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Phoenix, Arizona
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I have a friend who is a scenic designer and prop maker and he has recently taken an interest in my magic. One of the things that fascinated him most was my rolling suitcase table that I have used for nearly 20 years.

He contends he can build a better, stronger, smaller, more clever table if he just knew what all I wanted it to do and have.

SO...I ask you all, what exactly goes into the "ultimate magic table?"
Boundaries: the format of a rolling table/case. Let the wish lists begin! Smile
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Profile of MagicAndBlackjack
Pockets to ditch gaffs or anything you need to get rid of is a must.
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Profile of JamesinLA
A sound system built into the table that is remote controllable.

Oh, my friend we're older but no wiser, for in our hearts the dreams are still the same...
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  • Looks good, is able to withstand travel well
  • Lightweight but strong materials. (Remember, if the table is empty and then gets filled up and weights 75 lbs, it's too heavy!)
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Good looks; portability; some hidden storage space Smile
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Loading devices similiar to the wonder mats. A place for three to six cup and ball loads. Adjustable height for standing or sitting, or if that is too much, then the ability to order it in a specific height.

A locking drawer to hold small props and gaffs that can double as a servante.

Locking wheels for when it is fully loaded.

16x20 performance area on top. Padded and hard surface interchangability.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Excellent ideas! Keep 'em coming and we shall see what happens. Who knows maybe a "Magic Café" table design!
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  • How about a top with built-in wells?
  • Adjustable height from the floor?
  • Fold-out ditch bag?
  • Adjustable shelves like a fridge?
  • Built-in fog machine?
  • Built-in pyro show?
  • Built-in PK station?
  • Built-in thread system?
  • Built-in magnet catch for steel?
  • Built-in rope holders on the sides for your ropes?
What kind of shop does he have? This could go on for a while.
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Profile of gician
I like the fold-out ditch bag idea. I have basically a two-piece club table which is packed with the show; set it down, and I'm ready to go. However, I've always wanted to perform, say the Vanishing Coke Bottle (either kind). However, I should then toss the tube or bag (safely) away—not carefully set it back inside my table. So a place to toss something into a table without having an extra piece to carry would be ideal for me.
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A black art top with a bottle "hole" so you can vanish items on top!!!

How about this:

A small slit that will take a coin or card, have it attached to a slide that goes into your nesting boxes or whatever...So it goes right from the table top to nested box.

Servante is a must, as well as easy card / deck / coin loaders...

Hmm that's about it...
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Profile of Ricahato
What a great post, it got me thinking and the ideas just start growing, WOW! If you are going to use it for stage take into consideration what Jeff McBride says on his video, I think it is on Stage Vol II, he explains the importance of a table that won't fall off if you push it. Smile
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Profile of DarryltheWizard
I have had a table fetish for years and I, too, have not found the perfect table. I've even sold my dining room table to make more room for magic tables.

At present I use two small folding suitcase tables covered with a greyish black speaker material which is velcro compatible. I feel a magic table should not be painted brightly, for it distracts from your magic performance.

Jeff McBride uses an upright drummer's case made of compressed board. It is very light and does not distract from his amazing magic. The advantage of the speaker material enables you to attach ditching bags, plaques to the front, etc.

Darryl the Wizard.
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Thank you all for the great input. I wll be meeting with my friend this week and I will show him all the posts. Keep the ideas coming and we will see what happens.
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See...kingstardog is not thinking. If you're going to have shelves "like" a fridge, why not just get the fridge in there to start with? Then you have a fridge, shelves, cold beer, the works!

On 2003-09-23 00:41, KingStardog wrote:
  • How about a top with built-in
  • Adjustable shelves like a fridge?
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I use two tables. One for parlor and the other for strolling. The Viking is what I use for parlor. It makes a good place to keep props before and after my act. The one I use for strolling is very helpful to use to hold my props on in front of the spectator and makes good storage to keep a lot of props for when needed.
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Profile of Dano
I have a small tripod unit with a VERY heavy base for obvious reasons. Smile
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