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Hendu71

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Larger the better.  My google skills are failing me, so if you have a direct link to buy that would be great.
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By your description you want a jewelry display pad. Try your local jewelry store. Also Michael’s and Joanne Fabrics have them for sale.
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Larger the better.  My google skills are failing me, so if you have a direct link to buy that would be great.


When it comes to firm, you can't go wrong with the "giant mouse pads" that are available.
They have a super durable surface that is cleanable and they have some "cush", but I would classify them as firm, definitely.  

You can find them super cheap if you look around.  I've seen some that are relatively huge.  If they are too big, cut them down, round the corners and go.

Edit:  This is supposedly the largest available, a whopping 2 foot by 4 foot!  It isn't cheap, but if you cut it into 4 pieces, each piece is very affordable.  


https://www.pcgamingrace.com/products/glorious-3xl-extended-gaming-mouse-pad-24x48
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When I say firm, I guess I really mean rigid.  I like to practice in bed while watching TV.  I suppose I could put a regular closeup mat on a piece of cardboard, but the jewelry tray things look interesting.  Thanks.
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I used to make my own. I had a few smaller ones, and one larger one which could be used as a table top - with a keyboard stand base.

I can write up how to make one if you wish, it's very simple and can be totally customised regarding size, finish, "give" etc




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When I say firm, I guess I really mean rigid.  I like to practice in bed while watching TV.  I suppose I could put a regular closeup mat on a piece of cardboard, but the jewelry tray things look interesting.  Thanks.


Get some 1/4" plywood and glue your pad to it.  Make sure to sand and seal the edges to prevent splinters.
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I used to make my own. I had a few smaller ones, and one larger one which could be used as a table top - with a keyboard stand base.

I can write up how to make one if you wish, it's very simple and can be totally customised regarding size, finish, "give" etc




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Yeah, that'd be cool! I want to buy/make one that is appropriate for card or coin magic, general card use, and black art card magic.
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What is wrong with the close-up pads you can get at a magic shop ?

I got a cheap one ( $9 ) and it lasted for 3 years.

Can't go wrong with that....

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Try this: https://www.vanishingincmagic.com/magic-accessories/suede-leather-pad/

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Yeah, that'd be cool! I want to buy/make one that is appropriate for card or coin magic, general card use, and black art card magic.



I'll write up the instructions shortly. I'll just start another thread, that way others can chip in as well.



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What is wrong with the close-up pads you can get at a magic shop ?

I got a cheap one ( $9 ) and it lasted for 3 years.

Can't go wrong with that....


The OP began by asking about a "firm" pad.  That is why I suggested the mouse pad.  They are generally way firmer than a magician's close up pad.

Turns out they really meant a "stiff" pad that could be laid across your lap.
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Ohhh..sorry.

I didn't see that.

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There's this one as well: https://www.dananddave.com/shuffle-pad
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My instructions are now written in the open forum section.



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Sweet, thanks!
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I bought this pad here in black, and have been very happy with it:

Suede Leather Large Close-Up Pad
https://playingcarddecks.com/collections/accessories/products/suede-leather-large-close-up-pad

It has a firm back, with an anti-slip finish, as shown here:

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I own 2 of the TCC brand (already mentioned here) and can confirm excellent quality and price !  

https://www.penguinmagic.com/s/suede+leather
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