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Topic: Magical Emergency Kit
Message: Posted by: WKM (Sep 2, 2007 11:11AM)
Hi all

I am looking here to gather knowledge. I am primarily a close up worker, doing weddings, parties, resteraunts etc. I am putting together a magical emergency kit for myself, A kind of first aid kit if something goes wrong.

For example, It will contain a spare T.T. in case I lose mine, Or maybe even a small reel of I.T.?

I know that many close up workers have one of these that they don't leave the house with, so why not have all the knowledge in one place, (if it isn't already), What do you keep in yours??


Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Sep 2, 2007 01:34PM)
Coins, balls, cards, ropes, wand, mini cups, T.T, I.T, loops, purse frame, mini silk streamers, jumbo coins, mouth coils/streamers, etc. But the most important emergency accessories are scissors, scotch tape, double sided tapes, magician wax, glue, safety pin, needles and threads, hanky, art tissue papers, lighter, flash paper, flash thread, flash wool and match sticks.

These may look like a lot of items but they can be packed and organised in a pouch. The accessories are important to me because you never know when they are needed to set up a powerful surprise in case there is a VIP client around.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Sep 2, 2007 02:23PM)
Tooth brush
mouth coil
Message: Posted by: WKM (Sep 2, 2007 04:49PM)
Thanks James, That is a very extensive list, I know that I will benifit from it and I hope others do too.

I like your kit frank, its .....to the point! Am I right in thinking that you do an effect with a marked mint, that you eat, reproduce and finish off with a mouth coil!!! Very good!

Anyone else got anything that they cassy in addition to these?
So far I have plasters too, you never quite know......
Message: Posted by: Regan (Sep 2, 2007 04:58PM)
I have a small fishing tackle box that goes with me to every show. Sometimes I never even unload it from the car, but it is there if I need it. Inside are so many things I can't even name them all. Going strictly from memory, there is everything from a small bottle of hand-sanitizer to needles and spools of thread. I have some of the self-stick pads that are the feet on many of my props, a bottle of glue, a small spray bottle of window cleaner (for mirrors and/or glass), velcro strips, bread ties, paper clips, clothes pins, thumb tacks, screw hooks, lint roller, needle-nosed pliers, boy scout knife, small scissors, exacto knife, bic lighter, double-stick tape, electrical tape, duct tape, scotch tape, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.

Message: Posted by: Andy the cardician (Sep 2, 2007 05:30PM)
If you can afford it, have a duplicate of your whole set . . . paid of for me
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Sep 3, 2007 02:08PM)
On 2007-09-02 18:30, Andy the cardician wrote:
If you can afford it, have a duplicate of your whole set . . . paid of for me

I support this idea fully. This is the main reason why I buy my items in duplicates.
Message: Posted by: WKM (Sep 3, 2007 04:17PM)
That is a good idea, however I think that some of the stuff I use is a little ..... pricey, like Brett Sherwood Silver Cups! Another Set would be lovely, but for 1000 I think it a little pricey!!

The idea that I origionally had was a "just in case box", like of yiou rip something, you have aneedle and cotton, or if you slip and nic your thumb, you have a plaster, or even if you have a freak accident with your stock of flash paper, you have a spare sheet or ten!
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Sep 3, 2007 05:40PM)
In my opinion there are 2 types of emergency kit - 1) actual prop and a spare 2) accessories kit as mentioned above.

I believe, in your context of this thread, you mean the actual emergency kit which is the accessories kit.

Actually this kit is very very important as we do not know what would happen.
Message: Posted by: kammagic (Sep 3, 2007 05:49PM)
A small scissors and razor cutter
eye drops (for those long nights)
small safety pins (these are great for fixing a lost button or wardrobe malfunction)
a good 12 hour nasal spray (if working with a cold)
Plenty of sharpies and decks of cards (I'll use 4 decks a night)
Those internal breath freshening tablets are great. (They take care of garlic and onions)
plenty of rubberbands and ceiling wax
extra mint tins for ToiBox

I get to keep a lot of this stuff at work. I have my own drawer with a lock on it behind the bar.
Message: Posted by: JamesTong (Sep 3, 2007 05:58PM)
Wow, Jonathan, besides the emergency kit you have a first aid kit too. Good idea.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Oct 28, 2007 09:45AM)
Two items I don't see on others' list that are on mine are:

1. Medical locking forceps


2. Spray can of Static Guard (Especially for silk magic. Spray the magician!)

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander
Message: Posted by: Jason Fleming (Oct 29, 2007 05:34PM)
Lint Roller
Bottle of water for extra hydration (It's hot here)
Mobile phone
Breath mints
Message: Posted by: Michael Taggert (Nov 10, 2007 08:45PM)
Allot of great ideas here are some more from my kit (not everything in the kit mind you, some of my items are classified)
saftey pins
saftey pins
saftey pins
sewing needles are a must
scissors are a must
magic wax
black spray paint quick dry
differnt color nail polish
clear nail polish
hair comb
hot glue gun
wood screws (assorted)
wood glue
Gaff tape and theatrical tie line
electrical tape
4 way screwdriver
utility knife.
Message: Posted by: Magic Rob (Nov 19, 2007 10:49AM)
Michael, what do you use the clear nail polish for?

Everyone's list is very thorough. The only thing I might add would be a butane powered pencil torch (available at Harbor Freight) and some solder in case you have to fix something electronic...
Message: Posted by: Adrian Deery (Nov 20, 2007 08:18AM)
Hi Liam

I think that everyone here has great ideas for there kits. A good friend of mine who is an illusionist has a kit that contains things like spare bolts, washers,nuts,etc. Trust me these things get lost a lot and at the worst times. But as far as you are concerned things like a TT and cards and thread etc. is perfect. You can have enough material to do hours of magic with just these few props. I know a lot of performers who always carry a TT and a few packet effects in there wallets at all times. But again as far as you are concerned think of what you do in your close up and than think is there anything that can break, or wear out etc. This should help you be prepared for the worst. Hope this helps.
Message: Posted by: Bob Sanders (Nov 20, 2007 10:48AM)
I forgot to include cloth tape flesh colored BandAids. I use the tape part for "shinny" parts on fakes, TTs, dye tubes, etc. They can even be used to make a gimmick!

(And thanks to Johnny Thompson for giving me ideas about getting more mileage out of tux lapels with tape.)

Bob Sanders
Magic By Sander

PS --- They can also be used to keep your wrist watch in perfect place when that matters!
Message: Posted by: Magic1962 (Nov 20, 2007 09:27PM)
If you can you should always have a duplicate of your best tricks... and have extra things to throw in if you have trouble with others. When I used to do table hopping, I would always carry extra decks, paddles, sponge balls,etc.

Hope that helps a bit,

Message: Posted by: disneywld (Dec 1, 2007 12:48PM)
I keep a shaving kit of magic props in each of my cars always. In it are silks, dye tube, TT, Kennedy Box, Cards, Marker, Endless Chain, Scotch and Soda, Copper, silver, brass transposition, Toothpick, rubber bands, comedy mini wallet, hot rod, color changing wands, chop cup set and a few more items. Although I do larger prop performances, I always have a show on the go.
Message: Posted by: WKM (Dec 2, 2007 07:29AM)
What Can I Say?


When I started this thread (lol) back in September I never expected it to get this much intertest!!!

All of the info here is invaluble, and I would like to give a personal thanks to everyone who has added their thoughts. I started out with just a few items and a small lockable box. My box is now to small but I wouldn't take anything out of it, it all has a very clear use and reason for being there.

It is now a mini show for that impromptu moment as well as a just in case kit for those minor emergencies!

I have a T.T.
Elastic I.T.
Glue (repositionable)
Stick tape (Single and Double sided)
Sewing needle and thresd
Dye tube
Roughing Fluid
Coins (and a suitable shell)
A corner Short Cutter
Business Cards
and some packet tricks

In addition I always have some packet tricks that I keep in my JOC plus Wallet which is always on me and I use when I'm working and when I'm not!

Adrians advice about looking at what I actually use was invaluble in its construction.

James and Bob, you two are just a mind of knowledge and again your advice was critical when I considered what I needed.

Overall I think that everyione deserves a mention as this has been the most successfull answer that I have ever had to such a general Question.

Please do continue to post here, I strongly believe that no one can think of everything, so the more answers to this I think the better.

Would this benifit, does any one think, as being a sticky post that stays on view?

Thanks again to everyone, I am sure that I will be looking here every week for any further updates.

Magically yours