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I am a magician/pyro currently working on creating the special effects to close the American Tribute section of my show. I wanted to use four (Theatre Effects Airbursts) in my set, however, I cannot get it all figured out. I know it doesn't sound hard, but sometimes I can get it to work and sometimes I can't!

I take a teaspoon of flash powder with sparkle additive and put it in a piece of flash paper, put a Surefire igniter in it, and ball up the paper. Once connected to an ignitor, I can get like a 50% success rate with it igniting... it's like if the igniter is in the powder all the way it won't blow up.

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You need a sure fire match, not a sure fire igniter and, only place the tip of the match about 2/5 of the way down from the top. The match needs to give a hot blast and the igniters don't do the job.

What firing controller are you using? The wiring to the airburst from the controller may be too long and it's not getting the voltage it needs. The match needs less voltage/amp.


You will need various licenses/permits with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) and the State/cities where you live or are performing, and various other localities to allow to import, transport, store, buy, manufacture (mix) and display (shoot) all types of explosives involved in a pyrotechnic display.

You must have a permit from the local authorities having jurisdiction and must pull a permit from the local fire dept. and have scheduled a fire watch with the Fire Marshal's office. That is to have the fire alarms shut off and a fireman on location.

You will need to provide a $1,000,000.00 Class "C" 1.4G Explosives liability insurance policy and that is required on all pyro shoots. This is a policy that is just for pyro and not a general liability policy. You will have to show your qualifications (bio) and show that you're certified with NFPA 1126 national fire codes for Standards for the use of Pyrotechnics before a Proximate Audience. Showing Your Log Book of shows performed to the Fire Marshal's office and the related information of facilities and the MSDS for the effects. Heavy fines and arrest can occur for shooting without being licensed and insured. This can include open flame and smoke machines in some cities.
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Just a thought. You might try priming it with some flashcotton.

Should do the deed.

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You also may want to try taking the flint & striker (top, metal part) off of a cheap, 50 cent lighter, then painting it with flesh paint, and attaching to your hand (gluing it to a ring, this works quite well for igniting flash paper, and will probably do the job.
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