We're taking out some of the slack in our fly lines. The problem is that the pipes stop about 6 feet before the height of the ceiling. This cuts down significantly the height of our drops and scenery.  riggingarbor_003

This flying method is a very simple example. If you were to take it further, you could imagine how to fly a person. It works the same way, but uses much heavier equipment. The flying of people and of heavy objects is best left to the professionals who have the proper training and equipment.

For our production of Dracula, we needed a bat to fly around the stage. Not just up and down, but left to right as well. You'll see that the bat is able to go up and down via tie line through a pulley. This takes care of the up & down part


Curtains are hung in either of a few ways. Flat or full are the most popular. Flat is simply hanging the cloth stretched across the pipe. Pulled tight it looks like a sheet on a clothes line.

Seen here:
Cable cutters;Part of a shackle; A loop of cable ;A Thimble

This railing was raised and lowered on cue. I have to say it was very cool to watch. rail7

 Several "cases" were screwed to the edge of the stage. Inserted into each was the railing post. The railing itself is made up of seperate 2x3's screwed down to the top of the posts. The first attempt to attach the rails were too stiff. This proved problematic. So, we changed the fastener to a simple screw. 

Take a look at the photo on the right. You'll see a crew member pulling on the strings. For the show, the stagehand was behind the curtain.


Jenna is upside-down. Yup, the scene requires her character to be lowered by her ankles and pock her head through a porthole. We don't see her ankles, or the person "holding" her. So, we had to devise a way to lower her upside-down.



Special Effects for the stage is a wide ranging area of stage magic. Making a light flash, and door swing open on its own, making "fire" on stage could all be considered special effects. Several articles here may also belong to other categories. Such as electrics, rigging, sound, etc...

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

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