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Matthew W
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I am looking for a close up mat to replace my current empire brand one.

It is a very nice pad, but the foam part is pealing up from the rubber.

I saw one once that was made of a squishy kind of rubber with a thin layer of fabric on the top. It did not have that grooved pattern on the underside, but was smooth.

It was stretchy, too.

Any one here know where I can find this one or what it is called?

Thanks

-Matt
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Matt, the one you described sounds like a large mouse pad found in the office supplies stores, I have one and the rubber is a little bit hard.
Matthew W
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This one was really squishy compared to a mouse pad.

The person said it was made by a magician, but I do not remember who.
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Sounds like this one - http://www.penguinmagic.com/specialorderproduct.php?ID=10422

I just got it, and it is fantastic! Cheap too.
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My buddy NoVaCain (cafe name) can make you a great pad (or table with the pad built in). The BEST quality out there. PM him for more info and tell him I sent yaz!
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JOe Stevens at http://www.stevensmagic.com just got in a few nice ones that sound like your needs. Tell him the ones Pete Biro talked to him about.
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Matthew W
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Would the Trevor Duffy pad be what I am looking for?

It seems to have the same description as what I am looking for.
-Matt
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Might be a bit out of your price range, but the best pad I've seen hand's down, is by Dean Dill.
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This sounds like the Trevor Duffy pad.

If you want a really nice pad for cheap, go to a good fabric shop and purchase a yard of automobile headliner material. It is about 1/4 inch thick, and has a fuzzy surface on one side. The other side is foam. When you fold it and unfold it, the wrinkles fall out of it after a few minutes. You can cut it to any shape you want.
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I had read that the Duffy pad was no longer being made, but a few here or there can be found. Another interesting pad in different sizes is the Apollo pad.
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Matthew,
I won’t say it is the best, but check out the close-up stage I made last weekend. It was pretty easy to make. I have also had good luck with big mouse pads from Office Max.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......rum=26&5


Good luck,
Bruce
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I got some large black closeup mats from a local dealer. These were quite inexpensive and looked exactly like the Duffy pads. The material is some kind of wetsuit material.
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I bought a roll of neoprene / wetsuit material and had it cut down to fit over my entire table. It's really inexpensive to do this and you end up with a custom-sized mat (especially good for cups and balls, I find).

If you're looking for the "best close up mat", though, you may want to check out Dean Dill's mats. They're not cheap, but they're the best ones I've seen.

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Dean's workstation is the way to go should you decide to get into advanced card/coin work.
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As explained elsewhere in the café, I used a soft mat where on the under part towards the audience I printed "vote for me I'm the best one of all" and on the inner part I had two small pockets hanging with magnet rubber in one of them. Before starting the close up act, the pockets are rolled up into the upper surface of the mat. Then when performing time comes (especially if it's not in a competition where I never go) I come in, let the mat unroll keeping the writing up in full view (allowing the pockets to hang behind the table's edge) as I mark a pause pretending, tongue in cheek, to check the lighting. People laugh, and I smile because I just misdirected them by secretly installing a servante right under their noses.
Each pocket is attached to the mat by two small brown cloth ribbons to be able to hang exactly at the right position.

Pretty nifty
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That's brilliant Lawrence. Jamy Swiss has a similar gag after a very fast paced routine, he picks up his pad, (which has a firm backing) and reveals that on the bottom it says *** I'm good!
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Trevor still lists his on his web site.
http://www.trevorduffy.co.za/prod_magicmat.shtml
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I'll second the neoprene suggestion from Frank L. I've cut up up old wetsuits and glued that "grippy" webbing on the back. I lost so many closeup mats, I thought I'd give the neoprene a try. Since then.. strangely.. I've never lost a mat.

Was reading about using velcro as a working surface. Yes, strange, I know, but it came from a good source - I think - "The Expert at the Pitch Table", Michael Schwartz and S.David Walker. It talks about using the "loop" side of a sheet of velcro. Apparently, it cleans up well, and works great.
Anyone ever tried that? I've no idea where you can buy velcro in large sheets... but I'd like to give it a try,as I'm putting together a pitching booth shortly.

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I had never heard of Velcro® sheet; however, it not only exists, it is probably already set for what a magician would use it for.

A google search revealed this:

http://www.textol.com/t_veltex.asp

It's called Veltex®

One problem -- you need to order a full roll of it at $140.00

Here's a place that has it at $12.50 per yard with a three yard minimum.
http://www.tylersdisplay.net/Veltex-s/23.htm
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If my late night math is ok that works out to around .50 per foot and with a decent CU pad running 10-20 bucks, it seems like a hellava deal and you'd NEVER run out!
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