The girlfriend and I are discussing different techniques for safely simulating a hanging in a production like Parade or Chicago. I always thought there was a noose that gets thrown around the actor’s neck for real but the rope end isn’t connected to anything. A separate rope is attached from the ceiling to a harness either under or over the shoulders.
The girlfriend says that the noose is connected to the line that runs to the ceiling but that it’s slack compared to another section of the rope that attaches to a belt harness.
Now, she’s an actress, so she’d know. But she’s never actually been ‘hanged’ before and she doesn’t claim to know all the techniques that are used. In Parade, the actor needed to be shirtless, so a belt harness was definitely used. As an extra precaution, the table upon which he stood was never actually removed.
Is my version accurate under any circumstances? Is the noose rope always connected to the ceiling or is it sometimes disconnected? Does the harness go over the shoulders like suspenders or under the shoulders like a belt?
What else can you tell me about it?