might be having server problems - I was there this morning.
Thanks
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Mad Jack,

Thank you for the information. One jour seems a little long for a one hour show. Thanks anyway, but your product looks very awesome.

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BYUDAD,

It's not my product, I was just considering purchasing it. My thought is that with this, and lights and curtains and sound (which I already have), I can transform a plain ballroom into a really cool stage in just a few hours. To me that is awesome! Oh course, I am very fortunate to do some large corporate gigs where this ability will really be appreciated. I understand that it wouldn't be practical for everyone. Before making the investment, I was just wondering if anyone had personal experience working with this type of stage and if it is steady enough to be rolling props around on.

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I've looked at a lot of portable staging options and so far, the highest weight rating I can find is 185 lbs per square foot.

Admittedly, I don't know much about this and so like to study and get the input of others before I ever purchase something like this.

Is that rating really enough? Could that hold several illusions backstage without giving way?

Maybe it's just a general thing and not meant to seriously mean that each sqaure foot can only hold 185 lbs. (If not, I'll make sure never to stand with my feet together in one spot as I would exceed the limit).
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On 2008-03-23 16:58, Christian Illusionist wrote:
I've looked at a lot of portable staging options and so far, the highest weight rating I can find is 185 lbs per square foot.

Admittedly, I don't know much about this and so like to study and get the input of others before I ever purchase something like this.

Is that rating really enough? Could that hold several illusions backstage without giving way?

Maybe it's just a general thing and not meant to seriously mean that each sqaure foot can only hold 185 lbs. (If not, I'll make sure never to stand with my feet together in one spot as I would exceed the limit).


Does anybody know?
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It must just be a general thing, because in the video, they show a church choir on risers and there are some pretty large people on there. also, the act of walking on it would cause a problem. When you walk, you lift one leg to stride forward. When all your weight was on your planted foot, you would fall through. This is used for many applications, and they just couldn't risk that a large man would get up there and break it. This is also used for dance clubs appearantly. I guess they just don't want five people on each pannel. Just my thoughts.

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This is an old thread but wanted to provide some more information in case others run across it investigating portable staging like I did.

The 185 lbs per square foot is just a convenient number for helping one understand the total capacity for a stage. You multiply that by the size of the stage. So a single 4 foot by 4 foot section would be 16 square feet (4X4=16) and have a capacity of 2960 lbs (16 sq feet X 185 lbs/sq foot). The same math would hold if you connect multiple sections together. So, for example, 4 such pieces together would make 64 square feet of area and be able to hold 11,840 lbs in total.

Now, of course, the weight has to be distrubuted somewhat across the stage. And you do have to be careful with loading and moving heavy loads. But these types of stages are very robust even being used to display vehicles at car shows: https://youtu.be/zbkdrS295Sw. And they will support dance numbers without problem: https://youtube.com/watch?v=R5fR2zddiZ8.
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I use Steeldeck staging for all of my shows. It is a very robust solution but does require a lot more space and set up time. I typically require that the promoter supply the deck to my specs then I bring in the Pipe and Drape and other dressing to make it work as I need. Everyone will have their own needs.
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I just acquired four used 3'X3'X8" intellistage platforms. First impression is that they are great. This size/weight is maneuverable but still substantial enough to be comfortable if I only want to use one. With an Abbott's 6' jet set this produces a nice tight "cube" for performing in halls, etc. Without the backdrop it produces a nice in the round platform for malls. Two will be great for large home parties (i.e. 3'X6'). It is a very flexible system for the one person act.
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