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Topic: Servanette (sp?)
Message: Posted by: Frank Tougas (Jun 4, 2019 10:45PM)
Does anyone remember the old servanette ;principle. The little secret shelf behind the working surface to drop or pick up items secretly? Does anyone still have one or even use one? Abblotts sold one for years no longer available. Since it was only a line drawing in their last ;paper catalog I wonder if they ever really made them.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jun 4, 2019 11:16PM)
They got up to date. Now, they just make black art wells, with lots of black velvet, and gold fringe.
Message: Posted by: Steve Burton (Jun 5, 2019 03:46PM)
I think you're referencing a servante. You can find a description of their use in Hoffmann's [i]Modern Magic[/i], page six. The best description (with illustrations of various types) is in Hay's [i]Cyclopedia of Magic[/i], page 399. Both books are available as Dover paperbacks.
Message: Posted by: Jonathan Townsend (Jun 6, 2019 08:05AM)
There used to be a couple of items available; The card shelf and Ross Bertram's mat. Also wheeled magic tables used to have a drawer there. Wow things have changed.

Did anyone advertise a table with a black art well which connected to a shelf at the back? Like a billiards table but the pockets are optically disguised ;)
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jun 6, 2019 11:31AM)
When I was in the 6th grade I had a home made servante on my little homemade table. I never used it.

My club act in the Navy was carried in a cigar box sized shaving kit,

In 20 years as a part tine pro, I worked out of a "fat" attache case, with the lid open. That was ample to ditch or steal stuff.

For a short time, I had two of Abbott's "rabbit" tables, It took time to set them up, and it meant an extra case to carry.

I used a large salesman's sample case on a table provided by the school when I started touring the school circuits.

I tried a Merv Taylor suitcase table for a season. The 'table" weighed more than the props!

I returned to the fat attache case sitting on a waiters tray stand for the last 45 years.

I never did find a use for a servante!
Message: Posted by: Steve Burton (Jun 13, 2019 02:11PM)
One thing about the servante is that it can be easily attached and removed-if it's made that way.
I've seen one that swings out from under the table and can be pushed back in once you're done with it.
Message: Posted by: Lance Coombes (Jun 19, 2019 11:10PM)
Jonathan Levit uses one and discusses it's construction on the instructional video for his C4 color changing card box from 2014.
Message: Posted by: David French (Jun 21, 2019 02:55PM)
I actually use an Instand table. They offer another shelf that attaches to the base. So I have a surface to work on and a shelf. I cover the table with a small table cloth and no one can see the shelf.

Also, David Stone describes his table and shelf in his book Vortex for his Benson Bowl routine.
Message: Posted by: Steve Burton (Jul 1, 2019 02:29PM)
[quote]On Jun 21, 2019, David French wrote:
I actually use an Instand table. They offer another shelf that attaches to the base. So I have a surface to work on and a shelf. I cover the table with a small table cloth and no one can see the shelf.

Also, David Stone describes his table and shelf in his book Vortex for his Benson Bowl routine. [/quote]

I think you mean Tom Stone.
Message: Posted by: thegreatscungilli (Apr 20, 2020 12:44PM)
Penguin has a couple of table cover/servantes for sale..One is by Uday for about $16.00 and one is by Shin Lim for $99 not sure why the big difference in price, they also have one by Sean Goodman that is for a jacket...Houcus Pocus has the Shin Lim and the Sean Goodman ones also..
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Apr 27, 2020 06:12PM)
Sean Goodman’s Secret Servante is a body style servante. An excellent piece for coins and things of that smaller size. Though it could be used on the back of a table, depending on the use that the OP is imagining, I am not sure his product would be what’s needed. I will say that I have and use his product and am very pleased with it.