ShowNodes™ is hardware that runs VenueMagic shows without the need for a PC computer. It also provides VenueMagic with additional inputs (for switches, etc…) and outputs (for props, animatronics, etc). ShowNodes devices can also playback audio and video as programmed into the show. Multiple ShowNodes devices can be linked together over Ethernet to create a “distributed” show control systems. In this configuration they can share resources and sync together to play shows. The advantage to this is that in the event of a hardware problem, only the part of the show/attraction controlled by that node is affected. The rest of the show/attraction goes on uninterrupted. ShowNodes are easily programmed by VenueMagic and can handle many situations that normally require the development of customized hardware and low-level programming. This can significantly reduce project costs.