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tailwindd
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Can anyone tell me who manufacturers good tables for close up card magic? I particularly like the tables that one sees in many of the videos (such as produced by L&L).
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I know that Michael Ammar told a group of us how he made his own table with a 16X20 frame, a sheet of wood of the same dimensions about 3/8" thick (as I recall), some felt glued to it, and some leg posts that have screw-in legs that are attached to the wood from the bottom to form a tripod.

If anyone out there has the exact details, it would be greatly appreciated, as I am going on memory here.
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This is what I found on it: ammar
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If you're unable to get a performance table you may want to condiser a good close-up pad.

There is a really great one produced by Trevor Duffy.

http://www.trevorduffy.co.za/products.htm
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Thanks, Sekhmet. That's the table I'm talking about! The most expensive part might be the picture frame, which is what the table sides are made from. Last I checked, the lowest I could find was over $15 for the 16X20 picture frame that he used.
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I think he's talking about the really fancy style tables. Not so much just a table, but rather a bit bigger table, something that he can perform sitting down at and also has some arm room. Am I right? I'd like to get one too tailwindd
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Fraser, who says you have to limit yourself to a 16X20 frame? I am assuming that the size Ammar used gave him a nice balance between a nice size, ease of use, and portability.
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Fraser, your right. The table I am talking about has a central cutout without an edge where the performer sits. The remainder of the table does have a lip. I do have close-up mats but I am always looking for a place that has the right height, also. I think this is especially important for close-up sit down card magic.
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Yeah tailwindd, I agree completely. Those tables look great and feel great. The magic shop I used to go to all the time had one. Closed down now though. I don't know where he got them.

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As I'm used to walk around and having my arms down while I'm performing, I usually find performing at a table feels a bit awkward, so I agree that the table hieght definitely matters. I'd want a table I purchased/made to be a bit lower.
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The table described in Mark Wilson's book would be excellent. Also a harbin table might work for what you are doing. Both have small footprints and move from place to place easily.

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Depending on your price range, these laptop stands make great close-up tables...
http://www.instand.com/CR1/cr1.html
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