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Topic: Travel case for an act
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 14, 2016 12:51AM)
Here's a way to carry an entire stand-up act in a safe and secure manner.
The top case can hold each trick in a separate compartment with room to spare in the middle for wands and accessories.

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For the larger items you can add to it, as needed, and wheel it all into your venue.

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Message: Posted by: FelixKraus (Nov 18, 2016 04:14AM)
Wow this look so organized, how much are these cases? Are they water proof?
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 18, 2016 10:39PM)
They are not waterproof that I know of but they do seem to have "that o-ring thingy" happening :)

the top case is 29 (a steal)
the middle case is 39
the bottom case is ?? 59? I just don't recall.

they all snap together.
if you had a black drape to cover the bottom 2 and wrapped something around the lid of the top case when performing, you could also perform right out of that case without it looking like you were performing at a construction site.

all cases can lock shut and there's a rod that comes with (and stores in the lid of) the rolling case that slides thru all 3 cases and can lock them together.
Message: Posted by: supertoad12 (Nov 29, 2016 10:23AM)
This is what I also have. I also have the open crate for the top.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Nov 30, 2016 01:07PM)
I didn't get the open crate but considered it.

I bought some black knit (stretchy) fabric to stretch over the lid of the top case. just need to cut it and attach Velcro so it's easy to slip over.
I'd like to do the same thing with the lower cases. Just stretch something over the top and down to cover it up, like folks do with cocktail tables, etc.

Basically a spandex cover for the whole thing.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 14, 2016 04:11PM)
I took this to my first performance and it was extremely convenient and easy to load/unload/roll-in/set-up/re-pack/roll-out/load/unload.
Wheels are big enough to go over bumps, etc. with ease.

It was literally just a few seconds to wrap it in black "spandex" so it looked "invisible" on stage.
I spray painted all the orange rigid placards to be black.

This was pretty close to perfect.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 14, 2016 04:28PM)
How much does the EMPTY top case weigh?
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 15, 2016 10:42PM)
The empty top case weighs... I have no idea but it's not very heavy.
more than a standard briefcase but really, it's pretty light weight.

if I get in a mood, I'll weigh it with and without my crap in it.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (Dec 20, 2016 12:52AM)
The empty case weighs 8 lbs or so.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Dec 20, 2016 07:44AM)
Thanks!

I only do a few shows anymore, I'm retired! I've been considering "retiring" my prop case! --It has earned a "rest"!
Message: Posted by: Sentoki (Jan 15, 2017 10:09AM)
This looks amazing for shows and so on, very organized and easy to handle.
Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Feb 5, 2017 06:07AM)
[quote]On Dec 20, 2016, Dick Oslund wrote:
Thanks!

I only do a few shows anymore, I'm retired! I've been considering "retiring" my prop case! --It has earned a "rest"! [/quote]


Dick Oslund,
I'd love to see the inside of your prop case. I've read your book and watched your video and
it would be a bonus to get a look at your case.
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Feb 5, 2017 07:33AM)
[quote]On Feb 5, 2017, dlcmagic wrote:
[quote]On Dec 20, 2016, Dick Oslund wrote:
Thanks!

I only do a few shows anymore, I'm retired! I've been considering "retiring" my prop case! --It has earned a "rest"! [/quote]


Dick Oslund,
I'd love to see the inside of your prop case. I've read your book and watched your video and
it would be a bonus to get a look at your case. [/quote]

I would second that!!

Several years ago Duane Laflin shared the inside of his performing table with me, what an EDUCATION that was!!!!

He also covered that in his video The Art of Gospel Magic, good stuff!

Mark
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 5, 2017 09:42AM)
Ha! That's like saying, "I would like to see what color underwear you have on!" hee hee!!!!!

When I was 13, I, of course, had a little "music stand tripod" with a piece of "peg board" for a top. My grandfather helped me fasten the top to the "tripe" with a floor flange. I draped it with a black sailor's neckerchief, that my mother "decorated" with some gold fringe. I had only seen a few magicians, and, they all worked with a similar table. I learned later about black art wells! I think that Greg Bordner (Abbott's) still sells a tripod table with a black velvet drape and a "dragon" decorating the front.)

I carried my home made props in a little wooden case, that I had found. It was about the size of a "fat attache case".

I didn't "know" about magic shops, yet. The props were very simple! --Several lengths of clothesline for the "rope and tapes" penetration, a few homemade "silks" for knot tricks (WWII was on--no silk available--my mother "contributed" a few ladies silk kerchiefs.) a wooden wand, made from a drumstick, strips of newspaper for the Afghan Bands, and a pair of scissors,
two nesting cardboard tubes (a Morton Salt Box,with top & bottom removed, and a section of a cardboard mailing tube, from which I produced the "silks", ETC. (That's all I can remember!!!) Everything was learned from "Alexander the Magician's "Magic Show Book", and Joseph Leemng's "Fun With Magic"--both from the Carnegie Public Library.

I soon learned that it took time to remove the props, and place them on the table, and, replace the props, after the performance! (Also, I had to load the "silks" at the last minute, so they wouldn't get too wrinkled!) There was seldom any backstage facilities when doing shows for "Elks Lodge ladies nights", LIONS CLUBS, and similar affairs. I would "hide behind the piano" to set and pack. --YUK!

Then, I saw an old movie about vaudeville. A novelty musical act, had a waiter's tray stand, with a little case on it. He would remove various instruments, play them, and replace them in the case. EUREKA!!! (showing off my Greek! Eureka means, I have found it!)

Leeming's book had addresses for magic shops!!! I soon had Abbott's #7! I found an old "ladies suitcase" in the attic. It was a bit larger than an attache case (attache cases hadn't been "invented" yet!) My "collection" of props was growing, I made a two fold screen on which I could set the new case. I was in business!

In the Navy, I carried a "small act" in a leather shaving kit. (rope, golf balls, cards, silks, hollow egg, egg bag, etc.) With that little act, my "vest pocket agent" booked enough work that I could live on the show money, and send home to my bank, my Navy salary!

Over the years, I've tried a "night club" table, and, various suitcases. when I started touring for the assembly bureaus, I used a fiber salesman's sample case, about 18" x 32" x 10". I borrowed a Caféteria table from the school, and covered it with a nice table cloth, the case sat on it, and I was able to work out of it. (Saved precious time!)

A few years later, when I met Jay Marshall, I asked why he used the case that his act trouped in. (Ha! another "Charlie Miller"! --I ended the sentence with a preposition!) Jay said, "It's 13" x 20" x 8", the biggest size case that will fit under the seat ("carry on") in a plane!" I did a bit of "adjusting", and that's the case I've carried for the last 45 years, except for a couple seasons when I used a "catalog case" (for the "big" props) and, a hair dresser's case, found in a thrift shop. When I found a smaller coin pail, and, red lighted a few other items, I was able to red light the catalog case. I think the hair dresser case was in the DVD.

The skills you carry in your head, are a lot lighter than the tools you carry in your case! The EFFECT (what the spectator(s) perceive) is more important than the method or the PROP!

I'll TRY to get a friend with a "smart" phone to take a few pix, and publish them here. (WATCH THIS SPACE!) It may take awhile!
Message: Posted by: Mark Boody Illusionist (Feb 5, 2017 01:20PM)
Dick

It will be worth the wait...I'm sure.

Thanks

Mark
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 5, 2017 06:29PM)
I hope so! It's really quite simple. I'm almost embarrassed to show you!!! It's certainly nothing "fancy"

It may take a couple weeks to find someone who can shoot some pics.

I'll try to figure a way to identify the variious spaces.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 5, 2017 06:30PM)
I hope so! It's really quite simple. I'm almost embarrassed to show you!!! It's certainly nothing "fancy"

It may take a couple weeks to find someone who can shoot some pics.

I'll try to figure a way to identify the variious spaces.
Message: Posted by: silksock (Feb 6, 2017 08:01AM)
Looking forward to it...
Message: Posted by: ColtonRaelund (Feb 6, 2017 06:42PM)
I am one of the lucky people who have seen inside Dick's prop case in person! Also, I have met Dick in person, several times. He is a goldmine of information!
Message: Posted by: dlcmagic (Feb 7, 2017 11:28AM)
[quote]On Feb 5, 2017, Dick Oslund wrote:
I hope so! It's really quite simple. I'm almost embarrassed to show you!!! It's certainly nothing "fancy"

It may take a couple weeks to find someone who can shoot some pics.

I'll try to figure a way to identify the variious spaces. [/quote]


That would be great Dick !
Message: Posted by: MJ Marrs (Feb 24, 2017 09:32PM)
[quote]On Feb 5, 2017, Dick Oslund wrote:
I hope so! It's really quite simple. I'm almost embarrassed to show you!!! It's certainly nothing "fancy"

It may take a couple weeks to find someone who can shoot some pics.

I'll try to figure a way to identify the variious spaces. [/quote]

That would be golden to see how a true professional organized a lifetime of performance props!!!

I remember Michael Close mentioning a tip that he learned from Billy McComb about using zip-lock type bags to organize props in a briefcase or something similar. Simple idea yet pure genius. It's all about the details in any job. Unfortunately it's often those little things that make you or break you and are often overlooked.
Message: Posted by: WitchDocChris (Feb 25, 2017 10:22PM)
Eric Mead uses shaving kit bags to organize props for full sets. Very nice for when you're packing to travel.
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Feb 26, 2017 04:30AM)
TOMSONI (Johnny Thompson) used shaving kits, also. He had "so many" bits that used "so many" small gimmicks, and props, it just made it easier to set the act. We shared a dressing room at a convention. He must have had a couple dozen of the kits! (I hope he got a wholesale price on the little kits!!! I always envied Johnny's talent! Jay Marshall, Dick Stoner, Al Goshman, and I "caught" Johnny at the Playboy Club in Chicago, when he was breaking in the TOMSONI act. --a GREAT evening!

Billy McComb, also used many small props and gimmicks. The zip-loc bags were ideal for his work. He would be on a cruise ship for several weeks. He had hours to open the bags and, get set. Billy was a friend, whose work, I truly admired! He was an artist!

Because of my "situation", it was necessary to have all props, INSTANTLY AVAILABLE when I opened the prop case. I used the "pigeon hole method". I'm still trying to find someone who can take a couple of pictures of the prop case. (WATCH THIS SPACE!!!)
Message: Posted by: gadfly3d (Mar 12, 2017 08:54AM)
Hey Dick do you remember one of the first time I worked the Abbott Get Together you and I think it was: Karrel Fox came up and wanted to seeinside of the catalog case I used? Your comment was "must be a pro-duct tape and card board. I just recently replaced the case but this with foam core and duct tape, In my defense I got the foam core board at the Dollar store, do I keep my professional cred?

Gil Scott
Message: Posted by: gadfly3d (Mar 12, 2017 08:55AM)
Hey Dick do you remember one of the first time I worked the Abbott Get Together you and I think it was: Karrel Fox came up and wanted to seeinside of the catalog case I used? Your comment was "must be a pro-duct tape and card board. I just recently replaced the case but this with foam core and duct tape, In my defense I got the foam core board at the Dollar store, do I keep my professional cred?

Gil Scott
Message: Posted by: frankieacemagic (Apr 22, 2017 10:29PM)
Hey Frank!

I purchased a rolling stacking tool case like you have. I wanted to figure out a way to use it but it's just so plastic and tool boxy. I'd love to see how you "dressed it up." Are you still using it? I love the idea of being able to drape cloth over the bottom two cases and covering the lid with something to make it look really professional. Any chance of getting a pic or two?

Thanks Frank!!
Message: Posted by: kmf (Apr 24, 2017 10:18AM)
Frankie, what case do you use? I use a fatmax tool case and put a table skirt on it to make it look more professional but I need to go lighter. I would like to use a case and a stand. Thank you.
Message: Posted by: frankieacemagic (Apr 24, 2017 10:40AM)
The s is ALL I have been thinking about these past few days. At 43 years old with a full time teaching job, my body is FEELING THE BURN...and not in a good way :(

I'm trying to lighten everything.

Here's a short video clip in which you can see my case. I had it custom made. Standard ATA case.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G5vBeUPCQng
Message: Posted by: frankieacemagic (Apr 24, 2017 10:41AM)
I wish it were easier to attach pics :(
Message: Posted by: kmf (Apr 24, 2017 11:02AM)
In the face painting world there is a case that is similar its called a craft and go but it sells for over $400 plus isn't so deep. Its dimensions are 28" x 13.5" x 6.5" and its legs are attached and weighs less than 20 lbs. I'll have to keep looking around. Thanks for the quick response.
Message: Posted by: kmf (Apr 24, 2017 11:09AM)
Have you seen the topic Making A Table From A Carry On Case (http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?forum=26&topic=575042) Looks like it might be a lightweight alternative and easy to carry.
Message: Posted by: TheAmbitiousCard (May 4, 2017 07:40PM)
[quote]On Apr 22, 2017, frankieacemagic wrote:
Hey Frank!

I purchased a rolling stacking tool case like you have. I wanted to figure out a way to use it but it's just so plastic and tool boxy. I'd love to see how you "dressed it up." Are you still using it? I love the idea of being able to drape cloth over the bottom two cases and covering the lid with something to make it look really professional. Any chance of getting a pic or two?

Thanks Frank!! [/quote]

I have two covers for this. One for the top lid, one for the bottom 2 cases. Think woman's black skirt or a spandex tube shape.

They are made of stretchy spandex type material. I just stretch one over the bottom 2 cases and cover the wheels.
Then the top case locks on. I stretch the other (much smaller) over the lid of the top case and it drapes down toward me on the inside.

On stage it just looks like a case wrapped in black spandex, like many tables and other items at events and is, eventually, hopefully, forgotten by the audience.

I've since purchased another top case for my close-up items and the un-pictured open milk crate, type case just to hold extra things that wouldn't fit anywhere else.
Everything I perform with regardless of the event is in that stack.
Message: Posted by: Nickoli Sharpe (May 10, 2017 09:33AM)
These case are the bomb.
If you work the streets you can stand on top.
My buddy does his whole show atop one of these cases.
Message: Posted by: VolunteerMagic (May 12, 2017 07:48PM)
I'm planning on doing small shows in the future. I found this camping bag a while back that has A LOT of storage and has a built-in table that can fold up as needed. It's pretty nice, especially since I'm a bit short. Unfortunately they don't sell them anymore, so I have to hope I don't gouge mine or anything.

https://www.rei.com/media/product/828504
Message: Posted by: Dick Oslund (Sep 7, 2017 10:18PM)
Colton Raelund, the young man whom I've been mentoring, visited a few weeks ago, and took a picture of my prop case! He promised to publish it, here! I'll remind him gently of his promise!
Message: Posted by: ColtonRaelund (Oct 31, 2017 01:10PM)
Give me a little more time. I am having trouble getting the files small enough to fit here! I emailed you a few of them in the meantime.