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I love Kevin's suggestion of the light socket. it is one of those ideas where we often overlook the obvious. It makes sense to an audience and works great in that it will hide the gimmick and can be removed for the finale and then reused. You would not be having to rerig it everytime you do the effect.
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Plastic light socket are available in hardware stores that are very light weight and not much in diameter from the screw in part of the bulb.
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Would it be light enough for IT, or would you need to use wire? I think the socket way is the best way to go (you can use my suggestion by the way Smile) because it would be a lot easier than making moulds for casings etc.

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Cheers The Scott. I will credit you when the tme comes! I think wire is the way go to although I always have trouble finding a suitible thickness (or not as the case maybe!) I haven't performed the Blackstone version in a while so I think the wire has ended up in that big magic void where props seem to go to!
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Hey- if you're going to include the socket base, why not put all the works in the socket, where you can leave it (no fallout!), and all you'll need to do is bore a whole in the bottom of the bulb so the light can get in!

I was going to suggest the reed switch as Pete Biro mentioned (I was going to surprise you with it- really!), but he gave it away! Smile

Just thought of something- the boring part? Problem!

If you were to take any kind of drill bit to the metal socket at the base of the bulb, you're going to get tiny little shards of metal that may fall into the bulb itself, putting tiny little scrapes in the frosted coating, really a fine powder. That'll kill your illusion pretty good!

I'd definitely take up Mr. Biro's idea and try to locate your local trick bulb maker! Smile
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