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thomasR
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Thanks Ray! I knew Steinmeyer did the magic pieces of Disney’s Broadway shows but I didn’t know the Carpet was his invention. Very cool.
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I believe it was Steinmeyer's concept (he is credited as the designer), but Tait patented the actual mechanical technique/fabrication method. Thinking that Steinmeyer probably should have been on the patent, thoughts?
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Yeah, I would say that Jim had the idea, Tait made it work.
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The current Disney rig is a beast. From what I hear, The TAIT version is large and heavy enough it impedes being able to use various venues causing the production to rethink the hardware & effect so it can go in anywhere. The Chriss Angel rig is definitely a more technological version to the Johnny Gaughan version, although similar in principle. Cool stuff.
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Ryan, thanks for the insight. I saw Aladdin in Chicago. Orchestra section, good seats. The effect was awesome but the tour’s lighting design at finale/curtain call was not kind to the method. For the actual musical number in the show, it was perfectly lit and choreographed. I wonder if the rig is the same for the National tour vs. the ‘permanent’ show in NYC.

For the Criss Angel version: did he/his team work with Guaghan? If not, Who was the builder?
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In this trailer by Peter Marvey you can see a short excerpt of his Flying. With 360 degree rotation Smile (1:28)

https://youtu.be/UkLT3AQRhzE
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Fungineer,
I've only seen the one rig. I'm unsure of the builder for the Angel versions. But it looked high tech & shiny.
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I’m not sure if it’s the rig or the performers but the Copperfield and Rick Thomas presentations (I’m assuming Thomas is Gaughn) are way smoother than Criss. Although Criss had some cool and unique things. I mean that ladder... very clever! Probably the most complicated ladder ever built!

I did see the Rick Thomas rig flash once... that always made me sad.
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Chriss's flying box is really interesting mechanically as well.
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