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Seth
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I can't decide between the Dean Dill or the Dave Martinez pad. I'm sure both of them are great but not being able to see them in person, it's hard to decide. Any recommendations?
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Russ
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I can't say anything about these two pads but, if price is a consideration I would like to recommend going to an auto upholstery shop and get some headliner material. They hemmed an edge on them for me for five dollars. Of course I had to do some magic for them as well. And you can have them cut to the size you like and they don't look like everybody else's.

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Anyone try out the ones sold by Ronjo?

I kind of like that they offer theirs in "casino green." Cards just seem to look extra nice against that color.
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Save yourself a bunch of money and use a mouse pad!
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Steve
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I made my own close-up pad ... easy to do, didn't cost anything. And it looks as good as the ones you buy.

Steve
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I have a large close up mat 18X27 made by Dean Dill. I am very please with it. The large pad makes the magic all the more real.

It is money well spent! If you do first class close up, then get a first class pad.

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Leigh
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I use a bath mat! Shows what kind of magic I do!!

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You can get the giant mouse pad at office supply stores.
ASW
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Here's a way to make a mat for the price of admission to a magic convention.

Make sure you go to a convention that has a mentalist lecturing. Now wait until 25 minutes after his lecture has started - but make sure you wait outside. Very important, okay?

Now: insert cotton wool into your ears and sneak into the lecture hall. By this time the attendees will be fast asleep. Crawl between the rows and look for older attendees. If you're lucky you should be able to swipe a dozen or more toupees.

Now sneak back out again, being careful not to look at the lecturer - those guys are like the fabled Medusa of Greek mythology. So be careful. Might be an idea to wear a mentalist's blindfold - just look at the floor.

Now take the rugs to a craft store. Have the lady plait them into a nice card mat. Et voila! Okay so it'll be gingery but it will NEVER wear out!

Don't thank me, just send money.

'GD'
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I love Trevor Duffy mats.
They are extremely portable. You can roll them up, fold them up, they don't wrinkle. You can also toss them into the laundry machine to be cleaned. Very light weight and sleek looking. Made from the same material that wet suits are made from. They are not the best for cards, but are great for coins.
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Try looking in the Linens section of your local dry goods store. They have numerous place mats for China and silver settings with hundreds of patterns and a huge range of materials. Usually run a dollar or so and up.
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So George, tell us how you feel about mentalists?
Seth
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LOL looks like i'll be sticking to using the section of carpet that was thrown out by the neighbours given the advice here...
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How do I feel about mentalists? Sorta clammy.

It was a joke, Joyce.
Whenever I find myself gripping anything too tightly I just ask myself "How would Guy Hollingworth hold this?"

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"I would respect VIPs if they respect history."

Hideo Kato
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Although George's post was meant to be a joke, it was quite easy to picture - people with bad toupees nodding off at a mentalists lecture. I've seen it first hand..at least I remember seeing it prior to dozing off.
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I cant seem to find mouse pads that are 11x14. most are must smaller than that. Its really hard for me to do chink-a-chink on a standard mouse pad.
Anyone know where i can get cheap 11x14 mats online, wether it be an office store or a magic shop?
Thanks.
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Seth
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Yeah i could do that but i'm not really sure if i want a grey close up mat... Smile
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Jokes aside - I have two pet peeves regarding close up magicians.

The first is the common habit of using a deck of cards that is so old the edges are green and have black sweat spots and other unsavoury features. I admit I have some vintage decks that I cart around when I travel on planes because they are just so good (Golden Nuggets, etc) like an old riding boot that feels just right, but I always use cards in decent condition when I session and I use several new decks per night when I work for lay audiences, and dosens when I do trade shows.

The other pet peeve also relates to this 'cheap' quality amongst magicians - that is, the desire to find the cheapest card mat in existence by using carpet squares, neoprene, card mats, rattan squares, skin grafts, diapers...

On my annual visit to the local magic club I'm always stunned to see the number of guys who have crummy, odd-colored mats, curling and fraying at the edges. They're always the guys who ask to 'borrow' mine when they want to do an effect...

Personally I would recommend spending the bucks and getting a good quality pad (I have two of the huge Apollos in black and green) that will last ages, won't ball or leave dirt under your nails, and have the right 'give' in the surface - and LOOK CLASSY. I also have a Dean Dill pad in black that I use for trade shows and cannot recommend them highly enough. Not cheap but they last and last and are of outstanding quality and appearance.

Stop skimping - you owe it to your audiences.

GD
Whenever I find myself gripping anything too tightly I just ask myself "How would Guy Hollingworth hold this?"

A magician on the Genii Forum

"I would respect VIPs if they respect history."

Hideo Kato
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