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MagicBlade LEDs anchor Maroon5

Brian Jenkins of Flicker Designs, who designed and programmed the lighting and directed Maroon5’s annual two-night New Year’s Eve show at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, selected a large complement of Ayrton MagicBlade LEDs as well as grandMA2 consoles for lighting control. ACT Lighting, Inc. is the exclusive US distributor of Ayrton fixtures and the exclusive North American distributor of MA Lighting products. “It’s a push to come up with something new and creative when you have programmed the same songs off and on for a few years. That’s probably the biggest challenge: How do I give new life and feeling to this song?” says Jenkins. For this show he opted to put a majority of the instruments in the air keeping the trusses straight and with a lot of density. “The MagicBlades provided the anchor for the rig, although it was fun to keep them dormant for the first five or six songs then have them come alive slowly throughout the rest of the set,” he explains. “I leaned on them to provide a base look for the rig, to give it a foundation for the songs and later on all the fun pixel-dancing tricks that we all know and program. I didn’t plan to use them for a truss toner but, for one song, it actually worked out well.” Jenkins placed 176 Magic Blades on horizontal trusses “yoked out and double stacked with just enough clearance so the heads would clear each other. We only had about 45 feet of workable trim so the use of a smaller product like the Magic Blade worked perfectly.” Jenkins deployed two grandMA2 full-size consoles and five NPUs for lighting control. The grandMA is the console I stand behind night after night after night…it’s like ‘Groundhog Day’ sometimes!”

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