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We are here to help, only a phonecall, email or message away, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us but in the meantime check out some FAQ's!
How Does Spark Machines and Effects Work?
The effect is simply created by heating a granulated alloy which is then blown from an opening in the top of the unit to create a fountain of sparks. The height and intensity of the sparks can be regulated and all units are controlled using DMX as standard.
I have seen the Showven Sparkular, what is the difference with MAGICFX Sparxtars?
MAGICFX Sparxtars are made in the Netherlands and has only high quality European components inside.
MAGICFX Sparxtars are lower profile which looks better on stages.
MAGICFX Sparxtars have M10 holes for truss clamps
MAGICFX Sparxtars have a lownoise fan of EBM Papst (top quality German brand of fans). The Sparkular from Showven makes a lot of noise and sounds like a vacuum cleaner.
MAGICFX Sparxtars have safety components inside and is equipped with a tilt sensor.
MAGICFX Sparxtars are fast and start immediately when you push the button to get your effect on the cue. There is no 3 seconds delay like the Sparkular from Showven.
MAGICFX Sparxtars can be easily controlled by the fader of your DMX controller from 1-100% (0-255) and create nice waves. The Sparkular is controlled from 1-40% which is less convenient.
To use the Showven Sparkulars range and powders you need a kind of credit card for authorisation to fill the machines with powder. It’s a good idea to protect the machines for other powders but it is not convenient at all in our rock & roll industry and those cards might get lost, we kept it simple.
How safe are Spark Machines and Effects?
The Sparkular system has been built to eradicate the fire risks that come with normal pyrotechnics. No large safety or exclusion zones are required as the heated granules cool instantly when in contact with the air and are safe to touch. All of the materials are completely non-hazardous.
The MAGICFX Sparxtars do not reach 5metres!?
Some sparks of the MAGICFX Sparxtar reach 5m but the effect itself (most sparks) goes about 4m so we always need to advise for the max height for health and safety regulations.
Why does Showven offer different powders for indoor and outdoor and MAGICFX dont?
Showven (Sparkular) range of products have a credit cards type RFID tag used to identify parameters and types of granules and increase the single machine specific working time. The card is disposable and single use. From MAGICFX testings they have seen that thicker powder gets hotter and doesn’t give a better effect. MAGICFX just made the best mixture of powder for the best effect in common circumstances.
Can we the Spark Machines and Effects outside?
Yes you can use it outside. But like with all effects wind and rain is not a good condition to expose your effect or equipment to!
Can you make coloured effects with colour powder?
No. this special powder can not be made for different colours effects.
Can we mount the SPARXTAR upside down in a truss?
No, this is not yet possible with MagicFX. Please refer to the truss-mounted, Sparkular Fall for a waterfall spark effect.
How many DMX channels does the SPARXTAR have?
MAGICFX SPARXTAR : THREE.
Channel 1 = Safety*
Channel 2 = fan speed
Channel 3 = sparks (feeding powder)
Where Can I Use Sparkulars?
The effect has been designed for indoor use as it is extremely safe and does not present a fire risk, meaning that it can be safely used in practically any venue. The unit can be used outdoors, however it must be kept completely dry. If any moisture or rain gets into the unit the powder will begin to clog and the internal mechanisms may become damaged.
What sort of Maitenance is required for Sparkulars?
As with any Professional Special Effects equipment it is important to maintain the units to ensure that they continue to perform as you expect them too. We therefore strongly suggest you carry out the below steps to ensure these issues don't occur.
Clear Materials - Run the clear material cycle after every use to blow out any residual granules from the chamber. This function will clean out any granules from the working elements of the machine without feeding in any more material from the hopper that stores the unused granules. Performing this action keeps the workings of the units clean and tidy and must always be done prior to them being transported.
Air Vents - The unit has 3 main air vents that are used to keep the machine cool during operation. One on either side of the unit and another on the back of the unit where the fan can be seen. To maintain a clear air flow into the unit, clear any residual dust that may have built up by simply running a vacuum over them on a regular basis.
Pre-Heat Function - The Pre-heat function required to operate the units should not be left on unnecessarily for long periods of time. The units take just 3-4 minutes to reach the required temperature to operate and the heating element shouldn't be left on when it's known that the units will not be used.
Unused Granules - Once emptied from the machine, any unused granules should be stored in a sealed bag where they cannot be exposed to any moisture. Any granules that do come into contact with water should be disposed of immediately and must not be used.
What are some tips for Safe and Successful Operation?
Air Flow - Ensure a clear air flow to all sides of the unit. Do not cover the unit with anything that may restrict this.
Flammable Materials - Whilst the unit and the effect are extremely safe, please do not place any flammable materials in very close proximity. Please also ensure that the units are not covered with anything that may impact the flow of sparks during operation.
Transport - Please ensure that all granules are removed from the unit prior to transport by emptying the machine and also running the clear materials cycle. During transport all units should be stored in a flight case or other suitable container with sufficient padding to ensure no damage occurs during transit.
Cabling - Please ensure that safe and sufficient cabling is used on all machines - no bare wires should be seen.
Atmospheric Conditions - The unit and the consumptive granules must be kept dry at all times to ensure safe and successful use. If any granules or the unit comes into contact with water at any time they must not be used.
Shipping and Delivery
All orders with free shipping are sent via Australia Post Parcel Post + Signature unless otherwise stated.
SHIPPINGAll shipments within Australia are sent on a next day service and if you leave a mobile number when placing your order you will receive a text and email letting you knowyour items have been dispatched as well as tracking details.
Depending on your location within Australia allow up to 2-9 days for your order to be delivered.
We stock 95% of the products advertised on our website, which means that we can dispatch the goods as soon as the payment is received. However if the item is not in stock, we will contact you within 24 hours to inform you of any possible delays.
Customers are more than welcome to contact us to confirm stock availability prior to placing an order as well.
TRACKINGAll our shipments can be tracked. We use a range of courier companies including DHL, Startrack, TNT and Australia Post to deliver your order to your door as quickly and safely as possible.
We can never guarantee delivery though, as couriers occasionally misroute parcels, items may be out of stock or we may be exceptionally busy. If your order is urgent, please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate your needs.
Next working day excludes Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. Goods will be shipped where stock is available and the goods are standard items, not custom items.
Any dates quoted for delivery of the goods are approximate only and the seller shall not be liable for any delay in delivery of the goods howsoever caused. If an item is out of stock we will contact you before sending any other items.
If your order is urgent and require express shipping please contact us prior to placing your order. Charges apply and contact must be made prior to placing your order to confirm so just give us a call on 03 9416 8766.
SAME DAY COURIER - MELBOURNE METRO ONLY
Last minute request? Let down by another company? If your order is extremely urgent and you are within 50kms of Melbourne CBD, on most occasions we are able to assist with getting your order dispatched and to you ASAP. Charges apply and contact must be made prior to placing your order to confirm so just give us a call on 1800 069 007.
All Dangerous Goods are sent via Road Freight depending which class determines what courier we will utilize to get your order to you as quickly and safely as possible. We only dispatch Dangerous Goods within Australia.
Our store doesn't have every single locations around the world listed as shipping options so please get in touch if you would like a quote for your international order.
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Found a better price? We'll match it or beat it!
And we'll defintly beat anyones support, technical advice and after sales service on our entire range in Australia! We live and breathe SFX! We have over 10 years experience in providing stunning event special effects and use this knowledge to provide our customers with the best effects and advice!
In most cases we can match any authorised Australian retailer’s price as long as they currently have stock. Sometimes we may even be able to beat their price for you, so it’s certainly worthwhile taking a moment to fill in the request.
Use the form below to send through a Price Match request - once received we will look into it and get back to you (normally within 1 business day). If you leave us your phone number that will be the quickest way to get a response. If not, then we will respond by email, no problems. Or just give us a call to chat, thats the best way!
YES, We WILL Price Match If:
- You can provide advertised proof of the price or quotation.
- The item is identical (eg. same brand, model, colour)
- Competitors price is current.
- The advertised price is not a special or sale price.
- The competitor has adequate stock (as deemed by SparkleTechnics Australia)
NO, We WONT Price Match If:
- The Competitor is not an Australian Business.
- The advertsied price is a sale, special price, liquidation or fire sale.
- The advertised price is for B-stock, returned goods, damaged goods, factory seconds, or ex-display stock.
- The advertised price is part of a storewide discount, package deal, cash back sale, or conditional sale.
But, We ALWAYS Will:
- Always look after you our customer if you ask for a deal and provide you with the time to accomodate any requests, questions or advice!
- Provide trade pricing if you are involved or associated in respective industries.