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Magical John!
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I am building a routine for one of the crate escapes in Tarbell, Vol. 6. For this routine, I end in the back of the house. Any ideas for how I can get from the crate (center stage) to backstage without traps? The routine has me in the crate, which will be nailed shut, a curtain will be raised in front of it, and there is a comedy bit that follows. I considered the "lost in a crowd" principle, but I don't think I want to go that route.
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It's pretty common to go right out the back - center stage. Pin the curtains so that only 2' or so is accessible at the bottom, and this will keep the curtains from flapping or opening above the height of the trunk. This obviously has to be done center stage with the trunk 6-8 feet in front of the back curtain.

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Or, sneak off under cover of the curtain...
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If you are going to use an up down curtain and are 6 to 8 feet away from the curtain, you will get busted if the lighting isn't perfect.
I would use the old school metal frame and curtain frame that rolls around the box. The reason this is so good is because the frame could be around six foot by six foot, over head view. This will allow you to get out back easier....
I also like using the clamps to set the curtain.. I'm not sure what ya call them, but you squeeze them and they have a spring in them... I have around 30 of them, and we have them in a back stage bucket and use them to tie back curtains, etc...

I hope this helps.

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Hmm, a lot of good thoughts... Let me elaborate on the routine to give a better idea of the scenario.

The structure of the routine is that I will be locked in the crate, and a curtain will be raised in front of it. A timer will be started, and when the time is up, the curtain will be dropped, potentially exposing my method. The audience hears nails being pulled and plinking across the stage. At a point, I ask (through my mic.) how much time is left. I panic, and the audience hears an electric saw start up and cut through wood while sawdust flies up from behind the curtain. The climax comes when there are only a few seconds left, and the audience hears the whole crate collapse. The curtain is dropped, and the crate is found to still be intact. After a few beats, I enter from the back of the house on stilts.
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I like the saw. That's funny.
Why the stilts?
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On 2008-12-17 21:16, TaylorReed wrote:

I also like using the clamps to set the curtain.. I'm not sure what ya call them, but you squeeze them and they have a spring in them... I have around 30 of them, and we have them in a back stage bucket and use them to tie back curtains, etc...


"Spring clamps".

You can never have too many clamps. Of any sort.

-Erik
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* = Take any advice from this person with a grain of salt.
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I'm the only professional stilt-walker in a wide radius. The more I can integrate what I do, the better it is for branding.
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I really like the idea of the nails and saw... That's funny!

As far as the stilts go.... Give it some thought to as if that is the best way to showcase your ability. Try to come up with something that "makes sense" and is logical.

If you don't come up with something, or don't have enough time in the show to add more stuff - go for it! Appearing on stilts certainly does set you apart!


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I really like this idea! It's hilarious. What if you were to enter instead of on stilts, on cruches? Then you also could be bandaged up to add even more comedic effect.
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