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Topic: Chalk boards
Message: Posted by: beds (Apr 12, 2008 08:42AM)
Been searching around for these but from magic dealers there quite expensive for what they are.

anyone made there own?
Message: Posted by: martin king (Apr 12, 2008 08:52AM)
Mr Beds

Sorry to be devil's advocate here, but I'm going to be anyway!

Why?

Who the hell uses chalk boards nowadays?

Can't the effect you're planning on performing be performed with a dry wipe board or a large artists pad?

Regards,

Martin
Message: Posted by: Tony Iacoviello (Apr 12, 2008 08:55AM)
Are you looking for chalk boards, or gimmicked boards?

If you are looking for normal chalkboards, there are several threads already dedicated to their construction using chalk board paint.
Here is a link for the paint:
http://www.amazon.com/Rustoleum-Specialty-Chalkboard-Paint%252d-Black/dp/B0006BAEI6
With this you can turn just about anything made of a paintable material into a chalk board.

If you are looking for gimmicked devices, you can make your own out of wood and paint. ;)

Personally, I use a different option in my So So Sťance. There is a possibility I may be presenting my "Making it Fun" workshop at a to be named event in the near future (this will be one of the items), if you are interested, keep your eyes open. ;)


Tony
Message: Posted by: beds (Apr 12, 2008 08:56AM)
Well its not that ive not thought of using a dry wipe (as I can nick the pens from work shhhhh)

but you search the better magic dealers and they all sell chalk boards, so you just go with the flow

whats a good size board for all round use 40 x 60 cm ???
Message: Posted by: beds (Apr 12, 2008 09:20AM)
The effects I plan to use is mental epic but with an ungimmicked board that can also be used for other various predictions at any point

think 400mm x 300mm is a better size as don't fancy carrying a 400mm x 600mm around
Message: Posted by: Pi314 (Apr 12, 2008 09:27AM)
Most dry wipe boards are terrible for lit stage work. The glare is less than desirable.

There's something classic and innocent about using a chalk board (or two).

Which is not to say that dry wipe isn't totally impractical for certain situations.

I think you should go with making one of your own using that chalk board paint Tony recommended. That way you have complete control over the size you want/need.

Or.. you can sometimes find them reasonably priced on eBay:
http://global.ebay.com/gbh/search?Query=chalk+board

or google shopping:
http://www.google.com/products?q=chalk+board

Even many local restaurant/cafť supply retailers stock them.
Message: Posted by: beds (Apr 12, 2008 09:32AM)
Well I don't plan stage but possibly parlour

can get a chalk board for as little as £5 ($10) on amazon, will pop out to officer supply stores now and see what I find
Message: Posted by: Mik (Apr 12, 2008 10:31AM)
Big craft hobby stores like Michael's in the US (cannot remember any names of craft stores in UK) may have various sizes.

I have dry erase boards but plan on some chalk boards too, for as mentioned they don't glare under lights like the dry erase boards can.
Message: Posted by: beds (Apr 12, 2008 12:06PM)
Couldn't find much but gonna go with a 40 x 30 whe I do find 1 as that's a nice size

whatever I find 1st a will buy, chalk or dry wipe, or both and see what I prefere
Message: Posted by: Richard Osterlind (Apr 12, 2008 04:52PM)
http://osterlindstore.com/catalog/product_info.php/cPath/22/products_id/40
Message: Posted by: Mik (Apr 12, 2008 06:13PM)
Ah yes, Richard, I am saving my pennies for one of those boards of yours (and the ss blindfold, transparent forces etc. etc. :) )
Message: Posted by: Pit Boss (Apr 12, 2008 10:01PM)
I used my Ultra Board (not the routine, just the board) at the last IBM Ring meeting and it caused quite a stir among the mentalists. Even from the back of the room you can tell that this is a classy, quality piece.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Apr 12, 2008 10:04PM)
White writing on black is a classier look for the stage and parlour... and it gives the mental bit of the "roots" of mentalism (the spiritualists)... whiteboard -ugh...

But I am biased - I collect seance boards like wild...

Also, if thinking of white writing on black background in general - NW with a white listo... nice indeedio.
Message: Posted by: beds (Apr 13, 2008 01:11AM)
I love the look of the ultra board but with shipping and import tax it would cost like £90 ($180) which is a lot for a chalk board.

if I ever get serious then I would get it in a heartbeat but until then gonna just get a lil board to start me off
Message: Posted by: Richard Osterlind (Apr 13, 2008 07:42AM)
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On 2008-04-13 02:11, beds wrote:
I love the look of the ultra board but with shipping and import tax it would cost like £90 ($180) which is a lot for a chalk board.

if I ever get serious then I would get it in a heartbeat but until then gonna just get a lil board to start me off
[/quote]

I understand the problems with the fees in the UK.

If you can get some Chaulkboard paint, you can cut any board to size and simply paint it with that. Krylon makes some and I have found it in hobby stores.

Richard
Message: Posted by: beds (Apr 13, 2008 10:15AM)
I'm actually going to buy a double sided chalk board from a toy store I found
its doublesided, wooden frame and it costs £2! although if I ever plan to move onto parlour shows the ultra board will be aquired.
Message: Posted by: robwar0100 (Apr 13, 2008 09:35PM)
I picked up a decent sized chalkboard from Staples for about $10, but like a large dry erase board, it does not fit in my traveling case. My wife did make me a nice bag to carry the dry erase board (and the chalkboard fits in it, too), but it means another thing to carry.

I picked up a couple of smaller boards (16 inches wide) at a Pat Catan's, an arts and crafts store in Northeaster Ohio, for about $4 each. They both fit nicely in the carrying case. However, you get what you pay for. OK, but not great.

Bobby