Getting Started

Congratulations on your purchase of the Trickline from Creative Conners, Inc. The Trickline is our belt driven linear actuator available in lengths from 4’ all the way up to 32’.

The Trickline can be used to actuate a wide variety of effects including moving a trap door, pop up props, counterweight assist lifting or sliding steps. Pair the Trickline with a curtain track and move drapes, flats, projection screens, LED panels, or even futuristic Star Trek doors. Connect the Trickline to a Stagehand Apprentice and Showstopper 3 Base, and you will be ready to Make It Move!

This manual will direct you through:

  1. Unpacking

  2. Installing & Testing

  3. Operation Procedures

If you need help along the way, contact us!

A Word About Safety

The Trickline may seem small and harmless, but if operated incorrectly can be dangerous. The Trickline is not designed for overhead lifting, nor for lifting people. Follow the information in this manual to ensure you install and operate your Trickline safely.

What’s included

  1. Trickline

  2. 2 mounting feet

  3. 2 limit switches


The Trickline is constructed of lightweight and durable aluminum 80/20 extrusion that can be easily made to almost any length. This little ½ horsepower motor can move 150lbs at 15 in/sec and is easily mounted in multiple orientations. Using the Trickline eliminates the hassle and mess of running hydraulics while offering better control than pneumatics and can be mated with curtain track to automate scenic elements and curtains.


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