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gician
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On 2003-09-07 15:15, elmago wrote:
I applaude you for not taking the easy way out and wearing a jacket just because you need to carry stuff. As working magicians, we must be very mindful of the venues we are working and dress accordingly. Part of being a professional is knowing how to adapt to your surrondings and this takes a lot of thinking and preplanning.

A jacket would be inappropriate in most of the situations I work. I've learned to use all of my trouser pockets and my shirt pocket. I also have multiple uses for most of my props to get more magic with less space. I takes a lot of trial and error, but you'll be glad you did.

Miguel Rangel

Hi elmago,

The easy way IMHO would be not taking the time to put on a jacket, and look more like the public expects a magician to look.

Being mindful and dressing accordingly used to mean dressing just above the best dressed person in the place. It leaves me curious as to where your performing situations are. Perhaps I can tone it down a bit, and break an old habit.

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I had a special table top made for me. The top has a close-up mat. Wood trimming covered with leather keeps the mat in place. There is a opening in the back of the table so I can reach in to grab my props. Velvet is used to decorate the front and sides. I use a Eureka table base screwed into the top.

It is very helpful at getting my props. I like using it as a table top if the spectator's table is full.

I do a lot of restuarants. They all have room for me to transport my stand.

If anyone wants to see a picture of it, PM me your address.
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Don't forget that you can carry some things in your hands, like a Chop Cup or a Mystery Box. Just put it down on the table until you need it.

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On 2003-02-24 11:47, terrormagician wrote:
Come Up with a routine that uses only things that can fit in your pockets without making bulges. I have a deck of cards in each pocket, a small packet wallet in each pocket, and coins in each pocket.
Justin Smile Smile Smile Smile

There's a book by Merlyn T. Shute called Out of Your Pocket that deals with this exact point.
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You might find my newest product of use here, as you could mount a wooden case (I use an antiques silverware case sometimes) on it with a close up pad on top of the case. It's on my website and now available.

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I looked at some of the products on your webpage Scott. Good stuff.

I wear a fanny pack (as previously mentioned by someone else as a "bum pack"). It works well for most situations.
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You might check out Carl Andrews' video "No Jacket Required." He demonstrates a series of routines he uses without a jacket as he works in warmer weather.

For less bulk with sponge balls you can use smaller balls and also distribute them so that they are not all in one pocket, yet still work into your routine.

Kirk Charles has some good suggestions in his books on strolling and restaurant magic.
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Perhaps you might want to take a look at what your real need is.

Do you need to find a way to carry all these props?

Perhaps you need to reduce the amount of props you carry?

Perhaps you should think of what you would perform if you carried nothing. It can be done very well. If you prefer performing with props, you could likely still carry nothing while performing in a restaurant. There are usually lots of props that naturally occur in the environment. For example: napkins, silverware, plates, food, salt & pepper (and their shakers), sugar packets, chopsticks, coins, money, menus, people, tables, walls, ceilings, floors, candles, matches, cigarettes, ashes, ashtrays, and much, much more.

I don't know what is in the restaurant in which you may be performing, but perhaps you don't need to carry anything.

It's your decision.

In your mind,
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I wear a small pouch that I use to carry some coins and packet tricks. I usually have a couple decks of cards in my back pockets. I also bring other things with me in a leather doctor's-type bag which I leave in the office or at a station in case I want to change things up throughout the night.
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This sure was an old thread that has been resurrected from the dead.
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On 2003-05-14 21:20, lhughes wrote:
I once saw a magician carry his supplies in a lunch box! Pretty tacky unless you have the comedy to pull it off.


I dunno, I used to have a vinyl lunchbox with the logo of the Florida Magic on it! That might have worked!
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I found a very nice pouch/bag to carry my stuff in at the Trickery. The price is a little steep, but it's the best bag I've ever used. There's a really sharp looking dragon style draw string attached for coins, and the bag itself is perfect for coins, cards, and whatever else you're bringing along.
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Usually cups and balls come with a carry case, to help with the fact that you can't pocket them. depending on your final load, I can see why your stuggling without a jacket. a pack of cards, few coins, sponges and maybe a ring on rope routine is usually what I carry as DEFINITES. anything else (reality twister, pen thru anything, etc etc) is a bonus both for me and the spectator!

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I can't imagine doing cups and balls walkaround let alone without a jacket. If you are doing walkaround, why not do close up magic?

I don't do the same tricks at every table, so I don't want to carry anything and I don't want to have to use their table space especially for a trick I may or may not do.
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I might suggest that you carry on you just what you plan to do for that table and keep the rest of your stuff at the waiter's station or in the office where you can go back and change out your material for the next table. Then you only need to carry a very few things with you.

What I am suggesting will work, but what my underlying meaning here is that you can go table to table with the same set show and that doesn't have to be much. The only problem is that you can't be very flexible and do any "jazz magic". You might lose your spontaneity but you could just do more with what you have (i.e. another card trick, a longer sponge ball routine, another coin trick, etc.) Just put your mind to it.

yours,
Scott
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Best to carry little and use tricks that everybody can see.other tables will watch from a distance and become curious.
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I'm having a special shirt tailormade, with 2 breastpockets. I have enough space for 6 effects that use to much props, so in time it will work out fine, as my repertoire gets better
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On 2003-11-08 04:24, Scott F. Guinn wrote:
You might find my newest product of use here, as you could mount a wooden case (I use an antiques silverware case sometimes) on it with a close up pad on top of the case. It's on my website and now available.

[outdated link]


My Table Hopper's Friend is available again at a new low price. You'll find it on the "Other Items" page of my website.

Also, I just purchased a busker's vest from buskergear. It is fabulous and well worth the asking price to a worker.
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I started wearing my big black leather gazzo pouch - this affords me so much room that I was able to add the option of the mystery box/ "the scorpion" and a large chop cup routine to my table magic.

Because it can be adjusted to look far thinner than when in "street mode" and I'm not using any huge melons etc - it looks rather innocuous and is sometimes the cause of some adult humor too. I just call it a "sporran"
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To free up pocket space I now wear a coin purse that attaches to my belt. I also use leather pouches that can be attached to my belt to hold my decks of cards. It all helps!
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