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Topic: Unusual close up case
Message: Posted by: serge storms (Jun 28, 2004 10:22PM)
Looking for ideas for an unusual close up case; ideas I've heard suggested: cigar box, pool cue case..any others - looking for really off the wall ideas - something that stands out and is different and might even make people ask "whats in the case?"
any ideas / suggestions would be appreciated-thanks.
Message: Posted by: MAGICBYTIM (Jun 29, 2004 07:10AM)
Doctor's Bag.
Message: Posted by: Jeff Haas (Jun 29, 2004 02:34PM)
Used violin case?
One of those hollow books(Made of wood, opens up like a box.)?
A small wooden treasure chest?
Message: Posted by: Jay (Jun 29, 2004 05:52PM)
How about this?

http://www.music123.com/Coffin-Case-LF150B-Drum-stick-Coffin-Case-i132021.music

Jay
Message: Posted by: Mark Martinez (Jun 30, 2004 07:49AM)
I love the coffin case, that's great!

Not sure if this is a good idea, but people will either ask about it or call the cops!!! Try some kind of Aluminum case (see below) and a Radiation Decal:
http://www.speedysigns.com/decals/graphic_decal_5648.htm

A few cases:
http://www.casesbymasco.com/index.asp?bhcp=1
Message: Posted by: Rob Johnston (Jun 30, 2004 12:25PM)
I was in Target the other day, and saw a very nice looking Treasure Chest, but it was a smaller one (not too small mind you, but a good size for magic).
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Jul 7, 2004 11:23AM)
I use a leather doctors-type bag that was handmade.
I'll try to take some pix.

It has two internal sides with a divider in the middle.
The divider is a zipper'd compartemnt.

The best thing about a doctors bag is that you can leave it open and it takes up no more room than when it is closed. Also you can leave it open and do great steals from it.

Brad Burt swears by using a Doctors Bag and so do I.
I think they look very cool as well.
Message: Posted by: Flec (Jul 8, 2004 04:26AM)
Fishing tackle box?

at blackpool in februarya stand had sme very attractive cigar boxes, with cards, dice, etc on the front.

on a small note, I saw peter marvey do a trick once. he kept a length of rope in a jumbo sized card box. the audiecne thought it was goin to be a card trick and when he pulled out the rope he got a laugh. something different perhaps?
Message: Posted by: RBerteig (Jul 19, 2004 01:33AM)
I have an old-ish ammo box, probably for 50-caliber rounds. Its a little long and skinny, but since it looks like an oddly shaped crate it seems to work out just fine.

Most of my effects have their own storage, usually leather pouches bought from the outlet mall. Some have interesting boxes, bags, or small baskets.

I really covet a decent doctor's bag, but I'm holding out for a real one. I just don't want to pay for one right now.
Message: Posted by: Darko (Jul 30, 2004 09:56AM)
A aluminum briefcase is wonderfull, but you like something that looks old, a wooden hand-carved box is a great deal.
Message: Posted by: Mediaman15775 (Jul 30, 2004 10:29AM)
I got a nice one from

CUSTOM MADE FLIGHT CASES

by Paul Daniels

http://www.pauldanielsmagicshop.co.uk/p1temp.asp?pid=16&page=1
Message: Posted by: MinnesotaChef (Aug 3, 2004 07:47PM)
What about something tube shaped like the things that go to bank from the drive through window? I carry my knives in a knife roll case, they hold a lot of things securely and come in several sizes. You could possibly fix a close up mat to the back of it and perform directly on it when it's empty on the table. Maybe if you're bored and need a craft project.
Message: Posted by: Paddy (Aug 11, 2004 01:42PM)
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On 2004-06-30 08:49, Mark Martinez wrote:
I love the coffin case, that's great!

Not sure if this is a good idea, but people will either ask about it or call the cops!!! Try some kind of Aluminum case (see below) and a Radiation Decal:
http://www.speedysigns.com/decals/graphic_decal_5648.htm[/quote]

One problem with the decal. If you are flying anywhere and plan to take the case, the airlines have NO, NONE whatsoever, ZIPPO, sense of humour. They will not allow it on a flight even in checked baggage.

Then when they (the airlines) get over being upset, they've already called the new "Homeland Security" people, and these make the airlines seem like comediens.

Don't do it, nasty things happen.

Peter
Message: Posted by: elgranmago (Aug 11, 2004 03:20PM)
I live in France. I just made a nice close-up case from a flat wooden case for six bottles of wine. After carefully removing the top, which is nailed on, I added hinges. I may apply an antique stain.

I place my close-up mat on top and I have a very attractive performing area.

The wine was great, by the way.

Josť
Message: Posted by: Daegs (Aug 12, 2004 04:55AM)
[quote]One problem with the decal. If you are flying anywhere and plan to take the case, the airlines have NO, NONE whatsoever, ZIPPO, sense of humour. They will not allow it on a flight even in checked baggage.[/quote]


Put another, easy to remove sticker or decal or paint over it while traveling.
Message: Posted by: I Cast No Shadow (Aug 15, 2004 03:20PM)
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Put another, easy to remove sticker or decal or paint over it while traveling.
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And to remove the paint at your destination, you do what exactly?
Message: Posted by: prettylady1990 (Aug 17, 2004 04:07AM)
You could have a money bag with the dollar sign on it. But I like the Dr's bag idea
Message: Posted by: Werner G. Seitz (Aug 17, 2004 05:19AM)
For a *lady*, a bra would be a good place..especially when............ :)
Message: Posted by: Foxbiz (Aug 17, 2004 01:38PM)
Check out Entertainment stores for video game travel cases. Also container stores (imagine that!) have a wide range of unusual boxes,etc.
Message: Posted by: DrBob (Aug 17, 2004 06:15PM)
Believe it or not, I found a great stacking plastic tool box made by Stanley. The top section is easily removed and portable for the close up case. The lower section can be left behind, or for shows, taken and filled with larger items.
Best part is the whole thing is on wheels like a bag you can take on an airline flight, and when it's all put together, it holds a lot of stuff with many compartments of various sizes. I even build a table top that sticks into the pop-up hand so I can use it as a table, etc. The whole thing is black so it fits right in.
Message: Posted by: Eric Rose (Aug 19, 2004 10:12AM)
Step into a Pier One and you'll find more unique close-up cases than you can shake a wand at. Everything from wicker to inlaid stone.
Message: Posted by: Scott Wells (Aug 25, 2004 04:43PM)
For years I have used a soft sided camera gadget case that has a zipper around the top (I think it is a Canon bag). It has nice compartments and a zip-up mesh net inside, too. There are zip-up pockets on each side for incidentals for stuff I need to access quickly such as business cards.

Check out camera shops. You might be pleasantly suprised how efficient these bags are.

yours,
Scott
Message: Posted by: Bill (Sep 4, 2004 04:54PM)
I've often thougt that an antique writing box would add a lot of class. most come with a slanted writing surface that could be slanted away from you, and give the close up audience a better view of some card tricks.
Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Sep 7, 2004 11:27AM)
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On 2004-06-28 23:22, sergestorms wrote:
Looking for ideas for an unusual close up case; ideas I've heard suggested: cigar box, pool cue case..any others - looking for really off the wall ideas - something that stands out and is different and might even make people ask "whats in the case?"
any ideas / suggestions would be appreciated-thanks.
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I don't know how "off the wall" this is, but it's convenient for me.

http://www.norwood.com/product_n.jsp?id=17811

Before Norwood sucked up my job and left me for dead! :mad: We used to print these.

I have a translucent one. It can hold four decks of cards, various packet tricks, pens and pencils, and my thimbles. (It's currently holding the sponge balls as well, but they're getting a little squashed, so I don't recommend that.)

Problem being that I don't know if Norwood deals directly with the public or not. (Also, they're used to orders in the multiples of hundreds, although the catalog does list prices for individual items.) Your best bet would be to go to a company that handles promotional items and talk to them.

Here's another item.

http://www.norwood.com/product_n.jsp?id=10736


It's a "neck safe." (Does anyone else think the idea of a place to carry your money that's translucent isn't very smart?) This item will hold a deck of cards, but not much more.

How about this?

http://www.music123.com/Coffin-Case-LF150B-Drum-stick-Coffin-Case-i132021.music

Jay
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My daughter has a backpack that looks like that. Probably bigger though. I'll try to find out where she got it. (I'm thinking "Hot Topics," that's where she picks up most of these items!)
Message: Posted by: docelk (Sep 8, 2004 02:27PM)
I use a Bible Bag, sold in Walmart for around 5$--10$. Cheap, lots of pockets, and can fit a lot of decks and tricks in them. Multiple compartments. Several colors also. (You can also put your bible in there when you are praying that your next trick done to a thundering crowd of 1000 doesn't wind up on the floor.)
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Sep 16, 2004 07:18PM)
I use a leather doctors bag too.
They're classy and easy to work out of.
If your the kind of magician that always brings everything with you then a doc bag probably isn't the way to go. They are cool.
I carry the specialist line boston bag.
Here's a link for affordable doc bags.

http://www.docstreasures.builderspot.com/page/page/728988.htm
Message: Posted by: MaGiShN46 (Sep 16, 2004 07:44PM)
Use A Beer Box if suitable for aged show
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Sep 20, 2004 04:50PM)
That's a great link Daniel Faith.

They look great on the website.

Good find.
Frank