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Backstage Handbook
Written by Paul Carter.  The new 3rd edition.
309 pages.  Every Stage Technician's Bible.

This is the industry standard "book of knowledge." It's packed with all the technical information you need on stage. Hundreds of illustrations, tables and charts.

THIS IS A "MUST HAVE" BOOK. Whether you are a new hire or "old-timer," this book has the information you need. It covers tools, hardware, materials, electric, shop math, architecture, and more. Visuals cover everything from stock sizes and specs of wood screws, safe rope working loads, 22 types of standard lamp bases, and so much more.

This should be the first book in any technician's library.
#54010  283 Backstage Handbook  $24.95

Guide to Knots
By Mario Bigon and Guido Regazzoni 255 pgs, Softcover

This is the knot tying book I've been looking for.  Learn how to tie any knot used onstage and for yachting.   Finally I've found a book with full color photos and instructions that are easy to follow. Each strand of rope is a different color.  This is definitely the best book I've ever found to teach anyone how to tie knots.
#54030  711 Guide to Knots  $19.95

Pocket Reference Book and Pocket Handyman Book
These great little books are concise all-purpose references Pocket Ref features hundreds of tables, maps, formulas, constants & conversions. Index of information.

Handyman in your Pocket is perfect reference for handymen, maintenance people, engineers, scientists, industrial workers, contractors, and builders and of course, stagehands. It contains 768 pages of facts, tables, and vital information.

Both books fit in your shirt pocket.

#54090  541 Pocket Ref  $14.95
#54080  545 Pocket Handyman  $14.95


New Theatre Words -- World Edition
Translates seven languages.

Translates theatre terminology into seven languages. Cross-indexed in words and pictures. English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Russian.
#56040  $32.95 New Theatre Words World Edition
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These two editions are still available. Order them by phone, fax or email.
Central Europe Edition
English, French, German, Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, and Italian will be added sometime in the future.

Northern Europe Edition
English, French, German, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Icelandic, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Russian and Swedish

Gaffers, Grips, and Best Boys
by Eric Taub, small pocket format

276 pgs. Explains the movie business from behind the scenes. An interesting narrative with interviews from the crew to the top. All the jobs that interact to make a motion picture are covered in this candid, revealing book.
#56020  628 Gaffers, Grips and Best Boys  $15.95

Theatre Backstage A to Z
Written by Warren Lounsbury and Norman Boulanger.  213 pages.  (1991)

One of two terrific A to Z books.

An encyclopedia of terms from theatre slang to high technology. Hundreds of diagrams, photos, drawings and charts explain everything from stage braces and trammel points to projectors and a pool with a crosslight and a wash.

Very informative.
#54020  292 Theatre Backstage A to Z  $29.95


"Entertainment Rigging" formerly known as "Arena Rigging"
Same book just a different title

Written by Harry Donovan 
Hundreds of drawings, pictures and tables.  700 pgs.

Finally, a book that really explains arena rigging. For the novice and experience alike...everyone can learn something from this book. Harry's been teaching this subject for years in special week-long seminars. Now he's put all that information on paper.

The book discusses all aspects of entertainment rigging. And for those of you not in the entertainment business, 90 percent of the information is applicable to other trades that use rigging, such as construction, mining, material handling, logging, longshore work, cranes, and industrial rigging.

I love this book. It includes many drawings actually showing you the right and wrong ways to do your job. You know, a lot of things SEEM like they might be right when you're doing them but are actually incorrect and that affects SAFETY...of both yourself AND the people under you. It's a wealth of valuable information for both the riggers in the air and the ground riggers that support them.

I highly recommend this book.
#54530  Entertainment Rigging $99.95

RigRight CD w/ Manual (on disk) and Reference Cards

Here's a computer program that computes and adjusts rigging geometry and forces, calculates positions, lengths, and forces for bridles, breastlines and deadhangs. It manages any number of loads simultaneously, of any weight and at any location, rigged from beams at any location. It does solutions in both 2 and 3 dimensions. Individual solutions can be adjusted to fit a particular situation. It supports files of beams and show rigging points. Solutions can be viewed individually, printed, recorded, and exported in spreadsheet form singly or as part of a group.

What comes with the software? You get two laminated reference cards, RigRight 1.0 on CD, comprehensive manual and key.

System Requirements: RigRight 1.0 runs in Windows. It needs 20 MB of RAM, 10 MB space on the hard drive, and a screen resolution of 800 x 600 or higher.

#000  RigRight CD w/ manual, Ref. cards and key $499.95

Introduction to Fall Protection
New 2nd Edition
by J. Nigel Ellis, Ph.D., CSP, P.E.

Any guy with that many initials after his name ought to know what he's talking about!

Seriously, this is a great book published by the the American Society of Safety Engineers.  The new 2nd edition is now a hard cover book. It's an 8 1/2"x11" oversize book 30% larger than the 1st edition loaded with diagrams to explain everything about safety when it comes to fall protection. It's absolutely the most comprehensive fall protection guide and is highly recommended for anyone involved in providing for the safety of others as well as anyone interested in their own safety when working high.
#56010  911 Intro to Fall Protection  $99.95

Practical Health & Safety Guidelines for School Theater Operations
Also known as "Dr. Doom's Book"

by Randall Davidson, 434pgs., large format, hard cover, 2005

This book leaves "no stone unturned" as the famous Dr. Doom searches for the dangers lurking in every corner of your theatre. His stated purpose is to "motivate major re-thinking and necessary changes regarding health and safety practices in the performing arts at all educational levels." While that's quite a mouthful, the book illustrates many of the dangers you have very likely just gotten used to or assumed that "every theatre was like this." Lots of pictures show in detail the many dangers in all aspects of the theatre from the stage to the flys; from the house to the outside areas surrounding the theatre. An easy read, this book will send you into the theatre with "new eyes."
#56020  403 "Dr. Doom's Book  $99.95

Stage Rigging Handbook
Third Edition
Written by Jay O. Glerum. 
The first edition was like a guided tour of the pin rail.  The second edition expanded on that with practical, use-based information. Now the third edition covers the design, operation, and maintenance of stage-rigging equipment in a simple and easy to understand manner. This fully indexed third edition includes three new parts: the first, an explanation of inspection procedures for rigging systems; the second, a discussion of training in the operation of rigging systems; and the third, essential information about the operation of fire curtains. The remaining six parts, as well as the glossary and bibliography, have been updated.

This edition also contains a new preface, many new illustrations, and expanded information on Nicopress terminations. Glerum explains that four main principles make up the core of this book: know the rigging system; keep it in safe working order; know how to use it; and keep your concentration. Glerum applies these principles to all of the major types of stage rigging systems, including block and tackle, hemp, counterweight, and motorized. He describes each type of rigging, then thoroughly reviews the operating procedures and methods of inspecting existing systems.

This is information EVERY stagehand, not just riggers, should know.

#54510  Stage Rigging Handbook-3rd ed.  $44.95

Handbook for Riggers
by Bill Newberry, 128 pgs., small pocket format

This is a handy reference handbook sized to fit your shirt or back pocket so its expertise is with you when you need it on thejob. Primarily written for heavy construction riggers, it contains much valuable and absolutely necessary information for the theatrical and arena rigger.
#54520  403 Handbook for Riggers  $23.95

Set Lighting Technician's Handbook
Second Edition
Written by Harry C. Box.  431pages.  150 illustrations.  100 tables.

Primarily intended as a film electrician's guide, this book has lots of cross-over information valuable to any theatre, television or concert electrician.

It's a down to earth guide to pracitices, equipment and "tricks of the trade" for those who are really going to do the job. Includes electrical distribution and regulation, HMI and arc light operation, set protocol, effects lighting, light manipulation, stands, mounting hardware and much more.
55030 282A  Set Lighting Technician's Handbook 2nd Ed.  $52.95

Concert Lighting
Second Edition
Written by James L. Moody
Expanded, Soft cover, Large Format

Author James L. Moody is a contributing editor for Lighting Dimensions Magazine.

Special emphasis is placed on rock-and-roll concert lighting techniques and equipment. Takes the reader "on tour," covering all phases of the production from preproduction, design, road problems, equipment, video, rigging, special effects, arenas and more.

#55010  404 Concert Lighting 2nd Ed.  $57.95

A Practical Guide to Stage Lighting
Written by Steven Shelley
Large Format, 304 pgs.

The nuts and bolts of the construction and implementation of theatrical lighting design. Comprehensive analysis of lighting systems along with step-by-step examples and illustrations. Experience-based tips, techniques and traps to avoid in preparing and executing a lighting design. Stories explain why some techniques succeed while others fail. The realities of working in the theater using practical methods to squeeze flexibility out of a lighting system along with solutions to common problems. A practical approach to lighting design including experience-based tips and traps to avoid. Includes a full step-by-step examination of the documents used in creating the lighting design.

#55050  404 Practical Guide to Stage Lighting  $57.95

Automated Lighting
Written by Richard Cadena
Soft cover, 474 pgs., 2006

Everything you need to know in an easy to understand book about automated lighting fixtures, systems, how they are used and design issues you will face using them. It's packed with lots of detailed information for both experienced and novice alike. Subjects covered include the history of automated lighting, DC and AC electricity, basic electronics, power supplies, digital electronics, electro-mechanical systems, optical systems (including dichroic filters, reflectors, lenses, and more), lamp technology, lighting effects (including color mixing, glass gobos, and more), data distribution systems, DMX, RDM, and ACN. State-of-the-art automated lighting fixtures in various applications including theatre, television, concert/touring, and permanent installations are discussed as well as special design issues. That covers about everything!

Many high quality drawings and pictures illustrate the text. This up-to-date book with sections on the newest technologies in automated lighting is easier to read than your standard reference or user manual. It is entertaining and educational with lots of graphic illustrations and easy-to-understand concepts. Its the most fun you can have without sitting behind a console.

#55060  404 Automated Lighting  $46.95

Concert Sound & Lighting Systems
Written by John Vasey.  183 pages. 
100 photos and drawings.

Here's a comprehensive look at equipment and setup procedures for touring concert systems.

Explains how to set up, maintain and operate the equipment used in rock concerts. Includes a glossary of terms, electrical formulas and wiring information.  Complete discussion on how all the parts fit together to create a professional , safe and efficient show.

A good book to keep with you on the road.
#55510  286 Concert Sound & Lighting Systems  $45.95

Stock Scenery Construction Handbook
Written by Bill Raoul.  150 full page drawings.  245 pages.

150 drawings cover construction techniques for all kinds of stock scenery -- muslin flats, hardwalls, door units, parallels, ramsp, stairs and much, much more.
Interesting reading written with a sense of humor. Don't go into the shop without it!
#56510 281 Stock Scenery Const. Handbk  $29.95

Stagecraft 1
By William H. Lord 134 pgs, 1991 Oversize, Softcover

This book is subtitled 'A complete Guide to Backstage Work.' It's an introductory book covering all the fundamentals of a stagehands iob. The what, when and why of all backstage equipment and how to use it. Originally intended as a high school text, it has been used successfully by several IA locals for their new hires.
#54070  Stagecraft 1  $19.95

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