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orion4211
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I have a "gaming" mouse pad that works great for a close up mat to practice on when I'm not using my computer.
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On Jun 4, 2014, orion4211 wrote:
I have a "gaming" mouse pad that works great for a close up mat to practice on when I'm not using my computer.


Funny, I have a large close-up pad that I ended up using with my computer for designing and games! I noticed a funny similarity when buying this "oversized" mousepad at a local shop, but it turned out to be very good material for working with a laser mouse!

Worked good with cards, coins & shells too... Smile
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It seems that mousepad fans have not had the chance to work with a premium close up pad - to me, they are night and day - but I am always reminded that preference is subjective.
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Zaprig1 can you tell us a little more about how large the servante is and what kind of loads it can handle? Thanks
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Pattrick's.

And the service and speed of delivery is great!
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I'm with everyone else on this, I love Pattrick's mats. http://www.cupsandballsmagic.com/Pattric......Mat.html
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There is quality concern wich friends above covered kindly. Now the size is not secondary either, we tend to buy
Another concern when you become really good at card effects is the hair direction (the hair should really be vertical and not tilted): for example it's impossible to do a perfect one handed Mexican Turnover against the grain or a tabled spread force "against the grain"...
So you could wait to purchase one of these later but you may unduly discard some very valuable tabled sleights without realizing that the sleight is not to blame but the surface used.
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On May 21, 2014, Zaprig1 wrote:
I have them all. In addition to Pattrick's pads, I have a few of Dean's and I also have jumbo size custom made Production Pad from Dean, and do love them dearly. I really prefer a little loft for purse palming, so I like them over soft backed pads.

Recently I just bought both of these pads from RNTII and I think I have a new favorite! I have another on the way. If you look at the features, you really can't ask for more...period! The surface is like a baby's bottom, and I love the raised feature and the ability to raise up the back even higher. AND FINALLY a pad that holds halfs and dollars alike! I was going to design my own honestly but Donnie beat me to it and I'm glad. The "Servante"/case is so deceptive it makes me giggle to myself. Even my wife who's pretty well "in the know" asked if that was supposed to open like that. I explained to her that it's to keep my coins and balls from hitting the floor (which isn't a lie if you think about it... lol). She bought it!

Until now, I never dreamed of using a servante in strolling (who would?)...but I'm going to be trying it at my next gig.

Tell Donnie Christian sent ya!

http://www.rnt2.com/tables/
Those are great.
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I have never had a servante attached to a close up pad. I am really interested in the size of it and how well it opens and closes, can one of you fill us in? The only servante I have "strolled" with is either a topit or a belt servante that goes inside the waistband. Never strolled with a hard board/pad before. I doubt I would use this for a party/bar/strolling but It would be great at the restaurant or small gatherings at friends home's.
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A great inexpensive close-up mat that I've been using are the Apollo's.
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I just received a Pattrick's pad with embroidery on it. Great Workmanship, terrific feel to it, and the service was both personal and excellent. I paid $60 for it, and it is well worth it. When I put that pad down and start with a killer trick on it, there is going to be no question in my clients' eyes that they hired a pro.
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I need a new mat, thanks for the good info.
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If you are on a super-tight budget, you might try a "glass drying pad" sold in the housewares or kitchen department of a certain major department store chain. They are firm enough to lay flat, with just enough give to allow for pick ups, and silent laydowns. I haven't tried the heel slide yet, so I can't comment on the resistance.

Of course, these are more for practice than for shows. Plus, I am well aware that quality is comparative to price, for the most part.
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MY standard, go-to closeup pad for paid close-up performances is the Mikame Hopping Table top shown here: http://www.penguinmagic.com/p/S10892

It's NOT cheap, but it's great and impressive.

For more informal performances, I just ordered a Trevor Duffy 14 x 18 Magic Pad in black.

For what it's worth, I have found that the Mikame Hopping Table Top, or any other similar-style close-up "stage" helps set you apart from "the rest of the crowd" and helps you get the "big bucks" when performing Close-up Magic.

Just my 2 cents worth.
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Pattrick's are unbelievably great ... the texture, style, and selection.

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Does Dan and Dave’s Aluminum close up pad have enough space for tricks like McDonald’s aces where you need to lay stacks of cards out?
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Highly recommended for a hard backed pad. I have 3 of them and they are great.

http://www.pattricksmagic.com/pattrick-s-magical-mats/
I also use Patricks pads and have for years. I have not had one of Patrick's fall apart yet. Been using them for 10yrs.

https://www.rnt2.com/tables/
I also have the close-up stage from R-N-T 2 and cannot say enough good things about the craftsmanship of that pad. I do not think it is currently available though. His "tables" are top notch and will last a lifetime. They have some nice built in features and are for the pro for sure as they are built to last with continued use.


I do not like using the Rat Pad / Giant Mouse pads for magic for several reasons, the padding is not really that good for magic for one. They also show marks after a few uses and that is with black, blue and red mouse pad materials. They will also delaminate/ split when used for magic due to the rigors of performing and practicing. They are not designed for that.

Shop around and see what will work best for you.
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Pattrick's mats at the are nice and very durable.
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