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MJ Marrs
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On Feb 5, 2017, Dick Oslund wrote:
I hope so! It's really quite simple. I'm almost embarrassed to show you!!! It's certainly nothing "fancy"

It may take a couple weeks to find someone who can shoot some pics.

I'll try to figure a way to identify the variious spaces.


That would be golden to see how a true professional organized a lifetime of performance props!!!

I remember Michael Close mentioning a tip that he learned from Billy McComb about using zip-lock type bags to organize props in a briefcase or something similar. Simple idea yet pure genius. It's all about the details in any job. Unfortunately it's often those little things that make you or break you and are often overlooked.
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Eric Mead uses shaving kit bags to organize props for full sets. Very nice for when you're packing to travel.
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TOMSONI (Johnny Thompson) used shaving kits, also. He had "so many" bits that used "so many" small gimmicks, and props, it just made it easier to set the act. We shared a dressing room at a convention. He must have had a couple dozen of the kits! (I hope he got a wholesale price on the little kits!!! I always envied Johnny's talent! Jay Marshall, Dick Stoner, Al Goshman, and I "caught" Johnny at the Playboy Club in Chicago, when he was breaking in the TOMSONI act. --a GREAT evening!

Billy McComb, also used many small props and gimmicks. The zip-loc bags were ideal for his work. He would be on a cruise ship for several weeks. He had hours to open the bags and, get set. Billy was a friend, whose work, I truly admired! He was an artist!

Because of my "situation", it was necessary to have all props, INSTANTLY AVAILABLE when I opened the prop case. I used the "pigeon hole method". I'm still trying to find someone who can take a couple of pictures of the prop case. (WATCH THIS SPACE!!!)
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Hey Dick do you remember one of the first time I worked the Abbott Get Together you and I think it was: Karrel Fox came up and wanted to seeinside of the catalog case I used? Your comment was "must be a pro-duct tape and card board. I just recently replaced the case but this with foam core and duct tape, In my defense I got the foam core board at the Dollar store, do I keep my professional cred?

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Hey Dick do you remember one of the first time I worked the Abbott Get Together you and I think it was: Karrel Fox came up and wanted to seeinside of the catalog case I used? Your comment was "must be a pro-duct tape and card board. I just recently replaced the case but this with foam core and duct tape, In my defense I got the foam core board at the Dollar store, do I keep my professional cred?

Gil Scott
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Hey Frank!

I purchased a rolling stacking tool case like you have. I wanted to figure out a way to use it but it's just so plastic and tool boxy. I'd love to see how you "dressed it up." Are you still using it? I love the idea of being able to drape cloth over the bottom two cases and covering the lid with something to make it look really professional. Any chance of getting a pic or two?

Thanks Frank!!
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Frankie, what case do you use? I use a fatmax tool case and put a table skirt on it to make it look more professional but I need to go lighter. I would like to use a case and a stand. Thank you.
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The s is ALL I have been thinking about these past few days. At 43 years old with a full time teaching job, my body is FEELING THE BURN...and not in a good way Smile

I'm trying to lighten everything.

Here's a short video clip in which you can see my case. I had it custom made. Standard ATA case.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=G5vBeUPCQng
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I wish it were easier to attach pics Smile
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In the face painting world there is a case that is similar its called a craft and go but it sells for over $400 plus isn't so deep. Its dimensions are 28" x 13.5" x 6.5" and its legs are attached and weighs less than 20 lbs. I'll have to keep looking around. Thanks for the quick response.
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Have you seen the topic Making A Table From A Carry On Case (http://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/viewtopic.php?forum=26&topic=575042) Looks like it might be a lightweight alternative and easy to carry.
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Hey Frank!

I purchased a rolling stacking tool case like you have. I wanted to figure out a way to use it but it's just so plastic and tool boxy. I'd love to see how you "dressed it up." Are you still using it? I love the idea of being able to drape cloth over the bottom two cases and covering the lid with something to make it look really professional. Any chance of getting a pic or two?

Thanks Frank!!


I have two covers for this. One for the top lid, one for the bottom 2 cases. Think woman's black skirt or a spandex tube shape.

They are made of stretchy spandex type material. I just stretch one over the bottom 2 cases and cover the wheels.
Then the top case locks on. I stretch the other (much smaller) over the lid of the top case and it drapes down toward me on the inside.

On stage it just looks like a case wrapped in black spandex, like many tables and other items at events and is, eventually, hopefully, forgotten by the audience.

I've since purchased another top case for my close-up items and the un-pictured open milk crate, type case just to hold extra things that wouldn't fit anywhere else.
Everything I perform with regardless of the event is in that stack.
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These case are the bomb.
If you work the streets you can stand on top.
My buddy does his whole show atop one of these cases.
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I'm planning on doing small shows in the future. I found this camping bag a while back that has A LOT of storage and has a built-in table that can fold up as needed. It's pretty nice, especially since I'm a bit short. Unfortunately they don't sell them anymore, so I have to hope I don't gouge mine or anything.

https://www.rei.com/media/product/828504
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Colton Raelund, the young man whom I've been mentoring, visited a few weeks ago, and took a picture of my prop case! He promised to publish it, here! I'll remind him gently of his promise!
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Give me a little more time. I am having trouble getting the files small enough to fit here! I emailed you a few of them in the meantime.
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