Cincinnati Cards!!

I recently ended up with about two dozen decks of bicycle cards that are the old stock of Cincinnati made playing cards! I just started using one of the packs of cards as my “pocket deck” at the fair I’m performing at. This is the deck that’s always in my pocket when I’m around the fair, and if someone recognizes me as a magician, it’s the pack I’ll use to show them an impromptu card trick. It’s not the pack I use when I perform, for that I use the normal bikes that are currently available. I just throw away the deck after each show.

What’s great about these cards old stock cards is that they way they are cut, they faro really easily. Anyone starting out right now that was trying to learn to faro shuffle with the new stock cards is going to have a hell of a time!

There’s a lot of physical differences between the new stock and the old stock. One that just hit me is the finish is a little bit different. I wonder if you put an old stock into a deck of new stock cards if it would work as a slick card?
Or if not a slick card, some other sort of subtle locator?
Unfortunately I don’t have a normal deck with me right now, so I can’t try it out for a few days.

I’m not a “card snob”, however it’s amazing how much easier it is to use a good deck of cards for pretty much any sleight of hand.

No Bad Ideas…

One of the things I try to do is act on most of my ideas. No matter how bad, impractical, or not my style it is. Just working them out is a good exercise for my brain. Most of these ideas will never make it into my show. Here’s an idea I’ve had in my … Continue reading “No Bad Ideas…”

One of the things I try to do is act on most of my ideas. No matter how bad, impractical, or not my style it is. Just working them out is a good exercise for my brain. Most of these ideas will never make it into my show.

Here’s an idea I’ve had in my head for a little while:

I’ve come up with several methods for it, all of which are very impractical. This one is probably the most usable version of the trick.


The downfall is that the trick isn’t how unpractical the method is, it’s that it’s a small trick. Visually it’s hard to see, and it’s got a very specific spot in a show that at can be. This trick has to be the opening of a card set, or when you introduce an additional deck of cards into a card set.

I’m glad I worked through the methods and got to work out my creativity muscles.

Magician’s Love a Deal…

A week or two ago magicians started noticing that the Walgreens Drug Stores in the USA stared selling Jumbo Bicycle Decks of cards.  They also started buying a ton of them when they were on sale as a “buy one get one free” deal.   Then came the realization that the cards were the new … Continue reading “Magician’s Love a Deal…”

A week or two ago magicians started noticing that the Walgreens Drug Stores in the USA stared selling Jumbo Bicycle Decks of cards.  They also started buying a ton of them when they were on sale as a “buy one get one free” deal.

 

Then came the realization that the cards were the new thinner stock jumbo cards.  By “new” I mean the stock they changed to a decade ago.  This thinner stock is harder to use than the old stock which was at least twice as thick as the new stock.  The same magicians that were hoarding the cards were complaining about how they were useless.

 

These cards have tons of ways to use them.

 

  • Practice with them and you’ll be able to handle them like the old stock. I’ve been using the new stock for years.
  • Make a “double deck” where you essentially have two decks in one.
  • Make a pop eyed popper deck
  • Think outside the box.  The advantage of the thinner stock is you can make some interesting gimmicks without having to “split” the cards.  Here’s one of the things that I made:

 

This is a flap card and my design was based on FLAP by Hondo.  In the future I want to make a card that has two changes, so shows a total of three cards if you include the card it starts one.  My plan would be to use this for a reveal of the cards for the classic “Tossed Out Deck” trick.

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