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Does anyone use a portable backdrop for the gigs they do? In late December and early January I will be doing much less walk around and more stand up shows (holiday parties). I want to up the production value by having some sort of back drop. I don't think it will be possible for 1 or 2 since the crowds are only about 50 people in smaller, elegant rooms.

I'd love to get some advice on choosing/making a good backdrop, and times when you feel it is appropriate to set up. Thanks!

Matthew W
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I made my own backdrop using a photo backdrop stand. You can get them cheap on ebay. With basic sewing machine skills, you can make a really nice backdrop.
Donald Dunphy
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See this thread for many ideas:

--> Magic Café thread titled... Magic......Resource

It's a sticky thread in the "F/X" area.

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Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
John Martin
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I've been very satisfied with my jet set from Abbott's. I bought the 8 foot high by 8 foot wide. I found some nice material at Walmart a sewed myself a nice curtain. Sets up quickly and is light weight. I use it in schools and have used it for B-day parties.

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I did exactly the same as Matthew, photo stands on 2 tripods from eBay. It's your cheapest option, then you can try spider backdrops and other brands names.
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Jesse Lewis
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Photo back drop, use one that can be customised for size mine goes from 3 feet to 18 feet wide and can be up to ten feet high, Add decent quality curtains and you will look pretty snazzy. It could be pushed bigger but I have never found a need.
Go online or to a photography store to get the rigging and then to a fabric store for the curtain. My rigging packs down and can be carried complete by one person total weight is under 20 pounds.
Put your curtaining into a plastic tub to keep it clean after every show. You can also use this for smaller corporate clients as a logo hanger backdrop, get their logo printed and place it on your backdrop and use it in your demo video for a good type of "Social Proof"

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Kel says poof
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I have 2 pull up banners that I push together to make look like a big stage back drop (cheaper)'ll need a few sand bags if you're gigging out doors because they blow over a result 1 of mine is a little wonky.
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Three words…
Jeff Jones Magicbackdrops

Using it at my San Francisco Magic Parlor nightly, amazing, sturdy, and creates ambiance. Search the Café lots of info about them.

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You're a magician, right? You want either a Spider system or a Jeff Jones Magicbackdrop.
They both get reactions from the audience when you set them up. People are impressed before you even do a trick.

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Here is another vote for the Jeff Jones Magic Backdrops. Easy to set-up and take down, easy to store, always looks great right out of the bag.
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The Magic Backdrops from Jeff Jones look very nice on the website. I like the endorsements he has received. Prices seem very reasonable too. Thanks for sharing.
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Profile of Rodney Palmer is the way to go and Jeff is a really nice person to deal with.

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Is there a video showing how the jeff jones system sets up?
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Thanks for the great recommendations. I decided to hold off but will keep these in mind in the future. They look great
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I have mine airbrushed.
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