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Ben Proudfoot
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Hi Guys,

I'm working on a project in which I need a curtain to unfurl from a horizontal line across the stage without anyone visibly pulling it down.

The stage is set with a table and then the curtain falls and I rip it away and am now standing atop the table. I'd rather not have wires that I pull, or aything like that. I hope you get the idea.

Here are some pictures before and after the unfurling. Throw out any ideas you can think of.

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Thanks in advance,

Ben
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Could'nt you control it with two bits of invisble wire(stong wire) and when you are ready pull the wires, then jump up on the table?

eg: if you have the wires attached to some clips (or similiar) which are attached to the rolled up fabric, then when you pull the clips will disconnect, hence letting the fabric fall, then you can jump up onto the table and pull it away.

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Is an offstage assistant out of the question?
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I would have an offstage assitant, yes.

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Well in that case, the offstage assistant need only pull the wires from offstage, thus undoing the fabric rolled up.

using the small clips idea.

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The idea sounds reasonable but what are these "small clips". Excuse me if I don't sound resourceful, I just have never done things like this before.

Thanks,

Ben
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You would just need to get some small clips, they are seethrough, I can't find any resource on the net for them, head to any homewares or outdoors store and you should ae some luck, they are similar to hanging pegs (eg putting washing up) only seethrough,

on another thought,

using invisible wire, you could just rig up a fake knot so that when the wire is pulled the knot undoes itself and lets the fabric fall? probally easier.

hmmm, trying to think for you.

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Ben,

Sent you an email with illustrations for a design that should work.

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Just a comment and a "Golf Clap."

I find the people who post in this forum to be some of the most sharing and helpful on the Café! Even when I can't contribute an idea, it is always refreshing to read the helpful exchanges.

I especially am always impressed by the sharing of Mister Baker, THANK YOU Michael for being here!

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Ben, hope to see you at the club Monday...

Perhaps an electro magnet that is turned off with a remote. that lets the curtain drop. Maybe more elaborate than you want but with your big budget...LOL
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Think along the lines of drapery curtain pulls only take out the stopping lock for the cord. The work is already done for you, your helper need only release the cord (which should be running inside the cross bar. You can even have it set in a fall pattern as example, the center lowers then the edged follow, like a large V dropping, etc.
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Wow! Thanks, leapinglizards! It's nice to be appreciated! You just made my day! Smile

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