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Topic: High quality tables?
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Jul 21, 2007 02:12PM)
I need to buy (2) tables I did a search here
at the “Café” using:

Professional table
Performance table
Card table
Magic table
Magician’s table
Close up table

I did find a couple of links about making tables and
lots of references to “floating” tables. Maybe I can't
find what I am looking for because I simply don't know
the correct name(s).

It would be great to get a couple of links to stores that sell
“professional”, read very nice, tables.

For now I am looking for two types.

1. Table for Living room, or parlor.
One a collapsible tripod base. Hopefully top comes off too.
Table can be large but should not be too difficult to transport.
(Not two people to carry top.)

2. A very nice, “close up” table that will let me place it
on a dinning room or kitchen table. (Close up table?)

Suggestions for other types of tables that could be used
in the above two environments welcomed.

I have three good reasons for not making my own at this time.

1. Don’t have the skills. (need to keep my fingers).
2. Don’t have the time. (Free time goes to practice, and reading about magic.)
3. Before I do custom tables I want to spend some time at this and figure out
what I need based on experience, which I don’t have at this time.

Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jul 21, 2007 03:58PM)
Here's two to get you started:

http://www.dancingspringmagic.com for tables

http://www.vikingmagic.com/?nd=full&key=431 performance table

Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: Jaz (Jul 21, 2007 05:23PM)
[url=http://www.thetrickery.com/?nd=full&key=7641&misc1=altnav&myaf=9685]Mikame Table Hop Top[/url]

[url=http://www.gigrig.com/]The Gig-Rig[/url]

[url=http://tabmantables.com/]Tabman Tables[/url]
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jul 21, 2007 06:30PM)
I bought mine from the Illusion Warehouse (Bruck Chadwick). I'm very happy with it, and Bruce is great to work with.

Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Jul 21, 2007 07:34PM)

Thanks this is helpful. Reviewing links now.

I should have ask in advance, but it is helpful to
know with you have experience with either the table
that is being recommend, and or the company the table
is distributed by: (Thanks jimhlou)
Message: Posted by: Stanyon (Jul 21, 2007 10:40PM)
Both of mine are reputable dealers and the products are first rate!

Cheers! ;)
Message: Posted by: Keith Mitchell (Jul 22, 2007 11:01AM)
I went to the local office supply store Staples and brought a light weight table for about $30. It is a light weight plastic top with light weight metal "X" folding legs. The whole thing is very light and very easy to set up. The top of this table is kind of rough, so I put the black card mattress on top of this.

I think this is the perfect table for a street magician to carry around. Not a good professional stage table.
Message: Posted by: Ninad_Magic (Jul 22, 2007 12:11PM)
Hi here I have a good link for folding magic table, you can simply carry this any ware with you, it is also having extra umbrella for the holding stuff like silks, flower, balls etc. here I have attached the image chck it out, and the cost is only $21.00.
the link is.

Message: Posted by: Jaz (Jul 22, 2007 01:39PM)
I haven't dealt with Tabman but know that he's a member here and lot's of people have bought from him for years.

The link I gave for "Mikame Table Hop Top" is thru The Trickery who I have dealt with and had no problems. Other online dealers also carry Mikame products.

The Gig-Rig is out of my price range.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Jul 22, 2007 08:35PM)
Thanks for additional comments. I am just proceeding more
cautiously as I was not very happy with my first two table purchases.

I looks like I have several candidates.

Interesting about the low-cost solutions and at the other
end of the scale Jaz: I see what you mean about the
“price range” of Gig-Rig.
Message: Posted by: enginemagic (Jul 23, 2007 02:32PM)
I built one of mine for closeup little low so when at a picknick all can see my work well while they are in lawn chairs. I bought this nice adjustable folding table at Walgreens it has room for my breifcase,and my magician`s mat. What is really nice about this table it has locking rings on the extending legs to take the wobble out of it ,My buddy Tim has a table that is also his trunk to store & haul his routines in a trully nicely designed system.
Message: Posted by: chuckn34404 (Jul 23, 2007 10:01PM)
Camping World has small folding tables that run between $12 and $15. You might want to put a smooth top over the existing depending on the type of equipment to be placed on the table. But for the price they are to beat. These tables work great for home or yard.
Message: Posted by: enginemagic (Jul 25, 2007 05:07PM)
There are lots of ready made tables on the market, you can see them,and see which one will work the best for you. Many discount stores have some interesting, and functional designs.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Jul 27, 2007 09:09PM)
Looks like the

Mikame Table Hop Top

Will be used as my close-up table that can
be placed on a dining room or kitchen table.

Still have not decided on table with stand.
Message: Posted by: Nedim (Jul 28, 2007 12:44PM)

Mikame has the best quality tables. You can find easily on the market.

magicially yours,

Nedim Guzel
Message: Posted by: Matthew W (Aug 3, 2007 03:47PM)
I would defintely reccommend a lefler style suitcase table and a rolling side table. You will have room to store, hide and perform with your props. I have a setup like that and don't need anything else.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Aug 3, 2007 08:25PM)

Thanks for heads-up on Lefler suitcase table.
I'm looking into this now.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Aug 13, 2007 10:09PM)
For close up I have just received the
Mikame Table Hop Top table.

It was only $34 more than the
"Modern Masters Close Up Table by Arlen Studio"
and the two do not compare in any fashion.

The Mikame Table is very well made 18" x 12.5" with
full drawer. (Very lovely item.)

The Arlen Studio is only 7" x 14", looks like black
particle board and not very useful, to me anyway.

The Mikame table is working quite well. Thanks for info all.
Message: Posted by: algebraic (Aug 15, 2007 09:14AM)
There's a very nice pro table at http://www.vikingmagic.com. Just type in "table" in the search function.
Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (Nov 6, 2007 06:14PM)
I realize this thread is a little cold, nonetheless.

I recommend Tabman Tables. They've undergone a change of ownership. I must say Ray and Debra Witkowski absolutely provide top-flight service.

Tabman had some troubles delivering a table. When these people were informed, years later, they simply knew the value of good customer service and shipped me a table that I'd paid for. They are communicative and built a fantastic product. The link I have in this post does not do the table justice. I got a pool-table-felt green top. The table is stained cherry. Even my magic looks good on this table.

The canvas bag they sell to carry it in is sturdy and very well made.


Go the link. Consider them as a first-tier choice!
Message: Posted by: gaddy (Nov 6, 2007 10:54PM)
We talk about tables all the time in the busking board on this site...

[url=http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=128130&forum=26&16]here[/url] is thread I started about making your own table

Making your own is very easy and much less expensive than buying one. Even someone with very little skill (yours truly...) can make a very nice table on the cheap!
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Nov 23, 2007 04:11AM)
Here are the latest additions to the table scene.

1. Table The World Awaited by Dancing Spring Magic:

When I received this table the top which is covered in
a very thin plastic self-adhesive. Was bubbled up along one edge.
I just tore off the thin plastic and sanded the wood, stained it and
got a drape cloth.
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Nov 23, 2007 04:12AM)
2. Joe Lefler's Pro Suitcase Table – Large:

The rollers didn’t let this table “roll” very well.

Went to local hardware found another set of roller that looked almost the same.
They looked so much like the original set I wasn’t sure they would make
any difference. (All the holes even lined up). But the table now rolls.

Added drape cloth to this as well as I didn’t care for the handle in the front and
the fuzzy speaker cabinet look. (But the table is large and does work well now).
Message: Posted by: Darth Ewok (Nov 27, 2007 11:05AM)
I want this table http://www.proxmagic.com/Pro-X_Store/Pro-X_Table.html
Message: Posted by: Jay Austin (Nov 27, 2007 07:06PM)
On 2007-11-27 12:05, Darth Ewok wrote:
I want this table http://www.proxmagic.com/Pro-X_Store/Pro-X_Table.html

The case for that table can be found at lowes hardware for $19.95 at the store here ($24.95 on the web). Just add the legs.

Message: Posted by: Mr. Ree (Nov 28, 2007 03:17PM)
On 2007-11-27 20:06, Jay Austin wrote:
On 2007-11-27 12:05, Darth Ewok wrote:
I want this table http://www.proxmagic.com/Pro-X_Store/Pro-X_Table.html

The case for that table can be found at lowes hardware for $19.95 at the store here ($24.95 on the web). Just add the legs.


Is this "exposing" a trick? :)

Very nice comment, could really save you some bucks.
Message: Posted by: JohnPizzi (Nov 26, 2008 08:40AM)
I have made from trial and error several closeup cases.Spent a lot of money and time trying to arrice at the perfect close up case that could travel on a plane well.

In looking at http://www.proxmagic.com/Pro-X_Store/Pro-X_Table.html
I realize I made the same thing with a different stand.

The case was $20 at home depot. I bought up several of them and added a stand from EZ magic for $40 and well ah.
Also I retro fitted the pencil holder etc to be a servante that hangs on the outside of the case when in use or performing. If you would like to see a pic ,Just email me. Its very similar to that $200 case with out the expense.
Good luck...
Message: Posted by: BScott8870 (Nov 27, 2008 11:15AM)
I have never invested in a Magicians Table. Always used a card table, but does anyone have a good recommendation for a childrens show table? Typically have Square Circle, Dice Box, Zig Zag Rocky, Dove Pan and other Parlor tricks that I need to have room for.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 30, 2008 09:25PM)
I recommend Tabman Tables. info@magicdmv.com

Fur's Class Magic
3582 Bethel-New Wilmington Rd.
New Wilmington, Pa 16142 USA
(724) 946-2420

(Talk to Ray.)

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander