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Need help folding circular reflector

paul miller , Aug 07, 2003; 05:00 p.m.

Hi, I looked around for another post of this nature but could not find one addressing round reflectors. I have a 22-inch roundie. When I unzipped the little circular pouch I took pains to open the thing slowly to observe how it was folded up. But what do you know, the stupid thing flew out at me and hit me in the face! Now I have the reflector open, a small cut on my face, and can't figure out how to get it back in! Help!!!


Eric Friedemann , Aug 07, 2003; 05:23 p.m.

Now you know why Navy SEAL teams use circular reflectors as weapons. No, wait, SEALs use H&K MP5 submachine guns.

What was my point? ... Oh, yes, take the reflector in both hands, with one hand on either side of the reflector. Turn your hands in opposite directions and the reflector will eventually fold down into concentric circles and will fit in the case.

paul miller , Aug 07, 2003; 05:30 p.m.

OHHH!!!! That does the trick! Thanks very much. Seriously, these things could be used as weapons!

Eric Friedemann , Aug 07, 2003; 05:38 p.m.

Its like that damned magic trick with the three interlocking rings. Once you learn how its done you can't believe it fooled you to begin with.

Will Perlis , Aug 07, 2003; 07:04 p.m.

I like watching customers and salespeople at Samy's trying to fold up the 6x7 foot backgrounds. A few minutes of that satisfies my inner sadist quite nicely for a time.

Shawn Kearney , Aug 08, 2003; 01:03 a.m.

I saw people folding and unfolding circular reflrectors. Always looked like I could get myself in a picles so I just avoid them entirely.

Mark M , Aug 08, 2003; 01:30 a.m.

The big reflectors--especially the rectangular ones--are great fun with a new assistant.

Barrie Davis , Aug 08, 2003; 09:47 a.m.

Folding those large reflectors and backgrounds can cause endless amusement to onlookers. A colleague of mine took one to a job without practicing the fold-up technique. After numerous fruitless attempts he gave it up as a bad job, and took it back to the car as it was!

Everything was fine until he got to the revolving door at the entrance to those offices! What was even better? Yup. The security cameras got the whole (extended) operation on tape. We have the evidence!


Will Perlis , Aug 08, 2003; 10:15 a.m.


Here's Wescott's sequence on how to fold the big ones. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. ;)

Stephen Ratzlaff , Aug 09, 2003; 02:50 a.m.


I just bought the "Super Jumbo" sized windshield shades at Target for my wife's minivan last week.

My vehicle uses the meager "Regular" size shades.

There are two of these "Super Jumbo" beasts (3'x4'in size maybe). Try folding these up in the confines of the front seat of a minivan! Hey, you can't see but I'm wildly flailing my arms about here.

Anyhow, they're silver on one side and black on the other, and after looking at the size and construction, I'm thinking they'll be performing double duty from time to time.

Anyhow, they're around $11.

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