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I have been doing magic for about 3 months now, and I would like to invest in a real close up mat. I have looked around, and was wondering if there are any mats similar to the rogue's arena [] but without the astronomical price. This would not be a mat that I take places, but rather a stationary mat to do videos and such on. Thank you!
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Many people use -rug sample(there borderd) -from rug store- if it would help any.
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Ha! Russo, ya stole my line! (hee hee)

I seldom have used a close up mat, 'cuz I was, ordinarily, a stand-up act, but, the few times that I needed one, I would visit a rug/carpet store, and purchase a rug sample. They 'come' in all sorts of colors. They don't fold up particularly well but, they ARE cheap, and, work just fine.

When you get to the point where you are table hopping, etc. you'll learn that there is seldom room at the diner's table to place a mat, plus, you'll usually work standing up. Aisles are spaces for wait staff to use in delivering food!

If you MUST spend that money, buy a good book. I would recommend any of Harry Lorayne's books.
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Hello! Office supply (Office Depot etc..) they have oversized mouse pads in black or other colors. They range from $4 to $13 and various sizes.

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I went to and really wasn't disapointed. Amazing quality, but Pattrick is the main reason. He sent me not only the mat, but samples of other materials, and as he miscalculated the shipping fee (in Europe, by 2$) he sent me another size mat to make up for it. So I wasn't sure of material, he sent me samplers, I wasn't sure about size, he sent me both. Yup, this is a shameful disclaimer for him, but it is 26 times better than the chinese made one I bought on eBay, and he just deserves it.
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I second the oversize mouse pad idea, they make a great surface for practice and are cheap as chips. I also have to suggest the DIY option, I am planning on making one soon, I have looked into it and there really isn't that much too them, just a solid board, some rubber backing and a quality velvet sandwiched with some spray adhesive, maybe some rubber feet of some description. Of course if you can work with wood it wouldn't really take much extra effort to make something great.

Cheers, Winston.
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That's a great idea to use a mouse pad.
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I also use a big mouse pad for practicing. For performance I cannot use it, because of the logo on it. And I did not find one without yet.
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Mousepad is great idea to start, but if you're sticking with magic longer, I highly recommend Patrick's mats.
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While I am obviously very new here I would like to offer another option to the above suggestions as to what I did for a practice mat. I simply went to dollar store and purchased a dining place mat for a $1, at hardware store I purchased spray adhesive for $10, and yard of felt material from a fabric store for $8. This is probably enough material to make 6 or 8 mats if I buy additional place mats. I find it works well for a practice surface and is cheap enough to replace if I lose or damage it.

As I progress I will certainly consider buying something better but in the mean time this works well for me.
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I went to a board game store and purchased a plain colored game mat and a plastic tube to store it in. This helped me to always have a clean level surface that cards can really glide over - but I think the best part of a card mat is that your finger tips can 'sink in' a bit, allowing for an easier time picking up cards - game mats don't give that.

Game mats are used to play collectible card games, so they're rather big - I'd say a foot and a half by 3/4 of a foot? It's the same material as a mousepad, but thinner so it rolls up really well. Ask if they have a plastic tube you can buy, they'll usually have a selection. (Interestingly - when I went to purchase mine, some of the patrons had a mini argument over which color plastic tube was the most 'lucky', really made me nostalgic for the times I used to frequent these shops and have pointless arguments myself!)

Often game mats will have lots of different designs based on the fantasy art in these games, but you can also find plenty of solid color ones, you might have to check one or two stores for plain colors you like, though. I got mine for... less than 10 dollars, for sure. Pretty sure I couldn't find a closeup mat for that much!
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On Jan 8, 2017, robbieh wrote:
...I think the best part of a card mat is that your finger tips can 'sink in' a bit, allowing for an easier time picking up cards - game mats don't give that.

I agree, the next mat I do I am going to add a thin layer of foam or batting just to get a bit more of that "sink in action".
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If you can find one of Dean Dill's mats somewhere, they are really wonderful. This one by Arlen Studio is beautiful too, but hard to find:
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I like the Gibson Close up mats at , they come in large sizes.

The late deceased Dean Dill was the only magician I know that put his mats on a board. They are not available any longer.
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Much like a previous post in this thread, I have purchased from The mat I received is excellent quality. Previous to that I had used a mouse pad for years for a practice mat.
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