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Topic: Walk around
Message: Posted by: wonderbob (Mar 27, 2010 07:54AM)
Hi everyone I have a qusetion about doing walk-around shows where do you put everything when you preform. Do you store it all in your pockets. please let me know where you put all of your stuff
Message: Posted by: brody (Mar 27, 2010 01:04PM)
Depends, but yes, normally everythings in the pockets. But, I wear a suit, so I have 2 front pants pockets, 2 back pants pockets, 2 inner jacket pockets, 2 outer jacket pockets, a breast pocket on the jacket, and a breast pocket on my shirt.

I can carry a lot of stuff.
Message: Posted by: wonderbob (Mar 27, 2010 10:24PM)
But what if you don't where suites and you just where like jeans & a tee shirt what would you use to carry all your stuff in
Message: Posted by: brody (Mar 28, 2010 11:34AM)
I wouldn't. Wear blue jeans and such.

I try to dress better than my audience.

I have performed in dress pants and dress shirt and tie during some hot August outdoor shows, AND in that case, I have a tool bag that I carry It looks something like this:

https://www.fastcap.com/estore/pc/catalog/FlexToolBag_250.jpg


However, using this is far and away NOT my normal style.
Message: Posted by: twistedace (Mar 28, 2010 11:45AM)
I usually have a waiter's tray stand, a picture frame that I've take the glass out of and have turned into a close up pad, and a black diaper bag that holds all of my stuff when I do walkaround. The bag hangs off of the handles of the tray stand and the picture frame is ultra light. It's basically a framed close up pad. You can find the felt/foam material at most fabric stores. I used fabric glue to glue the material onto the wood back of the picture frame. By using this set up, I can wear short sleeves without a jacket when I work in the summertime and I never have to have anything in my pockets. The bag also doubles as a mini-servante.
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Mar 28, 2010 01:40PM)
Have a tailor widen and enlarge your pockets.
Message: Posted by: Servaas Koomen (Apr 2, 2010 02:55AM)
In my restaurant job I wear jeans with a nice shirt and tie. the shirt has 2 extra front pockets made, so its 6 pockets total, enough to fit at least 9 effects in.
Message: Posted by: sirbrad (Apr 3, 2010 02:22AM)
I carry a nice vinyl brief case cargo type bag. Some carry camera pouches too. Sometimes I leave the case behind the counter and work out of pockets, sometimes I carry the case to the table and work from it. The Presto Pad also holds some of my stuff and works great. Some "purists" may scoff at you carrying any type of bag or close-up pad, but the audience does not care and they are always excited to see what is inside. I use a small presto close-up pad as my magic "stage" and it works great. There is nothing on the table either because I perform before any food arrives. So these options work great for me.

Now walk-around without a table you obviously need to work out of your pockets, or carry a briefcase and set it down. Or you can use some type of vest with a lot of pockets. If you do mostly packet or "flat" effects you could use a CD holder attached to the inside of your jacket as suggested in another thread. IF I have a table option though I never just limit myself to pocket only items, I take advantage of the table space and do not "limit" my repertoire to only "in the hands" effects.
Message: Posted by: Deucemc (Aug 23, 2011 01:16AM)
I've worn baggy clothes since well forever. I recently bought Exact Change by Gregory Wilson. It's a great effect but now I have to alter some of my everyday clothes from jeans and shorts due to the big pocket space.
So if you're looking for more space and it fits your character, buy bigger clothes or have a seamstress fix it up for you.
Message: Posted by: Leland (Sep 2, 2011 07:05AM)
I wear a suit so I have lots of pockets. When I work an event I have my case that I set down at my station then do an hour of work. By then I need to reload or switch out. So really I only carry what I need in my set.
Message: Posted by: goatears (Nov 8, 2011 04:47PM)
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On 2010-03-27 23:24, wonderbob wrote:
But what if you don't where suites and you just where like jeans & a tee shirt what would you use to carry all your stuff in
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When I busk I wear cargo shorts and a magic t-shirt. When it's hot outside you got to do what you gotta do!
Message: Posted by: Yellowcustard (Nov 8, 2011 06:26PM)
Waist coats are always a good idea for a few extra pockets. They look good with jeans and ts
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Nov 11, 2011 10:18AM)
I may keep things in a coin purse in my pocket and in my wallet, but that's when I'm bar-hopping.

When I perform at a gig, I wear a suit. Occasionally, I wear a vest. If it's really hot, I may perform in one location, with the props stored on a shelf, under the table top.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Nov 12, 2011 08:39AM)
I would recommend acquiring a vocabulary. You may be able to find one on Amazon.com. Then you might quit preforming and you won't where jeans and t's.
Message: Posted by: coachc (Nov 16, 2011 09:56PM)
I like using a
Moorehouse cube table with an eureka base. Easy to move and holds alot.I customized mine to provide a small work area on top with a close up pad Not ideal for all strolling but I love having a table top to use some of my favorite tricks. Light weight.
Message: Posted by: Federico Soldati (Nov 26, 2011 08:31AM)
I ordered a special suit with MANY pocket. Actually, I let make it during a vacation in Thailand. You can customize it as much as you want and I requested them to put plenty of pockets.
I don't know what they thought (eh eh) but it works great. The only problem? You have to remember in what pocket you place what! I don't use special table during walk around. I often place the cards on the dinner table and up to now nobody seemed to have problems about it. Just make sure to be kind. Cheers! Federico
Message: Posted by: Octopus Sun (Nov 26, 2011 02:10PM)
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On 2011-11-12 09:39, Bill Palmer wrote:
I would recommend acquiring a vocabulary.[/quote]
wow I agree
Message: Posted by: EZrhythm (Dec 6, 2011 05:08AM)
Belt clip cell phone holsters with the flap removed.
Holds decks of cards, un-boxed if desired; Packet effects.
Filled with foam, holds coins, TT, lighter, etc.
Worn upside-down works as a holdout.
Wear a jacket or no jacket with your same set-up.
Wear'm exposed with the flap intact for a cool utility image. Look ladies, no more fanny pack!
Inexpensive! Spend a few bucks for some cheap ones or put in a few more bucks for nicer.
Wear just one for some added pocket space or wear six for a super hero utility belt of props. Batman would be proud!
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Dec 6, 2011 11:56AM)
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On 2011-11-26 15:10, Duaut wrote:
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On 2011-11-12 09:39, Bill Palmer wrote:
I would recommend acquiring a vocabulary.[/quote]
wow I agree
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If someone is going to stay in the country, they may as well learn the language. There are people who were born in the U.S. who still have no command of American English, as they enter their golden years.
Message: Posted by: Martino (Dec 6, 2011 02:12PM)
Better yet, learn proper English! Colour, for example! :)
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Dec 6, 2011 02:23PM)
At least, I know some UK slang, although I've never been there. I don't have to ask why when a Brit says he's "p*ssed".
Message: Posted by: pattrick (Dec 7, 2011 06:10AM)
I would say it depends on where you are working. Jacket and tie for someplace nice. My restaurant gigs are are family friendly and busy. Lots of regular customers where I need to carry something new ( at least to them) and my preferred routines. I work in short sleeves or long sleeves rolled up, no jacket. I use a very nice looking leather pouch, ( gibriece I believe it is called, although I most likely mispelled it). It holds a lot and is also a great topit and switching aid. Many magicians cringe when mentioning an apron , but never has a spectator said " you know you really should be wearing something else". I can see all of my props and carry some heavy final loads. Even an extra pocket for all the tips! I have performed over 3000 gigs with this, so I think it works... at least for me.
Message: Posted by: ottphd (Mar 27, 2012 06:03PM)
Depending on how you dress, for out side walk around a good fishing vest really works great. Lots of pockets
Message: Posted by: Ray Bertrand (Mar 30, 2012 07:04PM)
Interesting post. I have found that when I am performing parlour or close-up I tend to use the pockets in my pants and sport or suit jacket. Just a tip... Leave the normal stuff out of your pockets for ease of use. Only place in your pockets what you will be using while performing.

Jay Sankey has a great 'fanny pack' style pouch which he markets for around $25.00. He has customized this pack to accomodate cards, thumb tips, coins, etc. Ideal for someone working in a T-Shirt or short sleeved shirt.
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Apr 3, 2012 01:53PM)
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Jay Sankey has a great 'fanny pack' style pouch which he markets for around $25.00. He has customized this pack to accomodate cards, thumb tips, coins, etc. Ideal for someone working in a T-Shirt or short sleeved shirt.
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Here it is, the Assassin's Pouch:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=321808&forum=34

If you have trouble finding one, one of the Café member has made a knockoff here, look 19 posts or so down:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=321808&forum=34&19
Message: Posted by: dbolan (Apr 3, 2012 02:54PM)
Here the leather tribute to the original:

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=321808&forum=34&start=19
Message: Posted by: taoist (Apr 30, 2012 09:59PM)
I'm in the market for a vest (as in Busker Gear's elegant vest but am not getting a reply from there). If anyone has a referral I'd be obliged.
Message: Posted by: pepka (May 1, 2012 12:23AM)
Want to be a successful walk around performer? Learn how to do more, with less. The magic comes from YOU NOT YOUR PROPS! Goofy looking pouches and vests just make it look like you need a ton of stuff to perform. I know a professional performer who will show up for a strolling gig with one regular deck, a mental photo. deck, brainwave deck, folding quarter, cig through quarter, card to wallet, peek wallet and himber wallet. This is the wrong way to work.I work every week and do 3-4 hours of walk around with 2 decks of cards, a marker, Dean's set and maybe sponge balls or an egg bag. And the egg bag is only in case I have to work for a very large group and will usually only get used once a night, if at all. Along with this there are items that I borrow or take off the table. If you walk in carrying a case and leave it behind the bar or something that is one thing. I'll do this and leave a chop cup or cups inside and only do it for one table a night.
Message: Posted by: taoist (May 3, 2012 03:58PM)
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On 2012-05-01 01:23, pepka wrote:
Want to be a successful walk around performer? Learn how to do more, with less. The magic comes from YOU NOT YOUR PROPS! Goofy looking pouches and vests just make it look like you need a ton of stuff to perform. I know a professional performer who will show up for a strolling gig with one regular deck, a mental photo. deck, brainwave deck, folding quarter, cig through quarter, card to wallet, peek wallet and himber wallet. This is the wrong way to work.I work every week and do 3-4 hours of walk around with 2 decks of cards, a marker, Dean's set and maybe sponge balls or an egg bag. And the egg bag is only in case I have to work for a very large group and will usually only get used once a night, if at all. Along with this there are items that I borrow or take off the table. If you walk in carrying a case and leave it behind the bar or something that is one thing. I'll do this and leave a chop cup or cups inside and only do it for one table a night.
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That is good although I prefer no case, and being able to stay organized even with my every day carry items. Some like to use topits (vest/jacket). And of course, prop management often has other built in utility advantages-- no matter how few the props are.
Message: Posted by: Ekuth (May 3, 2012 05:44PM)
I work from my pockets almost exclusively (far cry from when I started... cutting back on your stuff is one of the first lessons learned the hard way... Pepka nailed it in the above post) but I do have a small shoulder bag thing to carry my C&B set, a drink and other things that are too big for my pockets. I also keep my silks and cards in there when not in use- another lesson learned the hard way due to the climate where I live.

When it's 100+ degrees, working with sweat soaked silks and cards is just... icky. Took me all of one day busking to figure that out.

I also use a double sided close-up pad I made; it's covered with black felt on one side and white felt on the other.

Why white?

I found out the hard way at an outdoor strolling gig that after night falls and there's only ambient light/tiki torches/lighted pedestal tables to rely on... your props disappear onto your dark pad surface.

So, night falls, I flip the board over and work on the white side.
Little feet on both sides keep whichever surface is on the bottom from getting dirty. Has a handle hole, is lightweight and looks classy.

I slip the strap of my bag through the handle hole to sling it around after I'm done.
Message: Posted by: milesart (May 9, 2012 02:47PM)
I use some pocket extender, you can slip them inside your "inside pockets" and you have about 10 more pockets, do it both sides provides 20 pockets
Message: Posted by: Scott Horn (May 21, 2012 01:03PM)
Taoist,

I recently ordered a Buskers Vest. I too got no response in email, but my phone calls were immediately answered and responded to by Bobby Maverick. I ordered based solely on other customer comments. It is a slow process as each vest is apparently made to order. Im hoping for delivery in about 2 weeks.
Message: Posted by: Decomposed (Jun 12, 2012 01:46AM)
All my pockets are filled and the rest I try to find a secure place to stash a small close up bag.
Message: Posted by: Hofi (Jun 22, 2012 06:35AM)
First I try to use as less as possible props and make reuse as often as possible. Therefor I´m not the one having multiple faked deck of cards which can only be used for one effect. I have all of the items in my suits (a few additional pockets).

In special situations I do have a old style doctor bag, but this is not being used for walk around in larger environments
Message: Posted by: Benjamagic (Jul 16, 2012 10:35AM)
Take a look at Joshua Jay's Transporter. That is really helpful for my walk around gigs.