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sandsjr
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On Jul 31, 2014, Suffolk wrote:

Personally I just found as my show began to look.... I dunno..... "Slicker"??.... not sure if that's the word I want..... my fees quadrupled and I started getting bigger, more prestigious corporates.


I'm not sure what your fees were quadrupled from, but that's the WHOLE POINT! I'm completely with you on your setup. It's show biz after all. That stuff makes a BIG difference in the way you are perceived. I dig what you're doing. Good for you for putting in the extra effort to make that happen.
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Sorry, my show is not up for debate.
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I hope my post didn't come off the wrong way. Richard, I mean't no disrespect to you in any way.

I love the idea of the Grander Illusion. We're illusionists of the mind. Why not take it to the max... and make a little more $$$ while you're at it.
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No sandsjr, no offense. I was just answering a question.

If that's what makes you more money, more power to you.

Peace,
Richard
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I prefer the easy on/easy off type show.

Richard's setup seems just about perfect and as streamlined as one can get.

Thank you for sharing this!
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On Jul 31, 2014, Richard Osterlind wrote:
If that's what makes you more money, all power to you.


I wouldn't say that's what makes you more money in and of itself. I would say if you are GOOD at what you do, it certainly can.
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Thank you, Tony. As you know, every step of my act, including all the equipment and why I use it, is totally explained in my recent Field Manual. I stand by everything I said.
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Richard, what brand and model of traveling bag are you using on stage?

I was searching online last night and there are many different styles and brands.

I couldn't figure out which one you are using.
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Steve,

The ones I have been using lately are these: http://www.staples.com/SOLO-Leather-Look......t_555696

They are the right size, seem to hold up well, and yet are not too expensive to replace when they get messed up at gate-checking.

The pockets on the inside are perfect for my Ultra Board and Thoughtscan, so I think they would be good for a lot of simliar type slates and pads.
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For whoever is looking for a "Catalog" style case...

Here's one I have to hold all my supplies while on the road. It's bigger than the one from staples though (you may or may not want that). It's a nicely made piece.

https://www.overstock.com/Luggage-Bags/M......ailcusts



I don't know how much room you need but my show takes up very little space. This case is small but holds all I need for my 50-minute show. Even though it's inexpensive it's held up so far for 50 or 60 shows with no problems.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TZ-ALUMINUM-ATTA......b86c104a
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On Jul 31, 2014, sandsjr



I don't know how much room you need but my show takes up very little space. This case is small but holds all I need for my 50-minute show. Even though it's inexpensive it's held up so far for 50 or 60 shows with no problems.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/TZ-ALUMINUM-ATTA......b86c104a


a magic forum is something fascinating.., you look like a big expert but the choice of you suitcase reveal lot of thing about how you are a professional...
I'll read you with a smile now:-)
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In this box I have one hour (stage) show...
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=......&theater
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My show packs into a small catalogue style case as well. It's a wonderful set up. Now if I could only figure out how to get the sound equipment in there... Smile

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My two hour theatre show packs down into this: http://i1278.photobucket.com/albums/y514......hchb.jpg
Actually there's a few cases missing as this was taken during load out.

On the one hand it's a lot on, the other it's wom two major awards.
None of it is visible on stage (except the Brainmatizer 3000™ seen in the foreground)
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On Aug 1, 2014, Richtofen wrote:
I'll read you with a smile now:-)


Just keep your hands on the keyboard.
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I carry my entire act in a laptop bag with a shoulder strap. When I'm on the roadI have most of my materials packed in my regular suitcases. But a lot of that is extra supplies like envelopes, index cards, a gross of pencils, scissor, glue, paperclips, a ream of paper, markers, etc. The computer comes out of the bag at the hotel. The materials I will actually use in that night's performance go into the computer bag, and off I go to the venue.

Last time I worked the Castle, I noticed that a lot of other guys use this system as well.
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During the month long run at the Edinburgh Festival I use a similar system to Bob.
The props for the show are stored at the venue and everything I need for resets and guest spots on other shows I keep at my digs.
You only have a 15min turn around between shows so there is no time to reset at the venue.
My resets & the stuff I need to do a 20-30min guest spot at the festival I carry in a A3 portfolio http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0013F85......200_QL40 (A4 pad, jumbo marker, my jumbo version of Silent Treatment) and this bag http://www.truffleshuffle.co.uk/store/ba......579.html for the other props.

I use the same portfolio/bag combo when I play comedy clubs or cabaret shows.
Obviously neither are present on stage.

I find that an A3 pad is the minimum size for revealations if you are playing to more than 50 people.
If anyone has a better solution for carrying it around and protecting it from rain than a portfolio I'd welcome the suggestion. What do you guys carry your large pads in?
For the stage show they go in a flight case with my table tops but that's too heavy to justify using for a 30-40min headline spot at a comedy club.
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