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Paul Jester
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After 3 years in our craft, I have bought a close-up mat. Before I never really saw the point in them, I only bought this one because I'm fed up of wrecking cards doing tricks on the bar top.
However, I have fallen in love... tricks and sleights I've been struggling with for months suddenly become within easy reach with the mat, things like the pick-up turnover switch with coins, or a false riffle shuffle.
If you're starting out in close-up, you could waste your money on worse things than a mat, these things are wonderful! They give you a stage, they scream professional magician, and they help you work your sleights.
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I couldn't agree more. Glad you like your mat. I have a blue mat like Oz Pearlman's in most of his demo videos Smile
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True. I own a few(one for home, one for the office). However, what happens when you're out at the bar and you don't have the mat with you, or if you're at a gathering and are asked to perform. Can you still do the same effects without one? I'd say get one, but practice with AND without it.
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definately practice without it more than with it! As nice as it is, don't let the mat become a crutch!
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On 2005-05-11 15:16, Alniner wrote:
True. I own a few(one for home, one for the office). However, what happens when you're out at the bar and you don't have the mat with you, or if you're at a gathering and are asked to perform. Can you still do the same effects without one? I'd say get one, but practice with AND without it.

You practice at the office? Dosen't your boss get mad?
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I have used mouse pads as close up mats before. They were just as well in some situations. Not really ideal for cards as there is not that much room, but you can do a card/coin matrix really easily on a mouse pad. Also, coins across works out fine too. Give it a try sometime.

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Hi Phil, I too have used mouse pads when a regular mat was unavailable. Works pretty good for the coin routines like you said.
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Im glad you brought your mat. They work absolute wonders
Alniner
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You practice at the office? Dosen't your boss get mad?


The boss hasn't said anything yet(knocks on wood). I've only got a small mat at work. It fits half under my keyboard, so it looks like a wrist guard. I only really practice my seconds, bottoms, passes and doubles at work. I'm not doing routines at my desk(unless somebody asks to be shown something).
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You practice at the office? Dosen't your boss get mad?


The boss hasn't said anything yet(knocks on wood). I've only got a small mat at work. It fits half under my keyboard, so it looks like a wrist guard. I only really practice my seconds, bottoms, passes and doubles at work. I'm not doing routines at my desk(unless somebody asks to be shown something).


I am the boss..... just kidding, I pratice a lot at work, while reading, I found a perfect way to practice my sleight while paying attention to something else. That way the become more natural. But back to the topic, I always have a small mat in my bag, so I never have the problem of not having a mat. It save your cards and yes many thing will go easier on a mat.
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JT Kordesich
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I agree. Having a close-up mat adds professionalism to your performances
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And these mats are not expensive. Mine is from Penguinmagic.

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Will Gordon
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I've killed many decks before getting a close-up mat. There are even small mats that can kept in your coat when needed at a moments notice.

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