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Thread: How do we do flying actors???

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  1. Default  
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    Jul 2011
    Mt. Olive, NC
    That is awesome!

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    May 2007
    Columbia, SC
    Quote Originally Posted by Joe P View Post
    please tell me you hit the 0 button too many times on the harness price
    LMAO!!! I thought the SAME thing !!!
    O'Shawn McClendon
    Creative Chair -- Operator: Cayce-West Columbia Hall of Horrors

    One mans junk is another mans kick-ass new prop...






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    Feb 2011
    Dallas, Texas, United States
    Try looking at zip lines suppliers. You can get the harness at a fraction of the price.

  4. Default harness is expensive 
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    Dec 2010
    Frederick, Maryland
    The harness we bought was expensive and I wish there was an accidental "0" added. We got the harness anyway. Better safe and all that...
    I will say that from the same company, you can order a harness with only one hook-up instead of two. We never used the left side anyway. We figured on moving the illusion to a new location in the haunt so there might be a chance we needed it. Still, if you can find a harness cheep, get it.

    Please remember to use caution with this. 2 years after I left the Hex House, there was supposed to be daily inspections and a replacement of the wire each season. Well, there was not and the wire snapped. The actor fell and was injured. So, use the right wire (ours held 400 pounds) and inspect it daily. Replace every season.

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  5. Cool Wire weight limits 
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    Sep 2007
    Hey guys, thought I'd chime in again here. Couple of VERY general rules about ANYTHING flying - at least in the theatre biz. If it falls and won't kill you, use a safety factor of 5x. If it falls and it can kill you, use a safety factor of 10x. In other words, a 30# curtain should be hung by something with a working load limit of at least 150#, and a piece of scenery, or a person should be rigged with something 10x. Like a 200# piece of scenery should be rigged with something with a working load limit of 2000#. You cannot be too safe when you are flying someone or something. And, every rigger I know will only use equipment marked and made in the USA. Some of the stuff from China is much less expensive, but they don't trust the real WLL's of it, since there is less oversight in the manufacturing and testing processes. I don't mean to be a pest, but in my business, this is one of the most dangerous aspects of what we do, so I thought I'd share some of what I know.

    BTW - that barn door rig looks super cool!


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    Nov 2003
    Well by mid season I feel like throwing them off the roof and watching fly but I'm guessing thats not what you mean, lol

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    Mar 2012
    I know I should keep my opinion to myself but personally I don't get the appeal. I saw them doing it a lot at one I went to and thought, "look, there's a dude swinging on a wire." At no time did it even remotely look like flying to me. Just a dude swinging on a wire. He could have been swinging on a kids' playground swing for more effect. To each his own scare I guess.

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    Nov 2008
    Mesquite, TX
    Here is who I get mt harnesses from now.
    I used to use the $50 ones from northern tool, but they are super unfomfortable.
    shoot for 2000lb test on all your cables and hardware. A 200lb actor jumping into position can make 3Gs easy turning him into a 600lb weight.
    If you can, consult a pro- if you cant then I wouldnt do it.
    Allen H

  9. Default We "Flew". 
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    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    The location was a concrete basement with a high ceiling, concrete posts holding up the ceiling , all built around 1925?
    We used a heavy, thick steel cable, pulley, a tree-trimmer's harness, a heavy bulky thing that was!
    Nobody fell, we scared some people because it was totally unexpected for anyone to be flying. With a little practise at launching ones self you could fly straight enough long enough to make that effect, and it was dark enough to hide the massive-sized cable(s)
    We walked groups through the Grave yard, our Vampire would fly up behind them but not over them as he "bombed" the graveyard, returning a bloody torso, since he was now done with it.
    One young girl was scared, impressed and it was only years later she discovered the Vampire was her Brother, their Dad owned the building.
    It was the Mt. Carroll JC's Haunted House, about 400 years ago, it seems like...

  10. Default Nice rigging. 
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    Mar 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    The harness seems a bit pricey. $500 is more inline with that form of harness (I own two of this style). The company that rigs Peter Pan is Peter Foy, of Flying by Foy. He actually patented his system for that production and sells a complete rig for theaters doing Peter Pan.

    Aircraft cable is what we use in theater for fly rigs because of its strength, and its black. Its the connections that will kill someone. Please make sure you have someone that really knows what they are doing when they attach the cables to the rig. Rigging is a science, and while it may seem like its simple there are a lot of things to consider.

    All that being said, this is a cool looking rig and I wish I had the ceiling space for an effect like this one. Really cool guys.
    Travis "Big T" Russell
    Big T Productions Inc

    Owner and Operator of "The Plague" and "Camp Nightmare"

    Customer Quote of the year: "Damn, I pissed myself"

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