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I am an amateur, and returning to performing for children after many years.

And I used to work out of a medium sized suitcase, because I could drive to the show, and set it on a table with the lid open and upright.

But all my looking in thrift stores this year finds only soft bags and airport totes with wheels. None of them stay open.

I have surveyed all kinds of cases: tools, fishing, guns.
What do you find practical and affordable these days?



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Ok so I know this is a little weird, but here is what I use for close up shows

https://smile.amazon.com/Kootek-Double-Layer-Organizer-Adjustable-Accessories/dp/B07MDGMSNN/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=womens+makeup+bag&qid=1596059174&sr=8-7

You can use the dividers to section everything into its own place, and its super easy to carry around. However, I also had a table custom made for me that opens up like a suitcase with folding legs and carrying handles, I can store everything in it I need for a stage and close up show

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I keep my close-up props in ladies makeup cases. The larger one is black, with silver trim, the smaller is silver.

Camera/camcorder cases can also be good. Most of these come with cut up foam (some you have to cut yourself), so you can keep your props in place while traveling, or carrying the case.

Both options have a nice professional look (well I think so anyway).



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Jim and Greg,

able to post a photo?

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Duke, for kid shows I use tool cases like the following:

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I bought a couple many years ago in an electronics store. The main feature you want is there: the lid stays open. The divisions you can keep and move around to your convenience. I didn't keep them because I found better to have the complete interior free. I also discarded the part with pockets you see inside the lid (it can be easily detatched). I found this for you to study:

https://www.amazon.com/Aluminum-Briefcase-Carrying-Portable-Box008A-S/dp/B074Z87WLL

They are not big (17'' Length x 13'' Width x 6'' Hight) but for kid shows I like "pack small-look big" tricks. I even bought a set of 8" linking rings so as not to occupy much space. A lot of tricks can be packed into one of these cases.


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I am an amateur, and returning to performing for children after many years.

And I used to work out of a medium sized suitcase, because I could drive to the show, and set it on a table with the lid open and upright.

But all my looking in thrift stores this year finds only soft bags and airport totes with wheels. None of them stay open.

I have surveyed all kinds of cases: tools, fishing, guns.
What do you find practical and affordable these days?




Duke, back in the day, Merv Taylor's Su-Table was the gold standard.  It had legs with casters that projected our to form the table base and the case was hinged to create a deeper appearance on the front and a flat top, which served as your table.  It was big enough to fill with a lot of stuff.  Having it all "self-contained" was certainly handy.

Merv Taylor su-Mesa Mesa Profesional Magos | eBay

One way to go would be to get a case such as that shown by Marko and a folding "TV Tray Table" Just set the opened case on the tray table.  You can then use the case to retrieve props and also ditch things when necessary.  If you do this route, I would also use a cover on the table, perhaps with some fringe, tassels, brocade, or whatever to make it look nice.
You could easily add a servante to the cloth cover and use that to "go south" with things during your act.

This doesn't address the need for a table, per se, as you don't have a "working surface", But it does help with the storage and carrying.  Perhaps you invest in another folding table for effects that require a flat surface.  There are many examples on various websites such as Stevens Magic Emporium.  Some you can make for yourself if you are handy at all.  My father and I made all of my tables.
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Ray,

Thank you so much for the advice and experience!
Much appreciated.

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RayJ, thanks for posting that picture of Merv Taylor suitcase table! Back in the day when I carried bigger tricks I used something similar, maybe a ripoff, who knows.

Suitcase tables are GREAT for kid shows. They allow you to use bigger props and they usually have two surfaces: a top, visible one and one underneath, plus a bottom compartment where you can dispose of your props when you finish with them.

Sometimes, at the end of the show, kids will rush to get a closer look at your props... and maybe even grab them! If during your show you dispose of your used props inside the suitcase table you can be faster than they and lower the top portion of the table thus protecting your props. By the way, you can do the same with a suitcase but you must remember to place all used props INSIDE the moment you finish with them.
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RayJ, thanks for posting that picture of Merv Taylor suitcase table! Back in the day when I carried bigger tricks I used something similar, maybe a ripoff, who knows.

Suitcase tables are GREAT for kid shows. They allow you to use bigger props and they usually have two surfaces: a top, visible one and one underneath, plus a bottom compartment where you can dispose of your props when you finish with them.

Sometimes, at the end of the show, kids will rush to get a closer look at your props... and maybe even grab them! If during your show you dispose of your used props inside the suitcase table you can be faster than they and lower the top portion of the table thus protecting your props. By the way, you can do the same with a suitcase but you must remember to place all used props INSIDE the moment you finish with them.


Good point about grabbers Marko!  It can happen.

If I was embarking on Duke's journey to perform for children, I'd look into either buying or making a suitcase/table.  The original can be found used, and might even be available in some form from dealers (there have been knockoff's or repro's).

They really aren't that complicated to make.  Anyone with woodworking knowledge could knock one out with little difficulty.  The legs don't have to be exactly as the original was.  They could simply fold up against the bottom of the suitcase portion.

If choosing to go the route of the briefcase on table option, I'd probably have a banner made up to drape over the back of the lid of the case.  That way, they see your name, or the "magic word" or whatever.
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