Thanks for cluing me into this one, Andy. This is a great utility table that can be used throughout the show, all the while concealing a show-stopping effect. It’s so functional, and so attractive, that it is simply above suspicion.
There are many ways to play the fall-apart feature – comedy, misdirection, mentalism, seance – this is no one-trick pony. It’s the type of prop that everybody should have, but almost nobody does.
One last comment – Jos at Mephisto Magic builds shipping crates that look like furniture, and shipping from Belgium was surprisingly inexpensive and took only 4 days. Can I give this six stars?
Source: Fall Apart Table
The Best Street and Close-up Table!
J.C. Wagner, who sadly passed away in August 2010, is remembered mostly for his bar and close-up magic. However, he was a great craftsman too as is attested by this perfect table he built. I don’t know how many he made or if he made other items like this, but I love this table!
It opens and closes in an instant. No catches, screws or fasteners – one second it is open the next it is closed so it is perfect for walk-around and street magic. It is very solid and has a large performing area. It looks beautiful made from oak with brass corners, yet it is also very practical and will take all sorts of beating. When closed the top of the legs form a handle which makes it incredibly easy to carry around. It has a large load hidden servante which is perfect for loads and vanishes.
The thing that amazes me most is how strong and solid the table is once opened. Typically these portable tables are pretty fragile – not so with this table it is really solid.
I’ve been looking for a table that I can use for small close-up performances with 4-6 people and this fits the bill perfectly. Thank-you J.C.!
Source: J.C. Wagner Close-up Table
The Most Beautiful Comedy Table Ever!
When $link(nd=hale,Howard Hale) first put this table out in 2001 I received #1 from Stevens Magic after a very long wait. Sadly I sold it back in 2007 never thinking I’d get another one. Well now I have #2 and it is even better than #1. It is a stunning looking table and when you want that huge belly laugh at the end of your multiplying bottles routine, this is the way to go!
Howard Hale made some truly beautiful magic, and this item had to be the pinnacle of his line. It is very sad that he stopped making magic. But I for one am very pleased to have this piece back in my collection.
I don’t know how many were made, at least two but probably not many more as I remember I had to wait months for #1.
If you ever see one of these babies for sale buy it!
Source: Comedy Table Legs
I’ve always fancied one of those tables they use in the L&L videos and now finally I have my very own Jim Zee Close-up Table.
What a beauty it is too, large enough for any complex card or close-up illusion and beautiful enough to keep my wife happy. It even has a little draw at the front for cards and other smaller items. Hard to find these days, but worth the search and the price.
Highly Recommended for the magician who already has everything else!
Source: Jim Zee Close-up Table