Traps & Elevators

Later Illusionistic (17th Century)

The Palatina Manuscript shows four types or locations of traps:

  • two small corner traps with elevators
  • four long traps to allow the wave machines to be brought up in the main stage area
  • a large mid-stage trap and elevator
  • a small trap located under the upper inner stage

The following movie shows the first three traps opening and elevators or wave machines emerging.

Palatina Traps and Elevators

the development of scenice spectacle


usittThis material is made possible, in part, by a grant from the New Initiatives Fund, United States Institute for Theatre Technology and by grants from the University Research Council, Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, Appalachian State University.


Dr. Frank Mohler
Department of Theatre & Dance
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

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