It starts with a cone sewn out of a light-weight sheer fabric (I bought this grey georgette on sale at JoAnns). It has a pocket sewn into the top that I threaded a piece of flexible copper tubing into.
I built this cross-piece to match the circle at the top of my cone.
The cross piece slips easily in and out of the dowel for easy storage and assembly backstage.
In it's finished state the actor holds the 7' tall piece at the bottom and slowly guides it in small circles The top and the bottom of the cone are much more secure but the center of the cone is free to move and swirl in a very cyclone-ish manner.
The effect is very cool and I'm sure will be even more magical under stage lights.
*Note- Sorry about the sideways video, I couldn't figure out a way to rotate it without reloading it.
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