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Topic: Something I'll carry with me daily.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 11, 2014 12:38AM)
My latest and greatest...

Hiya Gang!

As many of you know, I recently had some pretty serious wrist surgery. No worries, though, I'll be back at 100% in a couple of months. But in this time, I thought I would take the opportunity to sort out and finish a couple of projects I've been working on. One of them was a new "carry bag"...

I've got tons of bags, boxes, cases, and every other storage device you can think of but I wanted [i]one[/i] bag, one [i]single[/i] case that I could take with me to a coffee shop, or a friend's place, camping, or wherever. And that would have:

[b]a)[/b] Projects and effects that I'm currently working on.

[b]B)[/b] Would allow me to do either a Close-Up gig or a Stage Show at a moment's notice.

It wouldn't be my "official" close-up case (I already have two. One for gigs [that stays at home until needed] and one for the car [in case I ever go to a gig and somehow forget my case]). It also wouldn't be my "official" stand-up show rig. I wanted it to be something that I would carry with me day-to-day.

And I finally got it today! I was with my wife at a Craft Fair a couple of months ago and I came across this booth called [url=http://atraceofgrey.tumblr.com/]"Trace Of Grey Designs"[/url] that had the coolest leather work I've ever seen. Not only that, but the two artists that run it (Claudia and Monique) were just awesome people. We really clicked. So, after some discussions on what I was looking for, I commissioned them to create this masterpiece. Needless to say, I absolutely love it.


[img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3829/11882836714_37f6965a3e.jpg[/img]
I love the almost "military" feel of it. I wanted it to look old and timeless. Stamped on it is "Property of Jamie D. Grant" which is a throwback to when people used to personalize all of their belongings. I also hadn't thought of attaching the rings to it but after I got it today, I saw that it was an easy thing to add. Perfect!


[img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7458/11883287946_a1a6d5172a.jpg[/img]
It stands better on the other end and it fits perfectly in my hand.


[img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3746/11883247206_63c8b0351a.jpg[/img]
Instead of buckles, which can break, they used this leather peg and hole system. Easier to open and close. Faster, as well.


[img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7360/11882402125_7b009c16e6.jpg[/img]
I love the way it rolls out. "Send Wonder" stamped on the inside!


[img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3722/11882667023_09f60947e5.jpg[/img]
Fully unrolled. You can see the one major pocket on the left with two other pockets in the middle. On top of that middle pocket is my "3 Card Monte" which I pretty much practice daily.


[img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7454/11882661273_da8bf5c3f5.jpg[/img]
A view from the top. I'll put a list of everything that's in it below.


[img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3681/11882812834_2ec9e21309.jpg[/img]
With some of the top stuff removed. There's actually three decks there (two of which are in [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2012/03/vault.html]Vaults[/url]. The top is an [url=http://magicfriday.blogspot.ca/2001/07/industrial-revelation.html]Industrial Revelation[/url] in a black Vault. The middle is an Invisible Deck. And the bottom is a regular deck in a custom covered Vault. Micro Chop cup is on the left and TT is on the right.


Here's the full list of what's inside. I listed it as a menu and include it inside, as well.


[b]Magic Menu[/b]
___________________


[i]~Appetizers~[/i]

[b]Crazy Man’s Handcuffs
Re-Capped
Flash
Passé Passé Sugar
Bill Change
Industrial Revelation
Sponge Balls
Chop Cup
Gambler’s Wildest Dream[/b]

[i]~Entrées~[/i]

[b]Rope – Fiber Optics
Coin Flurry
Invisible Deck
Messado Rings[/b]

[i]~Dessert~[/i]

[b]3 Card Monte
5 Business Cards
2 Poker Chips
Lock Picks[/b]

[i]~Drinks~[/i]

[b]Deck of Cards[/b]


There you have it! It wasn't cheap at around $250, but it's worth every penny. It does exactly what I wanted it to do, is the perfect design for me, and I'll keep it for the next [i]60 years[/i]. I hope you guys like it, as well!

Your pal,

jamie
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Jan 11, 2014 01:35AM)
I want one ! :O
Message: Posted by: John C (Jan 11, 2014 07:44AM)
I wish I had a taste of grey near my house. I'd buy something leather every day.
Message: Posted by: IAIN (Jan 11, 2014 09:19AM)
Have you ever seen the work of Moonskin?

http://alchemy-moon.miiduu.com/moonskin-1
Message: Posted by: Steven Conner (Jan 11, 2014 10:18AM)
I had a friend, John Corey (rip) who was one of the best in the country. He and Diane were well known for their specialty in leather work. He made me a chop cup that is out of this world. It doesn't use m*****s at all. The principle is new for the purpose of magic. You can use balls, dice, keys, and even coins. Really whatever you can imagine. John Riggs wrote up the routine for me which was many years ago. Also Jamie, I can relate to the wrist injury as I hurt mine after thanksgiving. Should be back in the saddle in about 4 weeks.
Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Jan 11, 2014 11:56AM)
Looks really nice, Jamie.

Can you tell us the dimensions?

Thank you.

Jim
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Jan 11, 2014 01:22PM)
How do you carry this? I presume in a messenger bag or backpack or something? It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Andrew
Message: Posted by: brad12d3 (Jan 11, 2014 01:25PM)
If Sherlock Holmes were a magician. This is what he would be carrying. Brilliant!
Message: Posted by: paisa23 (Jan 11, 2014 01:29PM)
Jamie that actually looks really good... I am military so I can see me using something like this.
Message: Posted by: John C (Jan 11, 2014 01:39PM)
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On 2014-01-11 14:25, brad12d3 wrote:
If Sherlock Holmes were a magician. This is what he would be carrying. Brilliant!
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He was.
Message: Posted by: Jack Straw (Jan 11, 2014 02:15PM)
[quote]
On 2014-01-11 14:22, CdnAndrew wrote:
How do you carry this? I presume in a messenger bag or backpack or something? It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Andrew
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Something to carry things going into another thing to carry things?

Looks like it goes on a belt to me.

Too large for a belt and wayyyyyyy too expensive for anything like that if you ask me. I'd buy two IR's instead.
Message: Posted by: Jamie D. Grant (Jan 11, 2014 05:51PM)
Alex- you should get one!

Steven Conner- we can be one-handed together, lol. And that Chop cup sounds awesome!

J-Mac - I'll take some measurements for you when I can find a ruler, lol.

IAIN: Those look awesome!!!

CdnAndrew: Just in my hand- Or, exactly, just in a backpack or wherever.

brad12d3: That makes my day, lol.

paisa23: As does this!

Jack Straw: Lol, thanks for the IR support! I look at it like a good set of Cups and Balls. It'll become part of my work. Definitely not on a belt or anything, you're right, but it's perfect for carrying. It's just that I go out a lot and am always filling pockets. Either a convention, or a fellow magician will come into town and we'll hang out, or I'll go for coffee with some friends, etc. It's ideal for what I need. And, compared to what I charge, this is an absolute steal, lol!
Message: Posted by: videoman (Jan 11, 2014 06:27PM)
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On 2014-01-11 15:15, Jack Straw wrote:

Something to carry things going into another thing to carry things?

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Makes sense to me. Kind of like putting a deck of cards into it's box and then putting the box into your pocket. It may not be absolutely necessary to have the cards in a box, but it's nice to keep things all together and neat and clean.

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Too large for a belt and wayyyyyyy too expensive for anything like that if you ask me. I'd buy two IR's instead.
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Something like Jamie's leather pouch may be more than you are willing or able to spend on it, but that is quite different from it being too expensive.
Try making one exactly like it and then see what you would be willing to sell it for. Probably make $250.00 seem cheap. A custom anything almost always costs, but as someone who has made custom items in the past, I guarantee you those leather folks are not getting rich off it.
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Jan 11, 2014 06:29PM)
Custom leather work costs money. If you want an off the rack item, you can get it cheaper. Jamie conceived this bag in a dream, told the makers his wishes and they made it into reality. Isn't that "real magick"? From nothing, something.
Incredible bag Jamie, thanks for sharing.
James
Are those girls really young? They look to be 12.

[quote]
On 2014-01-11 15:15, Jack Straw wrote:
[quote]
On 2014-01-11 14:22, CdnAndrew wrote:
How do you carry this? I presume in a messenger bag or backpack or something? It looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

Andrew
[/quote]

Something to carry things going into another thing to carry things?

Looks like it goes on a belt to me.

Too large for a belt and wayyyyyyy too expensive for anything like that if you ask me. I'd buy two IR's instead.
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Jan 11, 2014 06:34PM)
That thing is DA BOMB... do peeps still say that?
Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Jan 11, 2014 10:34PM)
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On 2014-01-11 19:34, professorwhut wrote:
That thing is DA BOMB... do peeps still say that?
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Just us old farts!

Jim
Message: Posted by: J-Mac (Jan 11, 2014 10:35PM)
Jack Straw, this compares well with the pouch prices over at The Ambitious Card. Not out of line at all.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Jack Straw (Jan 11, 2014 11:12PM)
J-Mac, I believe you, but it just seems way too much to me. The last (nice) leather jacket I bought (several years ago) cost about the same money.

I have a number of cheaper pouches that I sometimes use, and they function well.

I bought a leather one on eBay for about $25 shipped approximately 5 years ago. Did it have all the flaps and stuff that this one has? No. It just zips open and closed.

Me, personally, I don't want to unroll a sleeping bag every time I need to get stuff out. But that's just me. I certainly realize that everyone has different tastes and needs.

I have 2 Sankey Assassin's Pouches. Wearing one on each side of my belt usually gives me enough room. But I only use them when I'm not wearing a jacket.

Every jacket that I own has enough inside pockets to carry as much as I need. I added a few inside pockets to my two Winter jackets, and my Spring/Fall jackets came with enough already. It's tough being a magician!

I like Jamie and I respect his opinion. We are all different. I don't mean to start trouble here. It's just my opinion.

And as John C asked me here twice in the last week when I offered my opinion on something, "Yes, but who R U"? (I hate using the letters R U instead of spelling out "are you", but that's the way John C wrote it. I'm an older guy.)

I'm just a ordinary average guy who likes magic. Your mileage may vary. And I realize that. It's just my opinion, and we all can have one.
Message: Posted by: Xiqual (Jan 12, 2014 03:03AM)
I have a Gazzo pouch that originally cost $600! I paid $400 and think it is worth the $600. I guess it depends on whether you need it and will use it. I have done cups and balls all over the place using that bag an even had baby ducks as the final load.
James
Message: Posted by: kollo (Jan 12, 2014 06:33AM)
Somehow I wonder that spongeballs and ropes occur in Master Jamies permanent set.

Anyway, personally made bags, gimmicks, vests, holdouts and such items can be VERY valuable things for oneself. I really can understand Jamies enthusiasm.
Message: Posted by: The Baldini (Jan 12, 2014 07:48AM)
As Xiqual stated, it is Jamie's concept brought to life and that takes money in our world. I have a saddle maker I have been working with for nearly 20 years and he has made me some incredible pieces, a perfect brief case I use to this day. When it’s made exclusively for you, it holds special meaning too.
But my question is, where did you get the black rings, they look very cool.
Message: Posted by: Alex DLF (Jan 12, 2014 07:51AM)
They are the Messado rings I think :)
Message: Posted by: CdnAndrew (Jan 12, 2014 08:07AM)
[quote]
On 2014-01-12 07:33, kollo wrote:

Somehow I wonder that spongeballs and ropes occur in Master Jamies permanent set.

Anyway, personally made bags, gimmicks, vests, holdouts and such items can be VERY valuable things for oneself. I really can understand Jamies enthusiasm.
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Kollo, I understand from his first post that this isn't what he would likely bring to his scheduled gigs. He has pre packed kits for those. This is more of his impromptu case. Has stuff he can perform if asked, share what he's working on with other people, etc.

Andrew
Message: Posted by: John C (Jan 12, 2014 08:32AM)
Hey jack the reason I asked who RU was a side joke when you would state, "....take his word for it, trust me!"

J
Message: Posted by: Jack Straw (Jan 12, 2014 09:32AM)
Yes, those are the Messado Rings.

And don't worry, John C, I can take a joke. I was just heading you off at the pass before you asked me again! I don't hold anything against you. As a matter of fact, I rather like that as an "inside joke" between us. Feel free to ask me that any time you want, OK?
Message: Posted by: professorwhut (Jan 13, 2014 04:58PM)
[quote]
On 2014-01-11 23:34, J-Mac wrote:
[quote]
On 2014-01-11 19:34, professorwhut wrote:
That thing is DA BOMB... do peeps still say that?
[/quote]

Just us old farts!

Jim

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Groovy man, groovy!
Message: Posted by: RajeshLGov (Jan 15, 2014 07:22AM)
Each man to his. I certainly would never like a roll on camping bed- crushing the sponge balls makes it lose its beauty with time. I'm using the same sponge balls for nearly a decade n a half, it still looks good because of the care.For doing impromptu do you nearly always 've to carry something????I've told in many forums YOU r the magic, not your props. Of course with props you can be more magical, I agree, but that's for the planned gigs. I a strongly feel if you want to call yourself a magician you shud b able to entertain people for atleast a couple of hours with the things you can borrow. All the Best. Regards, Raj.
Message: Posted by: Raymond Singson (Jan 17, 2014 01:27PM)
Jamie,

The carrier looks phenomenal. Rustic, timeless.

Any idea if these girls would be interested in doing a custom wallet? I personally love the CTW plot, but so many contemporary designs look incredibly boring for my personal taste. I'd love to have a utility device and practical, everyday wallet with their creativity/craftsmanship designed through it.

RS.
Message: Posted by: kenodad (Jan 19, 2014 07:24PM)
Beautiful, rustic, mysterious. I commissioned one for myself. For the cost-conscience, this is what I use now--similar size (hold-in-your-hand), lots of pockets. It is just a bit feminine (getting black helps, although mine is the green, which is neutral as well):

http://www.baggallini.com/product/Triple-Zip-Bagg/Baggallini-Mini-Bags

John
Message: Posted by: Tricster6 (Jan 20, 2014 12:54AM)
Jamie how do I go about getting one of these bags. I would like a black leather
Message: Posted by: Tricster6 (Jan 20, 2014 12:59AM)
I think a cross shoulder strap added would allow you to easly travel with this without having to shove it into another bag
Message: Posted by: kenodad (Jan 20, 2014 12:41PM)
Tricster: I just emailed Trace of Grey to get one made. I like the idea of a shoulder strap.
John
Message: Posted by: Tricster6 (Jan 21, 2014 12:11PM)
Thank you kenodad, it's a beautiful design Jamie has thought off for me I would want a shoulder strap that way you could stroll with it and be comfortable
Message: Posted by: Tricster6 (Jan 21, 2014 12:14PM)
Now just to save some money up. Also I would want them to install the leather attachment for the messado rings just the way Jamie has it but with leather
Message: Posted by: MagicKatie (Jan 21, 2014 12:54PM)
[quote]
On 2014-01-19 20:24, kenodad wrote:
Beautiful, rustic, mysterious. I commissioned one for myself. For the cost-conscience, this is what I use now--similar size (hold-in-your-hand), lots of pockets. It is just a bit feminine (getting black helps, although mine is the green, which is neutral as well):

http://www.baggallini.com/product/Triple-Zip-Bagg/Baggallini-Mini-Bags

John
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ooh, that's great, thanks for posting
Message: Posted by: Dougini (Jan 21, 2014 04:42PM)
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On 2014-01-11 19:29, Xiqual wrote:
Are those girls really young? They look to be 12.
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I was thinking the same thing.

http://atraceofgrey.tumblr.com/post/70832771425

Incredible talent, that is for sure!

Doug