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Gaffer tape

Gaffer tape is a tough, fabric backed adhesive tape that has become legendary for usefulness in the movie and entertainment industry. The tape is often black and so blends with the typically black stage floor of a theater; it is also both strong and strongly adhesive, and (unlike duct tape) leaves little to no residue when removed.

The name probably comes from gaffer[?], the film crew member responsible for rigging lights.

see also: gaffer ball

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