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The GodFather
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A magician who travels to diffrent countries to do stage shows must curry his routine with minimum weight. I have a table that folds in the middle and becomes a curring bag but unfortunatelly is too heavy.

Any suggestions regarding the post?
- What material is good for a light table thay I can use as a bag too?
- any other ideas on how to be light weight in traveling?

Also another problem is the plane fees for extra weight. Any suggestions?
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If you can make a table top that will fit inside your main suitcase, then a big part of the task is done. Legs made from 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe are very light. You can even make a central post out of it -- 2 inch pipe would be better in this case. It's also possible to make such a central post so that it breaks in half. A cloth drape will finish it out.

That's one possibility. You can always use the central post as a storage place for items while you are traveling.
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Viking Magic sells a tripod that folds very small. Quite often I carry the tripod in my hip pocket, when I don't have a free hand to hold it. It will fit in a briefcase.
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Have a look at the Deluxe Ten Second Table by Charvet.
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Doug, Can you steer me in the right direction where I can see and purchase the Deluxe Ten Second Table by Charvet you spoke of.

Timm
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Timm:

You can see photos and get a description of The Deluxe Ten Second Table on the Charvet website at: http://charvetmagic.com/index.html
(I have a brand new one for sale if you're interested)

I also use a larger table made by Jimmy Dixon for all of my stage shows. I'll see if I have his contact information.

I'm not sure why you would be stuck paying overweight charges for airline travel? When I fly, the client not only pays for the flight but ALL of the travel related expenses including overweight charges, hotel, meals, ground transportation and incidentals.

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Doug, thank you for the info and for your quick reply.

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That looks like a very sturdy table, but it also looks very heavy. A second factor in travel weight is the fact that at some time or another, you will have to schlepp all of it from point A to point B.

I prefer to carry as much of my act on the plane as I possibly can. I've had too many bad experiences with broken, stolen and confiscated items not to carry my act on, if possible. An exception would be a table. I would send that to myself via FedEx ground. Either that or make a table such as I have described, with the pipe column and the removable top.

With the right paint job, these look very good.
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I do not carry a table. I borrow a tray stand and a tray. Turn the tray upside down and it fits snugly on the tray stand. Cover with borrowed tablecloth and viola!
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Quite by accident, I came across the best table I've ever worked with several years back.

Go to a musical instrument store. Buy a tripod base that is used to support a glockenspiel. The top of these bases is H-shaped with rubber bumpers on all four corners. Your table top can be whatever is handy at the moment. I use a hard-sided briefcase that contains all of my props. It fits beautifully.

It's very sturdy (has to be for it's original purpose - musicians are beating on the glockenspiel with mallets) and compact. Usually the supports are crome-plated so they're also very attractive.
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As an added bonus, you can use the word "GLOCKENSPIEL" in your patter now! Smile
Great idea, BTW.
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I can recommend the spider table (www.spider-berlin.com). It's more stable than a tripod, very low in weight, built up in 3 seconds. I use it fore years and there are no traces of use. Note: it has a very modern design, so in case you perform with "ancient" props, maybe it's not for you.
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I travel,
need to pack light,
pack very small,
play large,
BUT look professional…

Please see both threads:

The Magic Café Forum Index
» » Boxes, tubes & bags
» » A few thoughts on “Magic Tables”…

and

The Magic Café Forum Index
» » Where to put it all...
» » It's time to Get Rid of Antiquated Magic Tables!

These covers several issues.

Let’s continue to share!
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