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Carlos Hampton
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One of the Café members had a great idea that in my opinion will solve the endless question of: Waiter Stand or Keyboard stand for your street performing table. Check it out in the workshop section of the Café.
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewt......tart=0#5

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Hi Carlos -

What a great idea! I just ordered this off of Amazon.com and got it for $45 with free shipping.

Also thought you may find the following interesting:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000AEGCIK

I ordered one of these as well to use as a gibcciere. It mounts on the cross bar of the walker so if I build the top with the overhang off the opposite side, I think I can work out of this canvas basket instead of wearing a busker's pouch.

Thanks for the tip. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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The thrift store by my house always has these things right by the bicycles & strollers. I've thought about the possiblity of using one as a table base in the past.

Typically though, these things are not level across the top; rather they slant backards slightly. This problem could be overcome with any number of add-on "shim" type contraptions I imagine.

I passed on the idea because I didn't want to have to modify a product (the idea of needing to shim it just turned me off)...but perhaps there are some 'walkers' out there that are level across the top, or there are people that don't mind adding on a shim.

Basically though, they are the right proportion and could work very well. I'd love to see pics of one that had a top on it and worked...just to see what modifications (if any) were necessary. Good luck with it DC! Post some pics when you get it all put together and ready for the pitch please!!!
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1. Many stages are slanted slightly up and away from the audience for better viewing. No reason this couldn't be as well. The right type of ball can stop any rolling issues.

2. Failing that, the trick would be to raise the 2 affected FEET, and do nothing at all with the top. There are hundreds of ways to do this, and none of them are difficult or costly.
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The legs on this thing are said to be adjustable from 31 to 37 inches in 1 inch increments. Hopefully they adjust independently of each other so that the top can be leveled in the event that there is an unwanted slant.

I will post pics when I get it figured out.
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Well you could always play the crippled ploy come hatting time!
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Sometimes you can get these very cheaply from people who have used them, but do not need them any more.
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On 2009-02-08 22:50, Chance wrote:
1. Many stages are slanted slightly up and away from the audience for better viewing. No reason this couldn't be as well. The right type of ball can stop any rolling issues.

2. Failing that, the trick would be to raise the 2 affected FEET, and do nothing at all with the top. There are hundreds of ways to do this, and none of them are difficult or costly.


Chance, they are slanted the other way...think about how one of these would be ergonomically constructed to help a person walk. You can't just turn the thing around because the cross bar would whack you in the shins all day long.

You are correct in saying that "none of them would be difficult or costly"...but I'm not worried about that. I'm thinking more along the lines of "doesn't look like you just duct taped a block of wood under the leg" and "won't fall off after 1/2 a season".

Now, if you regularly built all your own props then you'd probably look at this 'little' issue and pass on the whole idea as well.

Sorry...that wasn't supposed to be a short joke.
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Hey Chad, all it would probably take is to remove the rubber feet from the higher side. There's an inch gain right there! No blocking required.

As for shins, the top is probably going to overhang by 2 or 3 inches. I don't see a shin problem at all. In fact, I see an advantage to having the crossbar at the back and out of sight. The thing that would have stopped me from considering this is the fact that that same crossbar would have been facing front, where it still looks like a walker. Lastly, with the unit facing the 'wrong' way, the accessory bags are situated right there in your lap where they belong. That one bag linked above looks perfect.
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Yeah, you're right on all accounts. I guess I didn't think it through enough.

I've walked past these things at my local thrift store many times and always stop and stare at them with the thought of street performing in mind...I just never bought one and played around with it.

I have bought various pieces of tublar steel excersise machines and made various monstrosities though...all in the quest for that "new" finale that no-one's ever thought of (or seen). The bottom line has always been: Too bulky to be used for a long time and/or might fall apart after 1/2 a season.

This walker really could work though.

Not to derail the thread, but I just finished making a new toy for my show.

http://i272.photobucket.com/albums/jj193......17-1.jpg

It's just a ladder, but it's got some secret qualities that make is special. This picture was taken before the ladder was finished...to keep the secret details...uhh...secret Smile
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