Originally posted by Richard Kaufman:
These days, dental dam is generally used (though if you go back and look in the Dingle book, he used Saran Wrap for his flap card needed in the Universal Card routine--the finest in-the-hands version of the plot extant). Dental Dam dries out over time. Certain types of glue won't hold it.
Don England uses rubber cement, which itself dries out in a few years.
Obviously, you must stretch the dental dam while gluing it in place, and then keep it stretched while it dries.
I know, I haven't really answered your question!
No, but at least you tried :)
"Saran Wrap" is a name I don't recognize. If it is a brand name, perhaps you can tell me what it is used for, to make it easier to find a national equivalent over here?
I've been experimenting with dental dam a lot, so I'm well aware of the problems of finding the correct glue, and such things. But the biggest trouble is that I always seem to be one hand short. It seems impossible to make a gaff without a messy contraption of bulldog clips and thumb tacks to be able to both stretch and position the pieces correctly.
Michael Weber once showed me an easier method with rubber glue, which works for some "softer" gaffs - but I'm mostly interested in gaffs with a more forceful spring.
Anyway, should an oppertunity turn up where it is possible to make an article about the construction of Acrobatic gaffs, you now know that you have at least one interested reader :)