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Dmann
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Hi everyone! I have some ideas for a busking table and wanted to sound them off to all of you and see what everyone thought.

What would the ideal busking table look like?

If the Magician had an Ideal street table what would the specifications be? Like does it need to be waist level, or does it need to be light weight, does it have to be portable, does it need a well, what about loading capabilities or a skirt?

These are the questions that I would like to discuss the answers to.
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The exact size and specifications should be whatever is best suited for you. Honestly.

Waist high works well. But then I use a tray jack that can be adjusted a bit higher or lower.

Use a heavier top. Just a thin pieace of plywood could blow off in a goog gust.

Other then that - the top surface could be leather, velvet, felt, wood. Hey - pretty much whatever you like.

Like I said - the best table is the one that is most functional for you.

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I had been using a stand that I made that was essentially a waiter's tray jack. The 30" x 20" top was fairly heavy. After time, I added a couple pieces of angel iron at the bottom that served as a rack to lock the top against the folded stand. I also added casters to the sides of the legs, so that once folded closed and packed, it could be pulled along as a cart. The casters only touched the ground when the entire affair was tilted as one would drag a suitcase behind them.

Just today, I finished a new top that is 16" x 24". I find the surface space quite workable. The table in general is more utilitarian, and less like massive furniture. The top surface is covered with padded velvet, and the bottom surface is as it came: chalkboard masonite. Now I have the option of reversing it for a smooth, hard, non-padded surface, or it will easily serve it's original purpose... a chalkboard. So, now it can become an instant sign. There is a frame around the edge that serves as a lip to prevent roll-offs, and the underside lip helps keep it in position on the stand.

It is also substantially lighter, but I don't think any more or less subject to wind gusts than the old one. It seems pretty stable.

I found a new adjustable keyboard stand at an unclaimed baggage store for $12. The stand and the top now weigh about a third of what my other table did.

I especially like the ease in which this can be adjusted. There are times when I need a table to be at a certain height, and other times when it is best different. This allows for that.

For aesthetic reasons, I do prefer a wooden stand, but this one really makes more sense.

My original table had a skirt and a servante. This new one will not, but I don't see that as a problem, more likely, an advantage. I see wells as being impractical for street use. I don't have them. My old table had holdout slots underneath for large coins, but I rarely used them, so the new one does not have them.

As with my old table, I have a shoulder bag that contains my props. It hangs off the back edge of the stand via the bag's strap. This allows for quick retrieval and dumping of items, even if not secretly.

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The ideal table is made by ACME. You just add water...
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On 2006-03-19 00:00, Dmann wrote:

What would the ideal busking table look like?


I do not believe there is one answer to this.

For many it is a tray stand with a plywood top. This closely resembles the classic prints you see of street conjurers performing. If you are performing the cups and balls it should be at least waist height, or higher than where you are loading from.

For Percy Press the perfect table was a 12" x 15" piece of velvet covered wood on a snare drum stand. The corners of the table top were a bit rounded and the top revolved. This made knocking the table over more difficult when bumped into. This made it perfect for busking in pubs.

Bob Sheets used a wonderful table that was like a tray stand and top but the two were connected. The table top also had a split down it's center and when pulled apart the top halves dropped to the sides and the center bar became a handle that could be slung over the shoulder. Just a brilliant piece of simple engineering and perfect for the type of street show Bob was doing at the time.

Last season I used a Joe Lefler suitcase table. It held all of my equipment including my sound system in one place, it locked, and could be wheeled on to the pitch. It was a great way to go for the pitch I was working.

The bottom line is the table needs to suit your needs as a performer. There are a million choices out there and you need to find the one that works for you.

Best,

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Dmann
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What about a table that could be made to appear almost at will darned near surrounded, had a performance surface of 9x14 inches, extremly portable (went every where you did without having to reset your table), no fumbling to set it up, had a well for dumping or stealing (In street performing I must be crazy right), and finally could be folded up out of the way with minimal movements.
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How many of us would even require a table if we didn`t do C&B!
Think of the wieght and hassel saveing?
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No offence meant but I must admit I have found this thread very amusing.

What does a Professional Busking Table look like?

It has four legs and a tail and answers to the name of Lucky. (My Lucky Table)

No for real, there is no such thing as a Professional Busking Table.

There are Professionals and some use tables so by default there’s is a Professional Busking Table.

There are many nice tables on the market or you can make one, but they only become Professional Busking Table if you are or become a busker.

Mario
PS don't get me wroung if you have the answer to the pefect buskers pet then please do put us out of our misery and tell us. Lucky keeps trying to hump my leg and is a right pain at times.
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Mario:
I think you could use that humping table as your closer.
Dmann
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No for real, there is no such thing as a Professional Busking Table.


That was the entire point of asking such a question.
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A 9 by 14 inch table would not be of a lot of use to most of us. Mine is 20 x 30 inches. It is just above waist high, which allows the upper edge of my pouches to be just below the edge of the table. The only time I work behind the table is for cups and balls.

One thing I did on mine was that I have two hooks on the front, spaced about 14 inches apart. I have three different signs made up that I can hang on these hooks. These provide a little cover at the center of the table, if necessary.

Some performers like to have a skirt and a servante.

I prefer a kilt and a bustier. Smile
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On 2006-03-21 16:01, Bill Palmer wrote:
I prefer a kilt and a bustier. Smile


ROFLMAO! I'd pay to see a photo of that Bill!

LOL!

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Dmann
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Me Too!
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Hi Dmann
Now you really have lost me, can you please elaborate on this point that I am obliviously missing.
Mario
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If it is a typically well functioning table you are seeking, go to school for scoundrels for a picture of one with dimensions. Other than that...yea...what everyone else said.
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