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MagicVin
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I'm trying to pick the best close up pad/mat. I'm mostly going to be doing the cups and balls, chink-a-chink, some cards, some coins, and maybe 3 shells. Seems like most people in the threads I have read recommend one of a few brands so I'm hoping someone has more than one and can compare some of them. Also let me say I know I'm sure there are others out there but I'm not looking to spend top of the line money. Some of the main brands that people are recommending that I have been looking at are; https://www.pattricksmagic.com/magical-mats , https://www.murphysmagic.com/product.aspx?id=61151 , https://www.tccpresents.com/collections/......56812589 , https://www.propdog.co.uk/Propdog-Close-up-Pads , I'm open to any advice reviews or recommendations anyone might have. thanks in advance.
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Bill Hegbli
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The Gibson Close-Up Pad has always been the recommended pad for magic performances.

https://tricksupply.com/woocommerce-sear......ct,p_sku
Wravyn
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I really like the pad I purchased from Patrick. Top notch service and close up pad to match. Don't be shy in contacting him and asking questions, he is helpful.
MagicVin
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Thanks for the input Bill that’s a name I hadn’t heard yet.Wravyn mind if I ask which one you got & what material?
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Wravyn
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For myself, I purchased a pocket mat
https://www.pattricksmagic.com/store#!/P......tegory=0

I don't like to take up a lot of space and this size works well for me. I have used a standard size mat from Patrick that a friend has, which is the same material as the pocket mat and it was what sold me on getting mine.
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I've got the TCC mat & it's pretty amazing for how little they cost! Really nice smooth feel on the soft side, & sleek faux leather on the hard side. Very tastefully done.

If you got money to splash though, I just came across these... https://www.newtonwoodcraft.com/store/c7......-up-pads

WOW! <3
MagicVin
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Those are beautiful Jonmaddgician bit more than I'm looking to spend at the moment but maybe down the line. I think I'm stuck between tcc and pattricks now I just need to choose and pick a color
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On Apr 7, 2020, MagicVin wrote:
Those are beautiful Jonmaddgician bit more than I'm looking to spend at the moment but maybe down the line. I think I'm stuck between tcc and pattricks now I just need to choose and pick a color


Yeah definitely out of my budget atm as well, especially with no more gigs lined up until after this Covid-isolation situation blows over...
Still, probably one of the most beautifully made tables I've seen on the market so far...

As for mats, I have the TCC mat, & it is also very nicely made, especially considering the very affordable pricing!
Unfortunately, can't seem to fold like Patrick's though. I don't own one so I can't speak for the quality, but the general consensus is that it seems to be the people's choice.

TCC mats just haven't been around that long enough to establish that kind of word of mouth credibility though.
MagicVin
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I just have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to wish the tcc pad was just a touch bigger, also leaning towards the green and they seem to be unavailable
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Jonmaddgician
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On Apr 8, 2020, MagicVin wrote:
I just have a sneaking suspicion that I’m going to wish the tcc pad was just a touch bigger, also leaning towards the green and they seem to be unavailable


Have you tried direct from the TCC website? Smile
https://www.tccpresents.com/collections/accesories

They have green in 3 sizes;
Small is 30x20cm
Medium is 40x27cm
Large is 50x34cm
MagicVin
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Thanks for the link. Yea the large is the one I’m worried I’m going to want just a bit bigger lol
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TCC is running a Kickstarter on a new 'luxury' mat (different surface fabric)

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/185......tions-p1
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Helivian
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Have you considered the V&B pad from Vanishing inc?

https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/close-up-pads/

or on the website from V&B

www.vorstandbosch.com
Sideshow Rod
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The TCC wood backed board are excellent. The price is very good and the quality is superb.
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Before ordering a V&B pad, I recommend reading my comments here (particularly my reply dated June 27, 2020):

https://www.themagiccafe.com/forums/view......orum=113

Mark
Jonmaddgician
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Just received my Kickstarted TCC luxury pad to add to my other 3 TCC pads. The larger size is exactly what I wanted in the first place, although certainly much less portable compared to the medium sized ones. The embossed surface texture is lush & absolutely stunning to look at, albeit distracting perhaps compared to the stark plainness of a standard smooth felt mat. Might have to think about the back design of cards that you might be using a little bit more, or the ball selection in any cup routine. Not a huge deal, but just nuances to consider.

I'm sure there are higher quality bespoke close up mats in the market, but I don't think anyone can beat TCC in the price/quality ratio at the moment... /2c.
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