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Buffalo McKinley

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Hello!

I'm looking for something small that I can use to carry a few decks of cards, some coins and a few small gimmicks.

I was thinking a fanny pack would work.

Does anyone have a better idea?

Thanks,

Buffalo
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Lots of smallish manbags out there, so no doubt you can find one that suits you. I hear that fanny packs are back in style. Seriously.

I habitually carry a leather Hartman backpack, and have for years. A gift from the lovely wife. My wallet, phone, glasses, and other necessities pack nicely inside, leaving plenty of room for cards, packet tricks, Post-Its, etc.

I'd recommend checking out several styles to make certain you get the right one for your needs.

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Joshua Jays pro carrier. I never use it because of various reasons, but it is precisely what you are describing.
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I picked this up at Staples for around $10.00. It was in a bit near the cash register. I didn't even know the thing splits into two pouches. Not bad for ten bucks.

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I like to keep my hands free so I tend to use my pockets - summer is the best because I wear cargo shorts most days.

If I am doing a planned performance it's almost always for family and friends in a home setting.  I bring whatever I need in a little burlap tote that my beloved gave me at Easter a few years back.  It looks like this except it is smaller and has a big bunny face on it.  It's definitely silly looking and that is a deliberate choice - I'm not trying to be Zargon the Master of Demons, I'm just going to present some complete impossibilities in a light-hearted manner.
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Joshua Jays pro carrier. I never use it because of various reasons, but it is precisely what you are describing.


If you google it there is a nice video where Joshua shows the product and how it works.  Not for me but I could see it coming in very handy for some folks.
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A violin case as Bob Read used.
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I primarily use a fanny pack. For larger gigs I use a black zippered shooting bag (Walmart) Lots of pockets, zippers etc and inside one of the zipper pouches is a row of a dozen shotgun shell holders that I place verious TTs pre loaded and ready to go held in place nicely.

I do close up magic so everything’s small.
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When possible and I know it's always not, just bringing things out of the pockets is the most organic and natural way of carrying your props. If the items seem reasonable and normal looking in regular life like, money, keys, pens, business cards and the like, it looks like your not doing tricks but making magic. Of course the context of your performance will have much to do with that but nothing screams TRICK more, than something never seen in real life.
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Tru-Spec Tactical pants from Amazon have pockets everywhere with pockets inside the pockets. They're not dress pants but are dressy enough.

https://www.amazon.com/TRU-SPEC-Mens-Tactical-Black-32-Inch/dp/B003SG015W/ref=sr_1_13?keywords=tactical+pants&qid=1561822171&s=gateway&sr=8-13

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Of course the context of your performance will have much to do with that but nothing screams TRICK more, than something never seen in real life.


What does this matter? It's magic. The entire point is that you're doing a trick and that is by nature unnatural; something never seen in real life. If you think bringing things out of a pocket somehow dissuades the audience of that I think you're only fooling yourself.
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Originally Posted by Buffalo McKinley
Hello!

I'm looking for something small that I can use to carry a few decks of cards, some coins and a few small gimmicks.

I was thinking a fanny pack would work.

Does anyone have a better idea?

Thanks,

Buffalo



Fanny Packs are outlawed by the fashion police in 47 states. Check with local authorities before purchasing one, if that's the direction you decide to go.
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I can my case if I'm going to a show. The rest of the time I just keep a 2 card monte in my wallet.
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Buffalo, you received a number of good replies to your original question.  To me it depends upon whether you are looking for "daily carry" devices or something you would use for a formal show or for walk-around.  Not that walk-around isn't a show, but when I say formal show I envision where you might be at a table and the audience is seated.  Trade shows, where folks are also standing are different for purposes of my response.  I think AVs suggestion of a backpack makes perfect sense for today's casual environments.  Some carry them constantly and they don't look out of place whatsoever.  They have the advantage of being able to carry other personal items, computer, etc. along with your magic.  They also can be used to "ditch" stuff if you are seated with the backpack on the floor next to you.  I'm not a fanny pack sort, so that is not going to work for me and I also don't like stuff attached to my belt.  I own several "messenger bag" or "mail bag" style leather briefcases that work well for me for work and have the capacity to carry lots of cards, a mat, etc.  They can be placed on the floor with the flap open allowing for steals and/or ditches.  Just some thoughts.
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