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I use Bicycle cards myself for some of the reasons Peter and others have said. But there is a real adventage to choosing the right cards. Bridge cards are thin compared to their poker mates and these can be a help to people with small hands to pull off palms and other sleights. Some keep a practice deck aside so they can keep another one fresh for a real performance. Also a unknown tip is to get used decks from casinos, which they are only too willing to get rid of. As long as you don't mind a hole running through the centre of each card (the casino does it for legal reasons) then they can make for cheap replacment decks.

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Aus, that's interesting. What size do casinos use though? And how are they for texture?
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Jones, the cards used in casinos are of poker size, and seem to vary from a rough to a smooth texture; it all really depends on the casino.

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One comment about the Stud cards from Walgreens...


If you haven't tried them for whatever reason...get a pack and just practice with them. I find they're MUCH easier to get those nasty bends out of AND (is this just me??) they seem to last longer than Bee's or Bikes when I'm practicing with them.

However, Bees and Bikes still seem to have a better feeling, a higher quality if you will, than Studs. Studs just seem to keep their "fannability" for a longer time.


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I think that you got to test different decks and see which one suits you best. I personally use Bridge Bicycle cards and they are perfect for me.
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As far as decks go, I have to hail Bicycle as the brand for me. But I have a series of gimmick decks that add a little humor to the bit. When I say "gimmicked" I don't mean gaffed. I have a "crooked" deck, a round deck (which I love dearly), and even a Nudie deck for the fellas at the bowling ally.

But I have learned that nothing killed a bit like a cheap, dollar store deck, and I had to find that out the hard way! Smile
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I have several one way decks I put together from a bulk buy. They are Bikes. When I practice shuffles, flourishes and manipulations I use the one way decks of instruction, rank of hands, coupon misc cards so that I don't waste a deck on practice. The cards are the same in feel so it works well for me.
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I use Bikes. I get them at Costco for $13 for a pack of 12. I use Bikes because they are popular and reconized. Bee cards are great to perform with, because they have no border (This enhances the effect).
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There appears to be a new kid in town you might like to try. Ace and Eagle brand cards put out by Carta Mundi of America.
They're a bit stiffer and heavier than Bikes but have an excellent finish and appear to be very durable.
Check 'em out
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Payne, where have you found these at?
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Payne, that IS interesting! The ones I have decided to use (I buy a deck a day) are Stratus brand, Linen Finish decks by Carta Mundi of Belgium! I have a regular supplier, half the price of Bikes and I like the feel and LOVE the smell of a new deck!
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I've always heard good things about Carta Mundi but have heard that they're hard to find in the US. If there's a Carta Mundi USA now then they must be easier to find here....just wish I knew where.

I've never seen them at Wal-Mart, K-Mart or any drug stores...

The only place their website lists is woodenhorse and newtonsnovelties. Woodenhorse is $3 a pack (not too much...but would like to know if I can get them cheaper) and newton doesn't have any ACE or Eagle...just movie/sport/etc.. decks.
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I found the Ace brand at a local drugstore called Bartells here in Seattle. I've yet to locate the Eagle Brand but you can see them at Carta Mundi of Americas wbsite located here http://www.cartamundiusa.com/
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If you use poker size cards, you will probably find that Bicycle Rider Backs are the most easily obtained all over the US.

Tally-Ho seems to be regionalized to New York, although you can order them anywhere in the States. Aristocrat smooth finish cards are fun to work with, but they are not familiar to most people.

If you use bridge size cards, you can used Bicycle bridge cards with Aviator gaffs, except for the double back, double face and blank face cards. These will require that you either have them made up by someone like Randall Whitworth or Charles Plante or that you learn how to make up your own gaffs.

If you will work on your technique you won't have to depend on gaffs as much anyway.
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