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wahkao
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Preparing a new deck of cards for fanning routines

As you know new deck (bicycles) of cards may or may not fan well until they are used a bit because they are unevenly smooth

other than using fanning powder, what is the best way to prepare a new deck of cards for fanning routines?
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I have no clue. But welcome to the Magic Café anyways.
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Steven Youell
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Gary Ouelette suggested marking a very light X on each card with a soap called "Cashmere Bouquet". I'm serious. It was in his book "Close-Up Illusions".

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wahkao
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I can fan perfectly with my older 2 month old worn out decks but with my super new decks, they do not fan perfectly
Mathias Kersting
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On 2009-12-04 22:44, wahkao wrote:
As you know new deck (bicycles) of cards may or may not fan well until they are used a bit because they are unevenly smooth


The natural oils in your hands (and sweat) also have an effect on how a new-deck may fan (I remember Jerry Cestkowski talking about it in Xtreme Beginners). If one or more cards has some oil from your hands on it, then those cards will off-set when you fan or spread the cards, since the rest of the cards haven't been in contact with the oils.

That's why decks that have been worn in and used for a period of time fan more evenly due to the oils on the surfaces of the all the cards.

The soap-method Steven shared would be worth a try. I've only tried it for card-manipulation (back-palm productions.etc) and they did fan fairly well, though I used a different soap as I didn't have access to the 'Cashmere Bouquet', so I may not have gotten as good a result.

Anyhow, it's pretty hard to beat fanning-powder if you want a good fanning-deck.
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I'm not big into fanning but to break in a deck I use the natural oils from my hands and I play a game or two of solitaire on the carpet. Lots of shuffling and springing as well.

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Steven-

Nice tip- thanks!

Jim
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Breaking into a deck might be the best with fanning powder might be the best way. I do shuffles, springs, LePaul Spreads, Pressure Fans..

These links might also help you Smile

http://unitedcardists.net/uc/portal/pages/deck_maintenance
http://unitedcardists.net/uc/portal/pages/fanning_powder
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www.baomagic.com
Noskcid the Fantastic
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Anyone have any links to some great fanning routine videos?
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My card fan productions routine can be viewed at
http://users.erols.com/parmenides/Magic/cardproductions.mov
My spring flourishes routine is at
http://users.erols.com/parmenides/Magic/flourishes.mov
My exhibition card fans routine is at
http://users.erols.com/parmenides/Magic/exhibitionfans.mov

----- Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
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Talc also works to an degree, but yeah,just using them a bit.

Ive found that the humidity affects how the cards spring and fan. Springing them or doing some waterfall shuffles a few times can 'unstick' them.
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Okay I've just been thru another thread ("How to apply fanning powder") and someone has posted "don't use talc!" So I don't know! Talc has worked for me but not as good as fanning powder (zinc sterate)
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Wow! Ok so love the tips everyone, and I had better confess- as soon as I open a new deck of cards I am super precious with them, clean un-oily hands, no springs, very careful.

From what I just read, I get the strong impression I should man up and worry less? It seems I thought, brand new is the state to work from.

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I have several decks of really old bicyle cards (over 20 years) that have not been opened. For the ones that I have opened, some are just as good as if I had purchased them yesterday. Others are not slick at all and can't be used unless someone can tell me if there is something I can do to them to rectify the situation. Thank you.
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I assume that the finish on the cards here in Aus (Queens Slipper) would be the same as on the bicycle cards (It's marked on the cards as "Casino Slip")
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