Hi David, (and ofcourse everyone)
What I tried to tell was that I use everything that fits the act te best.
when I do a newspaper headline act on television, I can use lots of differend methode.
from expensive maganical boxes till expensive electronic boxes, you name it.
but If I can use a stooge (bribe a notary) or can make a deal with the host/director,.....I shall use it! no electronics,..no other mecanical errors,...nothing,... it is easy and reliable!
When electronics are the best way, I shall use that.
I have also Anverdi items,...it is nice made and for that time, highly electronic state of the art but not functional. (only for collectors)
Today the electronics are more reliable then the "old days" electronics. The "problem" with electronics is that performers check and double check their material (threats,loops,...rubberbands, suit,..etc, etc) but do not check the electronics! I don't know why but I have seen it a lot happened behind the stage. (They only checked the batteries)
For performers who still not "believe" in electronics,....take a look at your car.
There is more electronics in there the last 10 years then you can inmagin and you use it every day.
(sorry for my english,..I hope you understand my writing)