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Safest stilt height

Discussion in 'Variety and Street Performance' started by Dbowes88, Nov 18, 2016.

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Would you recommend a basically trained actor being up higher than 50cm Stilts

  1. Yes thats safe

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  2. No thats very unsafe

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  1. Dbowes88

    Dbowes88 New Member

    Hi Guys.

    I wonder if anyone can help me we are looking to get an actor (basically trained on circus skills) up on stilts for a Christmas show at our theater.

    We are looking for the highest possible underfoot, hold-on stilts. We have purchased 50cm (ground to foot height) wooden hold-ons, but we want higher!

    There doesn't seem to be any higher than this really on the market, is this due to a specific safety restraint? and if we we where to construct them ourselves would any professionals out there advise against it?

    Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Thanks In Advance
    David
     
  2. V

    V Well-Known Member

    Hold on stilts are a mistake. You're essentially handcuffing your performer (if he's performing - if he's just walking around being tall, what's the point? - Strap inverted 5 gallon buckets on). If it's a complete novice - clunky drywall stilts would work - they'll adjust taller than what you would need - or should try with an inexperienced user. Pegs are almost always the best choice (unless you want to drop a grand for some artics)...

    FYI - safest stilt height would obviously be 0... Whatever your walker is comfortable with is the next right answer...
     
  3. adagiofrazzle

    adagiofrazzle New Member

    Safest stilt height would be infinity. You would be out of this universe and into the promised land.
     

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