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Do any of you have suggestions for how big a close-up mat should be? I know it depends on the circumstances. Right now I'm performing for family and friends at my place at the table. I want to have enough room to do ribbon spreads without being cramped; on the other hand, smaller pads are less expensive.



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Unless I'm doing ribbon-spreads (I have several reveals that use them) then I'm fine with standard mouse-pads. Cheap and easy.
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I have a largish (15 x 22) one for my practice area, though it gets cluttered with other stuff I'm playing with. That's the only one where I can do a full deck, straight, ribbon with room to spare.

For stand up, I have a small table and a mat that covers it perfectly, it's 14 x 17. Ribbon spreads are cramped.

If I'm doing strolling, I have a smaller one that fits in my bag, it's 10 x 15. Ribbons need to be arced and are still a cramped


Sooo, get a big one! Invest in your future. They're cheaper on Amazon, btw. $20 bucks for jumbo...

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Thanks for the Amazon deal !

I have several sizes, but most of the time and for shows, I use the Pattrick’s biggest mat, the monster 24x35 one. Don’t take the plush, they are too fragile. Take the regular one.
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That's for all the great advice, folks. Last Laugh, have you worked with the Magic Makers pad that you gave the link to? If so, has it lasted well?
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Yeah I use it all the time. It's sitting on my desk, I even set books and the occasional beverage on it. It's very durable. I have a black one, but I like the green actually. I think I might order one!
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Uh Oh, I'm encouraging you to spend money! Seriously, though, thanks for the info. I like the green better too.
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Do any of you have suggestions for how big a close-up mat should be? I know it depends on the circumstances. Right now I'm performing for family and friends at my place at the table. I want to have enough room to do ribbon spreads without being cramped; on the other hand, smaller pads are less expensive.



Thanks,


Bob


Bob, I have one that’s roughly 15.5 x 10.5. It serves a need but I am currently in the market for a larger one. I say if you’re getting one get a bigger one than what I have. You’ll have the space for when you need it .
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Thanks, Featherly. It sounds like people mostly prefer larger ones. If money were no object I'd definitely go for a bigger one, probably the classic style Monster pad that Rach recommended. The Magic Makers mat that Last Laugh likes sounds like a good risk since he likes it and it's inexpensive.



Last Laugh, if you don't mind another question, have you tried Matrix on the MM pad? Does it give enough so you can pop up the coins' edges?
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Uh Oh, I'm encouraging you to spend money! Seriously, though, thanks for the info. I like the green better too.


No worries!
I've found some really deep discounts on magic stuff from time to time on Amazon. Side note, if you need a laugh, watch some of the demo videos from Magic Makers...

https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/DFCDF......95930011
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On Jul 10, 2019, Bob G wrote:
Uh Oh, I'm encouraging you to spend money! Seriously, though, thanks for the info. I like the green better too.


No worries!
I've found some really deep discounts on magic stuff from time to time on Amazon. Side note, if you need a laugh, watch some of the demo videos from Magic Makers...

https://www.amazon.com/stores/page/DFCDF......95930011



I can say I would have never seen that trailer if you hadn’t linked it. You have my thanks! That was definitely entertaining.
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Oh man, watch them all!
The wallet one is great, the 'secret box' one is hilarious, and the card flag one is, well, just an actress. But still hilariously bad.
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1. Has anyone done Matrix on either the Magic Makers pads or Pattrick's? Did they have enough "give"?



2. Rachmaninov,


I'm curious to hear your experience with the plush mat from Pattrick. You said it was fragile. Can you give a little more detail?


Thanks,


Bob
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My monster mat from Pattrick got damaged very quickly in the spot you shuffle cards after just a few dozens hours of use. I was a little disappointed by this expensive product. Pattrick gave me good advices in order to try to restore it. It was better but still not good. I really advise you to buy the regular fabric, way more durable. Except for the plush surface, everything else is perfect.
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Thanks, Rach.
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I prefer a middle size (12" X 24") mat. I have one that folds in thirds made by Pattrick's Mats. Excellent!.
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I use Pattrick's mats. I use a 21" x 13" mat when I travel. (It fits in my carry-on bag without having to be rolled.) For my table top, I use a 28" x 17" mat which is on a piece of thin plywood. I took to Michael's to have it framed.

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Thanks for the photo, Barry. Good idea to have it framed. It looks great.
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Bob, put a towel In front of you on a table. Practice your spreads and mark where your needs are. Add a few more inches for framed look and then you know what you need. Looks like you have been looking over the many mats out these. If you can’t find want you want , I can custom cut one for you at www.pattricksmagic.com Happy Hunting!! Pattrick
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Rachmaninov, I am always concerned about our mats, and when people have issues with them. Any item with repeated use in the same area will wear out with extended use.However with that being said Please e mail or call me and perhaps rectify your mat issue with an agreeable ending. I am sure I can fix your issue. My contact is
pattrick@pattricksmagic.com. 419-297-3037 Thank you. Pattrick
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