Brushes for Stretcher Illusion

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Brushes for Stretcher Illusion

Postby Blair Marshall » November 14th, 2002, 4:24 pm

I have an old-style Stretcher illusion built by Gaughan and I would like to replace the material covering the openings with the brushes that are now in use. I have yet to find them in any industrial catalogue as I am not sure what industry they are "really" used in. Any suggestions would be welcome.
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Re: Brushes for Stretcher Illusion

Postby Guest » November 14th, 2002, 6:31 pm

Though I've never examined it closely, I've seen similar looking brush material used as a rock guard on the back bumper of a motorhome to prevent the rear tires from spitting gravel at following vehicles. These are one long (8' or so) sweep; if the bristles are too far apart, perhaps two layers would suffice.

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Re: Brushes for Stretcher Illusion

Postby Pete Biro » November 15th, 2002, 8:59 am

Call John Gaughan and ask for suggested suppliers.
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Re: Brushes for Stretcher Illusion

Postby Nicholas Carifo » December 15th, 2002, 2:33 am

I would advise against the brushes if you have never tried them. I performed a stretcher that used the bruses for a run of 500 shows a few years back, and those bruses were MURDER on my assistant's neck. They literally hurt when she performed it. So much so, we had to radically change the costuming to cover her neck all the way to the chin to prevent bleeding from excessive performances.

Unless they make these from a much softer material these days, I would suggest keeping the material. If I had to do it over again, i would have replaced all the brush material with spandex.

Just my opionion,
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Re: Brushes for Stretcher Illusion

Postby Blair Marshall » December 15th, 2002, 6:20 am

Great reply, many thanks for the feedback. It will help.

500 shows??? Theme park?

Thanks again.

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Re: Brushes for Stretcher Illusion

Postby Nicholas Carifo » December 15th, 2002, 12:32 pm

Yes, I perform Amusement Parks. That particular engagement was Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh, PA. Hope it helps. If you do find a different material or a soft brush, please let me know, I'd be interested too.

Nicholas


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