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Hey there,

I received this table as a gift:

It's a really cheap article, and a REALLY slim table. You have enough space for 3 playing cards.
Also, once deployed, it really wiggles a lot. It's good for holding props but you can't really work on it because of the movements.

Has anyone any ideas to steady the table? And maybe replace the table top...

For the time beign, I'll name it my "Instant Production Coathanger"

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Louis:I have the same table[I covered the colored top with black craft felt].Yes it does wriggle around.However,it does come in handy 'for me' at certain strolling events where I need to place something down on a surface.
I have actually done my spongeball routine on it.What I did was stick a strip of velcro[hook sisde]on the surface.This holds the sponges so they don't roll off.

I also reccommendes installing a better quality elastic.The elastic in the tubing that came with mine was very thin and weak.

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This is a poor copy of the Walsh production table. Even so the Walsh table had a similar small table top (the easier to put under a coat) and the top wiggled around a bit.

Rich (Paelomagic) has given you the best tip for better stabilizing this table. Go to a fabric store and buy better elastic. Then when you put it in make sure that it is under tension when the table is open (no slack at all). That will increase the rigidity.

You can double the width of the table top and still hide it easily under you coat. Gene Anderson hides his (original Walsh) on his back, under the coat. Mr. Anderson also doubled the table top size and has it covered with newsprint (fabric that is made to look like news print.

The thing was not designed to use to perform magic on (say cups and balls) although I do know of one magician that does a Chop Cup on his! It was designed to hold a few, light weight props (silk scarves, a top hat, some cards, etc. again Mr. Anderson puts some sheets of newspaper on his and sometimes a pair of scissors).

The prop is the trick! It is an appearing table! That is what it is designed for and that is its best use!

If you want a table that folds up small and flat for easy carry, but still to be used as a serious performing surface then you need to get one of the versions of the Harbin folding table. See one at:

I have and use this table and highly recommend it as a working table.
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Harry:Thanks for that link for the Harbin style table.I have never seen it in it's folded form...very cool.

I found one that is 6" taller[36"][better fo my purposes]and a 12"x14" surface....for get this..$107.90 shipped. Smile

Thanks again.

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