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Topic: Doctor's Bags
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 9, 2002 02:55PM)
Man, I love these things now. I have a large one and a small one. Nobody can see inside like they can a normal briefcase style case.

My large one has enough height that I can
actually do some pretty handy work right under everyone's nose. Looks like I'm getting a prop when really I'm looking up a word in a book.

Plus they pack a whole lot, and as Brad Burt pointed out in a different post, they don't take up any more room open than closed!

Oh Doctor!!!

Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Dec 10, 2002 04:34PM)
What's in the bag, Frank? Also, do those kind of bags have dividers to keep things organized?
Message: Posted by: Jeff Chesnut (Dec 11, 2002 07:08AM)
As a physician, I should have thought of this! Actually, as a radiologist, I haven't carried a bag in years.

The older bags and some of the new smaller ones just have one large compartment. You can get very sophisticated bags, though, that have many various compartments of varying sizes. I've seen one that even had holders for vials of medicines that would be perfect for TT's, a little jar of wax, etc.

Surely someone, somewhere does a doctor routine. If not, someone should.
Message: Posted by: WilliamWHolcomb (Dec 11, 2002 01:19PM)
Where can you get a "Brad Burt Original"?
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 11, 2002 08:05PM)
The bags I have both have some pockets.

The small one just has one small pocket on the side for pens, pins, a double-facer, whatever.

The larger one has 3 pockets, 2 on one side and one large one on the other.

I use the small one for close up.
I use the large one for stand-up.

I used to hate it when I opened up my case and all the kids ran over to check out what was in it, plus they COULD see what was in it.

What do I put in it?? Everything! Cards, props, a box of sponge balls, a mini trash can for "triple threat", notepads, pens, books for a book test, EVERYTHING!!!

Plus, they look so unusual that whatever's in there must be magic.

... I guess. ;)
Message: Posted by: Ruben Padilla (Dec 13, 2002 02:21AM)
For a Brad Burt Original, go to Magicshop.com, or call Brad directly at 858-571-4749.
Message: Posted by: BroDavid (Dec 14, 2002 09:56AM)
I bought a "lot of magic" from an estate in Pennsylvania, and the thing I liked most was big saddle brown colored "doctor's bag."

It doesn't look all dark and dreary like the black ones (just my opinion of the black bags) and has the character of showing enough travel abuse that you have instant credibility as soon as you break it out, as it surely appears to have been around a while.

And it has pockets (3) on each side. Then I put several plastic segmented compartmented open topped containers on the bottom, with vaious coins, decks, etc., and keep my sponges and silks in bags that sit on top one at each end. I also keep a small closed box containing my fire gimmicks and I reach in and open that box with both hands out of view and get or put anything I want and as Frank said, "Nobody can see what you you have in there, or are doing in there - except you."

This is one I use for closeup and strolling magic. And I carry this to the magic club meetings.

Then I have a couple metal tool cases bought at Home Depot at around $20.00 each that contain other small working props and are used for parlor or stage work. And I will open one of them with the top towards the audience, and me behind it, with some premise of - "Oh I forgot I will need this other deck of cards," and while getting the cards, or not - I use the obscured vision provided by the momentary "Blind" to do a special IT hookup, etc., or load for something later, right in front of audience. I then close it, and throw the cards on top of it to punctuate the point that I went in to get cards and got them. The audience doesn't even have a chance to wonder what else was he doing back there. This even fools magicians, folks. I have been asked, how did you do A and not have the hookup for B get in the way? Answer: I wasn't hooked up for B when I did A. ;)

At different times, different bags/containers serve different purposes.

Message: Posted by: KingStardog (Dec 14, 2002 10:15AM)
That's kind of like I do with my wooden case.
The props are cut into the foam and are always in the same place. I know where they are by feel, so I can reach in without opening it all the way up, and the pad is attached to the top so it always gets closed right after I reach in. This takes just a second and gives me cover to do those set up things the entire time.
Message: Posted by: stephenbanning (Dec 18, 2003 02:58AM)
I have two doctor's bags. One new and one antique with some fold out capacity which is helpful in prop management. However, these actually have a great drawback. If you leave them unattended as I like to stash a prop case as many do when they do walk around there is the worry that it will be stolen by someone looking for drugs. I don't worry as much about this with my other cases. A friend of mine had his magic doctor's bag stolen from his car when the car broke down and he left it on the road. Someone broke the window out and took only the bag. I feel more at ease carrying something that looks classy but less valuable.
I don't actually carry a bag around with me when I do strolling magic as I like to work out of my pockets.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Dec 18, 2003 06:34PM)
I bought one years ago in Indianapolis, and the guy offered to put my name on in gold letters, FREE.

So, I said, "OK, but don't laugh at my name. Dr. Quack."


Looks good and gets comments.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Muggle (Dec 22, 2003 01:44AM)
A cheap source is also antique shops and pawn shops. They may be a bit old, but usually aren't carrying the price tag that Brad Burt asks for.

Message: Posted by: Erik Anderson (Dec 22, 2003 02:04PM)
I've used mine for years and it's held up very well. I've also done some really brazen steals out of it. And, when I'm working restaurants, I've set the bag open on the floor at my feet and "lapped" sponge balls into it from the edge of the table to end clean.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Dec 23, 2003 10:15PM)
I use a black leather doctors bag with my name monogrammed on it. It's even equipped with a combo lock.
It is very professional looking and can hold everything a close up magician would need.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Dec 26, 2003 12:35PM)
Doctor bags work great! I have one I bought when I was a Marketing professor at Troy State University in the 1980s and the bookstore went out of the supply business for the School of Nursing. At the time I also bought some very basic medical "tools" such as the rubber hammer, scissors, suture needle holders, etc. for pennies on the dollar. I think I spent about twelve dollars total and the bag is easily worth five times that. They not only have been great fun in testing a brain-dead helper, but also tools are tools. (Yes, you can repair the battery and contacts in D'Lites.) You can imagine the face on a volunteer when you pull out the Doctor Bag. It is also a great place to keep the electric saw for the small sawing in half.

Of course, years later I married a real physician. Does she use a Doctor's Bag? No! She uses a WalMart Bag and really does make house calls. She thinks real Doctor Bags intimidate people and set the doctor up for mugging. She is also a very good stage magician.

One thing I really do like about the Doctor's Bag is that people do not try to "help" you with it. It is respected as very personal and important. (The handles are very strong too and can take the considerable weight of cards and coins.)

They fit under chairs better than brief cases too.


Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: GeorgeG (Jan 11, 2004 12:50AM)
I own a small black medical bag that I bought in my first year of medical school. I was quite taken by it and thought it would be cool to have one. Years later, it's still in the closet gathering dust with equipment I bought as a medical student. I never thought of using it to carry magical props...not a bad idea!
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 13, 2004 08:45AM)
Perhaps magicians and magic are great rehab for doctors? The bags and tools are great for magic. That other stuff doctors do takes valuable time away from magic. Heal thy self. Enjoy magic! (Smiles without surgery?)

Thanks Doc.

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Lagrange (Jan 23, 2004 10:37PM)
I got mine from Brad Burt and I love it. Expensive, yes, but as Bob says there's just something about a doctor's bag. Since I started using it anyone I'm performing for just stays put and doesn't try to monkey with any of my stuff.

I was using a briefcase before, and the "black hole" effect of the doctor's bag really puts an end to any spectator monkey business. Moreover, if you turn it so the side faces the specs it provides great cover for deck switches, etc.

Whether you get it from Burt or not, the doctor's bag gets a high recommendation from me.
Message: Posted by: Daniel Faith (Jan 23, 2004 11:29PM)
I just checked out the Brad Burt bag as you guys are calling it. It is exactly like the one I bought but I bought mine from the manufacturer online.
The only thing that could be better about the bag is the long zippered compartments down each side. I would rather have a couple smaller sized pockets on each side instead.
But I do like the bag and I gets lots of comments from other magicians.
Message: Posted by: Bigmac (Jan 26, 2004 01:28PM)
I've used a doctor's bag for several years for all the reasons listed above. They are, however, very vulnerable to theft as drug addicts and others will break into a car if they see one. Search the web and you can find quality leather bags at half of Brad Burts price (I like Brad but I think this item is over priced). I perform frequently for medical companies and conventions so it fits right in.
Message: Posted by: Gordon (Jan 26, 2004 10:53PM)
EBay seems to have a lot of listings for Doctor's Bags, so I'd check there. Right now, for example, there are some nifty old ones that could go well with certain types of characters. Opening bids seem pretty reasonable, too. For what it's worth...
Message: Posted by: Hawkan (Feb 3, 2004 06:53AM)

I may have found a very good one (and expensive). [url=http://www.mortonhealthcare.com/famulus.htm]Click here[/url] to see it.

Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Jan 27, 2005 02:26PM)
Don't overlook one of the real attractions of doctors' bags. Doctors' bags have very good handles. I wish tool boxes had handles that strong.

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Jeff Dial (Jan 27, 2005 11:20PM)
Speaking of tool boxes. I recently obtained a tool bag that is about the same shape as a doctor bag from Home Depot. Doesn't look like my model is on their website, but is is a bit smaller (16L x 11H x 8W)than the one listed below and the few pockets it has on the outside sit flat against the sides. Cost was about $30.00.

It is my close up bag.

Do a search on the Home Depot website for:
Custom Leathercraft
31-Pocket Megamouth™ Tote Bag
Model 1163
Message: Posted by: Scott Wells (Jan 28, 2005 03:43PM)
I posted this in another forum quite some time ago and still have not found them.

I am looking for a small doctor's bag that is about the size that could only hold about one deck of cards. They haven't been sold in years and the supplier who used to make them (given to me by Marc DeSouza) is apparently out of business. I have searched the internet and still have come up zippo. Any clues would help.

Message: Posted by: Patchouli (Jan 30, 2005 12:38PM)
I use a doctors' bag for about 40 years. It is very very resistant. This doctors' bag followed me in various conditions car, plane, Train even on a bicycle. With a vey little care it looks still well. And, as Bob Sanders says : "it has very good handles".

Chinese Rings, Ventriloquist pupett, balloons, Paper show, ropes, gobelets, etc... I have 90 minutes show inside. (plus some tools)

During the show, it is very discret (black) and I can use it as a trash.

Cordialement, Patrick.

Posted: Jan 30, 2005 2:21pm
"I use a doctors' bag for about 40 years."

Oh no ! I am not so old yet. 30 years is correct. Every thing goes so quickly today !

Cordialement, Patrick
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 6, 2005 09:13PM)

You make my old stuff sound new! Thanks!

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: magicmel (Feb 16, 2005 04:54PM)
I've gotten two off of ebay, but a good place to look at them is at allheart.com. They have a good variety, and look to be fairly nice. I like my used ones because they look a little worn.
Message: Posted by: Carron (Feb 19, 2005 08:38AM)
I beleive you can one of these in the UK from Keith Bennett

Message: Posted by: Scott Wells (Feb 24, 2005 12:43PM)

If you are talking about the small bags, then I'm interested. Post a link to reach Keith Bennett, if you have it.


I have received many kind PM's from those who suggested looking through search engines. As stated in my previous posting, I have looked on the internet and cannot find the small bags. Again, I'm looking for something that has a base no larger than a box of playing cards.

thanks again,
Message: Posted by: Carron (Feb 24, 2005 01:27PM)
They were advertised in a recent update newsletter I got in the mail the site is http://www.kbmagic.com the bags aren't on there but I think you can contact keith from there

Message: Posted by: ed rhodes (Feb 25, 2005 01:41PM)
On 2003-12-18 19:34, Pete Biro wrote:
I bought one years ago in Indianapolis, and the guy offered to put my name on in gold letters, FREE.

So, I said, "OK, but don't laugh at my name. Dr. Quack."


Looks good and gets comments.

In "A Day At The Races," Groucho wanted to call his character "Dr. Quackenbush." Apparently, there actually was at least one Dr. Quackenbush out there who threatened to sue so they settled for Hackenbush.
Posted: Feb 25, 2005 2:48pm


On 2004-02-03 07:53, Hawkan wrote:

I may have found a very good one (and expensive). Click here to see it.

Yeah, figure 1 1/2 to 2 times that for dollars and it could get up there.
eBay had 8, the most expensive had a starting bid of $39.02.
(I kinda liked the one with the 1939 World's Fair sticker on it, always nice to get an idea of the background of an item)
Message: Posted by: Doc Pepper (Mar 2, 2005 11:28AM)
With my name (Doc Pepper) I should have a Doctor's bag. I do some magic with a `medical theme' when visiting hospitals. Boy, this post gave me some great ideas..
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 2, 2005 12:32PM)

My wife is a doctor and does not carry a doctor's bag. Especially around children, it may cause unneeded stress!

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Doc Pepper (Mar 2, 2005 01:30PM)
With all due respect....
Bob, OR it could help to take away the stress caused by the `fear' of what `might be' in the bag. This is what my job was at a hospital (removing stress and fear). I visited kids/adults in the waiting rooms with stories, balloon animals & magic and them in rooms if requested. Doc Pepper was born from the minds of the Docs there. He (spilt personality, I guess) was very popular with the children and was even called in to the ER on special cases BY THE STAFF. As an EMT, I have learned a `connection' to deal with kids and their fears. I have worked with kids' in trouble with the law - abused - ect, over the last 35 years as a counselor and/or as a Law Enforcement Officer.

While I do think your post is correct in most cases, my usage would be a bit different. All kids ( 8 to 80) wonders whats in the secretive Doctors bag. I plan to show a different bag... a bag of fun.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Mar 2, 2005 03:18PM)

It's good work. I used to enjoy being the hospital Santa. (Then I got to the size that I didn't need the pillow to fit the costume!)

Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Doc Pepper (Mar 2, 2005 04:40PM)
Bob, ;)
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Feb 6, 2007 01:46PM)
Doc Pepper,

We have been moving to the ranch and found Lucy's real doctor bag. It has art supplies in it!

Message: Posted by: phillipsje (Feb 17, 2007 10:44PM)
Brad Burt has a nice bag on his website.