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Global Special Effects provides the following visual special effects and special fx services: equipment rental, Evaporative Snow, foam, cryo, fog, scent, confetti, Flogos, bubbles, lighting, and more. We are an international company with headquarters in Lexington, Alabama, as well as a European hub in Germany.
We not only provide rentals and special effects equipment to purchase in the Southeast, but all around the world -- in the United States, namely, we are the largest contributor of special effects equipment used in Los Angeles, California, for major motion pictures out of Hollywood, not to mention being the largest provider of visual special effects machines and equipment to Broadway theatrical productions in New York City.
Originally starting out as SnowMasters, a company specializing in artificial snow, we eventually grew out of only producing faux snow (fake snow) and snow machines such as our T-1500 Snow Zone snow machine, which is a larger professional version of our T-1500 Mini special effects snow machine that produces Evaporative Snow effects, similar to our T-1100 and T-1600 snow machines. SnowMasters products are featured in every major amusement park around the world, including Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Disneyland, Sea World, Busch Gardens, and Legoland. Disney World uses our T-1500 Evaporative Snow machines, and Busch Gardens and Sea World love our famous Magic Lamp (a street lamp that produces artificial snow). We have also done tons of music videos for artists who use fake snow machines. We did the special effects for the Justin Bieber "Mistletoe" video, the Taylor Swift "Back to December" music video, and the Miranda Lambert "Over You" video, just to name a few. SnowMasters products have even been seen in such blockbuster movies as The Dark Knight, Killer Elite, Alien vs Predator, The Hunter, The Day After Tomorrow, and many, many more.We just delivered a bunch of snow machines to Martina McBride, and Donny and Marie Osmond were recently using our special effects machines on their Christmas tour. Over the years, SnowMasters grew into Global Special Effects, a vast umbrella corporation with multiple smaller subsidiaries besides SnowMasters, some of which are as follows:
FogMasters specializes in theatrical fog effects and cryo. Cryo is a special effect which uses liquid CO2 and blasts it out of jets (a cryo jet). These cryo jets are seen in many stage performances and musical performances by many famous artists who tour and use our products on a daily basis. SnowMasters and FogMasters products have been featured in many awards shows such as The Grammy Awards, SAG Awards, MTV Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, and more. Right now our Cryo-Jets are on tour with Kesha (or Ke$ha, as she is more accurately known.) We also have an amazing product called the Cryo-Gun. The Cryo Gun is attached to a CO2 tank, and you squeeze the trigger and shoot it like a gun, except it's a CO2 gun. The CO2-powered Cryo-Gun can direct a powerful blast of CO2 in very specific locations, as opposed to the CO2 Cryo-Jet, which is always attached to a stage or floor or hung from a truss.
FoamMasters is a company that specializes in producing special effects such as foam machines that are used in clubs and every kind of special event and party imaginable: every day special events like college parties and frat parties, birthday parties, and all-out foam parties in bars and nightclubs. FoamMasters' most popular product is the X-Stream II Pro Porter foam machine.
BubbleMasters is another company that specializes in party machines that produce bubble effects. Our bubble machines have been featured in music videos such as "If Only They Knew" by indie rock band Rocket to the Moon.
ConfettiMasters is a company that produces products like confetti launchers and confetti gerb launchers. Most of these products are powered by CO2, like our brand new CryoFetti Confetti Launcher System, which is powered by our standard cryo jet, so if you already have a cryo-jet, then you've already bought the majority of the launcher system. It can also be converted into a t-shirt launcher and CO2-powered hot dog launcher. The confetti gerb launchers are also available for rental.
Flogos are the flying logos that are quickly becoming famous among large companies who want to market their products to large live audiences. These cloud logos can advertise your product or brand by creating a floating cloud in the shape of your logo and flying it through the air at football games or any kind of live event, indoors or outdoors. Flogo machines such as our Flogo Lite produce clouds made of a secret foam solution mixed with helium, which allows the shape to float into the air. Flogos create perfect advertising opportunities for companies large and small! They have been used in commercials for Palmolive, T-Mobile, World Aids Day, and multiple Twitter ad campaigns. Buy or rent Flogos Lite today!
Eco-Scent is a company that produces professional scent machines for large-scale and private small-scale use. We have a professional scent lab that can make or match any fragrance, and we have literally created thousands of scents, including both pleasant and extremely unpleasant aromas (which are frequently used by our customers from the haunted attractions industry for use in their haunted houses.) EcoScent machines use scent cartridges based on our patented Dry Wave fragrance delivery system. Scent machines such as our ScentZone 100 are perfect for home use or for use in small shops or haunted houses, while our AromaStat 1 is designed for delivering scent throughout an entire building. The AromaStat 1 integrates with your HVAC and delivers fragrance throughout your ventilation system. It is frequently used in hotels, casinos, cruise ships, and very large retailers and retail locations.
Global Special Effects provides special fx rental services for the following popular special effects equipment and locations...as well as everywhere else in the world: snow machine rental in new york city, los angeles snow machines, hollywood special effects rental, burbank, california snow machine rental, nashville, tennessee snow machines, broadway special effects rentals, snow machine rental in chicago, dallas, austin, houston, atlanta, birmingham, and orlando snow machine and fog machine rental, foam machine rental, bubble machine rental, scent machine rental, Flogo rental. We also specialize in atmospheric control for movies, theme parks, and special event industries.
Global Special Effects is a manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer of the best professional visual special fx in the world. We have distributors all over the globe who have worked in the special effects industry for years, including Steve Zigmont of Zigmont Magic F/X. If you want the best professional effects available on the market, Global Special Effects is your only choice. It's what the pros use; it's what Hollywood uses; it's what Broadway uses, and it's also what you should use. We're the guys to call, and that's why our products are used by the best in the movie industry and television industry. We even have the best Christmas effects and decorations! Check out our professional-looking realistic fake icicles and our Amazing Snowman! We're just the best special effects company there is, hands down. Thank you for visiting Global Special Effects, and we hope you are pleased by the special fx products for rental and purchase that you will find here -- party machines like bubble machines and foam machines or even snow machines and scent machines -- we've got all the special fx machines you can handle, so please enjoy yourself, and welcome to Global Special Effects.
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Guerra Holdings is the acting parent company of Global Special Effects and GSE subsidiaries. Global Special Effects acts as the parent of the smaller, special effects-related companies, including SnowMasters, FogMasters, FoamMasters, BubbleMasters, ConfettiMasters, Eco-Scent, and Flogos, however, all companies are included under the umbrella corporation that is Guerra Holdings.
Guerra Holdings is the parent company to multiple small businesses subsidiaries, and covers nearly all major industries and sub-industries, including entertainment, manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, sales, marketing, e-commerce, inventions, intellectual property and patent services, business, consulting, public relations, corporate structuring, litigation, mitigation, real estate, transportation, science, technology, design, fitness, and even the paranormal. In the past, the company has also been involved in restaurants and communications.
Guerra Holdings, alone, is a fully-functioning and successful real estate business that acts as an umbrella organization to all of its smaller subsidiaries. These subsidiary groups are constantly growing in number and becoming more successful with each new addition. Currently, Guerra Holdings subsidiaries include the following: Global Special Effects, SnowMasters, FogMasters, FoamMasters, BubbleMasters, ConfettiMasters, Eco-Scent, Flogos, Drink Safe Technology, LMP, Inc., The Lexington Group, Global Home, Tech Stars, SnowMasters Labs, No Doubt Fitness, Explorer Helicopters, Stop Bugging Me!, The Cosmic Waterhole, FX Direct, and SendCity.
Global Special Effects, Inc. is a visual special effects manufacturer, wholesaler, retailer, and provider of special fx rental equipment, located in Lexington, Alabama, with offices in more than 24 countries worldwide, and a European Hub located in Germany. GSE is the leading worldwide provider of special FX and atmospheric control for major motion pictures in Hollywood, television, theater, music videos, commercials, special event industries, and every major amusement and theme park around the world, including Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and more. Global Special Effects is also a parent company in its own right, overseeing multiple other companies and product lines that specialize in snow, foam, fog, cryo, scent, confetti, Flogos, bubbles, and professional theatrical lighting effects. GSE even has multiple distributors and affiliate special effects companies that also specialize in other types of special fx such as fireworks and pyro.
SnowMasters Special Effects was the first special fx company that was started by inventor, entrepreneur, and former magician, Francisco Guerra. SnowMasters grew into what is now known as Global Special Effects, and SnowMasters became one of the smaller, specialty subsidiaries. SnowMasters manufactures and sells the original, most popular, and overall best-quality snow machines in the industry, and they also produce the driest (and best) Evaporative Snow in existence. That is because Francisco Guerra, himself, is the sole inventor of the very first Evaporative Snow fluid - a proprietary solution which creates a snow effect that looks and acts exactly like real snow, evaporating completely within 90 seconds, leaving absolutely no residue. SnowMasters also produces the original Faux Snow - a proprietary powdered mixture, that when blended with water, creates a substance that looks and feels exactly like real snow. SnowMasters makes every single kind of artificial snow effect that you can think of. Although they specialize in fake snow products, SnowMasters has also been known to create real snow on certain occasions - like when they teamed up with Global Special Effects distributor, Snow Magic, in order to provide a real snow experience for visitors to amusement parks and attractions all over the country, including SeaWorld, Legoland, Stone Mountain, and more - and they would gladly do so again, anytime!
FogMasters is a company that manufactures and produces fog effects and CO2 cryo effects. They teamed up with SnowMasters Labs to produce their own line of professional-grade premium fog solutions, which are the highest-quality professional fog solutions on the market - fog fluid that is better than anything else you can buy, but costs exactly the same as the cheap stuff (and sometimes even cheaper!) What makes FogMasters Fog Fluid special, is the fact that it can be used in absolutely ANY water-based special effects fog machine on the market, without the problem of decreased performance. FogMasters is also the original inventor of the CO2 Cryo-Jet, as well as the CO2 Cryo-Gun, and they manufacture and produce (in the USA) the best professional fog machine in the world, The Smoke Stack. GSE Premium Fog Fluid is frequently used in laser tag, skating rinks, for special effects lighting, atmosphere effects at laser shows, Halloween, haunted houses and haunted attractions, parties, bars and nightclubs, DJ booths, raves, as well as stage and theater performances, not to mention hundreds of bands that play all over the world.
ConfettiMasters is a small company that specializes in confetti effects, specifically CO2-powered confetti products, such as confetti gerb launchers (like you see in football stadiums and sports arenas), as well as CO2 launchers and confetti cannons. ConfettiMasters recently teamed up with FogMasters to produce a brand new confetti launcher - The CryoFetti Ultimate CO2 Cannon System.
BubbleMasters is a company that specializes in bubble effects. They manufacture and produce a variety of special effects bubble machines - from smaller ones used as party machines, to medium-sized bubble machines used at special events, to large bubble machines used in professional settings, such as a recent video shoot they did with indie rock band, Rocket To The Moon.
FoamMasters is a company that specializes in foam machines, foam fluid, and foam effects, such as you would see at foam parties in bars, nightclubs, college campuses, and fraternities. They also provide equipment for small-scale events, such as foam pits at birthday parties. FoamMasters makes the best foam fluids on the market, and produces one of the most powerful, highest-output foam machines in production - The X-Stream II Pro Porter.
Eco-Scent is a custom fragrance company that manufactures and produces scent machines for both personal and professional use. Their scent machines use a patented Dry Wave technology that delivers scent more efficiently than any other scent machine on the market. Eco-Scent makes small machines, such as the ScentZone 100, which can be used in the home or small retail locations. They also produce larger scent machines for use in larger areas and theatrical performances. They even make the ultimate solution in scent deliverability - The AromaStat 1 Fragrance Delivery System - which is compatible with HVAC units and distributes scent throughout your entire location through the air ducts. This system is used by multiple hotels, resorts, casinos, and cruise lines.
Flogos is a very successful company centered around one revolutionary invention - Flogos, and the new and improved (and cheaper!) Flogos-Lite. The word "Flogos" stands for "flying logos," and can also be short for "floating logos." Flogos uses a proprietary foam solution known as "Flogo Juice," combined with helium, which is extruded through pre-made or custom stencils from 24" to 36" in diameter (and sometimes even larger), in order to create floating clouds in the form of custom shapes and logos. This revolutionary idea has spawned a brand new form of marketing, known as cloud advertising or skyvertising, and has been featured in the media numerous times, including CNN's Best Business Ideas, and has won the Invention of the Year Award at the IAAPA trade show. Flogos are great for any type of live events, especially football games, or any type of outdoor sporting event, and they can even be used indoors, as well.
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LMP, Inc. is an intellectual property firm that specializes in patents, copyrights, trademarks, licensing, and the associated litigation involved. LMP also has years of experience in product development, manufacturing, sales, marketing, and public relations. They easily and efficiently help companies and inventors get their products to market with minimal cost and hassle, and in a timely manner. LMP, Inc. has been an integral asset to Global Special Effects from the very beginning, as they have been the intellectual masterminds behind getting many of our products to market.
Global Home is a retail company that emerged out of Global Special Effects during our rapid growth this past year. Global Home also has many products that are managed and licensed by LMP, Inc., as well. They specialize in housewares, kitchen utensils, and home decorations, and many of their products can be seen in various locations such as Home Shopping Network and QVC. Global Home's website is in progress, and soon, all of their products will be available to purchase directly online from globalhomeretail.com.
Tech Stars Computer Repair & Recycle is a company built around the simplicity of two basic concepts — repairing and recycling. They are a green company that specializes in computer hardware and software repair, as well as technology recycling. Tech Stars also refurbishes and resells previously-owned computers for astonishing prices. They are even experienced in repairing mobile devices like iPhones, as well as large-scale hardware like professional network servers, regardless of what operating system they run. They also always have extremely affordable hardware, cables, and accessories available on-site. Tech Stars is currently located in Madison, Alabama, but you could see them everywhere in the near future.
SendCity is a professional email marketing service, and of course, it's what Global Special Effects uses for our AfterFX Newsletter and all product updates and specials. SendCity offers multiple services, tailored to meet your individual needs. They can design and send out email newsletters for you to your list of contacts, or you can create your own account and use their template builder to design your own newsletter templates - or even code your own if you are HTML/CSS-savvy. SendCity has the ability to charge per campaign, based on your number of subscribers, or you can pay monthly, based on volume of emails. You can even buy your own email credits. They also offer the most (and best) features of any other email service provider, especially for the price. SendCity is whitelisted with every major ISP to ensure deliverability, and they also provide the following outstanding features: no badges or branding, free hosting, RSS campaigns, open/click tracking, Google Analytics integration, Mobile-ready templates, spam testing, inbox preview, social sharing, and more. Click here to see the 100+ features on SendCity's Full Feature List.
FXDirect is the first online web directory for all special effects professionals, including special effects companies, and everyone affiliated with any aspect of the special effects industry. Granted, special effects is somewhat of a niche industry, but honestly, we thought this website would take off much faster than it has. Directories need members in order to grow, be functional, and have a purpose, and frankly, we're a little disappointed with the outcome of this directory so far. There is nothing like free publicity, and right now, you can get just that if you register at specialfxdirectory.com. It can't hurt, so why not create an account to promote your special effects-related business, while at the same time, helping to create a one-stop place for visitors to go who are looking for special effects? Do it!
The Lexington Group, also known as Lexington Group Alabama, is a group of business professionals and strategic veterans that specialize in turning companies around and providing them with the tools and connections they need in order to help them expand and grow their sales. Lexington Group Alabama works with small businesses and large corporations worldwide, and has helped stimulate enormous growth in many well-known companies around the globe, especially here in the United States. Their professional services include sales & marketing, corporate structuring, sourcing & distribution, mitigation, and public image. Visit them today at lexingtongroupllc.com, and see how their knowledge and expertise can have a positive impact on your company's growth!
Explorer Helicopters is a company that buys, sells, trades, leases, services, and repairs helicopters. Specializing in Robinson Helicopters, Explorer Helicopters offers the best quality helicopters in North America for the cheapest prices, and always has a very nice selection of helicopters for sale at any given moment, ranging from R22's, R44's, R66's, Raven 1's, Raven 2's, Clippers, Astros, and more - most which are visible on their website, ExplorerHelicopters.com. Explorer Helicopters also offers annual helicopter inspections, 100 hour inspections, and always has a variety of helicopter parts for sale, including new main rotor blades, used main rotor blades, and new tail rotor blades, as well as used tail rotor blades. They also provide helicopter wholesale services. If you are an avid helicopter enthusiast, you should definitely check them out.
No Doubt Fitness is a fitness studio with a revolutionary approach - all classes are only $5, and there are absolutely no contracts, and no gimmicks. They offer multiple types of classes, including everything ranging from Karate, to Zumba, to TaeBo, to Kettlebell, and even Mixed Martial Arts classes, and more. They also offer Tumbling, Dance, and Cardio classes as well. No Doubt's trainers and instructors are also in a class of their own, and include World Tang Soo Do Association's 2010-2011 Region 6 Instructor of the Year, as well as one of the Official Soul Train Dancers from 1999-2007 who was asked to promote the premiere of Step Up 2 and was hired by the Pioneers of Hip Hop to perform a James Brown Tribute, not to mention a successful contestant on MTV's America's Best Dance Crew.
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