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Running your very first session with the magic table

For first time users, here’s a beginners guide to setting up and running your first session with your magic table projector.

  1. Check the projector and stand is ready and make sure you have your remote control. Look at the handbook or the FAQs page if you have any queries of how the equipment should look. 
  2. Decide on the surface you would like to project on: a light-coloured table, bed area, ceiling, wall, or floor space all work well for interacting with the projector. 
  3. Make your environment ready: with suitable lighting, comfortable chairs for participants, and ideally somewhere you won’t be distracted. 
  4. When moving the magic table around on wheels, make sure that the brakes are off for the wheels to turn smoothly.  
  5. Use the clamp to stabilise the stand on the table or the bed, using a light pressure. 
  6. Connect to a power supply: connect the plug to a suitable power socket, make sure the cables are not a trip hazard for anybody in the area. When the plug is switched on, press the orange “reset” button on the plug to make an orange light appear. The main switch on the projector can be left in the ‘On’ position for an automatic start up.
  7. The magic table will take a few moments to turn on, it will project a randomly selected game. Use the back button on the remote control to take you to the games menu and select a game for your participants. It can be a good idea to select a game based on participants interests, or you might like to try something completely new. There is a random setting on the main menu which will change the games every few minutes automatically. 
  8. Adjust the sound volume using the remote to a comfortable level. 
  9. If you need to adjust the projection area, for example to project onto a bed area or ceiling, you can gently move the projector into position (remember the clamp enables a 360-degree rotation of the projector). Refer to the handbook for instructions and take care if you need to loosen the projector with an allen key to do this safely
    You can also change the size of the projection area by going into the main menu and following the instructions in the “Playing Surface” setting. We recommend that you use this setting for best results when changing between different surfaces.

Enjoy playing the games with your participants! Use the handbook or the blog for play experience tips, including ideas for props, songs, and maximising person-centred care.