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'Mary Poppins' at The Muny

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By Heidi Glaus

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - It is an unforgettable story with a really big word and a nanny with a magical umbrella. And although much of what happens here in the summer is Muny magic, making someone fly is well more mechanical.

"You're going to grab these two hunks of metal right there," explains Brian Owens, flight director at ZFX Flying Effects.

It's his job to take performances to new heights.

"On this system right now you can get your feet about ten to twelve feet off the ground," Owens says.

Actors can rise slow and smooth.

"Very good, coming back," Owens says.

Or fast and furious and it's mostly done with the push of a button.

"So there's a lift line that takes you up and down which is a motor and then there's a manual crank system that takes you back and forth," Owens says.

Which means you better be nice to the guy turning the crank or else.

"You could go plop," Owens adds.

All kidding aside they take their job very seriously.

"Very nice and slow down and land there," Owens tells the crew of two.

And it doesn't matter how many times you see someone's feet leave the ground, it's still pretty amazing even for the guy making it happen.

"I've been doing this for about eight years flying people by wires and ropes and all that stuff and it's still so exciting especially when you hear a crowd go completely nuts," Owens says.

Mary Poppins opened last night at The Muny and she will be flying through August 2.






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