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Eddie Garland
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Most of you already have this product...
I was a huge fan of the original and could not wait to see what Gemini Artifacts had done with it.
I unboxed it for you.

http://geminiartifacts.com/collections/b......-almanac

Terrormaster
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Thanks for the unboxing Eddie. I like the extra touch of the black wrapping. And looks like the left hand page pictures and the images on the cards were updated. They definitely look different than the one I bought from Outlaw. Not to mention I don't have a pocket on the back page for the cards - which from my understanding was supposed to be on the Outlaw version. Doesn't impact the effect and the spec never knows it was supposed to be there anyways.

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Gemini Effects wraps all their effects so you get the excitement of unwrapping. My Almanac has the pocket. Can't really tell any major difference, just cosmetic; the aging looks better/cleaner and the pictures do look sharper. Too bad they couldn't enlarge the font.

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The cards are in color now, too.
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On Aug 24, 2016, Tony Iacoviello wrote:
The cards are in color now, too.


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mine were in color, just faded.
Terrormaster
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Mine were in color as well. But these look much sharper and aged less. The cover isn't as aged either.
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Images and visual appearance is nice in this date, but I just have a thing against spiral bindings in any book that is presented as aged, so I will stick to my original with its binding.
Otherwise, I swear by all of Vic's usual productions and own several. Great customer service too, compared to where I used ro buy.
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Spiral binding is period appropriate,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Binding_Company_Inc

but I certainly understand your preferences. The original version was spiral bound, so perhaps you meant that you have the Outlaw hardbound version? I'd trade my spiral for hardback in a second Smile

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Thanks Eddie, I enjoyed the video!
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Waiting for Lebanon Circle to have it in stock soon.
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[quote]On Aug 24, 2016, lin wrote:
Spiral binding is period appropriate,

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spiral_Binding_Company_Inc

but I certainly understand your preferences. The original version was spiral bound, so perhaps you meant that you have the Outlaw hardbound version? I'd trade my spiral for hardback in a second Smile

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Yes, Lin, I meant that the original version I bought was the hardbound from OE. I know spiral bindings were around early (earlier, than most lay people would think, I imagine), but I prefer the handling and look of an aged hardbound book and some I have were (at least in my presentations or dated back stories) purported to be published before there was spiral bindings.

Enjoyed the video also!

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Eddie Garland
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Let us not forget this now classic bizarre prop was also created by the brilliant Dr. Bill Cushman!
Raise a glass!
lin
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Hear! Hear!
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Mine arrived today, and it is quite lovely. The pocket in the back is very handy for keeping everything together, and the printing is sharp and crisp. All in all, a clean and delightful re-release. Celebrate!

BC
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As a Creative Director in a graphic design firm I'm fascinated by the spiral binding verses case binding (hardbound) books discussion. I guess it ultimately comes down to presentation and personal taste, but here is what I've come to learn...

Spiral binding is relatively modern in the printing/binding world, and may have come about as industry and technology grew (i.e. technical manuals) and there was a desire for a book that lay flat and stayed open while a user could read and "do" at the same time. Traditionally bound books as we all know, do not offer this option unless one breaks the binding. Spiral binding offers a sound binding system that not only keeps the book flat, but also allows the user to turn the read pages around and to the back of the publication, so the book can be used with one hand. Another advantage in a new era of manufacturing where folks adapted to multitasking (which has probably been around for a long, long time).

So...in our special magic world, at least for me...spiral bound books make perfect sense in books found in an "asylum," or other institutions where journals were tools and nothing more. They needn't have been pretty. But here's where I'm stumped. If this Almanac did exist, and was published...even in a very limited quantity by a secreted few...what binding would our Witch friends have chosen? I think spiral binding. It is less expensive now (and maybe was then too...I don't know), but it is and was, certainly more usable in a "workshop" setting. And by workshop I mean a Witches' Sabbat. I am claiming ignorance here, so please help me out...
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Love this release and hopefully will be available at ECSS III? I have the original and am very fond of it. However the images are weird. I tried to find my copy to look at, but it is at the moment being illusive. I recall lots of mason jars, riffles, and spools I think. Are these images also in the new release? The less aged cards are a big improvement in my humble opinion. Mine are difficult for the spec to read and a crucial part of the effect. Bravo Vic!
61magic
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I have an original I considered so so, the new one to me looks much better. I did change the binding on my version as I didn't think the metal spiral looked correct.
I pick up some cord from a craft store and laced it through the holes in a double stitch pattern. Both ends of the cord end up at the bottom of the book, I left them a bit long.
To give the binding a more old word feeling I used sealing wax and an embosser similar to sealing an envelope.
Kind of hard to describe written but you should get the general idea, I feel this has a more hand made look than something modern and mass produced.
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Great thinking 61.
Sean Gem
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Just ordered this. I agree that the aging on this new version is superior.

Looks fantastic and even the aging on the cards looks great. Back pocket will come in quite handy too.
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I don't recognize the pictures in this version as I did with the original.
May I ask where they are from or who made them?
Vic Nadata
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This version should be the exact same one that you currently have. Nothing has been modified by me, other than the aging, the tarot card stock and the upgraded paper.
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