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Topic: Jeff Jones Backdrop
Message: Posted by: markofmagic (Aug 17, 2009 03:53PM)
I know that there is a lot of material about backdrops. I looked long and hard to come up with the right one for me. Jeff Jones just happened to be that one. Sets up in less that a minute and tears down and packs away in about the same time. I would highly recommend it to any one who travels with their show.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 17, 2009 11:15PM)
We already discussed his backdrops many times. I lot of people recommend it.
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Aug 18, 2009 03:21AM)
These are on display at MAGIC Live. They're terrific, look up the other threads on them.
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Aug 19, 2009 06:49AM)
Here is a thread discussing Jeff Jones' larger backdrops: http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=322715&forum=17&30
Message: Posted by: JimbosMagic (Aug 28, 2009 06:31PM)
Jeff was at KIDabra and I have to say his backdrops were just great, he demd the setting up and packing down. less than a minute.
Message: Posted by: GWSchott (Aug 29, 2009 10:47PM)
I have one of his backdrops and it's fantastic. You get a heck of a lot of product for not a lot of money and the quality is great. Plus Jeff is a really nice guy to work with.
Message: Posted by: randallmagic (Sep 30, 2009 11:36AM)
I would concur. Jeff is great and his backdrops are the best.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Oct 1, 2009 05:48PM)
I have to chime in on another Jeff Jones backdrop thread. I have had one for about a year, and only just recently used it for the first time, as I generally use my Spider backdrop. I have to say that the backdrop sets up as quickly and easily as advertised, and looks very good. This is worth every penny - a pleasure to recommend.

Chris
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Oct 2, 2009 01:13AM)
I have to chime in in here and disagree. Jeff's Backdrops are OK but not that great and are way over priced in my opinion. I had one and if you use it on a regular basis the backdrop does not hold up well. So I sold mine and could not have been happier. Magicians in general tend to believe that if a product is endorsed by a so called "Professional" that it is a good product. Why would you believe someone else and you have not even seen or tested out the product. There are so many cliques in the magic area it is not funny. I personally do not think Jeff's Backdrops are that good and again they are way over priced. He is also trying to get these made in China, so another product goes from the US to China. Way to go Jeff.

RJ
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Oct 2, 2009 06:59AM)
Hmmm...I have two of them: one for around 4 or 5 years now and the second for two years. I use them regularly, as in weekly, and they're holding up just fine. In fact, they show dang little wear for the amount of use I give them.

My sole two complaints were the shoulder strap kept slipping off of the hoops on my carry bag and the easy stripping of the adjustment knobs on the stand. I soldered the hoop opening, changed the hooks and spoke to Jeff - problem solved. Jeff also began outfitting his stands with cotter pins to take the weight off of the adjustment knobs - problem solved.

As for China - Jeff is seeking a stronger stand assembly and carry bag source there. He still employs several excellent local seamstresses in and around Raleigh for the curtains themselves.

I have yet to find a more beautiful, height and width adjustable, eye catching backdrop that sets up and packs away in mere minutes for a lesser price. The product speaks for itself.
Message: Posted by: mkmager (Oct 2, 2009 09:44PM)
I have one and it is great! Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Starr (Oct 5, 2009 09:05PM)
So what do you use for a backdrop Rodney? Please let us know what is better and cheaper.
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Oct 6, 2009 12:01AM)
I use a backdrop commonly used in trade shows. WAY, WAY, less expensive and the curtains look great, no tripods to deal with, sets up within 5 minutes yes it is a little longer time but at least I can dry clean my curtains and keep them looking frsh and new and not wrinkled. If I have a venue where it is really smokey I can then just wash the curtains and I am good to go. As with Jeff's backdrop you are stuck with the smell of second hand smoke. And my backdrop has no parts that will break or ever need replacing. And I can fit this in a small space as well.

RJ
Message: Posted by: todd75 (Oct 7, 2009 11:13AM)
I have a Jones backdrop for sale on the let's make a deal section. I've only used it a few times and it does setup and break down quickly. I am having a backdrop custom made for me work my name and logo which is why I am selling it.
Message: Posted by: todd75 (Oct 7, 2009 07:20PM)
It sold within minutes!
Message: Posted by: RicHeka (Oct 7, 2009 09:18PM)
I am not surprised it sold fast.The Jeff Jones Backdrop is one of my best 'investments'.It's quick set-up is almost magical looking.The curtain material does not wrinkle!...no matter how I sometimes carelessly roll it up when I am in a hurry,it stays perfect.Quality personified!

Rich
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 7, 2009 10:37PM)
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On 2009-10-07 12:13, todd75 wrote:
I have a Jones backdrop for sale on the let's make a deal section. I've only used it a few times and it does setup and break down quickly. I am having a backdrop custom made for me work my name and logo which is why I am selling it.
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That is how I have my backdrops, custom made. Check out the video page: http://www.detroitmichiganmagician.com//
Message: Posted by: Jeff Jones -"HI" (Mar 25, 2010 02:51AM)
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On 2009-10-02 02:13, TMORP wrote:
I have to chime in in here and disagree. Jeff's Backdrops are OK but not that great and are way over priced in my opinion. I had one and if you use it on a regular basis the backdrop does not hold up well. So I sold mine and could not have been happier. Magicians in general tend to believe that if a product is endorsed by a so called "Professional" that it is a good product. Why would you believe someone else and you have not even seen or tested out the product. There are so many cliques in the magic area it is not funny. I personally do not think Jeff's Backdrops are that good and again they are way over priced. He is also trying to get these made in China, so another product goes from the US to China. Way to go Jeff.

RJ
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This is ironic how the only customer that I know of that is the least bit dissatisfied called me up this week to purchase another backdrop for immediate delivery. I understand that this was a customer from 2008, so he may have needed to tighten a lock nut, or replace a knob.

Either way, I am here 100% to take care of my customers and stand behind my Magic Backdrops product -no matter what.

In regards to china... This is no secret, I have been trying hard for years to import fabrics from around the world. Instead of purchasing it from any local shop that imports it from china in the first place. This will only help you (the buyer), fabric prices have been greatly increasing as our USD has decreased. At the moment, we are still at the same price that we started at years ago and the quality has only gotten better.

Because of all the variations of requests, ALL of our backdrops are still produced here in Raleigh/Clayton NC.

Currently you are purchasing directly from (us) the manufacturer. I would like to forewarn however that our prices will be increasing within the next 6 months. We will soon be offering a few combinations to certain magic resellers, at that time we will be offering quantity discounts and price increases to allow a profit margin for the resellers.

As a passionate full time performer I enjoy spending hours upon end chit chatting with my clients instead of just doing my job. By having others do most of the selling, I can still talk all day with you the customers. Feel free to call anytime... -Jeff Jones
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Mar 25, 2010 06:16AM)
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On 2009-10-02 02:13, TMORP wrote:
I had one and if you use it on a regular basis the backdrop does not hold up well.
RJ
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Interesting...I've had mine for nearly 5 or 6 years now and it looks just as good as the day I got it. I use mine at least 3-4 times a week and am considering buying one of the larger curtains before the price goes up. The carry bag shows a bit of wear and tear, but aside from that...not a thing. Once Jeff showed me how to tighten the arms, even the droop has gone. I couldn't be happier.
Message: Posted by: ventgreg (Mar 25, 2010 08:45AM)
As a ventriloquist, I use the JJ Magic Backdrop in my corporate shows and love it. I considered the Spider, even saw one in person, but still decided to go with the JJ. I've never regretted my decision. I don't do Kids Shows (not that there's anything wrong with that) and Jeff worked with me to make sure the fabric/style fit the stage look I was after. I'll also confirm what Jeff writes, he went out of his way to make sure I was a satisfied customer. Are they over priced? Not in my opinion.
Message: Posted by: Rodney Palmer (Mar 25, 2010 12:56PM)
I must now eat HUMBLE Pie. I did just order another Backdrop from Jeff on Wednesday. I have come to realise that Jeff makes one of the BEST Backdrops on the market. I did sell my old one and finally came to the conclusion that Jeff's Backdrop makes a whole new presentation for my magic shows also making the shows more intimate. So I do retract my prior statements from any and all posts regarding this matter.

RJ
Message: Posted by: Aaron Smith Magic (Jun 23, 2010 06:05PM)
Now... I am certainly not knocking Jeff's backdrops. After all, Lance Burton owns two!! I looked at Jeff's website, and they really do look fantastic.

BUT, for those on a budget, I have worked with these types of "Pipe & Drape" systems before, and they work, and hold up, extremely well. And they are a fraction of the cost. You can get the portable backdrop kit for 150 bucks.

No, I am not friends with the folks who run this company. No, I do not get paid for mentioning them on public forums. I am just a "Magician helping Magicians". :)


http://www.onlineeei.com/drapes.cfm
Message: Posted by: Skip Way (Jun 23, 2010 07:39PM)
Nothing whatsoever wrong with having multiple options to consider. Thanks, Aaron!
Message: Posted by: Mystical Matthew (Jun 23, 2010 10:41PM)
The Jeff Jones backdrops look really nice. I've already invested in a Spider and am happy with it, but I think Jeff's look really classy. Not to mention they're less expensive.
Message: Posted by: Balloon&MagicGuy (Jul 20, 2010 11:45PM)
I have used a photo backdrop style system (two tripods and 3 thick black curtains) for awhile and have contemplated on getting a more quality set-up...Jet set, Spider and Jeff Jones Backdrops. I think it comes down to personal preference and style.

After months of contemplation, I recently ordered a Jeff Jones backdrop and he was very helpful and went out of his way to provide me the best service with all the selection of colors and materials, and styles. I will let you know when I receive the actual backdrop in a few weeks. Another local magician uses Jeff jones backdrop and he has shared positive feedback with me.

Richard
Message: Posted by: MT (Jul 31, 2010 10:21PM)
JJ backdrops are really hard to beat for the quality and price. It wins on both fronts. I wouldn't get any other.