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Topic: Help identifying a close up case.
Message: Posted by: bigfoot (Jul 16, 2015 03:53PM)
I am going to apologize for this first as I have so little information to go on. I am trying to find out who made or had made perhaps just used a certain close up case. I have not seen it in many years and for the life of me cannot remember who had it. It is an odd shaped suitcase type carrier. The bottom was wider than the top and I believe it had one or two shelves. The bottom was almost a bin type area. The case is made of wood and was not very big. If memory serves it was placed on a chair and the back hinged up to make the working surface. It also exposed all your props as well. It wasn't the "standard" case and table that sat on the floor and converted to a table too.

Sorry for the vague details but I'm hoping that may be enough to get the ball rolling. Thanks in advance for any help.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Jul 16, 2015 05:59PM)
Bob Little's father used to make the Merv Taylor (Owens) styled cases that Bob sold. Either of these seem to match your description, at least for the table top/stand model.

Julie
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jul 17, 2015 02:02AM)
Need more information or a picture. What is meant by "odd shaped"? Is it "A" shaped? If it is, then it is a Bob Little close-up case. It only had on shelf at the inside top. A handle on top. Many said it was a gun case, but as I am not into guns or cased, I cannot verify that. It sat on a table, not the floor. The back lifted up and hinged up, for a working surface. It was only about the size of briefcase.

Merv Taylor Tables were large suitcase size tables, 24" x 16" x 10", the legs would drop down, and the back would lift up, and lock in place. The top was 24" x 12" x 1/4". They usually had a removable tray on shelf glides towards the top. It was not Odd shaped, but a suitcase.
Message: Posted by: bigfoot (Jul 17, 2015 07:33AM)
Thank you so very much it is the bob little case. Using that I was able to locate it via google. Thank you for taking the time to help I do appreciate it.
Message: Posted by: Julie (Jul 22, 2015 07:44PM)
[quote]On Jul 17, 2015, Bill Hegbli wrote:
Need more information or a picture. What is meant by "odd shaped"? Is it "A" shaped? If it is, then it is a Bob Little close-up case. It only had on shelf at the inside top. A handle on top. Many said it was a gun case, but as I am not into guns or cased, I cannot verify that. It sat on a table, not the floor...
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Bill

To correct the record, the case sold by Bob Little also came with a floor stand available from Bob as an option.
The case itself has a hole on the bottom and the threaded connection recessed therein is to accommodate the music stand type upright table stand.

Julie
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Jul 22, 2015 10:54PM)
Every now and then, it's neat to be "old".

You probably never saw one, Bill, but Merv Taylor DID make a "Brief Case Table". I've owned TWO over the years, and, have ONE now! They were made of sheet metal, and had two trays.

Both were bought, used, at estate sales.

I never used them for the act. They wouldn't hold all my props, AND, I don't like bending over to get and replace props. Each was very well made.

I sold one, and used the other as a "lectern" when I did a lecture. The lecture props fit OK in the case,

If big foot is interested, I might be persuaded to dispose of it.
Message: Posted by: Bill Hegbli (Jul 23, 2015 02:40PM)
Julie, now that you mention it, I do remember the stand that went inside. The local magic shop has one for sale for a while. I just remember Bob Little using it for his dealer display as close-up demonstration table on his large banquet table. I think it cost $120.00 back then.

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Dick, No I did not know that. Merv Taylor was before my time.
Message: Posted by: Pete Biro (Aug 10, 2015 01:15PM)
I had the Merv Taylor metal one. It was great to put onto a table and work out of it. Also had his Su-Table. And a lot of other Taylor items (long since sold to collectors).