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This is all common sense. Planning is what I call blocking.... Anyone that has walked the boards long enough, just knowns about creating an act where you can set up in ten minutes and once a prop has been used, it goes right back in the same spot in the case or in a pocket to keep the flow of the act moving. You leave out routines where you have to make or construct things the night before.. This way your act is set and ready to rock and roll. Do your program, close the lid (after you empty a pocket or two) and you are now ready to do another program. No fuss at all.

Many entertainers set a trunk type of box on a table with a chair in front. And work that way.

As far as the guy in an earlier post stating that he would never place his case/bag on a chair, he is thinking like a magician. So it would be out of place for him to do so. I guess this thinking comes from working with a magic table all the time. But for a mentalist, this is common practice to place their bag/case on a chair. Using everyday items is an element that a mentalist wants.

Someone also hit on the idea of placing things on their person. This is common sense again but worth talking about. Run through your act to block it. Stop at the end of each routine and noticed where you are. Are you now up front and commanding the stage/platform? Do you really have to return to your case/box/trunk? Can you place items that you are holding in a pocket and work from another pocket to create an on going balance to your act? Or if you return to your case and replace your item, can you just walk forward as you go into your transition and simply start your next routine by removing an item from your pocket or secertly get to it? I like to work from the base of getting props (lack for a better word) and going south with the idea of it being almost invisible. I have a friend who would move so naturally from one routine to another, that it seem like some of his props simply appeared from thin air. I admired the thinking.

I like the idea of not having to go to your case/box for every routine. To me it becomes, the (in this case) magician and his case/box. You need to block or as others have said, plan, your program so that everything has a flow to it.

Ever after all these years I still use what I call a dummy sheet. There have been times where I only had minutes to set up and do a sound check.. Here is what I mean, and once again it is just common sense..... When I did magic, I would open my table or case and remove two pieces of paper. On one there would be a drawing of my case or table with all the props and where they go. I would look at the paper and then quickly check to see if the prop was in fact in that location in my case or table. I could check my act in seconds without the fear of missing something. Once that was done, I looked at the other paper. Their I had a drawing of my trousers, short, vest and jacket. Off to the side I have listed props with lines and arrows pointing to where they go on my person. With a quick pat down, I knew that I had everything in place and could now concentrate on something else if I needed to. Was this Overkill? I don't think so. It just a few moments, I was 100% sure that my act was set and ready to go. Might sound goofy, but it is what it is.

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I recall looking all over for the 'perfect' carrying for my character, and a wooden suitcase seemed to work wonderfully. Alas, the cost to have something made to my specs was a bit more than I was willing to lay out. Decorative suitcases seemed to be a bit flimsy and actual antique cases were generally in poor enough condition to where I wasn't confident in entrusting my show. In the end, I found that a newer catalog case with travel stickers (purchased cheaply enough on Amazon) aged with teabags worked quite well.

I suppose where I'm going is where many of you already were. Rather than reinventing the wheel, modify what already works.
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I bought an old looking leather suitcase from ebay. I discover two shops that specialise on restoring and selling old leather things. I decided to cancel my order of wooden suitcase because leather suitcase looked much better. Thank you all for your suggestions.
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