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The recycling of common objects into new uses in film as props has always been fascinating to me. Movie props can be the objects they actually are or simply turn it over, paint it a different shade, stick one to another and you have something new and wonderful, with just the secret of suggestion. The best example I can think of is one of the simplest: the medical sensor from classic original Star Trek TV series. McCoy’s handy little gadget is nothing more than a saltshaker. More interesting is the fact that the saltshaker was one of several that was collected for use in first episode, The Man Trap, but not used. Ever resourceful, it was turned upside down and used in many episodes as DeForest Kelly’s handy medical scanner. You see it as a medical tool, not an inverted salt sprinkler. Such is the magic of the stage and suggestion.
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