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Topic: Appearing Straw Cracks
Message: Posted by: Woodfield (Apr 7, 2013 04:36PM)
I've noticed cracks and splits in my Appearing 8 Foot Straw. I store it open when not in use and I've only used about 20 to 30 times.
Anybody finding the same problem?

Woodfield

P.S. Sorry if this topic has been discussed before.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Apr 7, 2013 04:45PM)
My ten foot poles last about 50-100 performances. Some are better than others, but I generally need to replace them about once or twice a year....
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Apr 7, 2013 06:32PM)
If the cracks are at the bottom or top, trim with sharp scissors to keep from getting worse, if in the center use clear packing tape also to keep from spreading, the local post office has the best tape, it's thicker and flexible.
Message: Posted by: Woodfield (Apr 7, 2013 07:59PM)
Thanks for the advice!
Message: Posted by: charliecheckers (Apr 7, 2013 10:23PM)
I have tried several different manufactures and have not found any that really last a long time. Like Potty, I replace mine 1 or 2 times/year. I also repair them as Dave suggested. I do have a Straw I purchased from Show Biz that seems like it would last longer, but it does not look like the McDonalds staws in color scheme, so I only use it in my Xmas shows as a North Pole.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 8, 2013 07:59AM)
Same here. Appearing straws, poles, wands, etc are not very durable. As Dave suggested you can trim off the cracked portion if it's on the ends and get some more mileage out of them.
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Apr 8, 2013 02:37PM)
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On 2013-04-08 08:59, Regan wrote:
Same here. Appearing straws, poles, wands, etc are not very durable. As Dave suggested you can trim off the cracked portion if it's on the ends and get some more mileage out of them.
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Definitely, and I also repair using clear Duct tape, this more than doubles their life. I have started using reinforced Duct tape (with nylon thread), which is the best repair I've managed.

The prop is quite awesome, and I'll never drop it from my shows. But it is one of those props which you can actually factor in to the overall cost of every show. I guesstimate about 20p (or in the States 20c) per show.

Don't throw away your old, cracked ones, though - you can trim them up, and use them as appearing magic wands, or some other item. You'll get a lot of mileage out of this prop, if you think about it.
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 8, 2013 04:45PM)
Potty,

I've never tried the clear duct tape. In fact, I'm not sure I have ever seen clear duct tape! I will have to check that out!
Message: Posted by: Potty the Pirate (Apr 9, 2013 08:08AM)
I actually apply clear duct tape to the ends of my appearing poles, before I even use them. This helps to prevent the cracking from the get-go.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Apr 9, 2013 09:42AM)
A mildly interesting historical note>>> When I was a kid, a "cigarette to wand" was available. If I remember the material was CELLULOID. It didn't last too long either.
Message: Posted by: themagiciansapprentice (Apr 9, 2013 01:13PM)
Here's link to clear duct tape http://www.amazon.com/Scotch-Transparent-1-88-Inch-20-Yard-2120-A/dp/B0000DH8I8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365531193&sr=8-1&keywords=clear+duct+tape
Message: Posted by: Regan (Apr 9, 2013 02:06PM)
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On 2013-04-09 09:08, Potty the Pirate wrote:
I actually apply clear duct tape to the ends of my appearing poles, before I even use them. This helps to prevent the cracking from the get-go.
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Potty,

That sounds like a great tip for the tip! :)
Message: Posted by: thomhaha (Apr 9, 2013 06:07PM)
All this time I thought I had done something wrong with my 10-foot pole! Thanks for the affirmation - and suggestions to revitalize!
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Apr 11, 2013 07:04AM)
The local post office has the best value for clear tape and it is very thick and flexible.
And for the handy person, the hardware store sells florescent light covers. 4 and 8 foot length, you slice it open from top to bottom, those who own the effect know what I mean. Use a thick magic marker to color the inside, it does not need to cover every inch, just a lot of scribble, if you use black, then buy white tape, you now have an 8 foot wand. BUT>>>WARNING> be very careful with slicing, if you slip you may cut yourself with the knife or sharp edge of the plastic, were gloves doing this.
Message: Posted by: Julie Carpenter (Apr 19, 2013 11:24AM)
When I do cabaret I use an appearing ladder. Ive trimmed it so many times, ive almost lost a step now.
I do find duck tape - or anything with material in it does help