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magic4children
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Can anyone help me with what the engineering/technical name is for the springs that are used in spring snakes?
I’m looking to get some made up and have contacted a spring manufacturer but unfortunately I don’t speak spring and they don’t speak magic.
Your help would be appreciated.
themagiciansapprentice
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I'd guess they're called unrestrained, expanding 2" wide, 60" long springs made from 2mm spring steel wire.

Try contacting the following who have their own springs made up
Derek Rutt http://www.derekrutt.com , David Ginn http://www.ginnmagic.com , Magician's Cave http://www.magicianscave.co.uk/

Although my dad is an engineer I found it cheaper to purchase the spring snakes from the above, then replacing the covering if I thought it needed changing to fit the routine (ie adding eyes, tongue, a different colour)
Have wand will travel! Performing children's magic in the UK for Winter 2014 and Spring 2015.
magic4children
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Thank you, perfect.
Tony James
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In the UK Harry Leat made Run Rabbit Run and other flat metal props and some of the earliest and finest printed silks. Later his son also Harry and his wife Lily continued the business. They produced spring snakes including 6 foot versions. They were made at home. The wire was wound onto a mandrel forming a thick body with a slightly bulbous head at one end and a beautifully shaped conical tail at the other.

Then, with one at each end, Harry and Lil stretched the wire spring all down the stairs from their first floor flat to the ground floor. That's how they established the tension and length. Then they covered the spring so they really were 'hand made'. One will fit perfectly in a Burtini Dove Pan for a cake baking routine and I have and use one to this day.
Tony James

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