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gerard1973
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I'm having a hard time choosing whether to buy a Dove Pan or a Chick Pan. I can't make a choice but I’m thinking that I would probably use a Chick Pan more because of its smaller size and I don’t really need a large pan.

Which do you use the most? Which do you think is better to have and why: The Dove Pan or the Chick Pan?

I can’t afford to buy both and I only want to buy one but then I don’t want to have to ‘upgrade’ later to a larger sized pan because I bought one that was too small. Are there any real differences besides the size? I believe that a Dove Pan is 8 or 9 inches in diameter and the Chick Pan is either 5 or 6 inches in diameter. I don’t know if there is any difference in the height of the pans.

At first I wasn’t really sure about whether to buy a a single-load or a double load pan but after reading about Dove Pans and Chick Pans on the Magic Café, it seems that most people suggest that you purchase the double-load pans because they are more versatile.

So, which pan do you use the most? Which do you think is better to have and why: The Dove Pan or the Chick Pan?
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I would say it should depend entirely on what you're going to produce with it. Most dove/chick pans are very deceptive to start with- modern manufacturing and profit margins have designed the 'secret' so it's fairly obvious to most people. But producing a load that's only 1/2 the side of the pan just makes it even more obvious where the load probably came from. Fifty-75 years ago doves pans tended to be very thin/flat pans and the lid was much more deceptive. If I was going to buy one today I'd try to find a used one.

Kevin James does sell a much better than average pan, although it might not be suitable for what you plan.

I do occasionally use a dove pan- to produce candy at some kids shows. I'm aware that the reaction the appearance of the candy evokes is caused by the fact that candy has appeared and not necessary by the fact that they don't know where it came from.
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That should have read "Most dove/chick pans are NOT very deceptive"
gerard1973
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The Dove Pan is a little larger than I need but its larger size may come in handy now because it will not be so cramped in the pan and later if I decide to produce items that might be a little larger, they will fit in the pan. I would rather buy one good pan that is a little bigger than what I need than to have to spend the extra money on two different size pans.

I was thinking about producing silks, some foam items, switching cards with it, maybe a spring animal and several other items. Right now I think that the Chick Pan would probably be large enough but the space in the pan will be cramped.

So that's the predicament I'm in right now. I actually like the smaller size of the Chick Pan but everything I want to produce just barely fits in it. If the pan's almost too small now what's going to happen in the future? So maybe I will probably need to go up one size and that means going to the larger Dove Pan but it just seems too large to me.

Does anyone know which pan is the most popular pan among magicians? Is it the Chick Pan or the Dove Pan?
"Confusion is not magic."
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In my mind, a dove pan can be used/seen in a smaller setting, but a chick pan canNOT be used/seen in a larger setting. I opted for a dove pan. (Mine was made in Canada, not sure the manufacturer; got it from Daytona Magic)
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