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Topic: Huge Shower of Sparks
Message: Posted by: NFox (Nov 9, 2004 02:32PM)
Does anyone know of a way to create a huge volume of sparks? Enough to say, cover a person completely?

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: MaGiShN46 (Nov 9, 2004 03:16PM)
A billion people standing around with metal and a metal cutter. J/k. I actually don't know.
Message: Posted by: Cliffg37 (Nov 9, 2004 04:52PM)
Mount a box about 4 feet long and maybe six inches tall and deep over the stage where you want to pull off the effect. Inside the box is a motorized spinning metal wheel, with flint like sticks pointed at it so they slide as it spins.

I absolutly do NOT recommend doing this for two reasons.

One is it will make noise, a lot of noise from both the motor and the dragging flints.

Two, the very real possibility of starting a fire, say if someone nearby is weraing too much hair product, or has recently spilled an alcoholic beverage on thier clothes.

As a science teacher I have deliberatly started a fire that way under controlled experimental conditions.

I highly recommend you ditch the sparks and use smoke instead. Then, if you have an assistant or 2, use a couple of toy sparklers for added effect.
Message: Posted by: NFox (Nov 9, 2004 05:56PM)
What I am afraid of is smoke rvealing "Movement" through the air current created around someone. But thanks for you input...having a science teacher respond is a great asset. I may toy with things...in a safe, non-flammable, environment. But please post if you have any ideas, or if you know a way to creat powerful jets of smoke...that would be great too (and could eliminate some of the indication of movement).

Nick Fox
Message: Posted by: M-Illusion (Dec 7, 2004 05:01PM)
Professionally designed and operated pyrotechnics is the only way to go to achieve this effect. However, in today's entertainment market, it is nearly impossible for even licensed pyrotechnicians to fire.