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Does anyone use a belt pouch or mutli-pocket apron for Cu and strolling? What size? where did you get it?
How do people respond to it?

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Ahhh, oh I hate those things! To me, wearing pouches or an apron is like wearing a pocket protector or glasses with tape around them. I think they just scream "give me a swirly!"
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Well gee- I happen to use a leather pocket protector and have for over 20 years , I still carry a slide rule in a leather pouch. geecky yeah - but that's who I am. I also use a waist pouch - it works. I sort of take comments like "give me swirly" as subtle or not so subtle prejudice and that is what leads to harrassment.. I prefer when its said - that's not my style- or that dosen't work for me.
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The swirly comment was just a figure of speech. To each his own but boy, they really don't work for me!
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I do and and don't. Use one in my Renaissance strolling, but not elsewhere. I'll leave it to the guys that use them, but it probably depends on what you are performing.
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To me, it's an image thing. A full waist pocket apron doesn't look as professional (or I could say "upscale") as without. A side pocket that slides onto your belt is not so bad if you need a little extra carrying space.

Many magicians I know only carry 3 or 4 items when strolling, and so have no need of the extra space of an apron. They will usually have a small case tucked away somewhere if they want to change out the items for different ones.

If you are wearing a vest, a seamstress can add extra pockets on the inside. If you buy a vest from a tuxedo store, usually the alterations are either free or at a low cost.


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Consider your attire. If you work in a suit or a tuxedo, then a pouch is completely out of place. If you work wearing overalls, jeans or other "workingman's" clothing, then a pouch is okay. Pouches belong to the working man, like a carpenter's apron or a brickmason's apron.

The gibeciere is a part of a strolling conjurer's outfit, but it doesn't translate well to modern clothing. There was a rather ill-fated attempt several years ago to produce a cummerbund that functioned as a pouch. It really never caught on.
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The Jimmy Talksalot pouch might suit your needs. It is less cumbersome than most and allows access to your jacket pockets easily.
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[quote] If you work wearing overalls, jeans or other "workingman's" clothing, then a pouch is okay. Pouches belong to the working man, like a carpenter's apron or a brickmason's apron.

Hi
I'm a carpenter, and I use my apron,all the time.It's like wearing a full view topit. I wish I could use it when I wasn't working !
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I used this for table hopping at restaurants, working after proms, and strolling at corporate & church functions for years:

http://www.theambitiouscard.com/aitem.cfm?itemid=2

I still use it regularly to street perform.

It's a beautiful piece of craftsmenship and not too bulky. I wear it over my left thigh since I use my right front pocket more. I still have access to my left front pocket, but it's not as subtle/easy.

I think the Cellini Pouch would work also, but I've never seen one up close.

http://www.theambitiouscard.com/aitem.cfm?itemid=1

The Cellini Pouch might hinder access to both front pants pockets too much for many routine to look smooth. I don't know for a fact though, as I've not worked with it.

Magician's don't have to dress in any preconceived manner. Just as stand up comics, jugglers, or strolling violinists don't.

I personally wouldn't work a gig without my pouch (if I could help it).

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I use all my pouches for different gigs.
A lot of it depends on what I'm wearing.

If it's formal and I'm wearing a suit I would use the strolling pouch so it's not seen at all.

For an informal strolling gig I use the poacher's pouch linked to by chad.
If I'm doing more of a fair with lots of folks then I use a cellini pouch (or street pouch which is cheaper). It's great for billiard balls, etc, and keeping props close to your body and hidden, and not getting stolen.

I'm I'm doing a real street type performance then it's always the busker's pouch.
I would never use that for strolling. Too big.

I just had a "parlor pouch" made (not for sale yet) that is specifically meant to perform the cups and balls in a stand-up environment, parlor show, etc. Lightweight, smaller, no added outside pockets, cheaper, etc. Some thing to keep in your case so your act is ready to go at all times.
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One of our club members uses both the Pro-carrier by Joshua Jay in tandem with Frank Starsini's "Strolling Pouch." He gives both 5 stars out of 5! I use cargo pockets, cell-phone cases, etc. to hold things, but just ordered a "Stolling Pouch" from Frank. Having seen one close up I was most impressed!

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The Cellini setup is nice. It's very simple and somewhat generic but it really packs a punch. Anyone who knew Jim would say that was his personality...simple and somewhat generic but he really packed a punch.

His servante was a bag in front and a bag in back. They are very user friendly. A vest is a great storage device too.
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On 2009-12-24 23:03, Frank Russell wrote:
The Cellini setup is nice. It's very simple and somewhat generic but it really packs a punch. Anyone who knew Jim would say that was his personality...simple and somewhat generic but he really packed a punch.

His servante was a bag in front and a bag in back. They are very user friendly. A vest is a great storage device too.
When I met Cellini in Denver he had 2 pouches up front, 2 in back, & a lether scabbard for his scissors he used in "cut & restored rope." It was very obvious that he'd designed this himself for his own use & knew how to use it to his best advantage.
However, like Bill Palmer stated earlier, consider your enviornment & your clothing.
Jim Cellini was a "street performer," what is that you do? That's the key.

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I've never used a pouch. I always just take what I need in my pockets and leave the rest in a back office. When I want to switch my routines I just go back and switch out my props.
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