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Topic: Matching Tray for Mighty-Mini Chests… Gimpy Goes Yet One Better!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 9, 2009 05:12PM)
Gimpy Goes Yet One Better!

OK, so you guys love his Light & Heavy Chests….
maybe even more his Mini-Mighty version.
But Gimpy has surpassed Gimpy!

You know…
you either have to bring the right table to complete the job,
or you have to count on the right style table being available.
So it entails lugging around a lot, or hit-and-miss doing the magic.

Well not for me anymore….
I asked Gimpy if he’s experiment and try to craft an add-on for me,
I wanted an unassuming looking wooden TRAY with handles,
which would complement the design of the Mighty-Mini.

With a tray I figured I could hold it or set it down,
and WITHOUT worrying about the table challenges….
I’d be good-to-go!

And he outdid himself…
He designed and built the absolutely perfect tray to complete my set.
It allows the Chest to become and remain VERY heavy,
and also makes the very light part a snap.

AND Gimpy has said he’ll offer similar trays to both
old and new owners of his Mighty-Mini Chests.
Thank you Mr. Gimpy.

I don’t know what he’ll charge for the trays once they’re in production
(mine was the prototype model)
I do know his wife locks him in his workshop without food or water,
until he meets his orders and chest quotas…..
so he’ll have to tell you when they’re going to be available,
the turn-around time, and the cost.

But, let me say I feel my set is now complete, beautiful, functional
…and I’m armed and dangerous.

I’m so happy that Gimpy is open to new ideas and innovations,
and is willing to help out his clients when there is a demand.

You heard it here first….
There is now a coordinating wooden tray,
which makes your Light & Heavy Chest effect a breeze and pleasure to perform.

Message: Posted by: gimpy2 (Jan 9, 2009 06:27PM)
I'm so glad you're pleased with the tray! I welcome all ideas, and this was a great idea of yours! All the idea needed was a little experimentation and fiddling around in the workshop.
The first attempt didn't work and after the beating I got from my wife, I knew not to dissapoint again :) The end result was a tray that seems perfect for the chest. I tested it three times and each test was a 30-minute test. The chest stayed in heavy mode for the entire time for all three tests.
I hope people will like this. I'll be adding this to my Web site soon. Have added a pic here.
Thank you for the praise!
Message: Posted by: SpellbinderEntertainment (Jan 12, 2009 01:17PM)
Hello guys!

Actually I worked with the mini-chest and tray over the weekend with some colleagues,
and I just love it, it works for my needs even better than I’d hoped.

First, the chest is supposed to be either “heavy” or “light”
not “impossible to lift or stuck” and “weightless”
…I feel this is an important psychological point to have in mind,
and get across to the audience and any assistants.

So, holding the tray firmly and against your torso,
they can try to lift the box and find it too heavy to lift,
and unless you’ve directed them poorly,
they won’t try to force it or yank it,
and make it look like you are straining to hold the tray.

The tray is also large enough, plain enough, and innocent enough,
that is does not draw attention or suspicion to it.
The secret is to USE the tray to bring the chest into the room or audience!

I was able to walk from person to person,
asking them to “feel how heavy the chest is”
and as I passed among the group no one questioned the tray,
it made perfect sense to walk around with it, to get to a few people.

After the “magic” the same, or a few other people,
are able to find the chest is “lighter than before”
and again the tray makes sense to walk around with,
rather than having them all come up on stage.

I do feel if you want to work solely on a stage,
the tray can be on any table you choose (even one with a tablecloth)
and if you simply hold the edges of the tray casually and fairly
(to keep it stable) there would be little suspicion,
IF you also used the tray to bring the props forward and away again after.

It’s been a great solution for me…
depending upon your presentation or style it may NOT work for you,
but it has made the mighty-mini more practical, flexible, and usable for my needs.

Feel free to ask Gimpy or me any other questions you may have about this add on.
It just helped that Gimpy was open to keep “thinking outside the box”
(so to speak) and come up with another variation on the theme.

To me, presentation is everything in making an effect like this work,
as evidenced by the work Lyle has also done, with Gimpy and in performance.