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eSamuels
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I'm looking for a couple of small tables that collapse or fold, are lightweight yet durable (can withstand a moderate hand-slam, as in a Dangerous Monte routine), and don't look 'magicky.'

I've looked at Spider tables, Harbin-style aluminum tables, bazar de magic cabaret tables, etc., but have yet to find the right table (cost is also a factor).

It can either have a round or square/rectangular top, and should be at least 30" tall

Any suggestions?
KeithP
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I wish I could show you these in person...

Table base
$200
http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=929
Table Top
$55
http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=1222

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eSamuels
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They do make a nice table base (I've owned a few - Sidekick, Perfect Card).
I actually like the (much less expensive) option http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=307 which is also out of stock.

Here's a question for anyone who would care to weigh-in; would this table look 'out of place' on a stage (for corporate and cabaret shows)?
http://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/1......hardware
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Hello Eric

I bought a table similiar to the one you are looking at buying and had to send it back. The reason was beacause the table top is made of fiberglass and it warped pretty bad during shipping. The reason I am posting this is because I think this would be hard to transport and not warp the table during transit from show to show. This is my opinion other people may have had a better experience with the table.
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I've used a percussion table for a number of years with NO problems. (I'm a former drummer) I use it just as it came out of the box. Since I do mostly corporate gigs I feel it fits well in this environment. The only thing I did is have a custom case made to carry it conveniently. The one I got is from the Guitar Center and has been mentioned in other threads on the Café.
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eSamuels
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I kind of like the look of this one:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Pearl-Trap-T......75348.gc

Price is reasonable. I may just take the 'plunge!'
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I still feel your biggest problem is...
"yet durable (can withstand a moderate hand-slam)"

This won't help you, but I had a similar problem. I got some heavy Sisti cups, about 12oz each. I wanted to be able to perform on a thin table that wouldn't wobble as I manipulated the cups (rolls, etc). I also had the problem of performing on uneven surfaces, such as a hill at fourth of July party. I went to a photography equipment store and looked at some camera tripods. There was one sitting in a corner with a camera mounted on it that was used for making passport photos. The tripod looked like it was from the 50's, and made of solid steal with a simple universal joint with two adjustment handles. They didn't believe me when I first offered to buy the "piece of junk", but they offered it for $60 and I bought it quickly. It came with the screw that attached to the tripod and had a standard threading for the camera. I bought a simple tee from home depot and some plywood and been happy with it ever since. I do put a small cloth on it for appearance sake, but nothing that would hide the thin-ness of the plywood.

Good luck!
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Quote:
On 2009-10-14 11:57, Eric Samuels wrote:
I kind of like the look of this one:

http://www.guitarcenter.com/Pearl-Trap-T......75348.gc

Price is reasonable. I may just take the 'plunge!'


I use one of those and they are very durable. You can see pix of mine on my website.
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Eric, I've got a sturdy table with an extra shelf (could be a servante, actually). Its frame is 4 posts instead of one central post as pictured in your links and doesn't look magicky at all. It breaks down into 2 bags --the whole thing was custom made by Chalet Magic. If you're still looking I'll send photos. I'll also be taking photos of a Sidekick and Sub trunk w/airline case for shipping-- all soon to be for sale/trade.
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I bought a Mikame Table Hopper Table and it is really nice. I would say that it is smaller than most tables but it is easy to carry and has a drawer for storage of some of your props. The only down side is that the top and the legs are sold separately and the legs are rather expensive. Its worth checking out though.

Here is the top:\
http://murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=40505

And here are the legs:
http://murphysmagic.com/Product.aspx?id=40539
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You might want to look at these;

http://www.midg-ett.com/squaretables.html

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I use a tall waiter tray stand and a table top - works great for street work.

I may switch to a keyboard stand which is a bit more stable.

also - for legs, check out http://www.shopmagicvault.com/Eureka-Table-Base_p_654.html
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Got frustrated with the magic shop choices, went to Target, brought a folding bar stool with wooden top, then
purchased a wooden table top from Home Depot and secured them together. Added some paint and now have a light weight, easy to carry performing table, well under $100.
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Does the Pear Trap Table have an edge to keep things from rolling off?

Thanks!
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Yes, it does!
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Sam's Club sells a $40 lightweight 4-foot folding table. It has a lightweight but durable plastic top and a porcelain-coated steel frame. Legs are adjustable to three different lengths.

I drape a $15 dark red velveteen fabric remnant over it and it looks pretty classy, at least in my opinion. SETH
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Wal-mart sells a nice table that is 4 feet by 2 feet and it folds down to 2 x 2 feet. The height of the legs are adjustable and it was less than $50. They also fold flat and have strap handles. I bought them at my local store.
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Eric,

Michael Ammar sells table plans on his website for $5. I bought these plans a few years ago and made my own table. I get compliments on it all the time from other magicians, and it was a breeze to make (I'm no carpenter either). It is classy-looking, can be taken apart for travel, can easily be modified with top surface, color, etc.. I have been very very pleased. Made the whole thing for under $80.

I will find a picture and post it.
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We just added the Lefler brand of table legs. These are amazing quality. MUCH more rugged than the Eureka base. They are black powder coated to not glare on stage. The legs are very stable. You can see a pic at :


http://www.shopmagicvault.com/Ultimate-Table-Base_p_898.html

I swaped out my old eureka bases with these and have been using them for busking. Rugged, lightweight, great price.

Many of you know the quality Joe Lefler puts out... you wont be disappointed
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Pick up one of these for under $10 put a nice round cloth on it and it looks great, can take up to 22lbs. of weight.

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