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|| News Item: Posted 2011-06-14

How to secure your Magic Arm

By Shawn Cullen

Photo by Shawn Cullen

Photo by Shawn Cullen
Recently a thread was started asking how to secure your Magic Arm when setting up a remote camera. There are several methods to do this, but we use a combination of what Robert Hanashiro and Mark Terrill have shared when setting up remote cameras for Sports Illustrated.


To secure the Magic Arms we use for the Over Head, Glass/Backboard, and Shot Clock remotes, we use a hose clamp to fasten a D ring to both arms on a single Magic Arm.

If we are using a Ball Head or a Gear Head, with or without a Magic Arm, we use a heavy-duty cable tie rated at 175lbs, tied around part of the head. You can find these cable ties at most Home Depot and Lowes home improvement stores.

We use the Gardner-Bender 18” cable ties. Besides using the cable ties on the Ball/Gear Heads, we will also use the cable ties in the camera strap eyelets on the cameras body as well as the eyelets on the lenses.

When putting on a safety cable on the remote camera setup, we make it a point to make sure that it is not loose fitting and we will wrap it around the railing or pipe that we attach the Super Clamps to. Most of our safety cables are from 3’ to 5’ in length in order to secure the Pocket Wizard or Flash Wizard, and the remote camera set up.

Photo by Shawn Cullen

Photo by Shawn Cullen
While we are on the subject of Magic Arms, I have been asked from time to time how to get parts to fix broken Magic Arms and Super Clamps. Well here you go, below is a link to Manfrotto Service and Repair.

Towards the bottom of this page, there is a box in which you can enter the model number of the Bogen equipment you need parts for, and search for the parts schematic for the item. Simply click on the links that show up below the search box and you will find PDF files that will have the parts schematic with all the part numbers.

Contacting Bogen can be a hassle at times. They don’t answer the phone much, but they will return calls if you do leave a message.

Bogen Parts –

Phone: 201.818.9500 Ext. 244

Shawn Cullen is a technical assistant for Sports Illustrated. He is also on the faculty of the Sports Shooter Academy. You can view the first of a series of cool videos on installing remotes at the workshop’s website: .

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