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Russell Fox
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Morning all you beautiful people - I'm busy with a production for a company and we are look at various materials for draping to create a black art stage.

Could you please advise what kind of materials work well for black art other than Velvet or Velveteen.

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Google search the Café and you will find several threads and discussion on it. That will be the fastest way for the most info.

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To answer your question simply, there are no other material for the use of black art other then triple velvet. Nothing else will produce the effect desired. Then add day glo lights and props. I get the feeling from you question, you are looking for a less expensive alternative, there is none.
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I wholeheartedly second Bill's advice. There is no 'second best' for this.
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Triple Velvet is the best.
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Deep pile black velvet of the highest quality is what you are looking for. You should also be aware of the direction of the knap of the material. It needs to be hung with the knap pointing in the general direction of the light source so that any shine on the fibers does not blow the illusion. Also, the dye in the material will fade quicker under UV. Since all black fabric is actually dyed with a combination of one or more very saturated colors of dye--red and blue usually--the longer it hangs with the UV on the quicker the color will show. Save the lights--and thus the color saturation--during rehearsals and between tours if this is in a haunt or other similar attraction.
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On Mar 10, 2014, MRSharpe wrote:
Deep pile black velvet of the highest quality is what you are looking for. You should also be aware of the direction of the knap of the material. It needs to be hung with the knap pointing in the general direction of the light source so that any shine on the fibers does not blow the illusion. Also, the dye in the material will fade quicker under UV. Since all black fabric is actually dyed with a combination of one or more very saturated colors of dye--red and blue usually--the longer it hangs with the UV on the quicker the color will show. Save the lights--and thus the color saturation--during rehearsals and between tours if this is in a haunt or other similar attraction.


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Russell Fox
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Thanks for all the advice, we

In terms of price I'm not looking for the cheapest, I'm wanting the best this is why I'm asking for the advice.

We don't have triple velvet in SA so ill have to import it.

Any suggestions in this regard.
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Thanks for all the advice, we

In terms of price I'm not looking for the cheapest, I'm wanting the best this is why I'm asking for the advice.

We don't have triple velvet in SA so ill have to import it.

Any suggestions in this regard.
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Thanks Michael Baker! I have a little experience with black art specifically. Most of my advice has to do with over thirty years in theatre and theme park production. I done tech direction, scenic and props fabrication, as well as general stage hand work on over 150 plays and musicals as well as working at Disneyland in the park decorating department and about 20 other theme parks doing various backstage work. And yes, I have so many T=shirts my swag box runneth over!
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Russell, you should be able to obtain black velvet material from any reputable theatrical supply house. Just call them up and tell them you want their best black velvet the carry. Mention black art and they may very well say that they will sell you what they sold the last magician that called them. Be prepared to spend $25 to $150/ yard depending on where you live and how much you need. You may be able to find some that will work at a regular fabric store if they carry enough inventory. You can get wider material from the theatrical supplier though. The width is important since you don't want seams if you can help it.
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