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    DEAD
    1) A pre-plotted height for a piece of scenery or lighting bar - 'that bar's on its dead'. The positional indicators on the rope (either PVC tape, or more traditionally cotton tape passed through the strands of the rope) are called DEADS. Sometimes flying pieces are given a number of extra deads, that may be colour coded, in addition to the 'in dead' (lower) and 'out dead' (higher - out of view). In the US, TRIM has the same meaning.
    2) Scenery or equipment not needed for current production - 'that table's dead'.
    3) An electric circuit that has been switched off or has failed - 'the circuit's dead, you can change the lamp now'
    Submitted by Chris Higgs



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