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Topic: Tables
Message: Posted by: halejs (May 7, 2017 04:26PM)
There are no doubt a number of purpose-built tables for magicians depending on your setting, style and effects. Some quite expensive. It would be interesting to share your recommendations for performance tables. After looking for some while, here are two great, affordable options I've found. They can be customized, as I've done, to suit your own purposes. They're both quite portable and show well. The first is a portable bar height, lots of shelf space, but can be folded down and carried flat in a canvas bag. The other is also able to break down for transport, has a sold base with wheels, adjustable height. Just FYI.

Best Choice Products Portable High Top Pop Up Bar - Table W/ Carrying Case
-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EMFAXOG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_bR4dzb9PQKADG
$55

Metal Tray with Stand (in Two Colors) By Skin Act (Black)
-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANUFQB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_AT4dzbM7M10EK
$48

Paul Daniels had a great case/table. Michael Amman had an easy, economical idea for a worker's table. There are some plans for practical busker's tables out there. There are also some with clever approaches to wells/servantes. What's worked for you or caught your eye?
Message: Posted by: Magic Patrick (Sep 2, 2018 01:23AM)
Nice table. How does it travel. Easy to bring in/out of gigs. Here is what I am using these days. They are pretty sturdy.
https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Laptop-Projector-Stand-Adjustable/dp/B003GEKXRM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1535869246&sr=8-5&keywords=laptop+tripod+table
Message: Posted by: Peckham (Sep 3, 2018 08:33AM)
Steve Schneider makes custom magic tables that are top notch, like the ones you see in the castle. I have one.
Message: Posted by: Zauberman (Sep 11, 2018 04:44PM)
[quote]On May 7, 2017, halejs wrote:
There are no doubt a number of purpose-built tables for magicians depending on your setting, style and effects. Some quite expensive. It would be interesting to share your recommendations for performance tables. After looking for some while, here are two great, affordable options I've found. They can be customized, as I've done, to suit your own purposes. They're both quite portable and show well. The first is a portable bar height, lots of shelf space, but can be folded down and carried flat in a canvas bag. The other is also able to break down for transport, has a sold base with wheels, adjustable height. Just FYI.

Best Choice Products Portable High Top Pop Up Bar - Table W/ Carrying Case
-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01EMFAXOG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_bR4dzb9PQKADG
$55

Metal Tray with Stand (in Two Colors) By Skin Act (Black)
-- https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ANUFQB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_AT4dzbM7M10EK
$48

Paul Daniels had a great case/table. Michael Amman had an easy, economical idea for a worker's table. There are some plans for practical busker's tables out there. There are also some with clever approaches to wells/servantes. What's worked for you or caught your eye? [/quote]

Hi Halejs,

Have you actually bought and used these tables. Just curious before I make the financial plunge :-)
Message: Posted by: troy thornton (Nov 13, 2018 08:56PM)
[quote]On Sep 2, 2018, Magic Patrick wrote:
Nice table. How does it travel. Easy to bring in/out of gigs. Here is what I am using these days. They are pretty sturdy.
https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Laptop-Projector-Stand-Adjustable/dp/B003GEKXRM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1535869246&sr=8-5&keywords=laptop+tripod+table [/quote]
I use this my self, love it very sturdy. and portable.
Message: Posted by: Emory Kimbrough (Nov 13, 2018 10:54PM)
My main table is one I built myself, but I also have a Worx Sidekick table that I purchased at my local Lowe's home-improvement store. Home Depot also carries them, as does Amazon. This table folds in half, and the legs quickly collapse to store inside the folded table. It's very light, compact, and easy to carry when collapsed, but quite sturdy when set up. It's designed for workshop use and has several built-in features making it very handy if you're a DIY / home-improvement / woodworker kinda guy. (It has a ruler, wells to hold small tools or hardware, and holes for bench dogs). So, you may get double use out of this. It's designed to take a beating. When you click the link below, you'll see that it definitely has a workshop-looking top on it. BUT THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM - I hired a woman who does custom sewing to make a nice-looking cover for the table, embroidered with my name on the front, and with numerous pockets to hold close-up magic sewn on the back. With the cover on, you'd swear it was built just for magic.

https://www.amazon.com/WORX-WX066-Sidekick-Portable-Table/dp/B072X4T8BF/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1542169564&sr=8-2&keywords=worx+sidekick

I also had Pattrick's Magic Services (pattricksmagic.com) make an embroidered close-up mat for me, cut to the perfect size to fit on this table with just the right amount of border. Pattrick can make mats of almost any dimension, so I highly recommend getting one sized to match whatever table you build or buy.
Message: Posted by: Rook (Nov 14, 2018 11:56AM)
Great find, Emory! Putting that one on the list!
Message: Posted by: MaveriQ (Nov 28, 2018 11:34AM)
[quote]On Sep 2, 2018, Magic Patrick wrote:
Nice table. How does it travel. Easy to bring in/out of gigs. Here is what I am using these days. They are pretty sturdy.
https://www.amazon.com/Pro-Laptop-Projector-Stand-Adjustable/dp/B003GEKXRM/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1535869246&sr=8-5&keywords=laptop+tripod+table [/quote]

Bought this after reading on here. Working great! Thanks for the recommendation!
Message: Posted by: Rook (Nov 30, 2018 11:55AM)
[quote]On Nov 13, 2018, Emory Kimbrough wrote:
My main table is one I built myself, but I also have a Worx Sidekick table that I purchased at my local Lowe's home-improvement store. Home Depot also carries them, as does Amazon. This table folds in half, and the legs quickly collapse to store inside the folded table. It's very light, compact, and easy to carry when collapsed, but quite sturdy when set up. It's designed for workshop use and has several built-in features making it very handy if you're a DIY / home-improvement / woodworker kinda guy. (It has a ruler, wells to hold small tools or hardware, and holes for bench dogs). So, you may get double use out of this. It's designed to take a beating. When you click the link below, you'll see that it definitely has a workshop-looking top on it. BUT THAT'S NOT A PROBLEM - I hired a woman who does custom sewing to make a nice-looking cover for the table, embroidered with my name on the front, and with numerous pockets to hold close-up magic sewn on the back. With the cover on, you'd swear it was built just for magic.

https://www.amazon.com/WORX-WX066-Sidekick-Portable-Table/dp/B072X4T8BF/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1542169564&sr=8-2&keywords=worx+sidekick

I also had Pattrick's Magic Services (pattricksmagic.com) make an embroidered close-up mat for me, cut to the perfect size to fit on this table with just the right amount of border. Pattrick can make mats of almost any dimension, so I highly recommend getting one sized to match whatever table you build or buy. [/quote]


I just picked this table up and it works like a dream! It's light, quick, remarkably stable. It's also exceedingly ugly, but a 90" round table cloth covers it perfectly! Thanks again for the find!
Message: Posted by: martini (Dec 11, 2018 09:08PM)
Greetings;
I have 7 tables, from Suitcase tables to Briefcase tables, each has its own good points
as well as bad points. When I perform close up, I used to keep everything in a Briefcase Table
with a detachable base. It involved two parts to carry, the top (case) and the base.

For the stand-up act, the suitcase filled my needs, however, they are heavy as well as being
bulky to transport.

My biggest problem was finding the right table for my lectures. Recently I acquired a table
from R B Tableworks and am totally pleased with it. The table has a half moon shape and is large
enough for spreading out during my lectures. The plush upholstered top is classy and I have had
many very nice comments on it. Mine came with the optional heavy duty slip over cover for the top
and I just recently had a canvas case with shoulder strap made to slip it in for easy carry.

The table weighs only 16 lbs. total and goes from compact to performance ready in less than a
minute. These tables are custom made by Ron Bell and he does a top notch job on them. I like the
ability of being able to tilt the top when explaining a routine to provide optimum viewing from
people attending a lecture.

I have no financial interest in Ron's business but when something has this much impact on making
me look good, then I am happy to recommend them. You can check them out at www.ronbelltables.com
In all the lectures I have done so far since having this table, I have always been asked where did
you get that table, so people do notice quality in a professional performance table.

Just my two cents, for what it is worth to you all.

All the Best
Marty
Message: Posted by: imgic (Dec 19, 2018 02:36AM)
After much searching, I found a metal vintage suitcase thats 32x14x8 that is big enjoy ugh for all my props for busking. I put it on a tray stand and its perfect height for cups and balls or other routines. Being metal the suitcase provides soldi surface for performing.

I have sign stored on inside of suitcase lid. It has mangets on it, so I take it out and easily attach it to front of suitcase. I could easily attach a servante on back if Id like.

Suitcase was $10 on Craigslist, and tray stand was $5.
Message: Posted by: gomerel (Dec 19, 2018 09:18PM)
Because I am usually on my mobility scooter, I bought this one from Amazon. It works well, especially because I am generally doing period events, e.g. California Gold Rush or ren faires.

https://www.amazon.com/LapDesk-Schoolhouse-Wood-storage-45075/dp/B001I0F5T2/ref=sr_1_34?s=office-products&ie=UTF8&qid=1545275685&sr=1-34&keywords=lap+desk
Message: Posted by: judagar (Mar 11, 2020 07:55PM)
[quote]On Sep 3, 2018, Peckham wrote:
Steve Schneider makes custom magic tables that are top notch, like the ones you see in the castle. I have one. [/quote]

I now have one. it is beyond gorgeous. If you want a PRO TABLE, call steve!
Message: Posted by: Peckham (Mar 16, 2020 07:04PM)
Im having Steve make me another one!