Kirby wires for flying people Anybody know what exactly they are?
Posted 12 May 2012 - 06:30 PM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 07:23 AM
Posted 13 May 2012 - 09:23 PM
In olden days, a stage manager might say 'We are flying a fairy in our panto on a Kirby Wire'. Or, 'We are flying a fairy in our panto with a Kirby rig'. Same meaning, really.
The fairy might have a single 'in-view' wire - probably attached at the back of the neck, or 2 wires - probably attached at either hip. I think it would be clumsy to say (in the case of a 2 wire system) 'We have had 2 Kirby Wires installed' but I think it's quite accurate to say 'We are flying a fairy in our panto on 2 Kirby Wires'. Both systems, of course, then have various wires, pullies and ropes installed above the stage to acheive a lift etc. to complete the full rig / installation.
I have been told that there was a time when the thin, in-view wires were specially made by George Kirby using 3 twisted strands of copper, bronze and something else. I'm not convinced, but if that's correct, I guess that such a component could lay claim to calling itself a true Kirby wire.
There are still a few older telly and film technicians who would just ask us to provide a Kirby wire - and we both know what they mean. Though there would need to be a bit more discussion to discover the exact effect they wanted to acheive.
So, I think that a Kirby wire is the thin, in-view, wire - though, of course, to actually provide and install 'a Kirby Wire' there needs to be a certain amount of other kit and experience.
Posted 14 May 2012 - 12:12 AM
Peter Foy worked for Kirby's for a while, before starting Flying by Foy. Many of the newer players paid their dues with Foy's. So the lineage of pretty much all performer flying goes back to Kirbys.
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Posted 17 May 2012 - 07:48 PM
Posted 19 September 2012 - 03:57 PM
"I work for the BBC in C-Beebies and am in the process of putting quotes together for a potential shoot for one or two people involving 'kirby wires'."
My point being that the C-Beebies team are all mere youngsters - but, in the wonderful world of telly, the phrase has clearly been passed down to the next generation and is thriving.