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Topic: Table for magic
Message: Posted by: blackdeck (May 21, 2008 08:43PM)
Where can I get a table that magicians like Bill Malone, and all of the close up magicians use.
Message: Posted by: Donal Chayce (May 21, 2008 08:58PM)
Check out Tabman tables: http://www.tabmantables.com/
Message: Posted by: John Neely (May 22, 2008 01:14AM)
For what its worth, if you plan on performing walk around magic you may want to start thinking about routines you can do without a table or possibly on the edge of an ordinary table with no close-up pad.

Message: Posted by: RevJohn (May 22, 2008 10:01AM)
I have had good luck with this table:


It is the Pearl Trap Table. Perfect size for a very large close up mat to fit on the top. VERY sturdy.

Message: Posted by: spatlind (May 22, 2008 12:52PM)
RevJohn, that's a nice looking table. For formal performances, why not make one yourself? Or have a local woodworker make one for you?
Message: Posted by: mmreed (May 23, 2008 07:45AM)
There are a number of options - from folding stands (type that waiters use), to more elaborate rigs.

We carry the Eureka brand performing stand that has a case top:
If you search the Café on Eureka, you will fins a few reviews and comments about them.

Some people have used music stands, light poles, tripods, etc...

There are many options depending on your needs. The folding waiter type stands are not as easy to carry as a collapsible stand such as the Eureka or a music stand.

The biggest problem is finding one that offers the right height.

Good luck in your search for a table - and post back what you find.
Message: Posted by: Tim Jahn (May 23, 2008 11:19AM)
On 2008-05-22 13:52, spatlind wrote:
For formal performances, why not make one yourself? Or have a local woodworker make one for you?

I agree.

I made my own with a drawer and mounted it on a eureka table base. The whole thing came in for under $125.00 and the stand was $80 of it. If your handy at all with woodworking, Its great to make your own.

I have to say that the tables in the tab man tables link above look wonderful. But man... some of them are more than what I would pay for a desk!! :)

Message: Posted by: kentfgunn (May 23, 2008 09:53PM)
Rev John,

Mallet tables, freaking mallet tables of course. No one else noticed the genius in your post.

I saw the link you posted, went down to the local music store that I knew sold lots of percussion instruments. The mallet tables are a quarter of the price of any well made wooden table and solid as stone.

You get my vote for:
"Best thinking outside the box for Great inexpensive magic tables!!"

Thanks Rev!

On a completely separate tack: That actually adds to the thread.
The Witkowskis who run Tabman Tables are honest, communicative overall sainted people who make a fantastic looking, very durable table. If you want a great table order one from them.
Message: Posted by: blackdeck (May 23, 2008 10:40PM)

I am ordering this table tomorrow. its great for standing and sitting
Message: Posted by: pepka (May 24, 2008 06:25AM)
I believe the original question was asking about the table that Bill Malone and other magicans use. Did you mean like the one always used on the L&L videos? If that's what you mean, it was done by this guy, http://www.jimzeemagic.net/tables Absolutely beautiful work.
Message: Posted by: Sebashtion H. (May 31, 2008 12:43AM)

We make each table custom to the order
also if you have an idea that you want created we offer these services also.

Sebashtion H.
Message: Posted by: lcombs (May 31, 2008 05:40AM)

Do your Table Hopper tables hook on to the table you are performing for?

Message: Posted by: Tom Wolf (May 31, 2008 06:47AM)
I have 2 of Jim Zee's tables.

One like Pepa mentioned and a close-up table that Jim no longer makes.

Beautiful work and a pleasure to use.

They will last a life time.

Tom Wolf
Message: Posted by: MagicMattMan (May 31, 2008 12:17PM)

I have seen Sebashtion's table hopper table, and boy is it clever. It hooks onto a spectator's table using Scott Guinn's table hopper friend. You table only takes up 2.5 inches of the spectator's table giving you your own space and not intruding theirs.
My understanding it is approx. half the strolling size in length, but same width to allow a coin/card holdout. I personally own a strolling table and through it I can compliment the craftsmenship that goes into these tables.

Message: Posted by: Sebashtion H. (May 31, 2008 02:12PM)
On 2008-05-31 06:40, lcombs wrote:

Do your Table Hopper tables hook on to the table you are performing for?


The Table Hopper Table by it self, no.
I Designed the TH around Scott Guinn's "Table hopper's friend"
it is the Bracket that hooks up to the table you are working on.
the THF Anchors to My TH and you are ready to go Hooks up to the spectators table in seconds.
and takes up only 1 1/2 inches on the spectators table.
you can But the THF either when you Buy The TH or on Scotts site...

Sebashtion H.
Division President
Tampa Division
Message: Posted by: docelk (May 31, 2008 08:50PM)
I made my own. approximately $30. 3/4 inch plywood, 4 screw in legs, with receptacle brackets, thin rubber base on top of table, covered by green felt (any fabric shop). Staple felt all around table. Take piece of molding (1 inch), and nail it around 3 and 1/2 sides of the table, (leaving a foot or two open where you sit.)

Paint legs if you want, or buy them already stained.

Place decorative tape with decal type design around edge of molding for a little pizazz. Make it any size you want. Whole job takes a few hours at most. Screw off legs make it easy to tote around in your car.

Also have a fold up table, as above, but this looks a lot more professional and great to practice on at home.
Message: Posted by: jodbirch (Feb 24, 2009 02:45PM)
I've been toying with a little practice table similar to the Ammar table, but all I can find is 28-inch table legs at the hardware store. These just seem too short and I'll be bending over to do anything on the table. Do they make table legs longer than 28"?
Message: Posted by: BMF (Feb 24, 2009 03:01PM)
Unless you have a specific table top and want to use the manufacturer's suggested table legs, you shouldn't limit yourself to one particular kind of table leg. Table legs are generally just pieces of wood or metal. You can find those as long as you want.

I use 38" legs, personally.
Message: Posted by: jodbirch (Feb 24, 2009 04:01PM)
True, I guess I could make some whatever length I want, but I was looking for the pre-fab type table legs with the threaded top so I could screw them into a mounting bracket. Anybody know of a longer variety of those?
Message: Posted by: BMF (Feb 24, 2009 04:29PM)
Go to a Home Depot or Lowe's. They have plenty of sturdy, threaded pipe - and the mounted brackets, t-joints, and couplers you might need. You can also find threaded dowel rods. You can just cover it with a curtain so nobody knows how bad it looks. Check out newal posts (for stair wells). Some locations will even thread thread things for you, so you can get a nicer looking wood to use as a leg. Just head down to one of those places and roam around for a while. You'll find all kinds of great ways to build a table.

If you do need strictly prefab, try the http://www.tablelegs.com custom orders section. Or tablelegsonline.com.
Message: Posted by: jodbirch (Feb 24, 2009 04:59PM)

Cool! Those are some good ideas! I didn't think about the possibility they might be able to thread something for you. I saw some newal posts that were really nice. I'm gonna look into that. Thanks for the ideas!
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Feb 24, 2009 06:04PM)
Where will you be using this table?
Message: Posted by: jodbirch (Feb 25, 2009 09:08AM)

I'm planning on using this one as a practice table. I live in an apartment, so I'd like an easily moveable/stowable one that's easy to deal with. I have a heavier-duty one I use as my "official" performance table that I keep stored away for the few "real" gigs I do.

Anyway...only a magician would want to build ANOTHER close-up table to "simplify" things! Here's another irony: My Father is an accomplished wood-worker. Somehow the gene for that skips a generation in my family...
Message: Posted by: Billgussen (Feb 26, 2009 02:49AM)
Jodbirch, if you're just looking to practice, the Mikame Pitch/Practice table is about the smallest and lightest table you could find -- it uses your suitcase and its pull-out handle as it's legs. It may take some DIY to get it set up perfectly, but I rather like mine.

I did a review of it here, and the link is in the review.

Message: Posted by: magicator (Feb 26, 2009 10:50AM)
I made my own and I love it. I bought a stand for a keyboard in a kids store. It's a metal stand you can fold up and adjust the height.
Then I got a piece of wood cut to measures of my taste. I covered it with a foam layer, and wrapped the whole thing in a nice velvet. It is squishy enough to do matrix. I love it!
Message: Posted by: konjurer (Feb 26, 2009 11:43AM)
I use a wooden, black lacquered TV tray that Target stocks for around $8. It looks very classy and folds for easy storage and movement.
Message: Posted by: Kingry (Mar 2, 2009 06:36PM)
Walmart has a sweet wooden card table with wooden folding legs for under $50. Received one for my Bday this year.
Message: Posted by: Scott F. Guinn (Mar 2, 2009 07:09PM)
I'm having a few of my Table Hopper's Friends made up. For Café members ONLY, I'm giving a 25% discount--$45 instead of $60. You can see the THF on my website (listed in my signature line) on the "Other Items" page. Please don't use the cart, though, or you won't get the discount. You'll need to PayPal me directly.

Any questions, feel free to PM me.
Message: Posted by: magicdano (Mar 1, 2010 09:04AM)
Thanks for the tip about Walmart Kingry. I will check it out
Message: Posted by: leosx1 (Mar 9, 2010 04:12PM)
I use a table that is used for serving breakfast, it folds together, packs light and has the perfet size, it also has a border, which prevents balls rolling offand you just put your close up mat on it and are reay to go.
Message: Posted by: Steven Leung (Mar 9, 2010 10:28PM)
You may check Michael Ammar's web site, he has a pdf for sale teaching you how to build a table for a very affordable price, like US$20?