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Topic: Making business cards on playing cards...
Message: Posted by: CSStanton (Jul 6, 2002 04:36PM)
I was thinking about the possibiliy of printing my information on the face of a bridge blank faced Bicycle deck. I asked the copy shops around and they saw the finish cant be printed on. Does anyone know a way around this or someone who can do this?
Thanks-
-Casey
Message: Posted by: Victor Brisbin (Jul 6, 2002 05:39PM)
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On 2002-07-06 17:36, CSStanton wrote:
I was thinking about the possibiliy of printing my information on the face of a bridge blank faced Bicycle deck. I asked the copy shops around and they saw the finish cant be printed on. Does anyone know a way around this or someone who can do this?
Thanks-
-Casey
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Casey, Printing your logo, caricature, number, etc. on blank cards is possible. The problem with printing on playing cards, for most quick print and copy shops, is that the finish of the blank card is plastic-coated. That would not be a problem with a "pad printer" and an appropriate ink for plastic surfaces. You can certainly go to several places to get custom artwork printed on playing cards. Haines House of Cards does this kind of work. (I'm not sure which process they use.)The challenge may be set-up charges and quantities. How many decks do you want to buy? Some printers require a certain minimum amount, and charge per deck.

PM me if I can help. :bikes:
Message: Posted by: CSStanton (Jul 7, 2002 07:50PM)
I would just want a few decks - no more than 10. That would be 520 business cards and they would last a long time. So, if that could be done, it would be awesome. Is there a number of minimal decks from Hanes? Any other places?
Thanks-
-Casey
Message: Posted by: CSStanton (Jul 9, 2002 11:44AM)
I popped into the Copy Shop in town and asked them. The guy said $6 per deck. That makes a pricey business card, but they are still very cool. So, I'll just get a few decks because I'll be moving soon. Thanks for all the help. The magic word was 'Pad Printing'. Thanks Victor.
Message: Posted by: amagician (Jul 18, 2002 02:02PM)
If you ever want to print a simple picture, say a cartoon, on playing cards, you can get respectable results with a machine called Print Gocco.
I did some for a magician in Sydney some years ago and he said they lasted a couple of years.
I do not have time to do any for anyone these days, sorry, but would be happy to answer any related questions (if I can) by email. mcafe@ezyebook.com
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jul 20, 2002 05:48PM)
It's a bit expensive but http://www.gemacocards.com/ custom prints decks.Minimum custom card order is 50 decks.
The U.S. Playing Card Company http://www.usplayingcardco.com/ does custom decks as well but their minimum order is 10,000 decks. :bikes:
Message: Posted by: Thoughtreader (Jul 21, 2002 04:09PM)
The easiest way to do it is to purchase blank backed cards and then go have some clear stickers printed with your information on them. It is not expensive to have done either. Then peel off the stickers and place them on the backs of the cards. Works like a charm and looks exactly as a business card for amagician should.
PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
Message: Posted by: Mr. Ed (Jul 25, 2002 03:37PM)
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On 2002-07-21 17:09, Thoughtreader wrote:
The easiest way to do it is to purchase blank backed cards and then go have some clear stickers printed with your information on them. It is not expensive to have done either. Then peel off the stickers and place them on the backs of the cards. Works like a charm and looks exactly as a business card for amagician should.
PSIncerely Yours,
Paul Alberstat
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The nice thing about this is that you could also place a sticker on a card that you used in an effect and then give away. The card reminds them of the effect and the sticker gives them your info.
Message: Posted by: RiffClown (Jul 26, 2002 04:48PM)
I like the sticker idea.

You can even incorporate the sticker into the effect. It could be stuck on the back of the selected card for the finish.

FYI there's a pretty healthy thread on a very similar topic in The Workshop. Here's a link.

http://www.themagiccafe.com/archive1/viewtopic.php?topic=4048&forum=26
Message: Posted by: Xaero (Jul 31, 2002 10:32PM)
I've found that if you take a Magic Rub eraser and rub the area you plan on printing it it helps remove some of the finish. That way you can just tape the card to a piece of paper and run it through your laser printer. Its quite a bit of work though. I also hear that giving a card a coat of roughing spray will do the trick.