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I have been trying to figure out how to do a USD SJ that doesn't require a crane or beams and rafters.

Does any one use a portable tripod?

I was thinking six pieces of pipe and three connectors and a large bolt through the top. Portable.
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David DeVal has a design for something like this in his Secrets of Escapology book. It may be worth having a looksie.

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Dear KingStardog, I used to use a portable tripod I made. It had a 250 cm sided triangle made of six mm steel plate, welded to the face and near the points. Three 150 mm long tubes of 50 mm diameter heavy wall steel pipe. A hole drilled in the centre of the eye bolt and block and tackle to hang from.

The legs, comprising of six pieces, 3x3 metre lengths of 50 mm pipe (as above) and 3x3 metre lengths of the next diameter under size. These slipped together (telescoped) and were bolted through the pipes.

Most important was that a chain connected all legs at floor level so the legs would not spread under load. From that I was able to hang upside down and perform the SJ escape.

I can draw it up for you if you like.

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I go to Renaissance fairs and an escape artist who performs there, Broon (Brian Howard), usually just uses a system of ropes and pullies. That's very portable but you need a big strong tree in the area.

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Wow, Ian perform. I'll love to see that since I heard he never performed before. I wonder what kind of a SJ he used.

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Dear Don, when I was 18 I performed several times in public and many times for family, friends and other small functions. Never dreamed of glory. Don't believe all that others speak about, they never ask questions first! Just make statements!

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