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Topic: Blamo
Message: Posted by: briansmagic (Nov 5, 2007 10:53PM)
Just curious -- who else here has built a Blamo? How have you guys set up the spring hinge in the trap? I'm thinking about changing the way I make Blamos, and am just curious as to what others have done, and what has worked well and what hasn't.
Message: Posted by: magicmarkdaniel (Nov 6, 2007 05:19AM)
I built a Blamo back in 2005. I didn't use a spring hinge. I found that when the lid came off and the sides stopped, the flap dropped quickly enough without one. Plus, the girl naturally pushes on it anyway. With a spring hinge, I can't see the speed of the drop being that much quicker.

Mark
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Nov 6, 2007 08:32AM)
Same here. Just build it so the flap sets at an angle less than 90 degrees, not completely vertical.

~michael
Message: Posted by: magicmarkdaniel (Nov 6, 2007 08:50AM)
Thanks Michael, forgot to mention about the angle. Also, I'm not sure what you're building yours from. I drew up my own plans and made the flap out of 3/8" MDF, so it was fairly weighty when it fell.

Mark
Message: Posted by: makeupguy (Nov 6, 2007 06:48PM)
MDF? it's that a bit brittle? I'd use Masonite.. or Trovicel... or Centra... or even aluminum.. or even cheap 3/8 ply covered in felt or velvet...
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Nov 6, 2007 10:43PM)
Mine is 3/8" or 1/2" ply (forgot which), with padded felt on the girl side and sheet steel on the other (fire box Blammo).
Message: Posted by: magicmarkdaniel (Nov 7, 2007 07:46AM)
Makeupguy

I only used MDF for the flap, the rest was 3/8" ply. I used MDF as its just got that little extra weight to it, and its a smooth surface for applying the matt black to.

Mark
Message: Posted by: briansmagic (Nov 9, 2007 11:04AM)
Some blamo flaps fold in half as they are falling. This allows for a smaller box. In order for them to fold in half, you need a spring hinge to fold it. The hinge that attaches the one part of the flap to the platform of course does not need to be spring hinged. It sounds like everybody here is talking about the version that is like the doves to rabbit where the flap does not fold in half as its falling.
Message: Posted by: Larry Bean (Nov 26, 2007 06:25PM)
Does anyone know offhand the dimensions that you used for building your blammo box? I would need one sufficient to hold a 5'2" 105 pound assistant. Any help would be appreciated.
Message: Posted by: Bairefoot (Nov 26, 2007 09:16PM)
Mine has elastic that makes the panel fold with itself.

Bairefoot
Message: Posted by: briansmagic (Dec 5, 2007 11:02PM)
Elastic -- that's a good idea. Never thought of that. Anyone else have any ideas??
Message: Posted by: EsnRedshirt (Dec 6, 2007 02:20PM)
Lbean58- my advice to you: measure your assistant, then get out your cardboard and your duct tape, and build a mock-up to make sure she fits.
Message: Posted by: Larry Bean (Jan 13, 2008 09:49PM)
Thanks EsnRedshirt - that's exactly what I'll do. It sure would save a lot of grief if she couldn't fit into the finished product.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 14, 2008 12:11AM)
Wouldn't it be nice to have a measuring jig that you could use to measure the length, width and height of the space required for an assistant posed in any position you may need to hide them in an illusion? Considering the different positions (i.e., doll house, asrah, blammo, etc.), I think it would be a great little device.
Message: Posted by: magicmarkdaniel (Jan 14, 2008 01:30PM)
Michael

It certainly would be good. If you market it, I'll buy it!!!!

Mark
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 14, 2008 04:05PM)
LOL!! OK... for now let me call this "intellectual property" with marketing rights reserved!! ;)
Message: Posted by: chill (Jan 15, 2008 08:23AM)
A tape measure works great for working out the space required to fit your assistant. I require all my assistants to allow me to measure them for my files. this way I can design the exact space required for their bodies. I don't want to their "measurements" like a dress-maker, but the physical space they require. this can be quite embarrassing for both of us at times, but I've never had any refuse. I also allow them to bring a friend to these sessions to raise their comfort level.
bob
Message: Posted by: Spellbinder (Jan 15, 2008 08:53AM)
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On 2008-01-14 01:11, Michael Baker wrote:
Wouldn't it be nice to have a measuring jig that you could use to measure the length, width and height of the space required for an assistant posed in any position you may need to hide them in an illusion? Considering the different positions (i.e., doll house, asrah, blammo, etc.), I think it would be a great little device.
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They already have one, but it's on some adult sites. They call it an inflatable doll. I have no idea what they do with it in the world outside of magic.
Message: Posted by: Michael Baker (Jan 15, 2008 11:45AM)
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On 2008-01-15 09:53, Spellbinder wrote:
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On 2008-01-14 01:11, Michael Baker wrote:
Wouldn't it be nice to have a measuring jig that you could use to measure the length, width and height of the space required for an assistant posed in any position you may need to hide them in an illusion? Considering the different positions (i.e., doll house, asrah, blammo, etc.), I think it would be a great little device.
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They already have one, but it's on some adult sites. They call it an inflatable doll. I have no idea what they do with it in the world outside of magic.
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Hopefully it was understood that my tongue was firmly planted in my own cheek. ;)