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Hi Everyone Smile

I am preparing for a contest act...I need a 36" silk to fly into the side of the stage when I let go of the silk.

Understand John's Hummingbird Reel & Fukai (Japan) version) does this.

But Fukai's Japan can only works with 12" silk...but NOT 36" silk...though is Japanese silk-is light...Fukai's version can only works well with 12"...36" silk, it has no strength.

Hence I am wondering if John's Hummingbird Reel can do this...I have e-mail to him, still waiting for an answer...if can't... is there any version on the market can accomplise with a 36" silk...though I can custom made one in eletronic shop with a Bigger Motor & maybe there is a magic device out there I can buy so I can save the trouble of seeking electrician for help.

btw, I have read about the product: Python Pull (from Low to Super strength)...btw, is the rell thread slightly invisble from stage, or is thick cord...etc.?

Thanks for any input Smile

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Hey Dove-Boy,

I've had some luck using John Kennedys Jump! effect to have a large silk fly across a stage. Its electronic component means that it works with a timed delay activated with a pressure switch. So you can trigger it and keep your hands free for other things.

It worked really well for me.
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Doveboy - my experience with the Hummingbird reel is that it, too, needs a small/light silk to work correctly.
In my opinion, it will not manage a 36" silk in any way.
Perhaps others have a different experience.

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Do it the old fashion way - use an offstage assistant.
Scott Compton
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Why not use a sandbag weight tied to the silk and fed over something up high. Have another thread that is the release - cut or burn it and the weight falls. The sand will be silent (releatively) and the silk will follow the thread.

Hope this helps...

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You're making too much sense! Your system always works. People like gimmicks and loss of control. Then they have to believe in magic!

I've often wondered if a commercial bank isn't just an expensive way to get the time and temperature. (I do wish they were as accurate as the one on the dash of my car.)


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