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FrankieF
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I'm just curious how you guys handle this but during my walk around gigs I have a lot of cards signed. I usually have a decks of blank faces and have them sign that so I don't run out of cards but this last gig I didn't have any. How do you guys handle replenishing your cards during a gig?
gambo41
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I recently started having the card marked with a self-adhesive stick, which itself is signed. It sticks fast to the face of the card, so is still convincing as an identifier, but the sticker can be peeled of afterwards.
JoshTmagic
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In my opinion doing the adhesive thing looks cheap and doesn't have the same feel for the audience. I would just have them sign it and make sure to bring 3-4 other decks to replenish the others!
55Hudson
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Always bring extra decks. You may also create an extra close up case and throw it in the trunk of your car. Then if you ever show up and forgot your case (running out the door late, something happens as you are walking out and your case is sitting at your door at home) you have a full set of material.

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Dick Oslund
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Yup! If someone "begs" (!!!) MAYBE, I'll tell the "Jack Pyle story". Wait! I'll go check to see if I told it in "the book"~ (There's a "teaser"!) lol~!
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FrankieF
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I like to give out the signed cards so stickers wouldn't work and I'd love to hear the story
Dick Oslund
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Well, that's not much of a 'beg', but, I love telling stories! Tune in tomorrow afternoon, boys and girls.
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Michael Baker
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When I was working clubs and restaurants, I would go through a few decks a night... giving them as souvenirs, card on ceiling, etc. I wanted to somehow manage the rate of consumption...

My original method... Deck becomes too lean to be credible. Swap out and get a fresh deck. Save the old ones and use the dregs to make up complete decks later at home.

My adjusted method... It dawned on me that the entire focus of the trick was on a single signed card (with rare exceptions when there might be two signed selections). The rest of the deck was just a supporting actor, so to speak. So, I would simply grab enough cards to approximate a full deck, and I'd immediately go back to work. Most of the time, there are no discernible differences in how the trick proceeds. In those rare instances when a duplicate might pop up, it was simply a great opportunity to ad-lib. Imagine having two identical cards, one signed and one not. Now imagine if you have convinced the spectator that the ink really disappeared... and they sign the card AGAIN!! This puts you in a most wonderful spot. Smile
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If I'm forcing the same card then I buy an one way forcing deck to replenish from. I simply have these spare cards loose in my pocket and add them to the deck by palming one out.

If it's a free choice, then I do what Michael suggested and fill the deck when it gets too lean. I take a break every hour or so to check state of the deck/replenish.often my deck is only around 42-45 but few notice this with the tricks I tend to entertain with.
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I use magiciansappretice method, force a card and replace that card from a one way deck. It is a good way to practice a classic force, if you fail so what, go on with your trick.
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I go about it one of two ways......

1: I keep a deck aside that I use only for effects that destroy cards. Most of the effects I perform don't require a full deck, and I've never been called out on having less than 52 cards in the deck.

2: If the card is signed, keep it in the deck. Show the audience the signed cards in the deck, and incorporate it into the patter (ambitious card is great for this)
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Get a pinochle deck. That way you have multiple cards from 9 through to the aces.
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For my signed card routine, I keep a deck of blanks. I add it to the deck just before the routine.
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Dick, I love your stories! Please tell me one! Please please please!

Since I am the only beggar, perhaps you should only share it with me.. I read my PMs and I remember to say "thank you."

Patrick
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I just bring extra decks taking into account the time I'm hired for and how many non-card pieces I'm performing.
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Magic Patrick
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I have like 20 decks of cards with missing cards. I simply have my performance deck (normal) and add a card from my pocket (of the deck missing cards) and place it on top. This is the card that I give them to sign. I keep my deck full and get rid of those decks missing cards.

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I used to be a believer that a signed card effect was way stronger than not having the card signed. After performing now for 6-7 years I am finding that I get just as strong reactions whether the card is signed or not. Of course, there are a few routines that are very strong and rely on a signed card- Richard Sanders Identity comes to mind. But heck- even an ambitious card routine still gets super reactions without having the card signed. I do know that I go through a lot less cards now, lol....


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I usually carry 2 decks- 1 is complete and the other is for signed card effects. I also have a case with 2 more decks so I can switch out my diminishing deck of cards. The blank card idea never worked for me. I think people feel like it's some sort of trick card.
Magic Patrick
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Quote:
On Nov 18, 2014, RNK wrote:
I used to be a believer that a signed card effect was way stronger than not having the card signed. After performing now for 6-7 years I am finding that I get just as strong reactions whether the card is signed or not. Of course, there are a few routines that are very strong and rely on a signed card- Richard Sanders Identity comes to mind. But heck- even an ambitious card routine still gets super reactions without having the card signed. I do know that I go through a lot less cards now, lol....


RNK


I agree with you about the reaction. But I use the signing of the card as the misdirection I need. That is the only reason I have them sign it these days.

Patrick
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