Scott Robertson

A “Bulldog Clip” Quick-Release Rig


When a designer asks for the seemingly impossible, often the simple low-tech solutions are the best. Having to make a drop disappear in a five-second blackout with no one onstage and no flyspace sounded impossible at first. But, with about $8.00 worth of “bulldog clips” like the one pictured in Figure 1, the drop tripped easily and predictably. We attached a series of the clips to our batten and grabbed the drop’s webbing with the clips. The drop could then be pulled from the clips’ grasp and dropped to the floor. The fallen drop became part of the scenery for the end of our show, but we could easily have pulled it offstage and into a waiting hamper.


The use of bulldog clips is ...

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