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Topic: Good close up case
Message: Posted by: jakeg (Jul 5, 2009 05:14AM)
I don't know if anybody has written this up before, but I was in an arts & crafts store and it occurred to me that an artist's box designed to hold oil paints and brushes would make a nice close-up case. It's perfectly float which means that it would make a nice base for a close up mat, and it has compartments inside. It's too narrow to hold cups, but with a little glue and some felt, it would make a great case for about $20.
Message: Posted by: craig fraley (Jul 8, 2009 05:56PM)
I agree. Last time I was in an art store, I looked at the art cases and thought the same thing. They had lots of styles and sizes and would work great for a small close-up show.
Message: Posted by: MickeyPainless (Jul 9, 2009 08:23AM)
Check the Makeup cases at Target or Walmart! These are the alum. cases that look like the ones on CSI and they vary in size and quality! I got a very nice one a couple years ago for around 35!

MMc
Message: Posted by: arios0 (Jul 9, 2009 02:14PM)
I use a old PSP case. Cheap many little compartments. looks like a mini professional briefcase.
Message: Posted by: Ty Argo (Jul 13, 2009 07:06PM)
Find a Harbor Freight Tools near you. They sell nice aluminum tool cases with a padded interior, dividers, and even comes a customizable block of foam for inside. Cheap too!

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=39196

Small: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=36870

Larger props: http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=36871
Message: Posted by: TC Ryder (Jul 16, 2009 08:33AM)
If you don't have a Harbor Freight near you try Home Depot. They have one as well and it is about $30.

TC
Message: Posted by: elimagic (Feb 5, 2010 07:24PM)
Wow thanks, I'm goona have to make a trip to home depot
Message: Posted by: JimmyH (Feb 6, 2010 11:48PM)
I love these kind of cases...they are perfect for close up props
Message: Posted by: SilvaAce (Feb 8, 2010 12:40PM)
I have one of the aluminum cases from HomeDepot and I just recently used it as my carry-on on a flight. No problems from airport security. They actually started laughing when I had to open it and they saw my inflatable bikini duck! Hey, come on guy's it's used for a kids show!
Message: Posted by: Jeffrey Korst (Feb 8, 2010 03:29PM)
For something you'd be willing to take to a table as opposed to just carring to the gig check out a good smoke shop. Cigars come in some very nice wood boxes.

Also there is this wine gift box:

http://www.solutions.com/jump.jsp?itemType=PRODUCT&itemID=4560
Message: Posted by: RodHousley (Feb 9, 2010 10:39PM)
There is another case that home depot and lowe's sometimes carry it is in the hardware department and it is silver with foam compartments that are removeable. Not a case that is terribly small, but holds more if you are doing a larger set.
Message: Posted by: Andrew Zuber (Apr 13, 2010 07:37PM)
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On 2010-02-09 23:39, RodHousley wrote:
There is another case that home depot and lowe's sometimes carry it is in the hardware department and it is silver with foam compartments that are removeable. Not a case that is terribly small, but holds more if you are doing a larger set.
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I use one of these...I was surprised to see it for only $26. The built in compartments are nice and a flap at the top (meant for tools) holds pens, balls for my C&B routine, and wands...and the insert comes out so that I can store a few larger items like my Jap Box and spare rope in the lid. I believe Michael Ammar was using the same thing when I saw him lecture recently, so if it's good enough for him, it's good enough for me.
Oh, and the best part...it has locks. When I get around kids, they get very excited to see magic props, so when I walk away it's nice to know my stuff isn't going to, ahem, disappear....
Message: Posted by: Chris Westfall (Apr 15, 2010 01:10AM)
I use a poker set case where the top half was padded. I tore out the chips holder section and glued in table hopper close up pad. perfect size for the case. have used it for almost 2 years now.. its perfect!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Apr 17, 2010 11:02PM)
Office Depot has a nice little case that you can carry C&Bs, Chop Cup, etc. in the file case section. It only costs $20 and is black and aluminum on all the edges. It also has a handle on the top center. Nice looking little case in my opinion.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (Apr 30, 2010 10:35AM)
http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?topic=349020&forum=32
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (Apr 30, 2010 10:48AM)
I use a pencil box for my thread and waxes. Plus one for a bunch of miscelanious small things that I use on a regular basis so its easy to get my material for the day. For the church trip I am going to today I just grabed that and loaded it into my suitcase after removing a few things I didn't need and I was done.
Message: Posted by: martysh (May 13, 2010 08:49PM)
I just pared down my big leather satchel to a sony cam corder case and am thrilled with it.. a camcorder case might be a bit more masculine than a purse or anythng like that .. it has a movable wall in side.. and three outside pockets with one more that holds my wallet.
I am surprisingly pleased with this solution.. it has caused me to carry less


MARTY
Message: Posted by: foolsnobody (May 14, 2010 12:08AM)
Dr. Jaks had a nice method by I forget what it was. Was it a hollowed out book? And very interesting tasteful small props. I feel like I might have early dementia sometimes. I just remember reading about and admiring Dr. Jaks.
Message: Posted by: J.G. the magnificent (Dec 20, 2010 02:09PM)
I use an old cigar box for the cork balls I use for my cups.
Message: Posted by: MadderMax (Dec 20, 2010 03:14PM)
I use the silver case form Lowe's and love it.
I loved it even more after I went to lecture by Michael Ammar and
saw he has the same case!
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Dec 21, 2010 01:33PM)
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On 2010-05-14 01:08, foolsnobody wrote:
Dr. Jaks had a nice method by I forget what it was. Was it a hollowed out book? And very interesting tasteful small props. I feel like I might have early dementia sometimes. I just remember reading about and admiring Dr. Jaks.
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There was a book type close-up case made some years ago. It was like an un-abridged dictionary. I think Magic Methods had them made for the society. It could hold a set of cups and balls and several decks and all kinds of close-up magic tricks.
It was a real book binding and about 3" think.

I purchased one and found it very hard to carry around with no handle of any type and when presenting, it took a lot of room on a table. I thought it was a great idea until you actually started using it. Kind of a pain to deal with when moving from table to table.
Message: Posted by: Bill Palmer (Dec 21, 2010 07:20PM)
The book that was supposed to be like the Jaks book was not very close to it at all. There were a lot of interesting things about that book that they weren't able to copy. I have seen the real one. It is in the Klosterman collection.
Message: Posted by: Mauro (Jan 7, 2011 08:17AM)
This little case works great!
http://www.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/i/m/image_431.jpg