Kirby wire

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George Kirby invented the first pendulum-based flying system for stage performers in 1898.[1][2] Utilizing a quick-release mechanism for safety, the device became known as a "Kirby wire". The Kirby family made other innovations in theatrical flight including the somersault wire and a system that allowed an actor to be flown to the stage above the audience.[2]


  1. ^ Academic Dictionary of Film, Television and Theatre, pg. 177.
  2. ^ a b Company Profile