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Topic: Review of Jeff Jones Magic Backdrop
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Jan 18, 2009 11:39PM)
My wife surprised with a unique Christmas present this year, a Jeff Jones Magic Backdrop. see here: http://www.magicbackdrops.com/
and here: http://raleighparty.com/id5.html

Jeff made up a hand sewn pouch and inside he put in a personalized card announcing the gift of the backdrop along with sample fabrics for me to choose color combinations. (Nice touch) I received the finished product a few days ago and all I can say is WOW!!!

It came in a small duffel bag as shown on the website. It's hard to believe that the backdrop as well as the tripod support fits in to the bag but it does.
You literally unzip the bag, take out the backdrop, unroll it and place it on the tripod via a metal pin. Adjust to desired height and you are done.

You would think that being inside the bag the backdrop would look wrinkled but not so. When set up it looks better than great.(looks much better than the pictures and they look pretty good) This backdrop turns any room in to a theatre setting. The backdrop is adjustable to fit almost any size performing area.
You just adjust the height and the width of the backdrop is also adjustable.

Jeff Jones made a follow up phone call just to see if I had any questions. He also mentioned that you can flip the colorful curtains tie-backs and swag over to the other side in the event you just need a not so fancy backdrop. This way you just have the curtain showing. Very versatile. Lots of options to choose from.

Anyway I am a satisfied customer and I know my clients will appreciate the extra added accoutrement to their special occasion. Jeff Jones was very easy to work with and he answered all my questions and even gave me some great suggestions regarding his backdrops. If you are thinking of adding a backdrop to your performances whether it be in a fancy hall or in someones game room I would certainly consider
Jeff's backdrops.
David Paul
Message: Posted by: Magic Kevin (Jan 19, 2009 12:40PM)
Sounds great! Do you have any pictures of your backdrop yet? What colors did you choose?
Message: Posted by: cardone (Jan 19, 2009 04:23PM)
How high can it go and what is the width?
Message: Posted by: 1906Alpha1906 (Jan 19, 2009 05:46PM)
David Paul, congrats on your backdrop! They are awesome! They really will make the ambience! They are very elegant, and make any setting look good. I have performed in old school gymnasiums, and the backdrop just turns the entire performance area into a whole new space! People always want to take photos with their children at birthday parties in front of the backdrop because it sets the mood, and photographs really well. I have been using mine for about 2 years now.

Cardone - They reach up to ten feet high, and as low as 3 feet, and wide - they are 8 or 9 feet wide, but will fold into a smaller width if needed. I have been in living rooms before and set it up in a corner. The top of it folds in on both sides making it easy to set up anywhere. Even if you are doing closeup and sitting down, you can lower the backdrop and tilt the sides in to make it a more intimate gathering. They break down/set-up in a matter of 30 seconds, and roll it up and stick it in the bag, and you are on your way.
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Jan 19, 2009 09:17PM)
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On 2009-01-19 18:46, 1906Alpha1906 wrote:
David Paul, congrats on your backdrop! They are awesome! They really will make the ambiance! They are very elegant, and make any setting look good. I have performed in old school gymnasiums, and the backdrop just turns the entire performance area into a whole new space! People always want to take photos with their children at birthday parties in front of the backdrop because it sets the mood, and photographs really well. I have been using mine for about 2 years now.

Cardone - They reach up to ten feet high, and as low as 3 feet, and wide - they are 8 or 9 feet wide, but will fold into a smaller width if needed. I have been in living rooms before and set it up in a corner. The top of it folds in on both sides making it easy to set up anywhere. Even if you are doing closeup and sitting down, you can lower the backdrop and tilt the sides in to make it a more intimate gathering. They break down/set-up in a matter of 30 seconds, and roll it up and stick it in the bag, and you are on your way.
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Yes, what 1906Alpha1906 said !! Think about it. You are hired to do a show and they ask you to set up in an area that has a window behind you or there are distracting
shelves or pictures on the wall. I just recently performed at an American Legion hall and where they wanted me to set up wasn't the greatest area but hey they sign the check. The backdrop would have solved the problem.

I chose the black backdrop with the purple curtains. Jeff also mentions that you can purchase additional different color tie backs and swags to give your backdrop a different look. So depending on the type of show you can change the appearance of the backdrop. These items are velcro'd for ease of change.
DP
Message: Posted by: Magic Kevin (Jan 19, 2009 10:43PM)
Wow, this really sounds great, maybe even nicer than the traditional just one color backdrop. I also like the features of the velcro. When I get a backdrop I will most likely be choosing this one.
Message: Posted by: davidpaul$ (Jan 26, 2009 09:20PM)
See the video of Jeff Jones demonstrating the backdrop.
see here: http://www.magicbackdrops.com/
Click on "Referrals" and you will see the link to the video.
Message: Posted by: arniemagic1 (Jan 26, 2009 10:04PM)
This backdrop solves every backdrop problem we have. Buy the big one 9 x 15. I have used it in the smallest living room and the largest of stages. It is that flexible. People are actually requesting the backdrop when they book shows!!! It looks that good.
Message: Posted by: Matt Adams (Jan 18, 2011 09:52AM)
I just bought the 15x9 foot and am awaiting it's arrival. Can hardly stand it! It's gonna be awesome! :D
Message: Posted by: Matt Adams (Mar 7, 2011 10:25AM)
Been using my backdrop for a couple weeks now and people LOVE it (including me)! It's easy to setup and tear down and totally transforms a show. It's like when you first add music to your show...takes it to another level. I highly recommend this backdrop.
Message: Posted by: Brian Arkell (Aug 3, 2011 11:37PM)
I saw this last year in San Diego at IBM...simply AMAZING work Jeff has done!

Brian


Brian Arkell
Arkell Magic
http://www.arkellmagic.com
Message: Posted by: Gary Shelton (Aug 13, 2011 09:55PM)
Huge Fan of these backdrops I have used mine in somewhere near 300 shows with no issues.
Message: Posted by: extremeeric (Oct 2, 2011 10:33PM)
These are great! If it has not been recommended enough so far, I recommend them as well.
Message: Posted by: Dr Spektor (Jun 23, 2012 05:25PM)
Just wanted to say I just got one too - they are excellent - they really only do take a minute to set up and take down... and they add so much!!!! Jeff also was great with communication and very good with helping figure out the best options... this will be used often!!!
Message: Posted by: markofmagic (Jun 27, 2012 11:53AM)
I have Jeff's largest back drop 15' I think. Someone tell me what I am doing wrong. I find it very difficult to set up and keep the wings on both sides straight as I raise it up. I always end up getting a chair and have to straighten it and then the other side messes up. Is there a way to tighten up the joints so they will stay put after you open them up to what ever position you wnat them in?
Message: Posted by: MikeDes (Jun 27, 2012 06:04PM)
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On 2012-06-27 12:53, markofmagic wrote:
I have Jeff's largest back drop 15' I think. Someone tell me what I am doing wrong. I find it very difficult to set up and keep the wings on both sides straight as I raise it up. I always end up getting a chair and have to straighten it and then the other side messes up. Is there a way to tighten up the joints so they will stay put after you open them up to what ever position you wnat them in?
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I had the same problem. Turns out I didn't have the cross bar's quick-connect fully seated into the receptor. All I had to do was loosen the quick-connect tightening screw completely before connecting the components then retighten. If you don't really loosen the screw the cross bar will sit on top of it and lean forward or backwards. That is what caused the sides to constantly fold and unfold.

Hope that helps.
Message: Posted by: RSteele (Jan 6, 2013 06:43PM)
I have several of these backdrops and love them. I've replaced the nuts with locknuts and it has helped out a great deal. But for what you get and ease of use. His curtains are great and so is his customer service!
Message: Posted by: RSteele (Feb 7, 2013 05:44PM)
Great to add to any of your shows and very portable. Love mine and Jeff has always answered the phone or called me back quickly when I had qustions.

Higly recomment!
Message: Posted by: Escape Artist (Feb 13, 2013 01:42PM)
I own a Jeff Jones Magic Backdrop and use it in every show; it sets up in seconds and adds the professional touch for photos by hiding the walls behind me. The worst background behind me in a home is the Television, a flash photo will ruin the every photo taken by the parents
Message: Posted by: Nick W (Jun 8, 2014 03:00PM)
How does it hold up in the wind? outdoors?
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Jun 9, 2014 12:54PM)
I can't think of very many backdrops that are suitable for outdoor use. A slight gust of wind, and they'd knock over (the curtains would billow any which way before that). A falling backdrop could damage props, hurt the performer, or even blow into the audience, hurting other people.

I've even seen backdrops get knocked over indoors, because a door was left open and a gust of wind came in through the door.

You can purchase some types of canopy tents that have walls on them (use a back wall instead of a backdrop). But again, they can have challenges in the wind. Some perfomers park their van behind the stage (area), and use the side of their van as a backdrop. I've seen some stages that have solid plywood panels, fastened and braced to the stage by professionals, as backdrops for outdoor use (then it is more scenery than backdrop). Sometimes, they have holes in them, to deal with the wind.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: gothike (Jul 1, 2014 02:30AM)
Buy a American DJ light stand with truss.

http://www.guitarcenter.com/American-DJ-LTS50T-Port-Lighting-Truss-System-100691153-i3397942.gc

and two sandbags 40-50lbs. Place them on tripod legs against the wind direction.

Should be able to handle about a 30-40 mph wind.

Just don't raise the height to max.

People that say that you can't use a backdrop outdoors are wrong.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Jul 6, 2014 07:12PM)
I have used a Jeff Jones back-drop for several years. I'm not aware of anything better for us entertainers. However be advised: The hand tighteners will break after a while. I'm still using my broken ones. When the time comes, I will go to Home Depot and find the same size bolt with some type of "handle" to replace them with. #2, the cloth at the top rail, on the left and right where they bend forward, have small holes from the frame wearing on the cloth. Haven't done anything about this either - perhaps Jeff can reinforce this area in the future.

Just my 2 cents.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Powermagic (Apr 8, 2015 09:55PM)
What is the width when folded?
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 9, 2015 06:55AM)
[quote]On Apr 8, 2015, Powermagic wrote:
What is the width when folded? [/quote]

Fits in a duffle bag, 5" x 12" x 42".
Message: Posted by: Powermagic (Apr 9, 2015 02:41PM)
So like 40" or is it 36"? I have tried asking Jeff on FB and a email but no response I heard they had the flu and are back logged so maybe that is why no response.
Anyone have one let me know as well as if the 15 foot vs 10 foot is any wider.

Thanks
Message: Posted by: Powermagic (Apr 10, 2015 05:49PM)
Jim stated it is 40" in a PM Thanks
Message: Posted by: Jonny magic (Dec 5, 2015 10:12AM)
You know if jeff jones ships for Italy?
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Aug 15, 2016 01:36PM)
Well, my hand tighteners finally broke. Went to Home Depot, and they have nothing similar. However, I was able to buy socket head screws that fit (they are not a normal size). The socket heads work great, except you need a hex wrench to tighten them. I attached a magnet to the backdrop upright pole with black duct tape, and this is where the wrench stays at all times.

Jim
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Aug 23, 2016 07:54PM)
Jim -

On the newer models of the Magic Backdrops, I think that Jeff has drilled some holes in the upright pole pieces, and uses cotter pins to insert into the holes. That way you have a backup mechanism for when the hand tighteners break.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Sep 14, 2016 04:56PM)
True Donald, the pins keep the unit at the right height. But the whole backdrop will rotate, due to it's own weight or very small air currents in the room. The only way to keep it exactly where you want it is to tighten down the screws.
Message: Posted by: Donald Dunphy (Sep 16, 2016 11:30AM)
Hi Jim -

I don't have a Jeff Jones backdrop, but I have a homemade one where the frame is a similar style. I've been using cotter pins in the upright post for a few years now, and it doesn't rotate. In the top of the tightening piece, there is a gap / notch. I just make sure that the cotter pin goes into that gap / notch, and then the post can't rotate.

I can take a photo if you need to see one.

- Donald
Message: Posted by: stempleton (Jan 26, 2017 04:54PM)
Hello, all:
I am at the point where I need to replace my current backdrop with something that is much quicker to set up and easier to transport. I have bought a couple of items from Jeff and his customer service is fantastic. However, I recently asked him if he had a video showing the set up of the backdrop and never heard back. Any chance anyone has, or can record, a video to show me how (and how quickly) it sets up? Also, what are "mirrors" that he adds as an option? Thanks.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Jan 26, 2017 06:40PM)
Steve

Here you go https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx_yKpF86U8

The mirrors are a nice touch, they are diamond shaped mirrors attached to center portion of the backdrop. A very nice detail!

I been using mine now for about a year and half and it has been one of my best investments in my show!

You can see the backdrop displayed on my webpage as well http://birthdaymagiciannh.com/

Best of luck

Mark
Message: Posted by: stempleton (Jan 26, 2017 07:00PM)
Hey, Mark...you are the MAN!!! Thanks for sharing those links with me. You've made up my mind. Maybe Jeff can give you a kickback :) Thanks again!
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Jan 28, 2017 06:53AM)
Steve

Glad I could help. I'm saving up for another backdrop now (smaller). The one I have now is the 10 x 15 size. Maybe when I order it Jeff may give me that

"kickback" discount! LOL! At full price still worth the investment, ABSOLUTELY!!!

Mark

PS Let us all know what color combination you choose and attach a pic...maybe.
Message: Posted by: jimhlou (Oct 7, 2019 06:55PM)
It is a workhorse. I've been using mine for 5 - 6 years