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Chris Oberle
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I've been into magic for 5 years now and I have put all my magic in shoe boxes. I was wondering if there are any boxes or chests that you all could recommend me buying for storage of my tricks.
Thank you all for your time,
Chris
pradell
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Wooden fancy tool kits with felt lined drawers are nice storage places for magic.
phillipsje
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I've been buying a lot of Vaultz Containers. They are metal file boxes but look very nice filled with magic. Found them at Office Depot and Staples.

Doug Malloy has a few nice cases.
adam christopher
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Rubbermaid is a friend to all magicians in their quest for organization, or at least to me anyhow!
sethb
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If some of your stuff is small, like gaffed coins, color-changing knives, walnut shells, etc., you may want to look into a small or medium size jewelry box, with lots of small felt-lined drawers and compartments. This keeps everything neatly organized and also away from prying eyes.

You can pick up decent-looking wooden jewelry boxes at KMart for about $20-30. They often go on sale around Xmas, too. SETH
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Father Photius
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Depends on the kind of stuff you're storing. I use two tool boxes, the type that are several chests on a set of wheels, plus I have several sets of shelving that I stack larger stuff on and cover with plastic to keep the dust off. My smaller close-up stuff goes in the tool boxes and the larger stand up and stage props go on the shelves. I've used Rubbermaid type containers before with some success, but found the shelving much easier to find things I want with. The clear plastic simply lets me see it and reach for it.
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Bryan Gilles
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I've found that a clear vinyl shoe rack (the kind you hang on the back of your closet door) makes a great storage for smaller effects. You can also go right to whatever you are looking to practice with when the time presents itself.

-Bryan
Lester
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Hi Guys,

This is a question that I'm wrestling with right now. Dilemma - small house, too many magic books, props etc. (well, according to my wife, anyway) and our two wonderful autistic boys. Answer - move house to one that has five bedrooms, loft conversion, basement and double garage. Excuse me a moment, whilst I take my medication and lay down in a darkened room!

But seriously though folks! Quick reality check! I think that I shall just have to settle for stackable plastic drawer units on wheels. As regards books etc. good old flat pack book cases, positioned wherever I can.

Well a guy can dream, can't he?

In Magic,

Lester
Justin Impossible
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If your really into magic and you want something nice, plus the fact that magic takes up ton's of space. Go down to the old antique stores and pick up an old truck! They look cool and work like a dream!
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WoodRat
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Quote:
Go down to the old antique stores and pick up an old truck!


I can't help thinking you meant TRUNK!

Cheers =D
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MrBrett
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Walmart has excellent, metal looking, ATA style briefcases that can be found in the tool section. Theyre great because they have pouches in the lid, and movable partitions that will go anywhere in the box so you can customize the size of each compartment. In canada, they sell for $20 so it would be cheaper in the US. Theyre made by Fuller which is a very good company for tools.
David Eichler
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If you search 'machinist chest' on eBay, you'll find a variety of lovely chests with felt-lined drawers. This is what I use.

David
WoodRat
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I travel light. My current kit looks like an old wooden lunch pail that's been felt-lined. The cups and balls go in the top where the thermos would be, the cards, coins, TT, manip balls, silks, rope, whatever... go into the bottom. The wand doesn't fit but I don't care. $5 at Michaels. Of course I have a full chest of drawers, a storage ottoman, and a chest with a false bottom for all the stuff I choose not to carry on the day =D
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algebraic
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I like C&N footlockers. They come in different sizes and can locked. My son loves to get into my magic things. He thinks they're cool. Thus the need to lock and store things away from curious eyes.
pradell
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New house. Married to both magic stuff and the wife. Home too small. We're closing on it next week.

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Tony Thomas
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I found a black entertainment center on Craigslist. Someone was selling it for about $25. It is about 5' tall and has an upper smoked glass door and a lower solid door. There are about four shelves that divide the two compartments that were originally designed for stereo components. It makes a great magic armoire. It actually looks good in our bedroom. Between that and my Pro Table, I'm good!
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JamesTong
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Quote:
On 2007-06-13 06:56, Lester wrote:
Hi Guys,

This is a question that I'm wrestling with right now. Dilemma - small house, too many magic books, props etc. (well, according to my wife, anyway) and our two wonderful autistic boys. Answer - move house to one that has five bedrooms, loft conversion, basement and double garage. Excuse me a moment, whilst I take my medication and lay down in a darkened room!

But seriously though folks! Quick reality check! I think that I shall just have to settle for stackable plastic drawer units on wheels. As regards books etc. good old flat pack book cases, positioned wherever I can.

Well a guy can dream, can't he?

In Magic,

Lester


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Presently I am using a large fishing tackle box and a tool box for everyday storage. For shows I have an antique radio box 18'' x 24''that has lots of specialty built in compartments
Looking at a rubbermaid multi compartment on wheels for the home storage. It is like the mechanics metal chest tool box, but made of plastic.
Silly Walter the Polar Bear
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I think keeping your trick coins in a plastic grocery bag from Walmart is the way to go.
Lumas
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My room is so tiny and I don't have many draws, so I just stick everything in a rubber maid container that slides in and out from under my bed. If I had a choice, I would go for something wooden, stained really nice.
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