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aussiemagic
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I want to be able to go to do a stand up show with just one case! But I want to use that case as a table as well. I want to be able to open the case and and put a sign on the part that faces the audience. Then, just take props from the case as I need them.

If I get a brief case, will a table base such as the encore table base detach and fit inside the brief case?

The effects I perform include: linking rings, egg bag, whats next, silk to egg, half dyed hank, McCombical deck, etc. Pack Flat stand up stuff.

I would really appreciate advice in achieving this kind of set-up.
I travel by train to gigs in Tokyo, Japan and it is just too hard to carry around a big table. I have done it but I am exhausted by the time I get to the show!

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For that stuff I would try something like Barry Mitchell's Ta Da table. You can find something similar at large craft stores for much less. I use bigger props, so it wouldn't work for me, but for what you use it sounds right.
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Thanks!

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Simon,

I have done a show quite similar to this and you can use a catalog case and a jumping stool.

You do the show, props go right back into the case. At the end of the show you close the case, pick it up, step on the stool and let it spring about five feet into the air and catch it. Nice flashy way to end a show. It packs light and plays like a house on fire.


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Tommy Wonder has a great close-up table/case design in his books of Wonder. I think it is in Vol 1.
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Sorry,my mistake, that's volume two.
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You might look into an instand

http://www.instand.com/CR3/cr3.html

They are very strong, stable, light, and compact. The top is 11"x13". If your case is big enough the top should fit inside. The base is very compact. Much more than the usual magic table bases. I keep one in a carpet bag for some gigs.


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I have always found that the best thing to use is a tray jack. The type of thing
a waiter uses to hold up a tray of food. It is simple and easily obtained from a restaurant supply store. It packs flat and if you forget it you can usually borrow
one from the venue.

Just my two cents...
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Thanks for the ideas. Danny, the jumbing stool idea is great.

When I do the cups and balls I use a tray jack stand with table top. It may pack flat, but it is heavy and not suited for trains in Tokyo. I am trying to replace the cups and balls for that reason.

I also have the McComb table. It is good but still heavy. I am sweating and exhausted by the time I get to the venue for the gig.

Has anyone seen Jeff Hobson's dream table(encore magic)? It is expensive. It looks light and portable... not sure though.
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Michael Ammar has instructions for a flat table on his website. It's extremely light and disassembles. You could use the same concept to attach legs to your case which you could remove for travel.

Check out the design:


http://www.ammarmagic.com/store/index.ph......ts_id=15
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Michael Ammar's table looks like a slick design. How sturdy is the tripod on uneven surfaces or even a slight slope?
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On 2006-09-01 23:40, adzimme wrote:
Michael Ammar's table looks like a slick design. How sturdy is the tripod on uneven surfaces or even a slight slope?



He said that the whole reason he designed it that way is so it would stand better on uneven and sloped surfaces.
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My preference has always been to use cymbal stands for table bases. You can usually find used ones quite reasonably priced ($50) in any major city at a musical instrumat store and not have to pay for shipping. I then have a small steel post (that matches the size of the cymbal arm) welded to a flat plate ($10-$15) at a welding shop. One time I even got it for free as I entertained the guys for 10 minutes with some cards and coins! I then mount the plate to the suitcase and I am done. Stable, cheap, and looks great - the three main criteria for a magic table.

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I saw the Tommy Wonder table and fell in LOVE any one ever built this? I had an idea of maybe using an old instrument case and adjust it to make this table.
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Aussiemagic,
what about a good old suitcase table? You only have to carry one thing, everything fits inside. With either size you can install a luggage handle/strap so you only have to pull it on wheels! It doesn't get much easier. The sign sticks on the outside of the case via Velcro and the case actually turns into the table! I don't know where I'd be without these! There are several people who make them, one of the more popular is the Joe Lefler Pro Suitcase Table, available at most magic dealers.
Good luck!
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Aussie Magic,

No one has mentioned the 30 second table from David Charvet. Check it out at: http://charvetmagic.com/_wsn/page5.html

It all packs inside and is flight ready if need be. My first one went around the world and I'm on my second one. (First one lasted about 5 years of fairly heavy abuse).

I would highly recomend it for simplicity in setting up and durability.

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