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Seasonal Surprise in Pasadena

Remember our blog in late October about the new EK users at the First Baptist Church of Pasadena?

Now we have some footage of part of this festive season’s famous Singing Christmas Tree extravaganza – an annual event in its 33rd year. Despite more than three decades of history, this was the first time the Church had chosen to conceal, then reveal, the Christmas-tree-shaped stage as it holds 150 people ready to burst into song.

We are delighted to report that the DMX-controlled Electro Kabuki drop worked flawlessly. Take a look at a clip from the video here.

Best of all was the message we received from Brent Shore, Technical Director at FBC Pasadena:

The Electro Kabuki system worked flawlessly as we expected it would and added the grand opening we were looking for to our annual Christmas Production of the ‘Singing Christmas Tree’. The system was easy to install and set up in our configuration to operate. We look forward to using the system for years to come to bring a moment of awe and wonder to all in attendance when our 32-foot-tall Christmas tree with 150 singers standing in it is revealed for the first time in our production.

Reveal up to 4 Thai Ladyboys with the new EK Firing Box!

A new basic firing box has been added to the EK accessory line-up. The 4-way box is only termed ‘basic’ because it deploys the straightforward push-button firing mechanism of the standard Basic Firing Box – but this new model offers the ability to fire up to four strings of EK modules, one string at a time, so there’s nothing ‘basic’ about that.

With simplicity in mind, the new firing box features a rotary switch to select each of the circuits. Two link cable connectors provide the output signal route to the strings of EK modules – each cable addressing two strings. A three-metre power cable is hard-wired to the box. Riggers simply decide which string of modules to connect to which circuit. Operators select the string to be armed with the rotary switch and hit the Fire button to drop. Then they move on to the next one. Couldn’t be easier!

You could achieve the same effect by running two Basic Firing Boxes in parallel. But the 4-way box gives you the convenience of a single firing button – so there’s absolutely no room for confusion over which fire button to hit next. And it’s priced at around 25% less than the cost of a pair of Basic Firing Boxes.

Even though it’s not something that’s likely to be needed if you specifically choose the new 4-way system, bear in mind the one restriction: you cannot link the strings of modules together and drop them all with a single press. You can do this for the two circuits connected to a Basic Firing Box, and of course on the DMX/Sensing Firing Box.

The Headline Act

So why the ‘ladyboy’ headline? There were two initial enquiries that led us to recognise a need and develop the 4-way box. The first was from a staging company wanting to release four consecutive balloon net drops for a New Year’s Eve party in Macau. But by far the more intriguing request, received a few weeks later was, was from one of our EK Distributors, AC Entertainment, for a project based in Thailand. We’re told that this is for a Ladyboy Show, where the goal is to expose each individual artiste one at a time. In this context, perhaps the word ‘expose’ is not the most sensitive. Then again, this curious use of Electro Kabuki does give an imaginative new meaning to the term ‘theatrical reveal’.

The curious case of Electro Kabuki enquiries

Casting our eyes over the enquiry log for Electro Kabuki creates a sense of wonder at the diversity of the system’s geographic appeal – and generates more than a little curiosity about the kinds of organisations looking to deploy staged reveals. We despatch EK systems to the four corners of the globe. A quick glance at the enquiry log for the last couple of months alone shows the US, Japan, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, the UAE, Mexico, France, Germany and Iceland amongst others.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve fielded enquiries for single cables, flight cases and a Firing Box to sophisticated multi-drop systems comprising 60 EK modules. And loads of requests for Starter Packs – both the basic and new DMX versions. That’s hardly surprising as they offer an easy and affordable route into flawless reveals through EK ownership. Some new customers are already taking advantage of the DMX Starter Pack discount and adding extra EK modules from the outset: one customer wanted eight additional modules, another wanted 20! We’re okay with that.

But back to the diversity. It’s not only the geographic spread of enquiries but the different types of organisation that illustrate Electro Kabuki’s broad appeal. A school in Dorset is considering a Starter Pack; how cool will that school production be? There are TV production companies, theatres, a show choir, event organisers, professional contract staging crews (obviously) and dance companies. And our good friends at Cedar Point Amusement Park in Ohio (they needed an extra 20-metre cable, presumably to rig the live EK drop in their outdoor summer show).

From the scale of enquiries and orders, Electro Kabuki clearly captures the imagination of anyone looking to make a visual impact – from school plays to high-profile product launches, it would seem. For the old hands in the rigging and staging business, we think the dependability we meticulously engineer into every part of the EK system puts the spectre and embarrassment of failed reveals to bed. Finally, it’s an effect they can trust.

Let us know how you’re using you EK system – or how you plan to use it. We may feature it here. And yes, photos and videos are always welcome.

(Acknowledgement: world map graphic created by Freepik)

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