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Drop panel help!

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We have 2 drop panels in a winding hallway that is 3' wide - it's a hallway of pictures in frames, and 2 of the pics drop down. They are close enough so that one will scare the front of a group, the second will scare the rear of the group. The panels are built and work great, but we've never run 2 before so I'm wondering how folks time these things. We can drill a peephole for #1, but do we do the same for #2 so they drop at the same time? Or should #2 just wait until #1 drops and then drop theirs? Any tips on how to get them to synchronize?
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We're doing tandem drop panels as well in our first scare room. They are about two feet apart and are actor operated. Another actor in the main room will give an audio cue to the DP operators to release the latches. They will drop at the same time, and when they hit perfectly, give a loud slam and a great scare. I think having them out of sync will diminish the second scare to a degree. Our actors will be doing a three count to each other to coordinate the release so that may be something to consider if your actors are close enough to each other.
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