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Blue
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I ordered "Jeff McBride's Art of Card Manipulation". Is there a certain type of card that I should get or can any card be used?
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Buy Bees or Bicyles. And if you ordered the 2nd volume, he will talk about which cards to use. Good luck!
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For first timers, I'd say buy a red Bee deck. If you start to like it then I'd say, go buy a real deck. But the first volume doesn't really have any manipulation in it
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Roman
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Even better are red STEAMBOATS

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Kay
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Bee is the best for this kind of manipuation.
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Any card with a red back design and NO borders. That's why steamboats and bee's work well.
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Roman
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Yea but steamboats are more manipulative than bees.

Bees are slightly too rigid.

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Kay
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I stick to BEE, I hate StreamBoat the most. Sorry man.
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I havent even heard of steemboat
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Steamboats are from US Playing card co, they are thinner stock than the air-cushion finished Bees or Bicycles, but have good longetivity (unlike the similar finish Aviators), and the red/white pattern on the back is a very good blend, which will make a backpalmed card very unnoticeable between your fingers, even if you hold a stack of 25 or more, which is about how many I begin my manipulation routine with.

However, Jeff's new card of choice has a regular air-cushion finish, I think, which he manufactures. At $10 a pack, though, I'm sticking to my $2.99 steamboats.

Bees are fine too, once you subject them to the 'treatment' recommended by Jeff on his dvd's. I used a deck of bee-type casino cards for a long while before I bought the steamboats. Though they're thicker, you can still backpalm 15~20 with some practice (it's more about learning to deal with weird muscle positions and endurance against muscle fatigue), and it falls in line with my "practice with more obtuse/difficult/challenging props, then when you use nicer props it will pay off even more" philosophy.

The dvd's are great, I'm sure you must be enjoying them.
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