TSD was the original (modern) suspension crew and a lot of the amazing feats of engineering and artistry the members of TSD and there associates have come up still stand the test of time and many have not been duplicated or surpassed. I was thrilled to see another email from Ron Garza, with a picture, video and story about Mark’s rotisserie suspension circa 2003.
For a video of another one of Mark’s rotisserie suspensions, and to hear Ron tell the tale, keep on keeping on .
The story as told by Ron:
When I was involved with the old TSD group back in the mid 90′s most of us back then had our own individual visions of what suspensions were to us back then. It was a much different time and suspensions were still relatively a new thing and there wasn’t one way to do anything or just one mindset as to what suspensions were back then. There wasn’t really people doing this everywhere or pictures online to give people preconceived notions as to what a suspension were or could be.
The few of us that were into this stuff all talked and worked together and brought our own individual ideas, thoughts and visions to suspensions. We all differed in that aspect as well as out reasoning for being involved in this. You really saw this when you look at we did individually when everyone moved away or did solo stuff and started their own personal groups.
Steve Joyner ( of CoRE fame), with his excellent use of make up ,costumes, plots and show themes really brought more theatre to suspensions and took the emphasis off the act of suspenions, Allen with his intense solo shows and large group projects, Oliver Gilson whose engineering take on everything has changed not only larger suspension projects and hook designs but also whose rigging style has influenced many and taken suspension rigging into an artistic realm that is easily recognizable.
My whole deal with suspensions has always not only been multi-person suspension projects, but also high tension kinetic suspensions. This clip was one of my favorite things we pulled off. It was from an early MAYHEM show in Austin Tx back in 2003 I want to say. Mark Rose at the time was one of our hardest suspension models/hook monkeys who thrived on being able to take a large amount of intense stuff. This one threw him into shock and broke him. He still did this 2 more times at least that i can think of. I’m just glad someone had a camera around this time!
This 360 frame was created by Tom Moore from Steel Fetish.