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Topic: Any information on "Travelling Salesman" case?
Message: Posted by: imgic (Jan 12, 2011 08:39PM)
Currently I use a suitcase on top of a tray stand when performing. I'd like something a bit more "integrated" I've heard of old fashioned travelling salesmen cases that had folding legs built into them, or you could attach. I've been googling, binging, did a yahoo or two, I even searched the Café....and haven't seen anything specific.

In the Café forums there was reference to a medicine show book by Tom Jorgenson possibly having plans for such a table. Anyone with the book, could you confirm there’s such a plan and thoughts? If favorable, I’ll find and buy the book.

I’m not looking for a Cellini type set up of using an open trunk with a top on it. Ideally what I’d like is something like a large leather suitcase that has foldable legs attached, or perhaps legs that detach and screw into the body of the suitcase.

Have seen the Billy McComb table on the School for Scoundrels, but I'm wanting something more "old fashion" looking.

Is there such a thing that anyone knows of, or have I been having a few too many pints and imagined it all? If there is such a beast out there, any suppliers or stores I could check out?

Thanks for any and all help…
Message: Posted by: RiffRaff (Jan 12, 2011 08:55PM)
The book is called "The Medicine Show Manual". It's an excellent book.
There's a full description of a keister and a one-page description with two photos of "the sample case".
Tom is on the Café. You should contact him.
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Jan 12, 2011 09:00PM)
Tom's book doesn't have plans for a case with legs built into it. He has a "kiester plan" in it, which is a case that is hinged and opens out, but sits on top of a tray stand, similar to what you're already using.

Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jan 12, 2011 10:39PM)
You set it on a tripod ..... it's called a tripe and kiester ....... you can see Ed Wynn use one in an old Twilight Zone episode.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Jan 13, 2011 11:58AM)
On 2011-01-12 23:39, ringmaster wrote:
You set it on a tripod ..... it's called a tripe and kiester ....... you can see Ed Wynn use one in an old Twilight Zone episode.

The set-up in the show is exactly what I'm looking for! Thanks...will be searching for a tripe and kiester...
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Jan 13, 2011 05:24PM)
I like it! Let us know if you find it. I may get one myself. :)

Message: Posted by: imgic (Jan 14, 2011 11:27AM)
Well, my education continues. As I've been searching for "tripe and kiester" turns out that's the specific term for a case that then sits upon a tripod. The case seen in the opening of the Twilight Zone is technically a "dropcase." Meaning the legs are attached to the case and drop down.

Trouble is googling "dropcase" brings up a lot of legal stories about lawsuits... the search continues.
Message: Posted by: Magic1 (Jan 15, 2011 12:50AM)
Interestingly, magician Glen Farrington just posted this tonight on his Facebook. These tables care on special for $5 at Bestbuy. It's an Activision DJ-hero carrying case. Not sure if it's exactly what you're looking for but whoa.

http://kotaku.com/5325372/dj-hero-gets-carrying-case-dj-stand/gallery/ Click on images 1 and 3
Message: Posted by: jimmy talksalot (Jan 15, 2011 11:46AM)
I know it's not exactly what you want, but I thought you might think it interesting.

my wife brought it to my attention one day.

Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jan 15, 2011 12:20PM)
If you want to get in to showbusiness the worst way:

Message: Posted by: ringmaster (Jan 15, 2011 12:30PM)
Sid Stone in action
Message: Posted by: imgic (Jan 15, 2011 01:00PM)
Magic1: Thanks, that's quite a bargain, but the DJ Hero logo doesn't fit my character.
Jimmy: That's a sharp table...never imagined looking at a nail supply store.
Ringmaster: I laughed so hard coffee came out my nose. A toy pitchman's set? Who would have thought? Toys certainly have come quite some way from the 50's to the DJ Hero toys of today. That auction site was very interesting...they had card presses, card trimmers and devices to re-round card corners. Looks like an old magic manufacturer equipment...very cool.

I took some screen shots from Twilight Zone that shows the drop case...the hunt continues...
Message: Posted by: Chance (Jan 15, 2011 01:10PM)
That case in the stills appears to be just a normal leather case with a sissor-type laundry rack attached to the bottom. This would be very easy to make yourself. The case is self-expanatory; the laundry rack might be at Ace Hardware or Home Depot. Failing that, you could just make it yourself from scratch in a couple of days.
Message: Posted by: Chance (Jan 15, 2011 02:59PM)
Scroll down to the 3rd photo. This is exactly what is attached to the bottom of the case in those photos. It can be yours for $30:

Message: Posted by: imgic (Jan 16, 2011 06:21PM)
Thank you Chance for the posts and the link. You are exactly right, best solution would be to make one. When I get back home to my tools, that'll be first project on my list.
Message: Posted by: mrunge (Jan 16, 2011 07:46PM)
Good luck. Keep us posted on how it goes.

Mark. :thumbsup:
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Vee (Jul 24, 2011 10:36PM)
I found these two cases on Amazon and I think they look really good if you're trying to recreate one of these.



I'm thinking about getting the wood one.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Aug 1, 2011 09:41PM)
I remember the "Professor" in "Bedknobs and Broomsticks" had a case similar to that, but that may have been designed by Disney and not regularly available.
Message: Posted by: imgic (Aug 2, 2011 09:03AM)
As mentioned to Jimmy in a PM, I haven't done anything yet. I'm a very, very part time performer...so in no rush. And I have a set vision in my head as to what I want. Biggest obstacle is finding the right suitcase. I've my heart set on a 1930-40's style leather case. And I just haven't found one that's the right size, in good enough condition, and at a reasonable price. Though I am excited about the Amazon links Jimmy posted. In the related items below I see they sell the old style "travel stickers" of countries and cities. So may get some of those if needed.

But plan is to keep my eyes open and find right case. Then I'm planning on either finding an accordian-style frame that will support it. If I can't find one, I'm pretty sure I can build one...I've looked them over at Home Depot (BTW thanks to Chance for the inspiration). Will then put holes in case, install grommets in hole, then use bolts/wingnuts to attached drop frame. I can then take it off as desired.

But first step is finding the case. Will post as warranted...
Message: Posted by: Jimmy Vee (Aug 13, 2011 08:28PM)
I found some old cases on Esty.com too. You should check there.

Message: Posted by: Jimmy Vee (Aug 27, 2011 07:23AM)
Check out this killer link to make your own table suitcase. It is awesome. http://www.instructables.com/id/Street-Busking-Suitcase-Table/