MARY POPPINS PROPS FOR SALE
All of these props have been sold.
But I am building props for people.
You can find my shop at thatpropsguy.com


For out Spring production of Mary Poppins I was determined to have a really magical carpet bag effect. I did some research into how other companies achieved the effect. Most used a carpet bag with a removable bottom. It is placed on a table that has a false top, and items are pushed from behind a wall up and into the bag. I saw one production that had a false panel in the children’s bed. Items were hidden in the hollow bed and pulled up through the carpet bag. That just didn't seem magical.
I build a carpet bag that measures 18 inches by 9 inches at the base, and 17 inches tall. I was able to put the vase of flowers, a mirror, the hat stand, and a small tea set all neatly packed inside. Mary was able to pull all of the items while the bag set on a small, open table. The audience could see through the legs, and Mary stood behind it. It was cool.
I do not have room to store the items, and it's doubtful that I will ever need them again. So I am offering them for sale. I can figure out shipping costs if you are interested. None of the items are bulky or heavy.

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The Coat Rack folds up like a tent pole. A bungie cord is attached at either end and goes through PVC pipe. If the bag is at least 17 inches tall, the actress can snap each piece together as it is hidden inside the bag. The base has one support on a hinge. If the actress puts her toe on that support and twists the pole, it opens and can hold a coat and hat.

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The vase of flowers folds flat. The base has a little trap door that springs out and holds the vase open once it is opened up inside the bag. 3D printed parts add a Victorian flair. I had a piece of black cloth acting as a pocket inside the carpet bag. That created a pocket that held the vase closed and out of the way.

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The mirror was tough. I cut a wooden frame to size, then sliced it in half. The mirror part is just mylar. I used invisible hinges gorilla glued into the frame so it would close completely but the hinges do not show. The mirror tucked flat against the side opposite the pocket with the vase. If the mirror is opened quickly and placed on a wall not easily visible to the audience, the gag works well.

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For Bert’s present to Mary I purchased a magical appearing flower bouquet from a magic store. I then made a wooden frame and stretched canvas over it. Using acrylic paints, I painted flowers similar to the bouquet. At the center I cut a hole just big enough to pull the bouquet through. It was hidden up Bert’s sleeve with the stem near his wrist. I painted a separate flower and painted glue on the back to make it stiff. Then I attached some tiny magnets to the flower petals. That way Bert could quickly flip up the center flower, grab the flower stem at his wrist, and pull the bouquet through the painting. When practiced, it can be done quickly and is a very nice effect.


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These are theatre props. I have 16 chimney sweep brushes that I made for our Spring production. Handles were of metal conduit but I have removed them for easy shipping. It is easy to cut metal electrical 1/2 inch conduit and run a couple of 3/4 inch self-tapping screws in to hold the head on. The brushes are made of luan disks with polypropylene bristles from industrial brooms all gorilla glued together. The brushes held up for 3 weeks of rehearsal and a 2 week run. They only needed minimal repairs. That is only $10 each. I could not find decent prop brooms for sale, and real chimney brooms have steel bristles and would be deadly during dance numbers. I have them boxed in a large cut down refrigerator box to ship. Expected Price: $160 + shipping. I can figure out shipping if I have your address, but they are pretty light.

I can build these items for you. Visit thatpropsguy.com for more information.

If interested, you can also contact me at fordcharles0@gmail.com .

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