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keith2606
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Hi I am a stage / parlor magician from Singapore. I hate long set up for my shows and loved to go to a venue and start the performance almost within seconds. I have used many cases and tables but so far, my latest table is found here (http://www.52magic.com/index.php?gOo=goods_details.dwt&goodsid=2447&productname=). Ideally this would be my 'perfect case/table but problem with this case is that it falls easily and quality is only average (well its made in china so don't have high expectations). There is once at a kids show, some kid accidently bump on to my table and it topples and broke a couple of my staff. Would anyone know of any good case like the one I am using that allows me to pack my ready-to-perform props on it and have a quick set up (yet not too heavy ie less than 5-8 kg). I heard of the 10 Second Table and I have ordered 1 2-3 weeks ago but I am looking for something even better.
I saw one Table ( Suitcase) $ 695.00 on a website (http://www.chaletstephens.com/catalog.html) but not sure if I should order that. Let me know your thoughts.
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Keith

This is the table I use & find it to be the best one on the market http://flipdisc.com/UltGigCase/ultimate_gig_case.htm

Mark
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Thanks, Mark. Its a nice case and I heard lots of good reviews on it but I prefer something which is smaller and lighter (easier for transporting). I used to have a suitcase table (https://www.e-zmagic.com/Catalog/productDetails.aspx?ProductID=18346) but found it too troublesome to bring it around. When the wheels broke, I threw it away Smile
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This table looks great, Mark!

Thanks for telling us about it.

Greg
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Greg

You're welcome. I'm a big fan of Dougs stuff. Well thought out & well built.

Mark
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Keith2606, I must say your question is very puzzling. You want advice on a table that will fit all your props already set up. The problem with that question, you do not tell us what props you are setting up, and the space required to have these set up and ready to perform.

I personally have never found one table that will hold a set up hour act if you are using anything bigger then a billiard ball.

So not knowing the size of the props your are referring to in your post, it is impossible to guess at a solution. We could go on for days and weeks giving suggestion and links, and you telling us why it will not fit your needs.

Here is the rule of thumb to gauge your use of a table. Do you have a large props, if so, the table can be used to transport the prop, but you will need a Presentation Table if you have more then one, and it cannot be totally used/displayed and preformed in your hands.

Some performers like to use 2 suitcase tables, and this seems to help a lot in transport and presentation.

I believe I can safely say, there is no one table that will fulfill all your requirements, as after 50 years I as still looking for the "perfect" table as well.

As far as kids bumping into things, that is to be expected and your control of the kids up helping should be looked at more closely by you. There is many facets to the presentation of magic, and you are now running into some that will need to be addressed by you.

Now to answer your question, the very best "TABLE" is a long banquet table set off stage. Each of your props set to be ready to perform. Multiple items each on a tray. Then use an assistant, preferably a lady to bring out each trick at the proper time. This will meet all your requirements.

Light weight because she can walk herself.
Easy to pack, as she sets in the seat of a car on her own.
Difficult to knock over, if she is not wearing spike 6 inch heels.

If you don't want to use an assistant, then join the rest of us in trying to work out Prop Management for our individual needs.

I will say the open top box table is useful, but once I invited a man on stage and he did a bee line to the table and looked inside. So a shield would be needed if inviting spectators up.
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Thanks, Bill for your feedbacks. For me, I am a one man case. So anything that I can fit inside my case would be part of my comedy magic routines ie silks, thumbtips, instant magician, cards, ropes, etc Smile Basically, pack small play big effects is my style.
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If that is the case, then you do not need anything, just work out of your pockets. No crutches is the best way to perform.
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Thanks Bill. That would be perfect wouldn't it? If you managed to do that, let me know. You may need large pockets to do that. I am sure I do if I am going to do that.
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Keith, I am serious, I have a stand up act that is worked all out my pockets. No need for a table at all. And no bulges at all, showing. There is a number of performers that work this way.

You listed silks, can be in your breast pocket, cards in any other pocket, rope in your back pocket. Pants all have 4 pockets, jackets have 5 pockets. If you want to add more you can by making double pockets in your front pant pockets. A TT can go in your ticket pocket in your jacket. If you do a newspaper tear, put it in your back between your waist belt and back. Instant magician can go on a chair neatly folded, off to the side.

I put jumbo playing cards in my inside breast pocket, wallet on the other side. Rope in back pant pocket.

From your response, I take it you have not been totally honest with me as to the props you are using, as your comment seems to indicate you do not consider my suggestion realistic.
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Hi Bill, that's a great idea. As mentioned in my previous post, I used silks, cards, etc. In addition, change bags (yes, I used 2 change bags), magic coloring book and magic birthday picture(for kids show), vanishing coke bottle, etc are also the props I used. I wont want to walk with a jacket / suit here in Singapore (extremely hot here) and for my jeans/pants, its been filled with my phone, namecard holder, etc. Hence, I would use a carrying case to store all these props. In most of my performances, I would be wearing a long sleeve shirt and a multi colored vest. I also put a foldable laundry bag in my case to dump all the used props. That's for stage / parlor performances.

FOr close up performances, I will usually wear a leather jacket with all the props contained.
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A Laflin Table might be an alternate for a 10 Second Table:

http://www.fairchildmagic.com/fairchild_magic_054.htm

- Donald
Donald Dunphy is a Victoria Magician, British Columbia, Canada.
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Kieth,

The Ultimate Gig Case is my biggest seller. These can be custome built to fit your personal needs. It's basically two cases in one and holds a ton of stuff. Many years of research and development went into the design of these cases. I also have other styles of cases and tables.

Doug
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Thanks Doug. I have similiar case like this some time back but find such cases too bulky for me as I prefer to travel light.
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