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Topic: What do you want from a table?
Message: Posted by: ufo (Sep 15, 2003 08:29AM)
I have a friend who is a scenic designer and prop maker and he has recently taken an interest in my magic. One of the things that fascinated him most was my rolling suitcase table that I have used for nearly 20 years.

He contends he can build a better, stronger, smaller, more clever table if he just knew what all I wanted it to do and have.

SO...I ask you all, what exactly goes into the "ultimate magic table?"
Boundaries: the format of a rolling table/case. Let the wish lists begin! :stuckinbag:
Message: Posted by: MagicAndBlackjack (Sep 15, 2003 01:19PM)
Pockets to ditch gaffs or anything you need to get rid of is a must.
Message: Posted by: JamesinLA (Sep 22, 2003 03:12AM)
A sound system built into the table that is remote controllable.

Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Sep 22, 2003 01:31PM)
[list][*]Looks good, is able to withstand travel well
[*]Lightweight but strong materials. (Remember, if the table is empty and then gets filled up and weights 75 lbs, it's too heavy!)[/list]
Message: Posted by: GaryW (Sep 22, 2003 03:44PM)
Good looks; portability; some hidden storage space :)
Message: Posted by: KirkG (Sep 22, 2003 05:00PM)
Loading devices similiar to the wonder mats. A place for three to six cup and ball loads. Adjustable height for standing or sitting, or if that is too much, then the ability to order it in a specific height.

A locking drawer to hold small props and gaffs that can double as a servante.

Locking wheels for when it is fully loaded.

16x20 performance area on top. Padded and hard surface interchangability.

Kirk Grodske
Message: Posted by: ufo (Sep 22, 2003 05:11PM)
Excellent ideas! Keep 'em coming and we shall see what happens. Who knows maybe a "Magic Café" table design!
Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Sep 22, 2003 11:41PM)
[list][*]How about a top with built-in wells?
[*]Adjustable height from the floor?
[*]Fold-out ditch bag?
[*]Adjustable shelves like a fridge?
[*]Built-in fog machine?
[*]Built-in pyro show?
[*]Built-in PK station?
[*]Built-in thread system?
[*]Built-in magnet catch for steel?
[*]Built-in rope holders on the sides for your ropes?[/list]What kind of shop does he have? This could go on for a while.
Message: Posted by: gician (Sep 29, 2003 11:13PM)
I like the fold-out ditch bag idea. I have basically a two-piece club table which is packed with the show; set it down, and I'm ready to go. However, I've always wanted to perform, say the Vanishing Coke Bottle (either kind). However, I should then toss the tube or bag (safely) away—not carefully set it back inside my table. So a place to toss something into a table without having an extra piece to carry would be ideal for me.
Message: Posted by: MacGyver (Oct 2, 2003 02:55AM)
A black art top with a bottle "hole" so you can vanish items on top!!!

How about this:

A small slit that will take a coin or card, have it attached to a slide that goes into your nesting boxes or whatever...So it goes right from the table top to nested box.

Servante is a must, as well as easy card / deck / coin loaders...

Hmm that's about it...
Message: Posted by: Ricahato (Oct 2, 2003 08:01PM)
What a great post, it got me thinking and the ideas just start growing, WOW! If you are going to use it for stage take into consideration what Jeff McBride says on his video, I think it is on [i]Stage Vol II[/i], he explains the importance of a table that won't fall off if you push it. :light:
Message: Posted by: DarryltheWizard (Oct 4, 2003 09:03PM)
I have had a table fetish for years and I, too, have not found the perfect table. I've even sold my dining room table to make more room for magic tables.

At present I use two small folding suitcase tables covered with a greyish black speaker material which is velcro compatible. I feel a magic table should not be painted brightly, for it distracts from your magic performance.

Jeff McBride uses an upright drummer's case made of compressed board. It is very light and does not distract from his amazing magic. The advantage of the speaker material enables you to attach ditching bags, plaques to the front, etc.

Darryl the Wizard.
Message: Posted by: ufo (Oct 5, 2003 05:45PM)
Thank you all for the great input. I wll be meeting with my friend this week and I will show him all the posts. Keep the ideas coming and we will see what happens.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Oct 28, 2003 02:06PM)
See...kingstardog is not thinking. If you're going to have shelves "like" a fridge, why not just get the fridge in there to start with? Then you have a fridge, shelves, cold beer, the works!

On 2003-09-23 00:41, KingStardog wrote:
[list][*]How about a top with built-in [*]Adjustable shelves like a fridge?[/list][/quote]
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Oct 29, 2003 03:22AM)
I use two tables. One for parlor and the other for strolling. The Viking is what I use for parlor. It makes a good place to keep props before and after my act. The one I use for strolling is very helpful to use to hold my props on in front of the spectator and makes good storage to keep a lot of props for when needed.
Message: Posted by: Dano (Nov 4, 2003 07:44PM)
I have a small tripod unit with a VERY heavy base for obvious reasons. :magicrabbit: