Fight or Flight Ent.

Fight or Flight Ent.

Rigging: Circus, Stunt, Performer Flying and Rescue... specialists in training, design, and in practi Show size and budget is never our obstacle.

FIGHT OR FLIGHT ENT- RIGGING SPECIALISTS,Show Production, Show and Act Creation, Rigging System Designs are the Speciality in our "Rigging Specialists" that sets apart from other companies. What "Rigging" means to some companies may not be the same as what it means to us. We focus solely on Rigging for Humans... not lights, not props, not cameras....only Acrobatic, Stunt, and Flying Effects suppor

Operating as usual

Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 11/27/2023

THINKWELL (a TAIT company) is winning awards again for the AGLOW installs at the Fernbank Museum. We have a small part of this project 2wice a year, the only non-performer flying job we do. This years team included , , and . Back again in the spring to take it all down.


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 11/24/2023

THE GRINCH with wrapped up shows before thanksgiving. My most favorite trip to Sheboygan WI ever! The “A-Team” of rigging dads have grown into super smart riggers, the performers keep showing how skilled they are, a classic old school dusty theatre and Maria can’t be held back from bigger and grander ideas. Looking forward to whatever gets cooked up in the spring. (Go tag yourselves)

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Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 11/14/2023

MARY POPPINS is taking off soon at the SCCT. 2-D flying track system from Action Specialists, the “Red Bull”pullers are back in action and a whole batch of new harnesses to break in. More to come….


The Hammer of Witches: The Screech Owl | Official Trailer (2023) 11/11/2023

Had a good time working on this a while back, you can catch a few glimpses of me in the Trailer. Specifically 00:52 and a few more. --Brett

The Hammer of Witches: The Screech Owl | Official Trailer (2023) From Alexander Paspa comes the follow-up film to Malefica, staring Joe Chambrello, Brian Childers, Russell Shealy, Julian Brittano, with Cinematography by Da...

Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 11/10/2023

FULTON THEATRE, Lancaster PA…. Set up some performer flying systems for 3 upcoming shows this year. Thanks to Action Specialists for the additional harnesses. Very cool old east coast theatre. Glad to be invited.



Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 11/01/2023

Working for an old friend Miss Audacious for her show at the JOY THEATRE in New Orleans this past Sunday. Little grid climbing, little performer lifting, big show. Hope to come back again for similar shows.



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Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 10/24/2023

SCCT CHARLOTTES WEB is in the books and we are now on to flying effects and flight direction for the upcoming MARY POPPINS. .photography


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 10/22/2023

ATLANTA: spent the week working at the Alliance Theatre for the upcoming Christmas Carol. Had a great time (even tho I dislocated-relocated my shoulder on the first day), met a new batch of people’s and was reminded how important Theatre has been to my life. I’ll be back again…


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 10/06/2023

Cirque Du K third party rigging inspection today at Kalamazoo College where I performed in 12th Night and taught Stage Combat a couple of lifetimes ago. Looking forward to a long term relationship with the circus club and any excuse to visit the ‘Zoo again (non-winter preferred) .circus



Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 09/30/2023

RAYNOK! Upgrading my Automation skills this week into more programming. Alongside and the SCR Automation team. Setting up and moving objects in space attached to high speed machines. As well as meeting a few more “real riggers”. Looking forward to applying more new skills soon.


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 09/20/2023

Performer flying rigging for more Vampires as they attack the Shakespeare Tavern soon in Atlanta. and getting ready for the Halloween season. Having always been a big fan of the Shakespeare Tavern since seeing HENRY V there 24 years ago, glad to finally be a part of bringing some performer flying and acrobatic rigging to this very cool theatre.



Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 09/16/2023

One of my first jobs as THE Stunt Rigger, 2006 InZero feature film shooting in Detroit. I rigged a Jerk Back hand pull through a break away door and a hand full of other gags a couple locations later. WHIPBOY INC was the name of my company, I made those t-shirts by hand. ;)


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2-Day Fundamentals of Rigging Intensive with Brett Copes – The Action Collective 09/15/2023

I am teaching this Stunt Rigging workshop for the Action Collective next weekend. In Buford, GA. If we had talked about rigging training before.. This is your chance to train.

2-Day Fundamentals of Rigging Intensive with Brett Copes – The Action Collective Dive into stunt rigging in this 2-day intensive. Learn foundational techniques, and start to expand your knowledge base to become an indispensable member of any stunt team! This class is for new and experienced stunt performers and stage techs/riggers.

Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 09/15/2023

South Carolina Children’s Theatre…. Time for some flying on Charlottes Web!!! Snazzy brand new theatre and fun crew/cast. Looking forward to seeing what they come up with climbing and flying on the web. Heading back North (to SOUTH Carolina) to fly Mary Poppins in November.



Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 09/13/2023

Multiple jobs, all Florida. Shall call it the “Sandy Harness” tour of 2023. The sign said, baby alligators… who would Not stop?


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 09/09/2023

Spotlight on Training… as I head into leading a Rigging training today, more training coming up. Offering workshops, offering training, taking trainings in rope access and automation creating fall protection training, reviewing standards…. all kinds coming up. You can always check out the Events page at the FOFE website or stay abreast here. Reach out anytime… we can always train together.


08/30/2023

PERFORMER FLYING STANDARDS up for public review. Check it out and get involved. Big fan…

08/29/2023

I miss that hoodie!!


PERFORMER RIGGING WORKSHOP, Sept 09, in Panama City FL.
Includes: performer loads, equipment selection, risk reduction, finding overhead anchors, dealing with riggers, creating your tech sheet, knots, fall protection, and too many real world work stories. Good for aerialists, riggers, performers, technicians, stuntpeople, cast and crew.

Register here: https://app.fitdegree.com/t/dashboard/registrables/2064955?f=730&co=684


08/23/2023

PERFORMER RIGGING WORKSHOP, Sept 09, in Panama City FL.
Includes: performer loads, equipment selection, risk reduction, finding overhead anchors, dealing with riggers, creating your tech sheet, knots, fall protection, and too many real world work stories. Good for aerialists, riggers, performers, technicians, stuntpeople, cast and crew.

Register here: https://app.fitdegree.com/t/dashboard/registrables/2064955?f=730&co=684


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 08/16/2023

2009!!! Baby circus rigger….One of my first and most important jobs as “THE RIGGER” in Vermont for Circus Smirkus. Made life long friends, Vermont is pretty (in the summer) no cell service at the smallest college in the country, maple ice cream (aka: a creamy), first time hearing the term “Coupoula” let alone climbing in one, dress up for dinner, being told “aluminum can’t touch steel”, rigged a Peter Pan in a local barn…. More core memories than IG can handle.







Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 08/10/2023

Some of my best direct Performer Flying learning was at NAAFED (now known as Top Flight Academy) with Vertigo Flying Effects. I’ve directed multiple dozens of riggers looking for education towards this training and have hired riggers with this credit on their resume’, knowing they have the skills and aptitude I’m looking for in a team. Never stop learning.

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Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 08/08/2023

GRAND Rapids Aerial Lounge had their GRAND Opening on Aug 1, with the 6 pulley point performer rigging systems we gladly installed for them. What a unique space and vibe. Looking forward to everything they bring to GR Artists in the future.



Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 08/07/2023

THE LIGHT:Powered by CDS.

Memories today of rigging the acrobats during the creation of CDS’s premiere nightclub in Las Vegas. So man challenges and problems to solve to get things flying. Small spaces a human hand could not fit into, crazy access solutions to random parts of the building, sound systems so loud they crash the automation computer, intermittent rescue plans, and working a 4pm to 4am schedule.

Still, some of my favorite performers to work with (and less favorites). Best earplugs I’ve ever owned. And working alongside who may not be an actual Samuri.


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 07/23/2023

Worked with Jake Guinn on the the Rigging and Performer Flying for JUST ANOTHER PLAY ABOUT RAINBOWS, last chance to see it is tonight. and the , You should not miss it!


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Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 07/17/2023

Another THIRD PARTY RIGGING INSPECTION and PERFORMER RIGGING WORKSHOP in the books. This time for/hosted by Aerial Dragonfly in the Detroit area. Glad to work with the community in my Home State (only summers please) ;)





Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 07/11/2023

Enough gear? NO, NEVER ENOUGH GEAR. Back to JRS once again for 3 gigs worth. (Putting someone’s kids to college)


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 07/10/2023

Loleks Storytellers production of PETER PAN is in the books. I appreciate the opportunity to bring the flying effects to the show AND a super cool gift from the show.

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12/30/2022

PERFORMER RIGGING WORKSHOPS promo for 2023. First one is January 8th at Athletic Playground. Check out media from workshops past. (register at www.tapgym.com)

Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 12/29/2022

New Year, New Ropes….



Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 12/25/2022

It’s official now!!! Another member of an ELITE ACROBATIC RIGGING TEAM… thanks to in WISCONSIN for the swag!!! Add my new headlamp to the mix for a joyous holiday! Happy Christmas to all…



12/21/2022

DISCOUNT-Sign up before Jan 1st for a discount on the PERFORMER RIGGING WORKSHOP JAN 8 @ Athletic Playground, Emoryville CA. Click the link to register: https://bit.ly/3YEbsE6

12/13/2022

First PERFORMER RIGGING WORKSHOP of 2023 happens January 8th, hosted by Athletic Playground in Oakland CA. Click the link to register. Hope to see you there.

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Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 12/08/2022

If you send me corporate swag, I will wear it and be a dork about it!!!! WILL WORK FOR T-SHIRTS. .


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 12/07/2022

2016-AP8 STUNT RIGGING, 8 day training for Level 1 with Ta**us Award Winning Rigger (Mad Max: Fury Road) and Stunt Coordinator Keir Beck.


Photos from Fight or Flight Ent.'s post 12/05/2022

Snazzy spreader bar project for a flying Violin Player. Fabrication, lines, swivels… etc. Should be a fun addition to her kit. Glad to participate.


12/03/2022
11/29/2022

FoFE: Stunt Rigging, Stunt Coordinator for MAD MONKEY on this Tiny Stories 2 shoot.

11/22/2022

A good summary of something so basic... yet still misunderstood everyday on every job.

It seems my last post got people thinking and it also showed that people may have different understanding of terms like WLL and MBS.

Carabiner manufacturers are required to print the Minimum Breaking Strength on carabiners if they want the carabiners to be certified against EN, NFPA, … standards. This is the strength below which they should not break in normal use.

Shackle manufacturers go the other way. Rather than the force required to break them, they print the Working Load Limit - or the load they should be able to withstand in lifting operations all day, every day, over and over until they fail an inspection.

The bow shackle shown here has a WLL of 2T (or 20kN) and, to meet the relevant standards, it should withstand a force of 6 times this = 12T (or 120kN).

The carabiner has an MBS of 50kN (5T) and the manufacturer states that it should not exceed 1/4 of this in use = 12.5kN (or 1.25T).

I guess the next question is if the shackle has a safety factor of 6:1 applied, what should we apply to carabiners?

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FIGHT OR FLIGHT ENT- RIGGING SPECIALISTS. We focus solely Rigging for Acrobatic, Stunt, and Flying Effects support. We go deeper into those Special Considerations for Human Lifting Systems, Act Development Support, Venue Consultation, help build Standards and Practices for your Rigging team to follow during the show and after, and comprehensive Rescue Plans! Our goal is to maximize your Spectacle as well as your Safety.

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