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Topic: Close up Case.. Where to find
Message: Posted by: clars (Jun 23, 2019 08:34AM)
I am not sure if this is the correct area to post. I am looking for a good close up case. Any suggestion on a manufacturer or vendor. I have search on here and the web. No luck. Thanks
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jun 23, 2019 10:23AM)
It depends on the props!

In the early '50s, while in the Navy, I carried my 30 minute club act, in a leather shaving kit, about cigar box size!

70 years later, I'm using a "fat" attache case (13" x 20" x 8") for my 45 minute school assembly program and club dates.

In both situations, the props are basically generic. Silks, rope, golf balls, cards (for fancy shuffles) egg bag, spot card, boomerang sticks, brakawa fan, 3 linking rings, 5 silver dollars and a "tin" can for a coin pail.

Most of the props in the school show or club act, can be used for strolling, or "close up".

Go visit a good thrift store. You can find all sorts of small cases (cheap!)
Message: Posted by: clars (Jun 23, 2019 03:24PM)
Thanks, will do.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Jun 26, 2019 11:59AM)
A case like this is very handy. Lots of compartments to keep things in order and space at the bottom for extras https://www.walmart.ca/en/ip/caboodles-115-inches-silver-goddess-cosmetic-train-case-4-tray/6000195115510?cmpid=sem_google_en_pla_none_868545289_42246413485_None&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2Jj4icuH4wIVhYCfCh1gDgzFEAQYASABEgIVDvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds#
Message: Posted by: Aaron Smith Magic (Jul 20, 2019 03:05PM)
I currently use this one: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/close-up-magic/close-up-bag

Prior to that, I used this one:

They have both served me well.
Message: Posted by: Wravyn (Jul 21, 2019 09:59AM)
Is it for storage or taking to gigs?
I have a small box like this for travel

I can carry extra items in it; professors nightmare, a couple of extra decks of cards, a velvet cord for ring and string, a nest of wallets, and Chop cup https://www.mjmmagic.com/store/mini-harmonica-chop-cup-aluminum-by-leo-smetsers-trick-p-19121.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI-qP4rZ3G4wIVgsDACh3qZwXqEAQYBCABEgLwGvD_BwE
It is also small enough that I can carry it and set it down. It does not take up an enormous space on a table. It is solid enough that I can use it as a raised surface which I can place my cards on, keeping them off the table grime and it also works as a mini stage for the chop cup. If itís walk around and no tables, I leave it in the glove compartment of my car and I am able to go switch out what I need during a break. Since everything is pocket sized, Iím able switch out and replace items as needed and not be over stuffed.
Message: Posted by: BradenCarlisle (Sep 24, 2019 02:11AM)
It depends on what you're looking for.

For strolling I use this: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/close-up-magic/close-up-bag

For my full close up show I use a doctor's bag that I found on Amazon by searching "doctor's bag for men"
Message: Posted by: Eldini (Jan 22, 2020 12:42PM)
Lots of great stuff available at http://www.theambitiouscard.com. I use his table top and table servants (nylon bag).

Message: Posted by: John Martin (Jan 23, 2020 07:50AM)
Here's a nice case. Don't know if I'd want to carry it around. Might be a bit heavy. It would be nice to keep props in at home though.

Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Jan 23, 2020 08:47PM)
That's sweet looking, and would look great in my magic room, which is pretty rustic. Would be nice for smaller props, e.g. coins, thimbles, paddles, etc.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jan 24, 2020 11:51PM)
I have one similar to that and I think it's a great idea.
Mine is about half that height.

I don't really use it anymore but I like the style.
Message: Posted by: Cleverpaws (Apr 6, 2020 07:05PM)
It's interesting how many posts get started by someone and then you never hear back from them.
Message: Posted by: yin_howe (May 12, 2020 07:07PM)
[quote]On Sep 24, 2019, BradenCarlisle wrote:
It depends on what you're looking for.

For strolling I use this: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic/close-up-magic/close-up-bag

For my full close up show I use a doctor's bag that I found on Amazon by searching "doctor's bag for men" [/quote]

A new 'Luxury version' of this seems to be coming soon.
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 11, 2020 10:38PM)
Am I the only person that uses a plastic toolbox to store his props? Iím still looking for a wooden close-up box, but for storage at home my portable toolbox does a great job.
Message: Posted by: MultiSlacker (Jun 17, 2020 08:28PM)
I use a leather day planner/organizer. I carry 3 decks of cards, loops, magnets, thumbtips, poker chips, coins, raven, and double stick tape. :)
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Jun 19, 2020 12:46PM)
[quote]On Jun 11, 2020, GReed3649 wrote:
Am I the only person that uses a plastic toolbox to store his props? [/quote]

Nope. You are not alone. I started off with some nice decent size clear plastic totes (around 12" x 24" and 8" to 20" tall) that stack on the matching lids and some stack frames that hold 3 plastic drawers (various sizes and clear drawers). Then I decided to store all of my different coin sets (half dollar and quarter) in a "Flambeau" bait tray that I got in the fishing part of Wal-Mart Sporting Goods. I also taped together a sheet and a half of Card Stock from my printer and made a map similar to those fancy boxes of chocolates. I also have a similar tray (no name brand) that I have my balls for cups and balls, chop cups, manipulation balls (1") and some final loads like mini tennis balls from pet department.

I also have a cheap plastic set from the tool section that are deeper and more open (set of 3 different size and style) I keep my Dollar size coin sets (with map) coin purses (gaffed and regular) along with all my jumbo coins and one for magnets in many forms as well as some various non magnetic magic related items.

Other than those items that sort of need "filed" as such, I use 17 gallon black and yellow sturdy totes for larger props Matching black and yellow 5 gallon totes (set of 6 from Amazon) Each tote comfortably holds 6 bricks each of playing cards (and yes, I well over 30 bricks on hand). One 5 gallon tote and 1 17 gal tote hold all of my gaffing tools and supplies (jigs. adhesives. tools).

seems like a lot but in the end, it is VERY organized and easy to find what I need at the time.
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 19, 2020 09:33PM)
And my wife thinks I have too much magic stuff. Wait 'til I get to tell her I'm a mere piker in the world of hoarding magic props and books. Sounds like an amazing collection of goodies you've got there.
Message: Posted by: Poof-Daddy (Jun 20, 2020 08:39PM)
You should see the bookshelf :-)

My wife bugs me from time to time (or once a month) to sell some stuff so the kids won't be stuck when I pass. I told her my youngest son has the password to the file with retail prices and prices for books that won't sell well (as well as prices many will fetch well above retail). I also have a list of some people who buy estates if they just want to dump it all. Bases are covered. :-)
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Jun 21, 2020 01:34PM)
Always good to have a backup plan. Mine is to simply live forever. If that doesn't work out for some reason, I'm assuming my family will throw almost everything I own on eBay.
Message: Posted by: Sideshow Rod (Jun 24, 2020 06:38PM)
A cheap briefcase on eBay is great. locks, has organising folders in the lid and holds plenty of cards and tricks.
I carry a whole restaurant tables hopping set in m mine and use a freezer cold bag with built in ice inserts to carry my blocks of ice and other cold bits!!
I found the TCC case to be a bit small.
Just my pennies worth.
Message: Posted by: Sideshow Rod (Jun 24, 2020 06:41PM)
Close up boxes with mats on top so you can use the case as your mat and performing area.
Pretty cool.
Message: Posted by: Sideshow Rod (Jun 24, 2020 06:43PM)
Opps sorry the first bit deleted it's self.
They are available from Saturn Magic, it is a close up carry box with mat.
Message: Posted by: rudy-ray (Jul 31, 2020 07:32PM)
I use my old "Space:1999" lunch box...
Message: Posted by: EVILDAN (Aug 6, 2020 08:14AM)
This is like the TCC Close Up Bag, just a little bigger and with more compartments on top.
Message: Posted by: Russo (Aug 6, 2020 10:23AM)
Toy section -Doll section - can find different types of cases, Novelty, Colorful - Not just a plain mini or regular brief case.
Message: Posted by: John Vincelli (Aug 13, 2020 10:00AM)
The TCC Close Up Bag is nice and great for walk-around gigs.

I also have a Close Up case that is essentially a layered makeup case someone else posted. The main difference is it has adjustable compartments similar to the TCC Close Up Bag.

For a parlor or theater setting, I have a road case slightly larger than a regular briefcase. I can pack the Bill Abbott table, which is light and small, as well as my props and wireless headset (if needed). I'm all about packing small and smart to play big and anywhere.
Message: Posted by: mrcunknown (Aug 15, 2020 09:16AM)
Pack small, play big. This is all I need. Everything organized in a vintage leather case (size 47 * 28 * 12 cm). My advice will be; look for what you want to convey and come across. If you want to be classic, a shiny aluminum suitcase is not the right prop. Modern and futuristic, a leather case or a doctor's bag is not the right direction, etc. ...

My personal goal is to keep everything as simple and easy as possible and I am fortunate that my interests do not lie with many attributes and tools. I'm fine with a few props and a deck of cards. There is my interest.

Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Aug 15, 2020 03:11PM)
Mrcunknown: Thanks for sharing the photo. That's an excellent set up you've made for yourself. I love the idea of using foam to create a secure space for everything rather than just throwing everything into a box and then having to hunt for whatever you're looking for.

May I ask what's in the cloth on the right?
Message: Posted by: mrcunknown (Aug 15, 2020 04:24PM)
Thank you. Of course you can ask. I have a folding table of 75 by 55 cm and made a table skirt to the ground for this, there is a servante behind it and the top is a large close up pad of the same size.

The tablecloth / skirt fits in the same close-up case (as you can see in the photo) and I only keep the close up pad and the folding table loose.
Message: Posted by: mrcunknown (Aug 16, 2020 08:38AM)
Message: Posted by: GReed3649 (Aug 16, 2020 08:43AM)
Well...now I'm even more impressed. Bravo sir, bravo.

Thanks for the additional picture.
Message: Posted by: Wizard of Oz (Aug 16, 2020 04:12PM)
What an elegant and smart set up!
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 29, 2020 04:39PM)
[quote]On Jan 23, 2020, John Martin wrote:
Here's a nice case. Don't know if I'd want to carry it around. Might be a bit heavy. It would be nice to keep props in at home though.

John [/quote]

Those aren't really very good. The "wood" is actually particleboard, at least on the ones I have seen down here. They are also,as you surmised, quite heavy.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Aug 29, 2020 04:47PM)
If I'm doing a strolling gig in an eating establishment, I work out of my pockets. I don't use a close-up mat. NOTHING goes on the spectators' table.

Here's why. The table "real estate" belongs to the restaurant. If you park a table near their table, it's just one more thing for the waiter/server/maitre'd/customers to run into. I have a briefcase that the spectators never see. It's hidden away in a storage area, where I can get to it quickly, if need be. I tend to work in the spectators' hands. It makes for much more intimate spectator contact.

If I'm strolling in someone's house or office, that's a different situation. I bring a small table, usually something that is easily packed away. Then I have a bit more leeway as to what I can do.