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Re: Miss Electra on Ripley's
Original poster: "Brent Turner by way of Terry Fritz <twftesla-at-qwest-dot-net>" <bturner-at-apc-dot-net>
Mark (and all)
I feel I need to comment at this point.
The current during the "initial" phase of the gag is only 22 amps. That
is BEFORE the gap starts to fire. At full power, my coil system draws
OVER 40 amps. My coil isn't tuned for lengthy sparks, thought it DOES
produce discharge over 6 FEET in length. It's designed for higher
current in the actual DISCHARGE. Hence, there is enough RF current in
the output to bring a 60-watt incandescent lamp to near FULL brilliance.
Assistants are on plastic crates. This is to RF-isolate them from
ground. As I mentioned, there is an INTENSE low-frequency component in
the discharge. Enough to cause involuntary muscle contraction or worse.
Wrong on your assumption that the light bulb was a resistive load to
drain any remaining charge. What you saw in the final footage was
Danielle holding the incandescent bulb holder, and was the tail part of
dropped footage with her lighting the bulb to full brilliance. This was
a result of the editing done by the producers.
If you doubt this, I would like to invite you out here to Southern
California and allow you to feel what I am talking about. If you really
want to feel what a 3.5 KVA coil output TRULY feels like without
protection, it's your life...
We are serious about NOT trying this at home. Looks easy. Actually it
is. BUT WE HAVE SPENT YEARS KNOWING WHAT *NOT* TO DO. Driving a car is
easy and simple. But I doubt that it felt that way when you were first
learning. The responsibility to operate the vehicle in a SAFE manner.
I agree that the media folks hyped a bunch of stuff. I still feel
uncomfortable with that. (But that's the way it goes with them. There is
an intense need there for more and more and more. Or at least until
someone is seriously injured.)
- Brent Turner
Tesla list wrote:
> Original poster: "Mark W. Stolz by way of Terry Fritz
> Hi All,
> I taped it since I wasn't home. Upon watching the tape with my wife, she
> got bored saying "I've seen better than this in the garage." :-)
> I watched the tape several time in varying degrees of slow motion and
> wondered if anyone noticed:
> 1. The metal gloves she was wearing had wires running up her arms taped at
> the shoulders and then down her back.
> 2. The platform that she sat on was not the TC but an insulated platform
> connected to the TC. She was sitting on a plate on that platform.
> 3. The current draw at the initial spark throwing gag was ~22 amps, so this
> wasn't a big coil.
> 4. During the light bulb gag the assistants were standing on boxes, I assume
> to be insulated since occasional sparks hit their hands.
> 5. The rod she was holding at the end with a light bulb in it which
> apparently was a resistive load to drain any remaining charge.
> Remember, don't try this at home Brent and Danielle are highly paid...er I
> mean trained professionals.
> Mark Stolz
> Houston, TX