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Topic: Custom servante
Message: Posted by: Christopher Moro (Apr 29, 2016 12:22PM)
I need to make a custom sized, cloth servante that will be unseen by the audience and can be affixed to the back of any chair. Can anyone direct me to someone in the Los
Angeles area who makes products for magicians? (I'd rather go to someone who does this kind of thing). Thanks in advance!
Message: Posted by: Mary Mowder (Apr 29, 2016 12:33PM)
Before you do that, try rigging something up for yourself so you have some idea of how large it could be and what angles could be covered, if it will always be on the same chair and such.

It would not have to be perfect but it could save you some time and help you direct the fabricator in the right direction for your specific need. Most of these projects are one off and if you think the builder will just know what you want, you may be disappointed.

-Mary Mowder
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 29, 2016 02:12PM)
Abbott's makes and sells a Card Changing Servante that attaches to the back of a chair. It can be used for other purposes then cards, of course.

http://www.abbottmagic.com/Abbotts-Card-Changing-Servante-ABBcarchgserv.htm

This is the only one I have ever seen, anything else you would have to make yourself.
Message: Posted by: Christopher Moro (Apr 29, 2016 03:26PM)
Thanks, guys.

I've made several out of cardboard and now just want one to exact specs, out of cloth that can be folded flatter.

Thanks, Bill. Yes, I've seen the Abbott's before.

I'm sure there is a go-to person(s) in LA that magicians use, but I don't know who that is.

Thanks again!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 29, 2016 04:09PM)
I don't know or heard of anyone making custom utility items. If it just a bag with no metal framework then JNeal is an expert seamstress and craft person, who may be able to help you when he not on a cruise ship working.

Owen Magic does special work, but it would cost you dearly for them to do even a small project. Actually, most special projects would high cost.

Any seamstress can sew you a bag, just look in the telephone book under seamstress, or go to any fabric store that sells sewing machines, as they usually hold sewing classes, and can recommend or reference someone that does special work.
Message: Posted by: equivoque (Jun 15, 2019 08:04AM)
[quote]On Apr 29, 2016, Bill Hegbli wrote:
Abbott's makes and sells a Card Changing Servante that attaches to the back of a chair. It can be used for other purposes then cards, of course.

http://www.abbottmagic.com/Abbotts-Card-Changing-Servante-ABBcarchgserv.htm

This is the only one I have ever seen, anything else you would have to make yourself. [/quote]

Bill, do you have any experience working with this one? Is it easy to clip onto the back of the chair?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jun 16, 2019 01:49PM)
Abbott's screws on the chair, you would have to modify it with magnets or Velcro. It is well built out of metal.
Message: Posted by: BanzaiMagic (Jun 19, 2019 10:53PM)
Frank at the Ambitious Card is a seriously good fabricator of utility items like the one you describe:

http://www.theambitiouscard.com/aitem.cfm?itemid=74

His website shows that he does custom orders. You might try communicating with him here on the café. He goes by "TheAmbitiousCard"

I have several items from him and they are very good quality for a reasonable price.

Alan
Message: Posted by: equivoque (Jun 22, 2019 03:27PM)
A deck switch that has served me well: The deck you want to ring in is on your table under a pad of paper and both are hanging slightly of the edge of the table. The left hand holds the original deck, the right reaches for the pad as the left begins to do the same. At the mid point in the left arm swing the hand releases the deck into a servante or into the table. Then the left hand grabs the deck as the right removes the pad. Watch it in the mirror and you will fool yourself. Try it with a large prediction envelope. Whatever you use to hide the deck that you are ringing in does not have to be used for the effect. You could be merely moving it out of the way.

I use this in my version of Max Maven’ four sided triangle. I will not expose how Max gets the one person to think of a card, but here is the rest. Ask one person to take the deck behind his back, select a card and then reverse it in the deck so that it is facing the opposite way. Have the person placed the deck back in the box. While placing the deck on the table, move the pad of paper out of the way and switch the deck placing it on the table. Leave that deck there . Remove a forcing deck from your pocket and have a second volunteer make a selection without looking at it and place it in his or her pocket. At this point, I put the deck away but in a beat, I apparently remove the deck from my pocket and let him or her keep it as a souvenir. Of course, this is a normal deck, which is missing the forced card. Now, I ask the third volunteer if they have a card in mind(see Max's book Prism). I asked the first volunteer to remove the deck from the box and spread it face up removing the one face down card. This is a magician fooler since they think you have switched the first deck for an invisible deck. When the volunteer spreads the cards herself, the magicians will be scratching their heads! Then, I ask the second volunteer to remove his or her card from their pocket. The third spectator name is the card she is merely thinking about while I allow the other two spectators to glance at their cards. The audience sees their reaction first, which always gets a reaction (many people do this but I got it from Richard Osterlind), the two cards are then shown to the audience and you accept your applause.

I used this to close a series of six shows in the course of three weeks and it kills!