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Ken Northridge
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On 2010-12-06 12:38, DanielCoyne wrote:
I'm embarrassed to say: 2 trips.

No, no, no. Don’t be embarrassed Daniel.

I’ve said it before, those of you that can entertain children out of a brief case have my respect. You are very smart and I’m sure you’re very good entertainers. But that doesn’t mean working out of a brief case should be the goal of every magician, and magicians who choose a different strategy should not feel embarrassed or fear the scorn of the magic community.

This is the reason I post here at the café. I realize that many of my opinions go against conventional wisdom. I’m not saying I’m right or I’m smarter, I’m saying there are different ways to be successful. Having a stage full of colorful props is a legitimate strategy for being a successful children’s entertainer.
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Thanks Ken,

I agree. My embarrassment comes more from having been bragging previously about designing the perfect rolling case to hold everything I need. And then 2 weeks later, I added some additional bulky items. :c P

I like seeing a lot of stuff displayed on a stage. : )

-Daniel
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For me it's one trip.
All my props are in the roll-on suite case to table except the bunny (Lucy) she's in the wicker basket.
Even if I need my protable back drop and PA system For fairs and picnics,it just one trip I use a two wheeler.
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Ken Northridge
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On 2010-12-08 16:51, DanielCoyne wrote:
Thanks Ken,

I agree. My embarrassment comes more from having been bragging previously about designing the perfect rolling case to hold everything I need. And then 2 weeks later, I added some additional bulky items. :c P

I like seeing a lot of stuff displayed on a stage. : )

-Daniel

Yeh, I meant to mention your table in my post. I'm very impressed and you really got me thinking.
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Thanks! If you decide to create your own, I'd be interested to see and read about what you come up with.
-Dan
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On 2010-12-05 19:11, Al Angello wrote:
Starrpower
Have you thought of how you are going to hide that Pizza Box from the kids that swarm you after the show


I just packed up my show and the pizza box fits into my Chalet table case.
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I try to do it in one trip...not always possible. But I think that if it takes me much more than one, that the props are getting out of control...especially in a Canadian winter...while wearing an elf suit.
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Always 3 trips unless it is a close up gig. I have tried to cut it down but I have used the same system for years and find it hard to change.Wether the party is in a house or large hall I carry the same equipment P.A and all.
I have to admit that as far as effects go I carry far too much, but my feeling is that I am prepared for any eventuallity IE. older kids than expected age range or more adults than kids or have to do extra show.
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I have the larger Rock N Roller version and I love it. It is a good idea to keep a bicycle pump at home and pay attention to the inflation of the tires a couple of times a year, more if you store the load on it.
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The trouble is, to keep stuff in nice condition you need cases, and those lead to more trips.

Speaker: Not a case, but a large object to cart.
Speaker stand = case (nylon bag with handle)
Sound case (mixer, wireless receiver, etc.)
Case/table (Chalet table)
Axtell Drawing Board (automated) = case
Smoky Mtn Magic Pizza Oven = case
Sure wireless mic = case

See what I am getting at? I may not get in & out in one shot, but I deliver a great show. I am pretty sure my customers will not remember how many trips I made, but will long remember the show I provided.
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One trip only, because so often I'm "on stage" while I'm still standing there as the front door opens.

There's no excuse for losing the momentum you've achieved at that moment, just to say "you kids go away now and we'll start in a few minutes."
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On 2010-12-06 12:38, DanielCoyne wrote:

I've got a few awkwardly shaped things that I could probably balance on top my rolling table...

-Daniel


Daniel, dude, that is an INGENIOUS table!! Just as good and ALOT cheaper than the abortively-priced rolling cases being sold on magic websites!



I only make one trip: Most of the tricks are in a footlocker trunk with wheels bolted to the end, and there's a sling-pouch on the outside of the trunk for holding 'Off-the-meter', and I've attatched 2 long elastic straps to the case for the 'comedey-chair' so I can wear it like a backpack.

.................basicly, it looks like I'm migrating.
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What I have found is that I am selling more big shows so I am making the extra trips for the backdrop sound BOR case chair suspension etc. I have finally hired a helper. the John deer tracktor is looking better by the minute. payne is showing his renfaire savvy with his cart. I had a wooden wagon for my shows on the fair site and its 5 different stages.
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For my basic birthday party show, I could do it in one trip but I take two. When I arrive, I go to the front door with my Roland CM-30 in the case I bought for it and greet the birthday parents and the birthday child. Then, I go back for my two Lefler tables and balance my Magic Backdrop on top of one of the tables. For my most elaborate birthday party show, it requires three trips. The last one is to get my European Chair Suspension.
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I make ten trips.
Gary Fabjance
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It takes me two trips to carry in my act.

(Three, on occasions when I need my P.A. system or live goldfish or leave my bow tie in the car.)
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Before I used a cart, it took me multiple trips, but now, with the cart, I do it in one.
My deluxe show packs the cart to the brim, but still one trip. My lefler style table, my levitation illusion in it's large custom made case, my curtain in a carry-on size luggage bag, my jet set and hoola hoop on top of the cases. I also stick funny hats in a bag on top. If there are goodie bags, then go on top too. I always carry my amp by hand because I had an amp fall off once and it broke.

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I take only one trip. Suitcase table rolling in right hand and side table in the other. Set up is about 5 minutes. Tear down is a lot faster as I perform a lot of instant reset tricks and have an outline of were they go in my suitcase. I just put them back as I go. I usually bring a child up and as they are coming up I ditch the last trick and pull out the next. I use to make three trips with a back drop, sound system, livestock boxes, chair suspension ect. Now if I want to use the chair suspension I lie it on the suitcase table and my backdrop is carried over the shoulder. then again my prices go up for that show so it is worth the extra effort. I am having fun with the show I have now. Less stress and more confidence.

Patrick

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On 2010-12-23 22:12, rossmacrae wrote:
One trip only, because so often I'm "on stage" while I'm still standing there as the front door opens.

There's no excuse for losing the momentum you've achieved at that moment, just to say "you kids go away now and we'll start in a few minutes."

So true. I like it. I am going to adopt this way of thinking. Thanks.

Patrick
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I do not use any kind of cart so I probably do anywhere from 5-8 trips to my car depending on the type of show I'm doing. If my grand-daughter is my assistant this of course is cut down to less trips.
Sometimes adults at the party will help me at the end of my show. This is no problem since most of my magic fits into 1 large suitcase and 1 medium sized suitcase. The other stuff is usually 3 tables, amps, and a wooden case I made for my Axtell, Hands Free puppet.
I do not mind the trips since I love all of what I do at my show. Nothing I have is heavy except the carry case I made for my Axtell puppet and I did that to create the illusion that Taco, my talking Toucan is real.
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Depends what show I'm doing to be honest...

If it's just a 45 minute magic show then I'd say 2-3 trips

2 hour show then it's probably 3-4 trips
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