During that second phase, I would often make journeys to Hollywood Magic to get new stuff to perform. It was at that store that I bought what I consider to be one of my best purchases ever: My table.
That was thirteen years ago. Since then, that table has gone with me on practically every gig I've ever been on. It has been with me every time I busk down at the Third Street Promenade, even on the horrific first trip, when I was chased off the street by the other vendors who informed me that you needed a permit. It went with me to Las Vegas when I attended a school for busking. It sat in the hot Vegas sun, waiting with me for our turn to perform at the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival.
I haven't just used it for magic performances, either. When I needed an extra surface, my little table was there. When I was hosting a game show, the table guested as a stand for a buzzer. When some of my friends needed a stand for a cauldron, my table stepped in.
Sure, there have been a few times where I regretted having it. It's metal and therefore kind of heavy to carry around. It doesn't fold down and can take up a lot of space in my truck. It's also showing it's age and use a bit with some of the edge cracking and breaking off, but I love that it has wheels (I roll it around during my shows quite a bit) and the vinyl surface has put up with a lot and not shown any signs of giving up.
So my table continues to be an important part of all my shows. Here's to another decade of performances with it!