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I looked at the magic dealers' prices for portable, magic tables, and couldn't believe it. I happened into a music shop, that sells stands for sheet music. I found one for 50 dollars that's lightweight, portable, telescopic-leg tripod, and the table, made to hold sheet music at a nearly vertical angle, is kept firmly horizontal by a screw tightening.
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Yep...makes a nice magic stand.

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A waiter's tray stand, a piece of plywood and some covering can run less than $50 if you're a careful shopper. If you're really good at bargaining many of the materials might even be free! (not me, I paid the fifty bucks)
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I agree with Dave. I've used both and a tripod just is not stable enough. Go to a restaurant supply store and get a tray stand and you'll have your "rig" for 50$ or less...

Don't be a sucker. Make your own.
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..and if you're worried about the four legs being stable on an irregular surface, that's what they invented matchbooks for, right?
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I actually have the tray jack stand and plywood top myself. Works great and others like to borrow it.

My wife is a violinist and I've used her music stand before as a table top. Seems to work OK, but as mentioned, might not be stable enough, depending on use and location.

Hmmm...

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On 2008-04-05 11:35, Dave VanVranken wrote:
..and if you're worried about the four legs being stable on an irregular surface, that's what they invented matchbooks for, right?

For those of us who do that "street magic stuff" in Tibet or the Sierra Nevadas...
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There is a stand called the Eureka stand. Very portable and lightweight.
Can mount a tabletop to it, or a props case.

Imagine a music stand base, but more "ruggedized" in terms of metal gauge.

Great stand - I know many people that have them and love them.
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Got an aluminum case mounted on my mmusic stand, works great as a table, and somewhere to keep the props.
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On 2008-04-17 11:58, mmreed wrote:
There is a stand called the Eureka stand. Very portable and lightweight.
Can mount a tabletop to it, or a props case.

Imagine a music stand base, but more "ruggedized" in terms of metal gauge.

Great stand - I know many people that have them and love them.

Agreed.

I tried some alternatives, too, but for $65, the Eureka stand (which comes with a flange for attaching to anything rigid for a top) is sturdy, portable and looks nice. Depends on what's most portable and stable at the same time. I tried others, and wound up with 2 Eureka bases.
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Use this in the real world, and after a stiff wind, you'll be chasing all crap down the road.
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On 2008-04-05 02:13, fib wrote:
I looked at the magic dealers' prices for portable, magic tables and couldn't believe it. I happened into a music shop, that sells stands for sheet music. I found one for 50 dollars that's lightweight, portable, telescopic-leg tripod, and the table, made to hold sheet music at a nearly vertical angle, is kept firmly horizontal by a screw tightening.
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In my humble opinion the Eureka bases are the best. Don't settle for cheap substitutes, it will come back to haunt you in the end.

I picked up a Eureka Base {http://magicvault.net/store/index.php?ac......ctId=149} for like $55.00 and a Eureka Base & Case {http://magicvault.net/store/index.php?ac......ctId=148} for less than $80.00.

You can't beat that. My kids show just got a whole lot easier to carry around. Smile

Make the investment ~ It's worth every penny and if you follow those links, the cheapest I have found on the net.
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You guys that are using tray jacks probably know about this already, but...

Any hardware store sells clips for hanging brooms, made of coiled steel strips that look like an exaggerated "C." The clips have a mounting hole, and the ends of the "C" friction grip the broom's handle to hold it in place. This CHEAP piece of hardware readily adapts to your plywood top, and can grip the top bars of the tray jack, holding your table in place. Two or three will do the trick. Easy to mount, easy to use, cheap to buy.
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I, like Dave, have long favored a tray stand and a piece of plywood. I recently found a larger, magic-looking hanging to use as a table cloth and accidently discovered that by tying the back corners together, it made a great servante. Not a hidden one, really, but a nice place to dump props and steal them as well.
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If you were in the music shop, you should have walked over to the keyboards and picked up a keyboard stand. I got one for about $20. Aluminum, lightweight and acts just like a wooden trayjack stand.
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EvilDan beat me to the punch, but I concur that keyboard stands are great. Also, I've found waiter's stands to be a little short (I'm 6'4"), while keyboard stands offer more height. They're also usually heavier (light enough to carry, but more wind-resistant)and often abound on CraigsList.
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Where can the Eureka stand be found?
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Hey, $20 tool case from Home Depot, has dividers, locks, and shoulder strap. Sets nicely on black snack tray from Target. Fit like they were made for each other. Top opens beyond 90 degrees, but just using an long magic wand made sure it operated great in high michigan winds in the park today.
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The keyboard stands are also adjustable in height. I think mine has five or six different adjustments.
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On 2008-04-05 16:52, gaddy wrote:
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On 2008-04-05 11:35, Dave VanVranken wrote:
..and if you're worried about the four legs being stable on an irregular surface, that's what they invented matchbooks for, right?


for those of us who do that "street magic stuff" in Tibet or the Sierra Nevadas...

... or on Cobblestone streets in Europe.
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