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pepka
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I've been meaning to share with the close up workers a new bag I picked up last summer. 90% of my work is strolling, so this is my new go to bag. I use a larger doctor bag for formal close up or parlor shows. I belive that while you are strolling you should NOT have a case, that it should stay hidden. This bag is fantastic. The 2 side compartments fit 4 decks of cards, the big compartment fits either 3 cups, chop cup and loads or a Destination Box, sponge balls and a 2 piece wand. The small compartment at top holds smaller stuff like coin purses, envelopes and packet trick wallet. I also keep my phone and keys in here behind the bar when I'm working as I don't want anything in my pockets other than what I need for the gig.

http://www.ebags.com/product/briggs-and-......ch_as_l1
Dick Oslund
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Hi Pepka!

Karrell Fox and I are/were "case freaks"!

On the road, and living in a motor home, space was always an important consideration. All props, etc. were in cases. School show props, in one 13" x 20" x 8" fiber case, close up props in a doctor bag, spare props in fiber case, ETC.

I checked out your link, and like the case at top of the page. ($69.00)

I'm a HAPPY KID! I recently picked up a case that closely matches the case in the link, mint condition, at a thrift shop, for $1.00!!!

I'm reminded of a tripod table base that Karrell Fox used for club dates. His club act props carried in a leather case about 8" x 8" x 15", --and, it wasn't full! The tripe table base fit inside the prop case which could be quickly fastened to the base (no table top needed). I asked him where he bought the tripe. He said, "In an office supply store. It's the base for a court reporter's "Steno-type" machine--$75.00."

That fall, on the road in California, I checked out a thrift shop for old books. On the way out, I saw a large table piled with "miscellanea". I spotted the "mate" to Karrell's tripod base! It was NEW, in a zippered case. Price: TWO BUCKS! The check out lady asked, "Where did you find this?" I pointed to the table. She said, "EVERYTHING on that table is 50% off, today." When I showed it to Karrell, who was known for his thrift, he almost had a heart attack!
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Pirouz
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Pepka,
That's an impressive case.
Now to organize.

Dick,
I'm a thrift shop aficionado.

I go once a week to a local thrift shop.
Most of the time I don't buy anything but sometimes I find gold.
Pirouz
Dick Oslund
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Yes! Jay Marshall and I consdered thrift shops as "magic" shops!

In the days when salesman carried sample cases, one could often find great fiber cases, "catalog" cases, etc. I even found an ANVIL case for two bucks!

In another thread a year or so ago, I mentioned finding a Morrisey double load dove pan in near mint condition, for $1.00!. (in the housewares 'department') That same day, I found a MAK phantom tube in kid' toy department!

Check out the ladies scarves! I've found RICE silks! --and, some beautiful "polys" (polyester) scarves, that are great for the vanishing square knot ("Slydini Knots")

I avoid GOODWILL stores. They're often messy, dirty, etc. The Goodwill owners, get their stock for nothing, pay the "help" minimum wages, and the profit potential is enormous.

I like the "church" operated stores (Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, Deseret). They're generally clean, well organized, and the salespeople are volunteers. There's always a book 'shelf'. My hobby is collecting "magic in fiction". Over the years, I've picked up dozens of "Gallicos", "Mannix", "Horatio Algers", "Carter Dicksns" ETC., for a dollar or less. (Even a TARBELL, Vol I, in mint condition! ($2.00)

One of my best finds, was the "Karrell Fox" table mentioned above.
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Pirouz
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Dick, that's good to know about the Goodwill stores.
I'll try the others you suggested.
Thanks,
Pirouz
Russo
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Retired I'm usually in the Gospel Magicians forum- but-surfing this forum remindes me when I first started doing LOTs of Birthday parties(1950s) I took a footlocker---got ea. 3ft(+/-)wood, screw on table legs(4 ea.) and their recepting plates- screwing plate on the bottom of the footlocker -then the legs into the plates(carried legs in the locker to the party) I then cut the top of the locker in half -lengthwize - attaching top together with a piano hing so open part would fold over and could be used as a table(thin)--- also with spring clamp had drapes to fit front of whole thing(western-circus-animalprint flashy-etc-to fit program)- carried a 30+min. show in it.. - later build myself several roll on tables , 12x14 top x24 hi ,case(closed)--12"x14"(top)by 36"tall- open (somewhat like the cases that were/are- available from Abbotts-Tannen-etc) still have a couple-if any interested- Pick up in Central Florida(15 min from Disney world) -Ralph(russo)Rousseau
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Yes, Dick, Thanks for sharing about the "Goodwill" stores. There is no "good will" in Goodwill. So many people think it is a charity when it is clearly NOT.
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I too love thrift shops. They are great for finding real good mirrors. I've bought tons there
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