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You Can't Take It With You

In the "You Can't Take It With You," the script calls for some very specific firework effects, utilizing firecrackers and red flames.  As you might imagine, creating these effects as literally described in the script would be quite dangerous... and illegal!

So, here are some ideas that can help you create cool effects, without going to jail. ;-)

To Create the "Firecracker" Effect:

MG35 Ignition System
MG32 Mini Flash Pot
FP11 Flash Cotton
FC22 Sparkle Additive
IG03 Surefire Igniters

Our UFK product line is specifically manufactured to be custom-built into props and set pieces. All products have mounting holes and flanges and come with complete instructions, making installation a breeze!

Mount the MG32 Mini Flash Pot inside a frying pan.  Mount the push-button switch of the MG35 Ignition System to a convenient location on the frying pan handle.

A small piece of DRY FP11 Flash Cotton (Flash Cotton is shipped wet for safety - be sure to read the directions and dry the product for 24 hours!) is loaded into the MG32 Mini Flash Pot.  An IG03 Surefire Igniter is then inserted so that the tip is touching the Flash Cotton.  Another piece of DRY Flash Cotton (about the size of 1/2 a cotton ball) is fluffed up and treated with a small amount of Sparkle Additive (simply put the piece of cotton in a Ziploc bag, add some Sparkle Additive, and shake it up!)  This piece of treated flash cotton is then added to the Mini Flash Pot on top of the igniter tip with the small piece of regular Flash Cotton. 

Power for the IG03 is supplied by the MG35 Ignition System. When initiated, this will produce an Explosion of Sparks!  By adding a sound effect (or a stage hand with a blank-firing pistol) the perfect illusion is created.  This effect can be replicated (to create several shots) by doing additional setups in the same frying pan.

To Create RED Fire:

Creating a sustained colored flame effect is very easy, but will require special permission from your state and/or local fire department.  Many cities require an Open Flame Permit to do these types of effects indoors.  If you are unable to use a real flame in your theatre, another option is listed below.

If you are able to create this effect, the Ultra Flame Gel does a great job.

To Create RED Smoke:

MG35 UFK Ignition System
MG32 Mini Flash Pot
IG03 Surefire Igniters
CS21 Slow Cotton
CS104-R Red Smoke Cartridges

A small amount of powder is taken from the cartridge and placed into a piece of CS21 Slow Cotton, which has been formed into a "Birds Nest" and placed into the MG32 Mini Flash Pot. An IG03 Surefire Igniter is then inserted, used to ignited the Slow Cotton. Power for the IG03 is supplied by the MG35 Ignition System. When initiated, this will produce a steady stream of smoke, lasting for 3-10 seconds (depending on how much powder you use from the cartridge).

Hopefully the above information gives you some ideas to play around with.  As always, feel welcome to contact us with any questions.


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Theatre Effects, 1810 Airport Exchange Blvd. #400, Erlanger, KY 41018
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