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This looks like it could be a great option for a one-case show.
http://www.trunkoutlet.com/medium_steel_trunk_w_wheels_2

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You could wheel it in, set it on a short stand, open it up and do your show, slam it back down, and wheel it out. It's sturdy enough to stand on apparently.

If you get it with the top tray you could even use the tray as a "banner" by painting the underside with your name/logo and setting it up for people to see.

One of those "coleman stove stands" might be the perfect stand for this and could fit right inside the trunk.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/......ng-goods

Any thoughts?
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How much does the case cost?
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About $150.
you can get a cheap look-a-like from Target/Walmart for about $40 but it is not nearly as durable.
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Hi Frank,

These trunks are very well made and strong. I use mine for storage. I added a small lock to mine. The one provided is terrible.

You can also look at http://www.cnmfg.com for trunks. Click on, "college." Then click on,"footlocker-trunks." It's on the left. I own ," The Graduate Footlocker." It's larger than the ones at trunkoutlet, but they are not as durable. I only use it for storage.

If you want to use a trunk for shows, go with trunkoutlet. They're stronger and better made.
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Frank, Thanks for the TIP, I just ordered one and should have it by late next week.

Rodney

P.S. I did order the one with the TRAY.
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Rodney,
The tray is so cheap you might as well. I think you made a good choice.
Let me know how you like it.

you can put all the stuff you need to load on your body on tray so you see it as soon as you open the trunk. also perhaps for your wireless mic, etc.

I was picturing having a "coffee can array" inside to hold individual props.
easy to get and easy to put back. a place for each individual thing.

egg bag
sponge balls
rope and scissors
miser's dream stuff

then other different shaped spots for change bag, wands, bigger things.
Seems like an easy way to reset as you do your show.

I am picturing using this for my family shows/kids shows.
Too big for a standup adult act. At least too big for mine.
I use a small vaultz case for that.

Does anyone know if the lid stays up when opened or does it flop over
and expose everything?
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Frank, FYI YES! The lid is hinged in 3-places and it is heavy duty. I called today and spoke with the owner, his name is Greg. My trunk will ship out on Monday and I should have it on Wednesday. I ordered the one with the lid and wheels plus an engraved name plate. Total cost with shipping was $ 178.00. Also as for weight the one with wheels and lid weighs in at 37lbs and without the lid it weighs in at 34 lbs.


Cost Breakdown:

Trunk w/Tray $ 150.00
Name Plate $ 11.00 They engrave it for you just let them know what you want on it)
Shipping $ 17.00

Total $ 178.00

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This looks good. Just wondering if you have to carry it upright, like up steps,
will the contents stay in their proper place? (in the tray) Now obviously there are venues where you can't just roll the trunk you have to carry it. Because of it's shape wouldn't that pose a problem? Just asking but it looks really nice.
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I have the cheaper version of the trunk with out the tray. It holds up well and the wheels are a great help. I use it for my Mak "Murder Inc." dagger head chest, which unfortunatly does not break down. These on your above post are really nice looking. Whis I had seen them when I bought the one I have. I paid $45 for mine.

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I decided to re-think this...

Currently I'm using a Vaultz case for my adult act.
My kids show uses the same case with the same crap inside except that I add one smaller vaultz case to hold the change bag, comedy wand collection, and a few other small props I would never use in an adult show.

I'm quite happy with this new setup.

To separate props, I'm using a couple old shampoo bottles (rather large ones)
that I've taken scissors to plus a soda bottle holder with 4 compartments.
These are very light-weight and I velcro them to the inside of the case.

Now I can re-set as I perform which was one of my initial goals.
I used to look in my case after a performance and it was an utter mess.

Now it's just a slight mess but I could re-start a second show / or packup reset within 2 minutes.

So last night I did a show at a hotel in Reno with case #1.
This morning I grabbed the same case plus added the smaller case #2 and did a kids show. Worked out great.

Neither case is very heavy and neither takes up much space.
In the end, I had my cases backwards. I had a tiny case for my adult act and a bigger case for my kids show. (Some duplicate stuff).

Now I have the bigger case for both and I just add a small case for the kids show.

I am a happy guy with this new setup.
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I've used a trunk both as a carrying case and performing surface for many years. I stand it on its side (mine has no handles on the sides) open to the back. I've built adjustable shelves in it so it holds as many props as a suitcase table. Also, an attachable servante and a hook at the top for hanging loads.
What I like better than a suitcase table is that it says "trunk," not "trick table" - even though it is!

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I broke down yesterday and bought the vaultz rolling file case and moved all my stuff to it. If I do a kid's show I'll use the second case which is essentially the same size and set it on top and roll them both in, one on top of the other.

The rolling case does not have a lip on the back of the lid which is precisely where I set my mouth coil, a stack of coins for the miser's dream, etc. so I will have to re-think that but I'm not worried.
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Great ideas...
I'm curious about the Coleman stand. It looks like a brillian solution. Does anyone use it? Is it sturdy?
-Dan
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It's very sturdy once it's locked into place. Also very light weight and easy to carry around. I think it's rated at 100 lbs. load capacity.
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Couldn't build it for that cheap.
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Nope. That's why I bought 3 on schmee-bray one time when they were sold real cheap.
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I used to use a footlocker for kidshows, but I now use a large, colorful plastic tote for these shows. It rests on a restaurant tray stand and is so light that I can lift it easily with my little finger. I've been seeing small wheeled duffle bags that will also serve the same purpose, if you put a box in it. The advantage is that you can carry a duffle in one hand, whereas a tote requires two hands to hold.
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Here's my latest version of my one trunk show that resets itself.
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The inside is velcro friendly, I can stack my second (non-rolling) trunk on top if I bring extras. Things that don't need to be "reset" like a change bag, silly wands, bongo hat, etc.

The lid of the trunks gives some cover and they have locks which are very handy right at the end of a kids show....
"Mr. Magician, can you give me ...." *slam* *click*

With this combo I've perfected the elusive automatic kids show reset with a roll-in, roll-out kicker.
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For those of you in the UK, check out the Flightcase warehouse. http://www.flightcasewarehouse.co.uk/ind......etwork=s
I've just bought a 700x400x400 case for £107 It's a little heavy but really solid. I've got a Hercules Z stand tp put it on. They are solid!!
Now I just have to get over taking too many props with me!
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There are some interesting cases here...www.casesbysource.com

I usually shop the clearance section.

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