Knife Throwing Gaff?

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Postby jwalkmagic » 03/11/10 12:10 PM

I am stage managing a production of Treasure Island and we need a gaffed knife throwing board for one of the effects. Does any one know of a source for plans to build one.

We only need to have one knife go into the board so a basic plan of the mechanism will be enough.

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Postby Richard Kaufman » 03/11/10 12:33 PM

I think it's pretty simple: you just build a horizontal shelf to hold the knife for it to slide on, and you have it's tip nailed through a block of wood. When the guy ostensibly throws the knife, someone standing behind the board just shoves the wooden block forward, pushing the knife out the front of the board.
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Postby RayChance1 » 08/06/10 05:28 PM

Magic Makers LETHAL by Bobby Motta can do this too lol - I'm not promoting the effect just notice that there are people looking for an effect that does this...
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Postby Nexus y Mordecai » 08/26/10 09:39 PM

Yeah, you could buy that but it is really just a stage trick that is needed not like a real trick or anything. Going off of what Mr. Kaufman said, that is one way we made an arrow appear on a target. However, we changed it so that it flipped downward it looked like it more of appeared then shoot out from the opposite direction.
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Postby pixsmith » 08/27/10 03:50 PM

I have a puppet knife throwing act, designed by Joe Owens and built by Fred Cowan, that uses a spring loaded knife that shoots out into position. For larger, real scale things, though, I would securely fasten that sucker to a rat trap spring and inset it into whatever it has to come out of. You can muslin over the surface and paint it, leaving a slit for the knife, and it will probably play from 10 - 15 feet away, especially if you can put it on the upstage side.

Just a thought.
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Postby Larry Horowitz » 08/27/10 08:17 PM

contact Lucille M'Guillicuddy. She should have the exact plans you need
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Postby Bill Mullins » 08/27/10 10:15 PM

Probably better to contact Lucille's agent, Ethel.
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