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Dr. Delusion
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Al- you got me beat by a mile, or should I say several. It takes me about 20 minutes to set up, about 15 to tear down, and my full size Ford van gets about 15 miles to the gallon.
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One trip regardless of venue.

Birthday parties is a valise and a folding chair. Setup time 1 minute. I don't use a backdrop or sound system for home shows as I'm rarely in a house where a backdrop would work and I'd feel goofy using amplification in someones living room.

Library and festival shows where I use a backdrop and larger props I use one of these to pack my equipment in
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I find it works better than the convertible hand trucks as it has sides and the large wheels make going over curbs or uneven ground a breeze.
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Julie Carpenter
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For a 2 hour show its 6 trips.
My carry on box is in 2 parts and I don't trust the wheels
The bear and a few bits go in the next box
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Box of circus skills stuff for the 2nd half

I do have pull up banners but ive got lazy and only get them out for corporate events
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Kimmo,

You, Jimbo, Dave, and Chris Capehart all have something unique in you little box of tricks. You guys are super funny.

What Dave and you did during the Gala Show at KIDabra is going to be tough to beat. I am still smiling thinking about how funny it was.
Your lecture was tops, and natural talent is universal on both sides of the ocean.

I laugh so long and hard who cares about the backdrop, I am focused on Charlie.

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My answer is "however many it takes." While I fully understand the desire to be efficient, especially if you are doing multiple shows a day, I figure the SHOW is more important than how many trips it takes to carry it in. So you spend at additional 4 minutes ... oh, boo hoo.

With birthdays and smaller shows I carry just my case; that may change now that I have the SMM pizza trick as it does not fit into the case. We'll see.

I looked at many of the carts described/shown here. I almost bought the convertible handtruck dolly Frank posted and I am glad I didn't. On the suggestion of a friend, I ended up buying a gardener's wagon. It has sides that the handtruck-style don't, the sides fold down in the event you have wider items to cart, the air-inflated wheels are nice and big and easily go over most thresholds, the wheels are UNDER the cart so it turns on a dime, and it fits through doorways.

The drawbacks are that it is more difficult than a handtruck if you are going up stairs, but in this age of handicapped-accessible buildings this has not yet been an issue. It's still a little awkward getting in and out of a vehicle, but I have a minivan so it's not too big of a problem, particularly if I can pull up to a curb. Perhaps not the perfect solution, but the best I have found so far.
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One trip and one hand, leaving one hand free to ring the doorbell. And I can start immediately. That includes the puppet and the sixteen watt amp.
For bigger venues I need the second hand for the 75 watt amp.
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Frank beat me to the reccomendation of the Rock n Roller Mini Cart. One of the best things I ever bought for working. See: http://www.multicart.com/ They come in various sizes but I've only ever used the mini.
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To heck with performing. I will use the Rock n Roller Mini Cart in my SHOP!
That's a great rig for a great price.
I would have snatched this up in a second back in my performing days...but there was no Magic Café then... no internet...we rode horses...with at least 90 miles of country dirt road between shows...and...
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Have you thought of how you are going to hide that Pizza Box from the kids that swarm you after the show, and you know they will all rush to your Pizza Box. The gun case that Dave bought is the way I'm going.
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I'll hide it in my pants.

Speaking of which, there is a magician on Youtube doing the pizza trick and the pizza reappears in his pants. Not all the way in his pants, but sticking up by the "plumber's crack" in back. There something, um ... well, distasteful about that. I guess technically you could say it's the lower back region, but any way you slice it, it's down his pants. Let's just say I wouldn't wanna shake the guy's hand after show.
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On 2010-12-05 15:40, Chance Wolf wrote:
there was no Magic Café then... no internet...we rode horses...with at least 90 miles of country dirt road between shows...and...


Hey Chance, you shouldn't done school shows.
They were only five miles apart. We all just walked to school.

Tom

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For birthday parties, I do that in one trip. For larger shows I like to use this.


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I find that I need to carry my microphone lots more than I need my amp. Usually if the crowd is too big for me to go un amplified, they already have a PA set up, and all I have to do is just plug my lavalier in.

WOW Scott
Talk about heavy equipment.
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I'm embarrassed to say: 2 trips.

I've got a few awkwardly shaped things that I could probably balance on top my rolling table...but it seems a better choice for me to make two leisurely trips rather than one trip grunting, sweating, and wrestling with doors, curbs, and a precarious tower of props. : )

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Of course, if you plan to do the entire Wolfs Magic Show..
then you may need this... Smile

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Birthday parties - 2 trips
full stage illusion show- 30 minutes and lost count of how many trips

have a merry christmas everyone
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Even tho I only take one trip, I care less about how many trips and more about how quickly I can get things setup/taken-down. That is where I want everything precise.

My setup time involves unzipping a custom little bag/case I had made that holds exactly what I want how I want it, taking out the items and putting them
in my pockets or wherever I need them. When that case is empty, I'm ready. When I'm done, I make sure that case it put back exactly how it needs to
be for the next show. Total time about 1 minute before and after.

I've found that once I started using that case it's made getting into and out of my show all that much easier. Less stress and worry. It's like a physical checklist.
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One minute is very fast!

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I can do a ropes, coins and juggling show with a brief case for older children or adults which only needs one trip. Most of my shows are filled with rabbit production boxes (J. D. Robbins Deluxe Bunny Box or 3D TV), Chair suspension, square circle, Axtel fx boards etc. the bulky fun to look at type stuff I choose to use for lower elementary age school assembly shows and birthday parties using a stage at an amusment business. Most of the time it is at our location, but when I lug it all to a school or library I am able to get it all in a Ford Taurus and I need 3 trips on a well balanced rolling cart.

I carry a small battery powered amp suitable for a couple hundred people if needed.

So for a typical Habu bells n whitles show with a 10'X10' portable stage, amp and props (I don't have lighting or foggers Smile )it is usually possible with 3 trips.
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Birthday parties - two or three trips, depending on the show type

Shows with sound, lights and backdrop - two additional trips
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