Jonathan Townsend wrote:Thanks Dustin,
It's an impressive print and the scene in Hugo duplicating that image brought the question to mind. Was he using steel tubing or folded steel for the support back then? Even if his sone was less than fifty pounds weight that's a considerable amount of (force times distance) going along that board down to the stool on the other side.
I don't know how it actually was done, but I've always assumed that the board had an additional support at the end where the removable stool is - like a super-X support coming from the back, shielded by the board itself, mirror, black art or the performer's leg. I can't see how the stool otherwise could be removed - considering the material thickness of the board and force*distance.