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james121515
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Hi everyone,

This is my first message on this board. I'm new to card magic and have been looking to get a good closeup black mat. Can anyone recommend a good one that's soft enough to grip the cards well and where to get it? I ordered one from PM but had to return it because it was not soft enough, and when I was performing tricks on it, when I would go to pickup a packet off the mat, 1 or 2 cards would stay on the mat.

Thanks for any help,

James
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What is your budget? Mats range from about $10.00 up to well over $100.00. Do you want one that folds or rolls up, or one with a solid, stiff backing?

Many close up mats are just rectangles of wetsuit material used for SCUBA diving or surfing. You can probably buy a yard of wetsuit fabric for less than a close up mat and make your own.

Check out office supply stores for large mouse pads or the mats that go under printers etc. to quiet them down.

With budget considerations stated it will be easier to point you toward as good commercialy available mat. Most any soft surface will work, but may require some additional practice on your part to adapt to the surface.
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The nicest performance mat I have ever seen was just delivered to me. A Dean Dill Ultimate Close-Up Pad (15" inches x 22"). It's wonderful!!! Combine it with Dean's own Servante and it's a killer!

http://02c5518.netsolhost.com/pads.html

http://02c5518.netsolhost.com/servante.html


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Dean's products are great quality and always beautiful. He is the go to guy for high end products.

Magic Maniacs makes a similar hard backed pad with load spaces for much less. Hardbacked pads have some limitations when traveling or carrying them to gigs. There is much to think about when considering a pad, hence the questions in my first reply.
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I have one of the Magic Maniacs pads. It's a bit tough to use with some effects because the nap on their default antique looking felt is very mono-directional. It's hard to do a Matrix on it with coins, because of the drag. Some cup and balls and chop-cup effects are tough too, as the felt wants the ball to only go in one direction. It will snag and hinder a coin shell instantly.

You can order regular felt for your Maniac pad, but a buyer should ask first. I've retired mine to just have items set on it in a display cabinet. Dean's mat and Servante will get used everyday.


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I bought my mat at a local magic shop. If you live anywhere close to one, I'd recommend visiting a real store. Seeing, touching and trying one out beats all the advice you can get.
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