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Topic: Trick Storage
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Jun 24, 2015 06:37PM)
For years now I have used pencil cases to store my individual tricks. It's a great way of keeping everything together. I use a black marker to write the name of the routine on the outside of the case. Today while in Walmart I found a great pencil case with a clear plastic window. Now I can visually see what's inside. They are selling for .97 cents a piece. Maybe someone here will find them helpful as well.


Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jun 24, 2015 07:31PM)
.97 x 1,000 = $970.00 a tad expensive, and will take up a lot or room.

I still believe re-sealable plastic bags is an excellent choice.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Jun 24, 2015 09:17PM)
These are for performance pieces and not just for all the junk one has lying around. Thought it might be useful to some. If not Bill, carry one with your plastic sacks.

Message: Posted by: MikeDes (Jun 25, 2015 01:25PM)
Pencil cases are great for keeping things together. For my children's shows I have three of them velcroed inside my case. It makes finding things a lot easier. You can even find some cases made out of foam or other soft material to cushion some props.

Along the same line, you can find laptop and tablet cases at most dollar stores. They also make great cases for slightly larger props.
Message: Posted by: John Martin (Jun 26, 2015 07:41AM)
Yes the big foam ones from Dollarama are great for storing props.

Message: Posted by: bigfoot (Jul 17, 2015 01:22PM)
That's a good tip you could fasten multiple together with those circular binding clips.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 21, 2015 07:48AM)
I guess "Billy", "Bill", and "Dick" (McComb, Hegbli, and Oslund) are "stuck" in the "ZipLoc" bags!!! (LOL!)

But, seriously folks! John found a neat way to "store stuff", and, shared it with everybody. Thanks John!

If I remember, Harry Blackstone (pere) trouped the "Dream of Princess Karnak" in SEVEN crates (all painted orange, of course!). It took me a couple years to find the "right" oversize attache for "Disecto". After innumerable catalog searches, and attempts at "home made" cases, I found one, "like new", for less that five bucks in a thrift shop! It has served well for the prop, its table, and some carrots.

Karrell Fox and I, like Don Quixote, were on a continual quest, for the "perfect prop case". Our criteria were fairly strict. We each found "it" eventually!

If I interpreted John's "contribution" correctly, he uses his pencil cases, to store small props/gimmicks, not used "every day" on the road. His system works! It keeps "stuff" organized and easy to locate. (a "trick" that I learned in the Boy Scouts, eons ago!)

Probably, the most important "thing" is to HAVE a system, --and USE it!

Now, I hafta go find my "bean shooter"!
Message: Posted by: TXKEVIN (Sep 22, 2015 03:38PM)
Someone gave me a good tip. Always keep the instructions with the effect!
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 22, 2015 06:05PM)
That was "Mr. Well organized" (Bill Hegbli) and it's a good system,

I have too many SMALL PROPS (mostly GENERIC "THINGS" however, like rope, silks, balls, coins, etc., so I have a small case labelled "INSTRUCTIONS FOR WORKING ACT PROPS". Off the road, it's stored WITH the #1 "ACT PROPS", (A 13" X 20" X 8" CASE)and, another case with "spares". On the road, it travels on the shelf in the motor home, next to the act prop case.

On the road, there is no room in the prop case for instruction sheets! Each prop travels in its own "pigeon hole". Props are taken from the pigeon holes as needed, and returned after.
Message: Posted by: Gerry The Great (Jan 9, 2016 08:27AM)
Ok I'm getting some pencil cases today, great tip. I also work out of a suitcase type box that Ive placed my whole show in and it goes around the suitcase in order. I cut the foam that was already in this case out to hold each trick in a fair working order of how I do them in my show. Then I used spray glue and nice red and green felt to accent the inside of the box. I turned out great. I love when the little guys come up to help me do a trick and sneak a peek at all the props organized in there! I know this is storage head more than a case but hope it helps
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jan 9, 2016 09:49AM)
Egad! Gerry!

You must do a "high class" act!!!

I just use empty "butter" cartons, "Efferdent" boxes, and a small cigar box with a lid (for the balls, and dye tube +silks for the dye tube)Most of my props are generic (rope, silks, cards, balls, etc.). Otherwise, it's the rings (in a drawstring bag) egg bag, wand(s), brakawa fan, serpentine silk etc.

My old friend, the late George Johnstone, glanced at my open prop case, and laughed: "LOOKS LIKE A YARD SALE, WAITING TO HAPPEN!"
Message: Posted by: Tukaram (Jan 17, 2016 12:36AM)
For most of my storage I use either small plastic boxes (pencil cases, maybe?) or ziploc bags of various sizes. Then the items are stored in 'bankers boxes'. I use them for all kinds of storage. They stack wonderfully, have lids & handles, and won't get too heavy - even if all books or DVD's. The tricks I am currently using (or just playing with) are either in my close-up case (metal, from Harbor Freight) or on the plastic shelf on my 'magic table'. The boxes stack under the table... if you get too many they also stack well in the closet ha ha... but I am not there yet.

This pic is from when we were moving into our apartment, I made sure my wife knew the 2nd 'bedroom' was not a guest room, but my room. :) It is not all setup but you can kind of get the idea. Ok... I give up... no picture.... :p