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TheAmbitiousCard
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Man, I love these things now. I have a large one and a small one. Nobody can see inside like they can a normal briefcase style case.

My large one has enough height that I can
actually do some pretty handy work right under everyone's nose. Looks like I'm getting a prop when really I'm looking up a word in a book.

Plus they pack a whole lot, and as Brad Burt pointed out in a different post, they don't take up any more room open than closed!

Oh Doctor!!!

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KingStardog
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What's in the bag, Frank? Also, do those kind of bags have dividers to keep things organized?
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Jeff Chesnut
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As a physician, I should have thought of this! Actually, as a radiologist, I haven't carried a bag in years.

The older bags and some of the new smaller ones just have one large compartment. You can get very sophisticated bags, though, that have many various compartments of varying sizes. I've seen one that even had holders for vials of medicines that would be perfect for TT's, a little jar of wax, etc.

Surely someone, somewhere does a doctor routine. If not, someone should.
WilliamWHolcomb
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Where can you get a "Brad Burt Original"?
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TheAmbitiousCard
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The bags I have both have some pockets.

The small one just has one small pocket on the side for pens, pins, a double-facer, whatever.

The larger one has 3 pockets, 2 on one side and one large one on the other.

I use the small one for close up.
I use the large one for stand-up.

I used to hate it when I opened up my case and all the kids ran over to check out what was in it, plus they COULD see what was in it.

What do I put in it?? Everything! Cards, props, a box of sponge balls, a mini trash can for "triple threat", notepads, pens, books for a book test, EVERYTHING!!!

Plus, they look so unusual that whatever's in there must be magic.

... I guess. Smile
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Ruben Padilla
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For a Brad Burt Original, go to Magicshop.com, or call Brad directly at 858-571-4749.
BroDavid
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I bought a "lot of magic" from an estate in Pennsylvania, and the thing I liked most was big saddle brown colored "doctor's bag."

It doesn't look all dark and dreary like the black ones (just my opinion of the black bags) and has the character of showing enough travel abuse that you have instant credibility as soon as you break it out, as it surely appears to have been around a while.

And it has pockets (3) on each side. Then I put several plastic segmented compartmented open topped containers on the bottom, with vaious coins, decks, etc., and keep my sponges and silks in bags that sit on top one at each end. I also keep a small closed box containing my fire gimmicks and I reach in and open that box with both hands out of view and get or put anything I want and as Frank said, "Nobody can see what you you have in there, or are doing in there - except you."

This is one I use for closeup and strolling magic. And I carry this to the magic club meetings.

Then I have a couple metal tool cases bought at Home Depot at around $20.00 each that contain other small working props and are used for parlor or stage work. And I will open one of them with the top towards the audience, and me behind it, with some premise of - "Oh I forgot I will need this other deck of cards," and while getting the cards, or not - I use the obscured vision provided by the momentary "Blind" to do a special IT hookup, etc., or load for something later, right in front of audience. I then close it, and throw the cards on top of it to punctuate the point that I went in to get cards and got them. The audience doesn't even have a chance to wonder what else was he doing back there. This even fools magicians, folks. I have been asked, how did you do A and not have the hookup for B get in the way? Answer: I wasn't hooked up for B when I did A. Smile

At different times, different bags/containers serve different purposes.

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KingStardog
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That's kind of like I do with my wooden case.
The props are cut into the foam and are always in the same place. I know where they are by feel, so I can reach in without opening it all the way up, and the pad is attached to the top so it always gets closed right after I reach in. This takes just a second and gives me cover to do those set up things the entire time.
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I have two doctor's bags. One new and one antique with some fold out capacity which is helpful in prop management. However, these actually have a great drawback. If you leave them unattended as I like to stash a prop case as many do when they do walk around there is the worry that it will be stolen by someone looking for drugs. I don't worry as much about this with my other cases. A friend of mine had his magic doctor's bag stolen from his car when the car broke down and he left it on the road. Someone broke the window out and took only the bag. I feel more at ease carrying something that looks classy but less valuable.
I don't actually carry a bag around with me when I do strolling magic as I like to work out of my pockets.
Pete Biro
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I bought one years ago in Indianapolis, and the guy offered to put my name on in gold letters, FREE.

So, I said, "OK, but don't laugh at my name. Dr. Quack."

Hehehehehehe

Looks good and gets comments.
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A cheap source is also antique shops and pawn shops. They may be a bit old, but usually aren't carrying the price tag that Brad Burt asks for.

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Erik Anderson
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I've used mine for years and it's held up very well. I've also done some really brazen steals out of it. And, when I'm working restaurants, I've set the bag open on the floor at my feet and "lapped" sponge balls into it from the edge of the table to end clean.
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Daniel Faith
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I use a black leather doctors bag with my name monogrammed on it. It's even equipped with a combo lock.
It is very professional looking and can hold everything a close up magician would need.
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Bob Sanders
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Doctor bags work great! I have one I bought when I was a Marketing professor at Troy State University in the 1980s and the bookstore went out of the supply business for the School of Nursing. At the time I also bought some very basic medical "tools" such as the rubber hammer, scissors, suture needle holders, etc. for pennies on the dollar. I think I spent about twelve dollars total and the bag is easily worth five times that. They not only have been great fun in testing a brain-dead helper, but also tools are tools. (Yes, you can repair the battery and contacts in D'Lites.) You can imagine the face on a volunteer when you pull out the Doctor Bag. It is also a great place to keep the electric saw for the small sawing in half.

Of course, years later I married a real physician. Does she use a Doctor's Bag? No! She uses a WalMart Bag and really does make house calls. She thinks real Doctor Bags intimidate people and set the doctor up for mugging. She is also a very good stage magician.

One thing I really do like about the Doctor's Bag is that people do not try to "help" you with it. It is respected as very personal and important. (The handles are very strong too and can take the considerable weight of cards and coins.)

They fit under chairs better than brief cases too.

Scheme!

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GeorgeG
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I own a small black medical bag that I bought in my first year of medical school. I was quite taken by it and thought it would be cool to have one. Years later, it's still in the closet gathering dust with equipment I bought as a medical student. I never thought of using it to carry magical props...not a bad idea!
Bob Sanders
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Perhaps magicians and magic are great rehab for doctors? The bags and tools are great for magic. That other stuff doctors do takes valuable time away from magic. Heal thy self. Enjoy magic! (Smiles without surgery?)

Thanks Doc.

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Lagrange
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I got mine from Brad Burt and I love it. Expensive, yes, but as Bob says there's just something about a doctor's bag. Since I started using it anyone I'm performing for just stays put and doesn't try to monkey with any of my stuff.

I was using a briefcase before, and the "black hole" effect of the doctor's bag really puts an end to any spectator monkey business. Moreover, if you turn it so the side faces the specs it provides great cover for deck switches, etc.

Whether you get it from Burt or not, the doctor's bag gets a high recommendation from me.
Daniel Faith
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I just checked out the Brad Burt bag as you guys are calling it. It is exactly like the one I bought but I bought mine from the manufacturer online.
The only thing that could be better about the bag is the long zippered compartments down each side. I would rather have a couple smaller sized pockets on each side instead.
But I do like the bag and I gets lots of comments from other magicians.
Daniel Faith
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I've used a doctor's bag for several years for all the reasons listed above. They are, however, very vulnerable to theft as drug addicts and others will break into a car if they see one. Search the web and you can find quality leather bags at half of Brad Burts price (I like Brad but I think this item is over priced). I perform frequently for medical companies and conventions so it fits right in.
Gordon
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EBay seems to have a lot of listings for Doctor's Bags, so I'd check there. Right now, for example, there are some nifty old ones that could go well with certain types of characters. Opening bids seem pretty reasonable, too. For what it's worth...
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