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davidpaul$
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My wife surprised with a unique Christmas present this year, a Jeff Jones Magic Backdrop. see here: http://www.magicbackdrops.com/
and here: http://raleighparty.com/id5.html

Jeff made up a hand sewn pouch and inside he put in a personalized card announcing the gift of the backdrop along with sample fabrics for me to choose color combinations. (Nice touch) I received the finished product a few days ago and all I can say is WOW!!!

It came in a small duffel bag as shown on the website. It's hard to believe that the backdrop as well as the tripod support fits in to the bag but it does.
You literally unzip the bag, take out the backdrop, unroll it and place it on the tripod via a metal pin. Adjust to desired height and you are done.

You would think that being inside the bag the backdrop would look wrinkled but not so. When set up it looks better than great.(looks much better than the pictures and they look pretty good) This backdrop turns any room in to a theatre setting. The backdrop is adjustable to fit almost any size performing area.
You just adjust the height and the width of the backdrop is also adjustable.

Jeff Jones made a follow up phone call just to see if I had any questions. He also mentioned that you can flip the colorful curtains tie-backs and swag over to the other side in the event you just need a not so fancy backdrop. This way you just have the curtain showing. Very versatile. Lots of options to choose from.

Anyway I am a satisfied customer and I know my clients will appreciate the extra added accoutrement to their special occasion. Jeff Jones was very easy to work with and he answered all my questions and even gave me some great suggestions regarding his backdrops. If you are thinking of adding a backdrop to your performances whether it be in a fancy hall or in someones game room I would certainly consider
Jeff's backdrops.
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Sounds great! Do you have any pictures of your backdrop yet? What colors did you choose?
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How high can it go and what is the width?
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David Paul, congrats on your backdrop! They are awesome! They really will make the ambience! They are very elegant, and make any setting look good. I have performed in old school gymnasiums, and the backdrop just turns the entire performance area into a whole new space! People always want to take photos with their children at birthday parties in front of the backdrop because it sets the mood, and photographs really well. I have been using mine for about 2 years now.

Cardone - They reach up to ten feet high, and as low as 3 feet, and wide - they are 8 or 9 feet wide, but will fold into a smaller width if needed. I have been in living rooms before and set it up in a corner. The top of it folds in on both sides making it easy to set up anywhere. Even if you are doing closeup and sitting down, you can lower the backdrop and tilt the sides in to make it a more intimate gathering. They break down/set-up in a matter of 30 seconds, and roll it up and stick it in the bag, and you are on your way.
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On 2009-01-19 18:46, 1906Alpha1906 wrote:
David Paul, congrats on your backdrop! They are awesome! They really will make the ambiance! They are very elegant, and make any setting look good. I have performed in old school gymnasiums, and the backdrop just turns the entire performance area into a whole new space! People always want to take photos with their children at birthday parties in front of the backdrop because it sets the mood, and photographs really well. I have been using mine for about 2 years now.

Cardone - They reach up to ten feet high, and as low as 3 feet, and wide - they are 8 or 9 feet wide, but will fold into a smaller width if needed. I have been in living rooms before and set it up in a corner. The top of it folds in on both sides making it easy to set up anywhere. Even if you are doing closeup and sitting down, you can lower the backdrop and tilt the sides in to make it a more intimate gathering. They break down/set-up in a matter of 30 seconds, and roll it up and stick it in the bag, and you are on your way.


Yes, what 1906Alpha1906 said !! Think about it. You are hired to do a show and they ask you to set up in an area that has a window behind you or there are distracting
shelves or pictures on the wall. I just recently performed at an American Legion hall and where they wanted me to set up wasn't the greatest area but hey they sign the check. The backdrop would have solved the problem.

I chose the black backdrop with the purple curtains. Jeff also mentions that you can purchase additional different color tie backs and swags to give your backdrop a different look. So depending on the type of show you can change the appearance of the backdrop. These items are velcro'd for ease of change.
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Wow, this really sounds great, maybe even nicer than the traditional just one color backdrop. I also like the features of the velcro. When I get a backdrop I will most likely be choosing this one.
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See the video of Jeff Jones demonstrating the backdrop.
see here: http://www.magicbackdrops.com/
Click on "Referrals" and you will see the link to the video.
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This backdrop solves every backdrop problem we have. Buy the big one 9 x 15. I have used it in the smallest living room and the largest of stages. It is that flexible. People are actually requesting the backdrop when they book shows!!! It looks that good.
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I just bought the 15x9 foot and am awaiting it's arrival. Can hardly stand it! It's gonna be awesome! Smile
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Been using my backdrop for a couple weeks now and people LOVE it (including me)! It's easy to setup and tear down and totally transforms a show. It's like when you first add music to your show...takes it to another level. I highly recommend this backdrop.
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I saw this last year in San Diego at IBM...simply AMAZING work Jeff has done!

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Huge Fan of these backdrops I have used mine in somewhere near 300 shows with no issues.
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These are great! If it has not been recommended enough so far, I recommend them as well.
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Just wanted to say I just got one too - they are excellent - they really only do take a minute to set up and take down... and they add so much!!!! Jeff also was great with communication and very good with helping figure out the best options... this will be used often!!!
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I have Jeff's largest back drop 15' I think. Someone tell me what I am doing wrong. I find it very difficult to set up and keep the wings on both sides straight as I raise it up. I always end up getting a chair and have to straighten it and then the other side messes up. Is there a way to tighten up the joints so they will stay put after you open them up to what ever position you wnat them in?
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On 2012-06-27 12:53, markofmagic wrote:
I have Jeff's largest back drop 15' I think. Someone tell me what I am doing wrong. I find it very difficult to set up and keep the wings on both sides straight as I raise it up. I always end up getting a chair and have to straighten it and then the other side messes up. Is there a way to tighten up the joints so they will stay put after you open them up to what ever position you wnat them in?


I had the same problem. Turns out I didn't have the cross bar's quick-connect fully seated into the receptor. All I had to do was loosen the quick-connect tightening screw completely before connecting the components then retighten. If you don't really loosen the screw the cross bar will sit on top of it and lean forward or backwards. That is what caused the sides to constantly fold and unfold.

Hope that helps.
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I have several of these backdrops and love them. I've replaced the nuts with locknuts and it has helped out a great deal. But for what you get and ease of use. His curtains are great and so is his customer service!
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Great to add to any of your shows and very portable. Love mine and Jeff has always answered the phone or called me back quickly when I had qustions.

Higly recomment!
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I own a Jeff Jones Magic Backdrop and use it in every show; it sets up in seconds and adds the professional touch for photos by hiding the walls behind me. The worst background behind me in a home is the Television, a flash photo will ruin the every photo taken by the parents
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How does it hold up in the wind? outdoors?
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I can't think of very many backdrops that are suitable for outdoor use. A slight gust of wind, and they'd knock over (the curtains would billow any which way before that). A falling backdrop could damage props, hurt the performer, or even blow into the audience, hurting other people.

I've even seen backdrops get knocked over indoors, because a door was left open and a gust of wind came in through the door.

You can purchase some types of canopy tents that have walls on them (use a back wall instead of a backdrop). But again, they can have challenges in the wind. Some perfomers park their van behind the stage (area), and use the side of their van as a backdrop. I've seen some stages that have solid plywood panels, fastened and braced to the stage by professionals, as backdrops for outdoor use (then it is more scenery than backdrop). Sometimes, they have holes in them, to deal with the wind.

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Buy a American DJ light stand with truss.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/American-DJ-......97942.gc

and two sandbags 40-50lbs. Place them on tripod legs against the wind direction.

Should be able to handle about a 30-40 mph wind.

Just don't raise the height to max.

People that say that you can't use a backdrop outdoors are wrong.
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I have used a Jeff Jones back-drop for several years. I'm not aware of anything better for us entertainers. However be advised: The hand tighteners will break after a while. I'm still using my broken ones. When the time comes, I will go to Home Depot and find the same size bolt with some type of "handle" to replace them with. #2, the cloth at the top rail, on the left and right where they bend forward, have small holes from the frame wearing on the cloth. Haven't done anything about this either - perhaps Jeff can reinforce this area in the future.

Just my 2 cents.

Jim
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