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I use transportable drawers. Smile
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I'm glad I'm not the only freak when it comes to a passion for cases. I think there is something magical about an old case, especially one that has been well used.

A case full of one's personal trade is kind of like your legacy that you hope to leave behind when you're dead and gone, in hopes that someday one of your ancestors will stumble upon it one day while rumaging through the attic.

Upon opening it they find all of the important items that defined your life. Every item gives a little glimpse into the exciting and itrigueing life that you led.

Oh how they'll wish they had only known you personally, then they could have asked you to tell them all of the enchanting stories of your real life adventures. Maybe, they might even aspire to be a little bit like you.

It's too bad they couldn't meet you, but they just might be able to put together the pieces of you life by examining the contents of the old case you left behind. Smile
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I used to carry all sorts of cases for things I used in my close-up work. The more I worked, the more I realized that I did most of my work in my hands, and not on the table. At corporate banquets, for example, I would spend an hour or so strolling in among the (standing) group that was either gathering at the bar for drinks or holding conversations.

Consequently, I pared down all of the extraneous material. I work out of my pockets. My "extras" go in a small cloth bag with handles and a magical design on it. It simplifies things a lot!
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Dan: I have seen that Gig-rig you are talking about. That's a lot of money, for what I would think is a nice looking suitcase with some compartments.

Thankfully, I've been investigating these for a while now, and with the advice of Jeff Pinsky, have decided that to get what I truly want, I would most likely have to build it on my own. Having a father in law who is a professional carpenter, I have access to tools and knowledge that most people wouldn't, which means I can ask him to help me with the plans, etc, and he will help me build it for a small charge. (I can't ask him to do it for free now can I)

Should be interesting to see what comes from it.

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We have your case-a-holics and I am a bag-a-holic.

I am ALWAYS looking at getting new backpacks all the time. As of now I have 3! One of them holds my skates and skate stuff, one is a small bag (I use it as a close up bag for now) and the 3rd one looked REALLY cool and the company that made it was about to discontinue it so I bought it. I used it for one semester at school and now it is sitting on my chair across the room.

Like I said, I see cool backpacks all the time and I always want the newest ones but I don't have a use!

I am looking for a nice slim metal case as of now. My friend has a Lowe's metal case. I don't have as many things as he has so I just want a nice slim metal case. When we go out to the Magic Castle we take the Train and subway. I always wonder how many strange/worried looks we would get if people saw 2 teenage kids walking around with these metal briefcases taking the subway in Los Angeles!

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I am a close up dude so i use a shoe box or something of the sort, however every once in a while I have to do a kids show or a party so I use one of those college dorm trunks with wheels and its great.

For a table I went to the local Wal-Mart and bought a folding table for $9. I saved a lot. And thanks I am going to go look for a doctor’s bag, (I like them)
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I'm a big fan of Seward cases made by the Mercury Luggage Company.

See these links for photos:

They come in black finish or metallic brass finish .
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I just got the perfect close up case! At Roma (Home Depot type place) they had a 2 piece tool kit set. One was a big black metal briefcase type but inside was a small silver aluminum case that was perfect.
My son and I split the cost (it was $40 Canadian for the set) so my case cost me $20.
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Anyone know where I can get a fairly light duty large trunk with wheels and dolly-type handle? The ones I found were the Anvil Speedster cases. They are very nice but overkill for me and out of my price range. I need something that will hold my manipulation table top, square circle, etc. and I can wheel it right to the performance site.

Also, should this forum be in special interest since it encompases both close-up and stage parlour workers?

I think I found something. It's a Stanley 50 gallon rolling work box. It has a retractable handle, lockable and made of tough plastic...and a third of the cost of an anvil case.
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For the last month I've been going out without a pocket bulge.

Two packs of cards, x4 dollars, ring'n'string, Sharpie, large hanky and wallet. It's great to be so light...and to leave the case at home.

And the reaction I get is just as strong I reckon...I'm hoping.

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I carry my entire close-up routine in a tackle-box. It's simple, yet effective. I am currently trying to find something to hold my larger effects, effectively...ya.
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My father is a surgeon, but he still uses a stereotypical doctor's bag. It's not leather, but it's the same shape and it has compartments on the side. I got him to pick me up another one from Canadian Tire. Hopefully I never accidentally take his in the morning...
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I was down at Lowe's and I got two gatemouth bags for $20. They are exactly like doctor's bags, they have lots of pockets inside and they stand open on a chair or the floor. They look good and they don't cost nearly as much as doctor's bags.

There was also a really cool wooden tool chest with a couple of drawers and a tray for $24. I thought it might be good to store stuff at home. Cool stuff.
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Check out the Slim-Line close up case at Malloy's.

This is something I would look for, a case with compartments.
But sure, ordinary cases works too.

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I use a doctor's bag I got from Hank Lee. I've used it for 3 years and it's still in great shape. Often I load my pockets from it and leave it where I can get at it, working with just what I carry. Works great.
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Doctors' bags make great cases and people leave your stuff alone in them. They seem to create some level of respect on their own. They also have strong handles and wear like iron. Even better, they are also very available used or not so used. Doctors don't use them anymore. I'm a magician, and I have a nice one. My wife is a doctor who still makes house calls. She uses a WalMart bag because it reduces mugging for prescription pads and mostly because she thinks that doctors' bags frighten people. Many doctors are just employees now and don't own any medical equipment anyway. Things change!

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I have a briefcase my wife gave me that she had forever. Attached to the lid on the inside are ten platic slots, they are the exact size of a deck of playing cards. Very convenient for carrying around various decks. I also have it sectioned with foam core for storing everything else.
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Now that is good luck!
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This has been a great topic!

I have had the hardest time with storing my goods. Currently I am using a $4 storage case that I got at Home Depot. I am sure you know the type...the kind that they store screws and electrical supplies in. It works well with my coins but not cards.
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My favorite case I have is a fishing tackle box I got at Walmart, price of $7.94. It has a clear plastic compartment on top the size of the whole box that can be subdivided with the dividers you get. I have in that area: TT, D'Lites, CC Knives, Matchbox Penetration, PenThru, Bat, Raven, MiniRings, Scotch/Soda, Wax, IT, QuarterSqueeze, plus more I can't remember. Then if you open the main compartment you have two large areas that can be subdivided. I have 12 decks, silks, cups, kennedy box, sponges, card frame, and more. I took some black construction paper and cut it to fit the clear top and taped it inside so curious eyes can't see what's in there. I have more expensive cases that look better but I can pack more into this than any thing else I've see in its size.
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