Brian has been generous enough to contribute several pages of info to us and we are very thankful. I'll warn you though that the pages are filled with a lot of info. Take your time in reading what's here. As Brian admits, he types FAST!

Steps to repairing a cable:

(Preliminary Analyzing of the cable:)

1) Shake the ends of the cable at the cable.  (A plug with loose terminals will frequently rattle) This will help you find the end with the problem. If however one end is loose, they both will be so any repair to one side should be done to the other.  The female end of the cable is most frequently the end tensioned thus the one that will develop wires that break inside the jacket.  On the other hand due to people removing the plug by pulling on it' s jacket, that's the end that most frequently will have the jacket coming short of the plug.  Both due to stress can have problems with wires coming loose from their terminals due to pulling on them when the terminals are not tight enough and the strain relief does not provide enough clamping pressure on the wire.

Here is a list of books I have or have read at one time or another and am looking for once gain.  (The ones with no info behind their title.)  The list has stars denoting their sefulness.  One star is pretty much useless and a waste of money.  Two stars is for a book which is good for background or only one or two items in them useful, but on the whole still are not worth buying.  Three stars are for average books.  aSuch books are good to gain the basics of their subject only, but not specific enough to be of much use once they are read. 


Special Effects for the stage is a wide ranging area of stage magic. Making a light flash, and door swing open on its own, making "fire" on stage could all be considered special effects. Several articles here may also belong to other categories. Such as electrics, rigging, sound, etc...

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

Overview of general rigging items. Knots are under their own menu item.

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