File puptcrit/puptcrit.0909, message 282

Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2009 23:54:54 -0400
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Need recommendations for smoke illusion

Thanks for that heads-up, Joe regarding the use of corn starch!   That 
would sure surprise the audience - not to mention us puppeteers.


Joe Dunfee wrote:
> One idea not mentioned yet is water mist.  It might be put in a 
> hair-spray type bottle.  I have seen some spray bottles that can be 
> pumped up with air pressure so that you can get a continuous flow for 
> a while.  However, this smoke effect would not really float like 
> smoke should and would have minimal visual impact. It would probably 
> need back lighting to show up well.
> When I've done the talcum powder version, I had a small pill bottle 
> that contained a small amount of the powder, and had two tubes 
> entering the pill bottle.  The longer tube went to the air source and 
> reached down into the bottom of the pill bottle into the powder. Then 
> the short tube only went into the bottle a bit, and was how the 
> "smoke" exited from the pill bottle. This produced a nice even cloud 
> and controlled the quantity of power that I used.
> Note that corn starch will not work if you use your breath as the air 
> source, because it will clump.  Also, if you were to use a large 
> quantity of corn starch (I am guessing anything significantly more 
> than you would apply to a baby), I would be concerned about fire. A 
> cloud of corn starch is flammable.  Talcum powder cannot be made to burn.
> Joe Dunfee
> Gordonville, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 
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