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Topic: Portable Tables
Message: Posted by: Burt Yaroch (Oct 29, 2001 09:06AM)
I was looking for a quality table to do walk-around stuff with. Light tripod kinda thing. Any suggestions? :confused:
Message: Posted by: Magicman0323 (Oct 29, 2001 10:16AM)
I have been lucky enough to find 2 tables that fit everything I need for a close up table. Iíll explain the first which you should have NO problem locating, and then the 2nd which you might have to look around for.

The first has a wooden edge on all sides, fits my close-up pad perfectly, comes apart in about 1 minute, packs flat for transporting, stands about waist level, and it only ran me $8.00. In fact I found it in the Dollar store. Iím talking about the TV dinner tray table. I throw a black cloth over the tray which has some different designs on it. And badda bing I have a nice durable close-up table. Iíve even seen them at Walmart with shelves underneath where you can put magazines. If you look at your local store, Iím sure you can find something, even a wooden video shelf could be turned into a perfect close-up table. :idea:

The 2nd I found has a nice wooden lip around the entire table, has a huge tabletop, has 4 different trays underneath and looks like a night club style magic table. It is super strong and only weighs about 5 pounds, the only bad thing is that it wonít fold. But since I drive a pickup this isnít a problem for me. I got this table for free since the store was throwing them out, I originally had 3 of them but painted and sold the other 2. These are really nice if your staying at a set spot, Iíve used this table for birthday parties where Iím in one spot. To find this you might have to look around, but if I can find another one, Iíll snag it for you. I canít promise anything since I was in the right place at the right time, but Iíll keep my eyes open for you. :)
Message: Posted by: Burt Yaroch (Oct 30, 2001 06:43AM)
Cool. Thanks very much. :wavey:
Message: Posted by: Magicman0323 (Oct 30, 2001 07:43AM)
no problem, I hope I helped you out.
Message: Posted by: Robin Parker (Nov 13, 2001 09:27PM)
Another option is to use a waiter's tray stand. On top, place some type of board or perhaps a large waiter's tray. It's cheap, durable & set up is quick & easy.
Message: Posted by: Von (Dec 10, 2001 07:13PM)
Hey yakandjak,

I may have what you need. I produce a table that can be used close-up, parlor, stage, or walkaround. It folds flat and weighs about 8 lbs.

It has many uses. I have one for my cups and balls routine. They are padded for coin work. Card spreads are perfect. The table top dimensions are 16 by 24 inches and stands 30 inches tall.

You can use this table while sitting behind it or you can stand while using it. It can support up-to 250 lbs. The top is lockable when the table is folded out so it dosenít tip if you lean on it too much.

If you are interested, I will send you pictures of it.

Just let me know! :)
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Dec 10, 2001 07:53PM)

Email me privately about this.
Message: Posted by: Peter Marucci (Dec 11, 2001 08:15PM)

I use -- among other things -- a music stand with the top cut off and an adapter added so that it screws into a flange on the bottom of one of my attache cases.

Ultra-light, very sturdy, easily carried.

For heavier work, I use a tripod from a home movie screen.

Cut off at the top, adapter added, etc.

But make sure the upright rod is round, not square or triangular, as some of them are.

The round is much easier to fit to the adapter.


Peter Marucci

Message: Posted by: Doug Byrd (Dec 11, 2001 11:50PM)
Hey Burt,

If you're going to put your rep out there on your close-up table and can afford the steep $450.00 price tag I highly recommend the Norm Neilsen Roll On Table.

It's simply the best and Alain Nu uses his in all his high paying walk around gigs.

Just my $450.00 worth,

Message: Posted by: VernonOnCoins (Jan 17, 2002 04:44PM)
Just a quick question: where are you guys working that you have room to set up a table! Isn't it cumbersome?
Message: Posted by: Alan Munro (Mar 31, 2002 01:11AM)
I use a Viking Tripod base with a hardwood cutting board as a top. The Viking base is the only one that I've found that will fit in my hip pocket! It stands at least 30" tall and is very light.
Message: Posted by: yoda1977 (Apr 2, 2002 06:56PM)
I agree about the tv tray idea I used one and modified it a great deal. It works better than I expected. I am a really tall guy so I just set mine on the top of my magic cases. This is a great idea. :magicrabbit:
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Aug 7, 2002 05:21PM)
It seems like a music stand would fall over if bumped. These are usually quite light weight but I always thought they were in danger of falling, even just with music on them, let alone a close-up table on top?

how wrong am I?
...and what is the viking thingy?
Message: Posted by: magiciandude (Sep 4, 2002 12:39AM)
That is so amazing, Peter's plan for a table is the same as the one that I am building right now. Where did you find the adapter? I love your idea.

Lance R. Wilson
Great, I'm Stuck
Message: Posted by: mrmetropolis (Sep 4, 2002 02:20AM)
The music stand I think they are refering to could be cymbal stands. That is what I have used in the past. They are quite heavy but really sturdy. Considering a guy could be banging on them all night during a rock concert. You might be thinking of the portable music stands you see highschool kids using to hold their music. Highly unworthy considering they are made from modified aluminum foil. LoL. :righton:
Message: Posted by: CSStanton (Sep 18, 2002 06:18PM)
I noticed that Cellini had a great table when I went to his lecture. It was very skinny when folded up. It looked like a black board, he picked it up and a long leg folded down, which was a cross of two metals. They crossed like a '+', making it very strudy. There were the suit symbols cut into the metal.
Does anyone know where I can get one of these? Please PM me if you do!
Message: Posted by: Payne (Sep 19, 2002 10:44AM)
The table you saw Cellini using is a Harbin Table. Several versions of these are available from various dealers. I recommend the metal like you saw as they are very light and open automatically. Expect to pay around 200.00 - 250.00 for one if when you find it.
On those rare occasions that I have to do walkaround I either use the Harbin Table or else a Norm Nielson cane table that I have rigged an elegant cigar box to fit on so I have both a place to store props and a small performing surface.
Message: Posted by: DonBrandfas (Sep 28, 2002 11:15PM)
At the moment I am working on producing a close up table top that will fit the Eureka table base. The project is still in the mock-up stage and hope to get a few demos available soon. And I promise that this will not have $400.00 or MORE price tag like some that have recently hit the market. More info when the project gets close to finish.
Message: Posted by: Dano (Sep 29, 2002 08:00AM)
Don: Please email me at danulrich@att.net when your table is available!
Message: Posted by: nostromo (Dec 24, 2002 09:10PM)
A nice folding stand that can support a briefcase or small rectangular table top can be had at WALMART in the states in the laundry section. They're folding laundry hampers and are like lightweight versions of the waiter stands. They run under twenty bucks and the aluminum model is about 29" tall, the wooden one is 33". I got the wooden one, left the canvas laundry bag off, and added a second strap to the top.

While there, look in the kitchen and bath linen section and you can find a 'stars, suns, and moon' motif tapestry table runner (I stitched one so that it runs on both sides of the stand, forms a pocket under the briefcase area, and has a big tassel on each side), a tapestry placemat (attached to the outside lid of the briefcase with doublesided campertop tape that provides cushoning), and a large half-circle rug (attached to a plywood lapboard to make a table top, also using the thick double sided tape). Since the tabletop is kidney shaped, the tapestry needed to be trimmed then 'hemmed' with craft glue to keep it from fraying.

In the WALMART fabric section I got some 1/4" gold piping as used on pillow borders, and 'edged' the tabletop with it, using thin double sided tape and wedging the bias tape along the piping in between the tapestry and the tabletop. Hope this helps! :sun:
Message: Posted by: Dynamike (Dec 25, 2002 04:49AM)
I use the Eureka Table Base. Mak Magic makes it. It is a metal tripod. The legs are adjustable. It is stong. You might wanna try placing a detachable briefcase on it as Nostromo describe earlier. They also make black art felt table tops for the stand also. It has red velvet around it with gold fringes. They also make another top that has secret slits on top to hide cards.
Message: Posted by: Andrew E. Miller (Jan 1, 2003 03:14AM)
I always have problems with this. If I find a table I like and would buy, it is usually too high for the spectator's field of vision and if it is in their field of vision, I have to bend over when performing and it hurts my back A LOT!!!!
Message: Posted by: Bobcape (Jan 7, 2003 12:48PM)
I use an "X-base" with a removeable top. This is rock solid. The best part about this base is that it is adjustable for height, width and for non-level floors or surfaces. I encourage you to check it out at [url=http://www.zzounds.com/love.music?p=p.QLKBS619&a=adTL]ZZounds[/url]. I've been very happy with mine!


Message: Posted by: leefoley3 (Jan 8, 2003 07:34PM)
The magic shop I do business with has informed me that they have seen a prototype of a new close-up table that sounds very promising. I believe that the price mentioned was around 200.00. (That price is not written in stone). As soon as I hear word that they are being produced (I can't recall the manufacturer) I will post it. I too am looking for a close-up table, and this sounds like an awesome one. I will inform once I hear something. Check back with me. :thehat:
Message: Posted by: Salazar Magic (Jan 15, 2003 04:06PM)
Does anyone have pictures of these tables?
Message: Posted by: Mark Rough (Feb 3, 2003 07:32AM)
What do you guys think of the banjo table that Collector's Workshop makes?

Message: Posted by: Snidini (Feb 4, 2003 07:58PM)
Like Bobcape, I also use an piano or X base stand from one of the many music shops. Adding a wooden plank with black or red velour coverings gives you not only plenty of table top room but still looks classy. Nice thing about them is they are adjustable for various heights.

Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Feb 6, 2003 09:42AM)
I use a percussionist's side table, used for holding and controling bells, tambourines, blocks, triangles, etc. Very sturdy. Has a small lip around the top to keep things from rolling off, when used as a stage table, and I have found that I can velcro a flat top to it for close-up. The table adjusts from about 2 1/2 ft high to my waist level - I'm 6'3" tall.
Message: Posted by: DarryltheWizard (Dec 3, 2003 08:39PM)
I have the banjo table from the Collector's Workshop and I've attached velcro to the top and to this I place a ATM case about 1/2 of the size of a briefcase and it takes up little room and is stable enough to hold the case. It all folds up in a small denim bag and only weighs a couple of pounds. ($150.00 price)
Darryl the Wizard :goodluck:
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 5, 2003 05:13AM)
A great place to start is in the drum accessories section of a large music store like Mars. Eveything is made to be moved and shipped. EMT joints will work to modify most of them to take water pipe threaded flanges etc.

Another place to look is the thrift shop for bases to office chairs and stools. They roll! They will hold a lot of weight. They are very stable. They are CHEAP! Some look very expensive and professional. They were built to be abused. You get to see it first.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: DarryltheWizard (Dec 27, 2003 12:10PM)
I use a collector's workshop collapsible table that I purchased secondhand for $50.00. I added a few strips of industrial strength Velcro to the top of the table to accommodate a brief case. It folds up very easily and weighs next to nothing. Lately, I've switched the briefcase for a small make-up case about 1/4 of the size of the brief case.
Darryl the Wizard :bigdance:
Message: Posted by: glodmagic (Dec 27, 2003 12:36PM)
You can also purchase a screw in flange, the thread size of a microphone holder. A folding Mic stand with a tabletop (or threaded flange mounted on case) works great using this method. If you know that the "joint" you are working has a mic stand then you need carry in even less.

You can remove a section of a Banjo table and it will be a little lower to accodate the height of a small case put on it (as described) and bringing it back to table height. Just cut the bungee cord remove a tube and tie a new knot.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Jan 14, 2004 03:03PM)
You might find my "Table hopper's Friend" to be of use:

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Message: Posted by: naturalturn (Feb 11, 2004 07:52PM)
Regarding the Banjo Table from Collector's Workshop:

I purchased mine about five years ago and it is light, extremely portable, classy-looking and well made, plus it comes with a nice bag. The only problem is, the surface is not quite big enough (IMHO diameter-wise just short an inch or two) and it would have to be covered with some sort of felt so items (especially a brand new deck of cards) would not slide off so easily.

An additional note: this table is especially for strolling/street shows, it is not very sturdy due to the design of the three legs. As a matter of fact, a spectator accidentally leaned on it slightly and as a result, bent the tubing which I easily fixed. Still, I don't regret purchasing it and continue to use it for my shows when it's appropriate.

naturalturn (Ray)
Message: Posted by: Magic.J.Manuel (Feb 22, 2004 10:57PM)
I saw a portable karaoke stand on hytechgear.com that is built to hold a TV plus two mics and a drink shelf. A techie tool or close-up case would sit on it and look high tech if not classy. The base has an adjustable post, 5 folding legs and has casters. The mic holders can be used to hold a wand or other props. And the drink tray can be used to store cups and balls, or even a drink if you get thirsty. A velvet cloth drape could be added to hide the small shelf and add a place for your favorite magic images, or a name plaque.
Message: Posted by: guitarmagic (Nov 30, 2009 09:21PM)
Would the Harbin table work effectively with a close-up pad either glued or fixed with velcro to the table surface? Is this table of sufficient size for general card and coin work?