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animill9

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« on: November 06, 2005, 01:31:01 PM »
During a tournament week on The $100,000 Pyramid, whenever one of the three contenders won the $100,000, the six "flippy boxes" (aka trilons) would all start wiggling in unison. Ive always wondered if the wiggling was done manually backstage by the stagehands, or if it happened with the push of a button in the control room?

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2005, 02:07:21 PM »
[quote name=\'animill9\' date=\'Nov 6 2005, 01:31 PM\']I've always wondered if the wiggling was done manually backstage by the stagehands, or if it happened with the push of a button in the control room?
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First, don't type your subject in all caps.  It's likely not to be read by many people.

I seem to recall a webpage that said that was done manually; they used to do this frequently on the $20K version.
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Kevin Prather

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2005, 03:10:44 PM »
My understanding has always been that all movement of the trilons was done by stagehands. They were never run by motors. And this is for a good reason. You don't want to half to stop tape in the middle of a WC round because one of the motors screwed up and a box didn't turn or stop turning.

To answer your question, it was most likely done by stagehands. I believe some have said that it was their way of applauding the winner.

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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2005, 03:25:12 PM »
Yes, it was done by stage hands.  Believe it or not, FIVE people were behind the WC board simultaneously turning boxes.

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« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2005, 04:39:05 PM »
I have a friend who says it freaked him out whenever he saw the trilons shaking.
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« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2005, 04:48:37 PM »
He probably sleeps with a night-light too, I suppose?

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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2005, 04:59:48 PM »
[quote name=\'whoserman\' date=\'Nov 6 2005, 03:48 PM\']He probably sleeps with a night-light too, I suppose?
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2005, 05:50:08 PM »
I used to think that the trilons were shaking because about 5000 people were running up on stage.
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2005, 06:16:10 PM »
Actually, there have been some episodes where someone won the 100 thou, and the trilons didnt move at all.

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« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2005, 06:41:10 PM »
I'm sort of surprised that happened as often as it did. Wasn't that sort of a huge security risk? What if one of those guys was a nutcase with a knife or something?

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« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2005, 07:25:51 PM »
Murder at the Pyramid, film at 11....

Hmm.

Come on, you guys know the real reason the trilons do that is for the operators to defend themselves in case one of those audience members who come on stage try to climb up the pyramid? It was cheaper than electrifying it and such (cheap, Bob Stewart, now there's something I never thought of :-D)

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« Reply #11 on: November 06, 2005, 08:00:33 PM »
[quote name=\'NicholasM79\' date=\'Nov 6 2005, 05:25 PM\']Come on, you guys know the real reason the trilons do that is for the operators to defend themselves in case one of those audience members who come on stage try to climb up the pyramid?
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Oh, yeah! How could I forget the Great Pyramid Mob of '86? Now THAT was a mess.

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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2005, 11:24:37 PM »
Actually, there was more than one "mob" on Pyramid in 1986. There were two to be exact; the time that Cheryl Reinwand (all-time Pyramid money winner with $150,800) won the tournament, and the episode where Denise Bumbliss won the 100k. The trilons didnt wiggle on either of those big wins.

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« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2005, 12:04:37 AM »
[quote name=\'animill9\' date=\'Nov 6 2005, 09:24 PM\']Actually, there was more than one "mob" on Pyramid in 1986.
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Sorry, man.

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2005, 01:11:01 AM »
[quote name=\'whoserman\' date=\'Nov 6 2005, 08:00 PM\'][quote name=\'NicholasM79\' date=\'Nov 6 2005, 05:25 PM\']Come on, you guys know the real reason the trilons do that is for the operators to defend themselves in case one of those audience members who come on stage try to climb up the pyramid?
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Oh, yeah! How could I forget the Great Pyramid Mob of '86? Now THAT was a mess.
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I remember seeing that one. Scary for my 3 or 4-year-old eyes.

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