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Hello all,

I'm after some advice on how to 'age' cards so that they still retain their double-lift ability. I've tried the tea method - but this seems to make the cards lose their shape and flatness. Any ideas good people?

Best wishes,

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Ross, I think if you search there are some cards from illusionist available...
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The site is . They have some cards that are already aged so that you don't have to waste your time trying out different ways of achieving the same look.
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The aged cards from Ellusionist look good and handle just like a "regular" Bicycle
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I have used brown wax shoe polish[the kind that comes in a flat can] to nice effect.Give it a try it works nicely.Just make sure you buff any residual loose polish away.

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Before the shoe polish -- open a can of beer -- get some 0-0-0 steel wool and a place you can sit to "scrub" the cards to remove sheen and ink before you apply show polish. (Courtesy Mary Tomich and Brother Shadow published by Dragonskull.) The beer is to keep you happy during the process.
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I have several decks of cards that are well over 100 years old. The key to this is subtlety. The Bicycle 1880's cards look overdone and phony.

Cards wear quite a bit at the edges. So, if you can find a deck of cards that is very old on one of the auction sites, bid on it, and you will have a model.

Don't overdo the shoe polish.
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